HAPPY NEW YEAR TWIGLETS! I hope you all had the most sparkly of Christmases and that your 2017 has gotten off to a wonderful start. ❤
There are few nicer feelings than the blank slate of a New Year, and I intend to put it to good use by getting right back on the blogging train after the crazy busy period that was the end of 2016. The dawn of a fresh 365 days means one thing and one thing only to a bookworm like myself: more sequels, new beginnings and hotly anticipated endings to fangirl over in all of their papery glory.
Here are my most anticipated releases for January through to May. I’ve used UK release dates here where possible, so there may be some discrepancy if you’re living elsewhere in the world.
Have I missed something awesome? Don’t forget to let me know what you’re waiting for this year!
Warding off the inevitable January blues are two debut novels. The much-hyped fantasy/magical realism beauty, Caraval, and YA murder mystery, City of Saints and Thieves, which is set in Kenya (Omg a YA book, set in Africa? FINALLY!). They both sound totally unique and utterly enthralling, and I’ll definitely be keeping some of my Christmas money back so I can get my hands on these babies.
- Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley (9th)
Just how pretty is that cover?! I read The Lies We Tell Ourselves (Talley’s first novel) in 2016 and I wasn’t overly impressed, so I’m hoping that this one will be a bit more up my street. Either way, the plot sounds great and I’m digging the focus on LGBT+ relationships and specifically lesbian and bisexual characters in 2017 YA. Long may it continue!
Cover love is becoming a bit of a recurring theme for 2017, but SERIOUSLY JUST LOOK AT THEM. Queens of Geek is another LGBT+ focused story that takes place at a ComicCon style convention, which really speaks to my inner nerd. I’ve heard great things about Laini Taylor’s writing, so hopefully Strange The Dreamer will hopefully fulfil my fantasy quota for March. There’s not much information out there yet, but there is a suitably dreamy blurb on Goodreads that has certainly piqued my interest.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (6th)
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (11th)
- Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer (11th)
April is another month shaping up to be a good’un, with two much-anticipated diverse reads and a dreamy sounding fantasy retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I’m hoping to read some more #ownvoices books this year and challenge myself to break out of my comfort zone and read more diversely, so I’m excited about The Hate U Give, which is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (2nd)
- Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh (2nd)
- Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (23rd)
This is the month where I can already taste my tears. A new Maas and a new Clare in one month?! The book gods are spoiling us. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll probably be surprised to see a Renee Adieh book on the list since I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Wrath and The Dawn, but I’m so in love with the idea of a Mulan retelling that I’m going to give her writing another chance. In all fairness though, I would be lying if I said this month is about anything other than Rhysand. *fans self*
What’s on your most-anticipated list for 2017, lovelies? Is there anything epic-sounding that has flown under my radar? Tell me all in the comments!