This week’s Top 5 Wednesday’s topic is pretty self-explanatory, though it’s not only about telling people about the books we’re looking forward to, such as sequels or something new about a really famous author. It’s also meant to showcase new authors and their upcoming books. To be completely honest, I haven’t really discovered many new authors, at least new to me – also because this year I’m trying to focus on reading more of the books I already own, than buying new. (Although, I must admit, by the look of it I’ll probably be buying a lot of books this year.)
Let’s get on with it then. Here are the new books I’m looking forward to read this year:
History Is All You Left Me (Adam Silvera)
January 17th 2017
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life. (Goodreads)
I haven’t read anything by Adam Silvera yet, but I’ve always wanted to read More Happy Than Not. It just seems so interesting and something I would really like. This one too has so much potential, but I think I want to read More Happy Than Not first to be honest and wait to see what the people I’m following on bookstagram say about this one. I’m just not so sure about it because it’s not something I usually read.
The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
February 28th 2017
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.(Goodreads)
This one is another one with great potential but at the same time it’s such a sensitive theme. I’m not entirely sure about it yet. Another things that I’m not so sure about is the fact that the movie rights have already been sold even though the books hasn’t even come out yet. It could be great (both the book and the movie) but it could also be a disaster.
Strange the Dreamer (Laini Taylor)
March 28th 2017
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep. (Goodreads)
I still haven’t finished reading Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy but this book’s fantasy world seems very, very interesting and different from what I usually read. I’m really looking forward to reading it and looking forward to reading Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
The Upside of Unrequited (Becky Albertalli)
April 11th 2017
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
This one appeals to me for the same reasons Strange the Dreamer appeals to me. It’s different from what I usually read but I loved Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and I’m sure I’ll love this one too!
A Court of Wings and Ruin (Sarah J. Maas)
(SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS)
May 2nd 2017
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. (Goodreads)
This is the book I’m most excited about! I’ve been pretty much obsessed with this series ever since I read A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s one of those books you just can’t put down. Sarah J. Maas’s writing is absolutely amazing. She’s great at finding just the right words to make you cry and laugh, break your heart and make you want more & A Court of Mist and Fury was even better than the first one!!! I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS BOOK!
Lord of Shadows (Cassandra Clare)
(SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK)
May 23rd 2017
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late. (Goodreads)
I love all of Cassandra Clare’s books! The Mortal Instruments series is my favorite but The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices are close behind. Lady Midnight was great and it made everyone fall in love with the Blackthorn family and Emma – with Julian and Emma the most. (Those two will be the death of me!!) So I’m super excited to reading this book!
Godsgrave (Jay Kristoff)
September 5th 2017
No description or real cover available yet. (Goodreads)
I’m sure I’m going to love this book, since I loved the prequel and I love every Jay Kristoff book that I’ve already read.
UNTITLED (Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman)
The third (and last?) book of The Illuminae Files. It takes place on the planet of Kerenza. (Goodreads)
This is one of my favorite book series of all time and Jay Kristoff is one of my favorite authors of all time so it’s needless to say this is the book I’m most looking forward to this year.
Are you looking forward to any of these? Or is there any other book that’s being published this year that I should look out for? Comment below!