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12 for 12 | 27th November 2011, 19:51  
2012 is just around the corner, and I've decided that I want to read 12 new novels by 12 new authors throughout the year - hopefully one per month, though possible adjusted to avoid November because of NaNoWriMo.

I'm about to put out a call on my twitter account for suggestions, and I'll repeat that here and list some of my caveats.

The key thing is that they must be books by authors I've not read before.

So, tweet/email/postcard me and let me know what to read next year.

FAQ

1. Does my suggestion have to be a novel?

Ideally yes, unless you can convince me otherwise. I'll be happy with novellas but am not too keen on short stories or collections thereof. I'm unlikely to go for non-fiction, and comic books/graphic novels are out.

2. What do I need to give you?

The title and author should be sufficient. Enough to identify the book.

3. Will you read any genre?

Yes, why not.

4. What if you get more than 12 suggestions?

Then I'll pick the ones that seem most interesting to me.

5. Is there anything you won't read?

Yes. I don't want to read books in multiple volumes. 'Eye of the World' by Robert Jordan would be a bad choice, because I would have to read 14 books. I've already read that one though so no problem there.

I have to be able to get my hands on a copy of the book. That means from Amazon or the high street or the local library.

I don't want to read anything with a cover that will embarrass me too much on the train!

It can't be by an author I've already read something by. The whole point is to read stuff that's new to me.

6. Will you read my book?

If you are a published author (not self-published) then yeah, why not.

7. What's on the shortlist so far?

Already read:
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coban
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snickett
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collings
Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
The Affair of the Blood-Stained Tea Cosy by James Anderson
Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison
The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
Jumper by Steven Gould
Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler

Lined up:
Night of the Living Trekkies by David Anderson & Sam Stall
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey
The Mermaids Singing or The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid



Possibles:

The Bone People by Keri Hulme
On the Beach by Nevil Shute Norway
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
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Jim | 17th December 2011, 13:39  
Books on the shortlist so far, in no particular order:

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
On the Beach by Nevil Shute Norway
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

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