There’s a lot going on with Twitter recently that’s incredibly disheartening, so I thought I’d try to bring a bit of positivity.
If you’re not sure what’s going on, there’s basically been a lot of biphobia and transphobia (by prominent members of the community) and no apology whatsoever. So a lot of people are hurting. But I’m not going to talk any more about that, because plenty of people have written better Twitter threads than I ever could, and my blog doesn’t feel like the place to continue the discussion. So let’s talk books instead.
I have a TON of books on my 2017-TBR that I’m really excited to read.
Here’s my 2017 releases Goodreads list if you’re interested. There are 119. I’m not sorry. But anyway, here are some of the ones I’m MOST looking forward to. PS I’m not putting release dates because I still don’t have wi-fi and am therefore using data, BUT I will put the Goodreads links in 🙂
WILD BEAUTY by Anna Marie McLemore
Anna Marie McLemore writes with INCREDIBLE beauty and magic. She’s a Latina author and this one is about gardens and secrets and love and it looks INCREDIBLE. Plus her 2018 book BLANCA AND ROJA is about a game where two sisters are rivals and the losing girl becomes a swan. Basically she’s my new auto-buy author.
STARFISH by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Art school, Japanese-American main character (Kiko) and anxiety. Sounds like my kinda book.
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust
Ummmmm feminist reiminaging of Snow White? YES PLEASE. And apparently it is f/f, so…one more reason to read it. But there are so many brilliant retellings appearing and I am A FAN.
THE SEAFARER’S KISS by Julia Ember
Another retelling! Another f/f! This one’s about mermaids and omg, apart from INGO, I have not read a single mermaid book I like. You should read Ingo though.
THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS by Lauren Karcz
This is a book in which the MC’s art BECOMES PART OF REAL LIFE. Frick yeah. Also, Latina author and magical realism, woohoo!
ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han
Because…who is NOT excited for this book??? I can’t wait to see how it all ends!
FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao
Last time I talked about this book it didn’t have a cover, and now look at the beauty!! Julie is such a lovely presence on Twitter and I can’t wait to read this East Asian fantasy with BAD-ASS women.
DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
Because I LOVED Every Heart a Doorway (which features an ace protagonist, if you’re wondering). Except this one’s about twin sisters Jack (Jackqueline) and Jill (Jillian). Soooo excited.
NOTEWORTHY by Riley Redgate
Chinese-American bi MC and a capella (and she’s an ALTO, praise the flying spaghetti monster). Everyone has had excellent things to say about this one.
HOW TO MAKE A WISH by Ashley Herring Blake
Music!! F/f!! We have a biracial lesbian ballet dancer and a bi pianist, which are all of my favourite things.
THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera
I haven’t had much luck with Adam Silvera’s writing YET. But I feel like I’m always so close, so I’m going to give this one a go.
WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon
Everyone has been LOVING this rom-com about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. So excited to read it.
THE BOOK OF DUST by Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials is one of my favourite series of all time, AND THERE’S FINALLY ANOTHER BOOK. It’s like…kind of a sequel, kind of a prequel, with different characters but lots of cameos. Actually I don’t even know if it’s YA but I’m chucking it in here regardless.
LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert
If you haven’t read Pointe by Brandy Colbert you definitely need to (also…all the ballet books I’ve read seem to be by black authors, which I am so happy about). It’s about a sibling relationship, and the MC (“Little” to her brother) is black, Jewish and bi. Her brother has bipolar disorder so I hear it’s also about how that affects a family. But anyway it looks incredible.
TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY by Kathryn Ormsbee
Vlogging!! Ace protagonist!! Internet fame! The early reviews have been SO POSITIVE and this is now one of my most anticipated books for the next few months.
GIRL OUT OF WATER by Laura Silverman
Laura is an incredible force on Twitter and she’s always so lovely. It’s about surfing and family and caring for her younger cousins. Can’t wait to read.
QUEER, THERE AND EVERYWHERE by Sarah Prager
The first LGBTQIA+ history book for young adults, so…gimme.
THE BUILD-UP SEASON by Megan Jacobson
My only #LoveOzYA on this list, because a lot of my anticipated ones have already come out! Prank wars, Darwin and family – sounds excellent.
SO. That was exhausting. And you can tell I am clearly a contemporary lover. I hope that gives you all some new books for your TBRs!
That’s not even all the books I’m looking forward to…I had to cut down so it wouldn’t take me seven million years.
Are there any here that you’re looking forward to? Some that aren’t on my list you can’t wait for?