So far this year there have been four or five books that I have been waiting for with so much anticipation that I have been pestering people at every single bookstore I walk past to see if they had the book yet. I think though that I got myself worked up into such a state that my eagerness has meant that when I actually read the book, I couldn't help but be disappointed.
The first of those was Jasper Fforde's The Big Over Easy. I had so loved the Thursday Next stories, and was so excited when this was due to be out. I made the person in the bookstore go and get it from out the back before it had even been shelved, but then when I read it a couple of weeks later, it was good, but it wasn't great.
Next up...A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. Oh, the anticipation, the longing, the outright excitement - a new Jamie and Claire book. I bought it the first day I saw it, at full price, even though if I could have waited a couple of more days I would have saved around $12. I have struggled through the first hundred pages and haven't picked it up in weeks. When I read the original Outlander books I devoured them, taking me only a couple of days to finish each one. I have just got the CD's of ABOSAA, so I will listen to them on the commute to and from work..once I have finished the ones I got from the library that is!
Example number 3 - The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons. Another case of me nagging every single bookshop employee about when was this book going to be in the shops. I bought it two weeks ago, lovingly put it in pride of place on the bookshelf......and haven't picked it up since. I know I will love it when I do get to it, but I don't know when that is going to be. I need to finish Dreamland first, then read My Enemy the Queen because I can't extend it from the library again, read more Chronicles of Narnia for the BNU course I am doing, and then maybe, just maybe I will have time. Then again, I am meant to be rereading the first book in this trilogy, The Bronze Horseman again in December or January...maybe I should wait until after that?
The next book I am eagerly waiting for is The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory. Should be out here in Australia in early December. I am just hoping that I won't hyperventilate with excitement when that one comes out as well, and then put myself off of it!