Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:
December 26: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018 (These could be new releases, or books you resolve to read, ten debuts we are looking forward to, etc.)
I am obviously looking forward to more than these ten book releases in 2018, but I had to narrow it down to ten (which was so difficult!). These are in order of publication. I didn’t add titles like What if It’s Us to this list because the cover hasn’t been revealed yet and I didn’t want to mess up the lay-out of my post.
synopsis: Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?
Love, Hate and Other Filters is set to be released on January 16th, yet I have the feeling so many of my friends have read it already (and loved it)! I mentioned this novel a couple of months ago on my blog and I’m still very much looking forward to reading it.
synopsis: When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen’s house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm–and what’s worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.
Mysteriously, Ivy’s drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks–and hopes–that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings?
I read How To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake early 2017 and I loved it, so I definitely plan on reading all of her work. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World will be published on March 6th. A queer middle grade novel? Sign me up!
synsopsis: In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin’s real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with an incarcerated mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa’s view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn’t need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.
I received an e-ARC from the publisher and re-reading this synopsis makes me want to pick up Like Vanessa ASAP! This middle grade novel will be released on March 13th. I’m really excited to read this because it sounds heartbreaking yet positive, and I love that.
synopsis: When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.
The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.
I’m usually not a fan of real people on book covers, but I’m in love with the cover of Tyler Johnson Was Here! I can’t wait to read this masterpiece inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, set to be released on March 20th.
synopsis: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Becky Albertalli is one of my favourite authors and I will read everything she writes. Leah on the Offbeat will be released on April 24th and stars Leah Burke from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I am so excited to read about a fat, bisexual girl and I’m hoping I will love this as much as Albertalli’s other work. On another note, I can’t get offboat out of my head since the title was released 😮 IT’S NOT EVEN A WORD!
synopsis: Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when–as the eldest daughter–she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn’t lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens–after an accidental run-in with the son of her village’s corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family’s servant to pay off her own family’s debt.
Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal–especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s growing awareness of the Khans’ nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.
Written in the Stars was one of my favourite reads of 2017, so I’m very keen to pick up Saeed’s middle grade debut! I don’t read middle grades often, but I really want to, so I am living for these Young Adult authors “expanding their horizon”. Amal Unbound will be published on May 8th.
synopsis: “I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”
Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie.
As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.
This synopsis stresses me out, but I have faith in Ashley Herring Blake. Girl Made of Stars is set to be released on May 15th, but I have an e-ARC of it so I’ll most likely read and review it beforehand.
synopsis: Holly West at Swoon Reads has bought Queens of Geek author Jen Wilde’s LGBTQ+ YA contemporary novel, The Brightsiders, in which a teen drummer navigates old family struggles, paparazzi, and coming out as bisexual after she’s branded Hollywood’s latest train wreck. Publication is set for summer 2018; Lauren Spieller at Triada US Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
I loved Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, so I definitely want to pick up The Brightsiders, expected May 22nd. Though I love the colours of the bi flag, I am not a huge fan of this cover. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll buy a physical copy.
synopsis: A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro’s Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of a community living within a system of oppression.
Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks.
Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.
When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.
I literally just read this synopsis for the first time and OH MY GOD IT SOUNDS SO GOOD! Anger is a Gift will also be published on May 22th. According to some reviewers, this book does not only explore race, but queer issues as well. I am so excited already!
synopis: Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.
History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features sixteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill.
A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients—and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, a water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.
I’d really like to read more anthologies next year and Toil and Trouble is certainly on my TBR. I adore Tess Sharpe and I cannot wait to read these tales about witches, set to be published on August 28th.
Like I said, there are many books I couldn’t fit on this list, because it’s Top 10 Tuesday after all. Besides, I haven’t been on top of things lately and have yet to add a bunch of titles to my TBR on Goodreads.
Anyway, what are some 2018 releases you are dying to read? Please let me know in the comments!
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