Most Anticipated New Book Releases 2017

Whilst I’m typically a reader who gravitates towards backlist books more often than new releases – purely because I borrow 95% of books from the library and new releases aren’t easy to come across – a short amount of new releases do make it onto my radar that I can’t help but be excited for. I’ve tried to keep this list short and concise with only 13 books, enjoy!

June 

June 1st, The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett – This is an adult science fiction book with a really interesting premise. I’m mostly intrigued by the apocalyptic theme that will be present within this one.

June 27th, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee – I typically don’t read historical fiction but I’ve heard this book is so much fun and a ‘big gay 18th century road trip novel’ which also leaves me really excited. (This video by the author also made me really excited about this novel!)

July

July 11th, Because You Love to hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy – I blame V.E. Schwab for 31450752getting me hooked on villains with her novel Vicious. This anthology is different to most as booktubers are paired with authors to write one short story about a villainous protagonist. It features 13 authors, some of my favourites include Susan Dennard, Marissa Meyer and Victoria Schwab.

July 11th, Final Girls by Riley Sager – This story is about girls who were the only survivors of massacres, until the first ‘final girl’ of a massacre is found dead and now it’s believed that someone is trying to kill off all ‘final girls.’ That may have been a really poor explanation of this book but it’s what intrigued me to pick up this horror novel!

August

August 29th, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – This book is undoubtedly my very most anticipated release. I’m really excited for the upcoming novelisation of DC 29749085Icons, starting with Wonder Woman of course. I’ve only read Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, and although I wasn’t a fan of the entire series, I was positively addicted to her writing style. I’m really confident in this author and DC Icon couple!

August 29th, An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Caddock – I know very little about this book other than it’s a science fiction novel about a polymath princess and really that’s convinced me to read it. I also want to broaden my reading and I’m starting with science fiction!

 

September

September 12th, Warcross by Marie Lu – Marie Lu is a highly acclaimed author in the young adult book community. I’ve honestly only read Legend and I wasn’t really smitten with it. However this book about virtual reality and spies appeals to me very much. I believe the main character is a hacker.. and it’s making me reminiscent of the MTV show Eye Candy.

September 26th, There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins – marketed as a ‘fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted’ I hope Perkins delivers with this young adult horror story!

October

October 3rd, Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – I’m really interested to read more 33158561magical realism books

October 10th, All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – I know very little about this book and I think I’m going to keep it that way. But I’ve been having some serious withdrawals since the finale to The Raven Boys cycle.

November

November 7th, Renegades by Marissa Meyer – I read Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles a while back and those books were so much fun. I’m excited to see her tackling something that isn’t a fairy tale retelling (even though she has a knack for those!)

No set release date:

Fall Boys & Dizzy in Paradise by Jandy Nelson – I loved Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun and am so excited for this book as it’s also seems to follow sibling relationships. I’m not crazy about this title though as it is quite odd!

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – There is so little information about the Vicious sequel and I’m doubtful it will be release this year because of the lack of updates and knowledge on goodreads. It seems to be on a ‘can’t wait books of 2017’ list but it could potentially be a 2018 release.

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Thanks for reading as always and please let me know if you have any anticipated releases you need to get to this year! Carly

 

 

 

 

Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

Todays discussion is a Top 5 Wednesday topic where we’ll be discussing favourite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors. Here is a link to the group if you’d like to participate in any discussions.

I’m really excited for today’s discussion, as I haven’t done a T5W in a while. But I’m also really excited because as a queer reader, I get to talk about LGBTQ+ books.

Of course I had to cheat this week and recommend a little over five books – so hopefully there will be something for everybody looking to get into LGBT+ fiction.

Highly Commended –  If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

The protagonist, Sahar is so thoughtful and I loved following her stream of conscious  Although this book features some mature themes, I do think it’s accessible for a variety of audiences. This book discusses the religious and political aspects regarding homosexuality in Iran exceptionally well.

Honourable Mention – None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio 

The exposition of intersexuality by Gregorio was great. The author does a great job of immersing the reader into Kristen’s shoes, so the reader experiences everything alongside the narrator. More over, the way Gregorio personified her characters was great. I remember it being just a little bit juvenile for me, but other than that it was a great read.

5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The most polarizing aspects of this book are the writing style, the main protagonist Aristotle and also the plot or lack thereof. However it absolutely captivated me and I loved reading about Ari and Dante’s budding relationship, it was very sweet and heartfelt. This book is both racially and sexually diverse and the representation of Mexican culture and the family dynamics was particularly great.

4. Jerkbait by Mia Siergert 

An incredibly heartwarming read that deals with a plethora of heavy subjects such as suicide, homophobia and gender stereotyping. Tristan is such a likeable narrator, and watching his relationship with his twin Robbie blossom was one of my favourite aspects of the story. Whilst the story is in Tristan’s perspective, the author also excellently illustrates Robbie’s tragic story unfold through Tristan’s eyes.

3. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson’s heavy metaphorically induced writing style made me quite nostalgic about Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me Trilogy. Initially I felt very alienated by it, but as I got to know the characters and essentially became apart of their complicated relationships – I couldn’t help but love this story. In a dual then and now perspective, Nelson illustrates heartbreaking moments between the twins and their journey to reconciliation.

2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Of all the books I’m recommending to you today, this book is most definitely the tamest in regards to subject matter. It’s a cute, fluffy juvenile read, that felt really modern and I truly believe you can’t go wrong with it if that’s what you’re looking for. The progression of story was great as well. I can’t describe it to you other than how natural it felt. The author manages to construct really meaningful relationships between Simon and his friends and family and also Blue via emails. Also, the book was overall laugh out loud funny.

1. Cam Girl by Elliot Wake (formerly Leah Raeder)

Elliot Wake is one of my favourite authors. He has a hard-hitting, raw prose that is also beautifully lyrical. This book also deals with a lot of societal issues that I really appreciated and is both racially and sexually diverse. Wake is a transgender author, and has other LGBT+ related novels such as Black Iris and Bad Boy.  A lot of his work I would say is relatively dark and mature.

Thank you so much for reading my T5W list. If you have any LGBT+ books to recommend me please let me know in the comment section!