I was hoping to read and review about 130 books this year, a modest increase of just three over last year's total, and it appears that I will probably come in just slightly higher than that number. Considering everything that's been going on in my 2012 world, I am a bit surprised that I will reach my original goal at all, much less exceed it. But, as I look back over my 2012 choices, I'm already wondering what I missed.
But here are a few that I do hope to get to in early 2013:
Esi Edugyan is a new author to me but I am so intrigued by the plot of Half-Blood Blues that I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. This one is set in 1939 Berlin and features Hieronymus Falk, a young American jazz musician who manages to escape Berlin after Hitler forbids jazz bands to play live there - only to be arrested later in Paris, and never heard from again. Flash forward to 1992, by which time Falk has become a jazz band legend, and a documentary about his life is being premiered in Berlin. Two of his original bandmates are in Berlin for the premier and it looks as if they will finally break their five-decade silence about what really happened to Falk. Half-Blood Blues was originally published in London in 2011 but did not make it to North America until this year.