Word Nerd has been browsing through USAToday's listing of new winter books coming out.
Her day has been made.
1. The Painter of Battles, by Arturo Perez-Reverte. It's not the next book in his Captain Alatriste series, but his literary thrillers are so amazing that it doesn't matter.
2. The Learners, by Chip Kidd. Word Nerd loved (loved) Kidd's "The Cheese Monkeys," and all its wackiness. The Learners is the sequel and Word Nerd can't wait. (Oh, she's also the first person to put the book on hold at the Indianapolis library... just further proof her eagerness.)
The interactive book preview is here, for anyone who wants to check it out themselves. There are plenty of other titles on the list for all kinds of readers and in all sorts of genres.