My list for 2013 for the TBR Pile Challenge:
Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin - I love New York and am so looking forward to getting to know Brooklyn.
Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran - I won an ARC copy of this years ago, and it's languished though I know I will love it.
Hamlet's Dresser, by Bob Smith - I heard about this on a blog awhile ago, got it, and promptly forgot about it, but the back cover promises that it is "a portrait of a person made whole by art."
The Testament of Mariam, by Ann Swinfen - a gift from the author, it's about the sister of Jesus.
The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro - why haven't I read this book yet? I know I will love it.
The Virginian, by Owen Wister - I bought my copy roughly 35 years ago in a used bookstore and have been meaning to read it ever since. Someone told me it references Emma, so that should be fun!
The Whiskey Rebels, by David Liss - I love historical fiction, and I've heard Liss is at the top of the game.
Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver - I am really becoming a Kingsolver fan, and as a gardner need to go back and finally read this novel.
The Ninth Daughter, by Barbara Hamilton - the first in a mystery series with Abigail Adams as the slueth. I'm expecting this to be a lot like the Stephanie Barron Jane Austen mysteries. I adore Abigail Adams so I hope it's good and worthy of her.
Cleopatra's Daughter, by Michelle Moran - I got this shortly after I finished Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff, and then I saw another shiny object and this novel has been waiting patiently ever since.
The Leopard, by Guiseppe di Lampedusa - so many of the Regency and Victorian authors and poets I admire were inspired by Italy that I really am trying to educate myself about Italian life and politics. This is a novel set in the 1860's that is reputed to be excellent.
Katherine, by Anya Seton - again, I've heard this book is so wonderful and yet it sits on my shelf, pining for my attention.
Alternates, which I will probably end up reading anyway:
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley - gotta follow the crowd on this one!
1876, by Gore Vidal - I loved his Lincoln, and I really have a gap in knowledge when it comes to the latter part of the 19th century.