I’m aware that this post is extremely late, what with it being the second week of February. I had some health issues during 2017 that meant that I completely lost my enthusiasm for blogging, as well as my confidence in my ability to write anything worth reading. But things are looking up, and I am excited for 2018 and what it might bring, and I wanted to share that excitement by writing about the books I am most looking forward to reading this year!
Ironheart by Jodi McAlister
I have already read (and loved) this book, and written a review on it which I posted last week, but it was the first book that I had been anticipating the release of this year so I felt like I had to include it in this list. A great continuation of a wonderful series by an Aussie author, this book has already made it onto my favourites shelf!
Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce is one of my all-time favourite authors; I have read every single on of her published works, most of them multiple times, and I have had this book on pre-order for months. Pierce creates incredible worlds full of diverse, multi-dimensional characters who represent every aspect of mankind, and her incredible female leads meant so much to me growing up. If you haven’t read any of her work before, I highly recommend it – start with the Immortals series, as her new series focuses on one of the main characters from those books in his earlier years.
Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are one of my favourite writing duos, and I am so excited to read their latest book. I am particularly eager because the two protagonists of this book are twins; I have a feeling that reading their alternate chapters will be particularly enjoyable, and I can’t wait to see where these two wonderful authors take things.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
I adore books that are set in the same universe but that have different narrators and focuses, and Becky Albertalli’s Simon-verse is on of my favourite examples of this being done absolutely brilliantly. I can’t wait to find out what happens next to the characters I grew to love in Simon Vs the Homosapien’s Agenda, and I am really intrigued to see the story unfold from Leah’s point of view.
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give was probably the most powerful book I read last year; it left me in tears on more than one occasion, and it gave me an insight into a story and experience that is incredibly different to my own. It left me feeling empowered and motivated, and from what I’ve seen, it did even more for the people who found themselves represented within its pages in ways they often hadn’t before. Angie Thomas is such an incredible writer, and I can’t wait to see what she has got in store in On The Come Up.
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
Like Leah on the Offbeat, Puddin‘ is set in the same universe as its predecessor, Dumplin’, but follows supporting characters from the first book. Dumplin’ became a favourite of mine as soon as I read it, and I can’t wait to see what Julie Murphy has planned for this next instalment. Her message of body positivity and loving yourself for who you are is one that I think is so important, and her portrayal of the struggles you can feel on the path to self love is so wonderfully real. Reading Dumplin’ left me feeling inspired and confident, and I am fairly confident that Puddin’ is going to have the same effect.
The list above is fairly short, as I’ve tried to limit it to those books that I am most eager to read; the books that I have put on pre-order and will be reading the day they come out. There are many, many more books that I am excited for this year, and hopefully more will be announced as the year goes by – my to-read on goodreads is growing almost every day, and I know that I am never going to run out of books to read!
What books are you most excited for this year? Are there any that aren’t on this list that you think I should know about? I love receiving recommendations based on the books I talk about, so if there are any books or authors that you think I would enjoy, please don’t hesitate to share them in the comments!