I’ve never really been very good at keeping up with new releases. I don’t usually have a clue which books are coming out unless I’m actively waiting for another instalment in a series or another work from a beloved author. I think the main reason for this is that I’ve been converted to a library-goer, and so have to wait a little while for these new books to be available.
I do want to be in on new releases however, because I often find that I reach them just as the hype is fading, and people have already discussed them and moved on. Apart from other people’s blog posts and BookTube videos I didn’t even know where to look for new releases until I found Goodreads’ handy new release threads. I thought I’d share my thoughts on some books that are either currently in the midst of a massive hype, or ones that I’m eagerly anticipating the release of!
(Publication dates are UK ones)
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Synopsis) – 31st January 2017
I think it’s fair to say that this book has been taking the YA circles by storm in the last few months. Possibly I’m a little bit behind the hype, but I’ve heard so many good things about Caraval that I think I need to know what people are talking about. Plus I’m really in the mood for a good YA fantasy to get stuck into, so hopefully this will provide!
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Synopsis) – 1st April 2017
THIS. I’ve been waiting for something new by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ever since I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe a while back. It’s possible that he’s one of my auto-buy authors, and I need more of his beautiful language and wonderful characters in my life, thank you very much. I will definitely be picking this up as soon as I can get my hands on it.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Synopsis) – 6th April 2017
I feel like anyone even remotely bookish would have expected this title to be on here – all I am hearing about at the minute is this book. WordPress, Instagram, Twitter… everywhere I look I’m seeing pictures of and discussions about it. The second that I heard what it was about I added it to my to-read list; I feel like this book is going to have a lasting impact on YA literature for a long time. I don’t read enough diverse books or books with social commentary that is relevant precisely to the modern day, so I really think this one is going to be an important one to be going on with.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (Synopsis) – 11th April 2017
I saw Tolkien mentioned in the synopsis of this novel. That’s got to be the first major tick in the this-book-needs-to-be-on-my-tbr box, if such a wondrous box existed. At first glance it’s very clearly another YA contemporary but something tells me this one is going to avoid some of the clichés that I’m tired of seeing used over and over again. I just feel like it’s going to be a really nice, feel-good read (I really hope it is, because the last few contemporaries I’ve read really have not been).
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul (Synopsis) – 2nd May 2017
This one keeps popping up in photos especially around the internet; it is a collection of essays about the experience of growing up as the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada. This will only be the second collection of essays in a book that I’ve ever read, and I’m so intrigued as to how Scaachi Koul is going to work ‘intimate, wise and laugh-out-loud funny dispatches’ into what are very hard-hitting yet important themes to tackle such as racism and gender norms.
Reading through this, I’ve realised that this is a pretty short post in comparison to the ridiculously long (possibly too long? Who knows…) posts I normally write, but there’s only so much you can say about a book you haven’t read! Some of them, especially THUG and ODWABDANOTWM (that is the longest book acronym ever, blimey) are potentially going to make me break my book-buying ban* as I just don’t think I can wait much longer to read them!
*Update: I did break my book-buying ban. Oops.
Have you read any of these? Let me know what you thought of them and whether they deserve the hype surrounding them!