I was debating about whether to post this because I knew prior to writing this post, that it would take quote a long time to do all my research and explain my reasons why. This list is a compilation of books that I've seen around Twitter and Goodreads. I also took the time to look through a 2017 Book Release list but didn't get to all of the books. I'd love to know in the comments about some of your anticipated releases but without further ado, here are some of mine...
1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
I feel like there is always one release that bloggers constantly hassle publishers for. This title is that book for me. I've sent multiple emails to the publishers in hopes of receiving an early copy and have, quite literally, drooled over the ARCs that were sent to my fellow bloggers. When Dimple Met Rishi is a 2017 release about two Indian-American teens who are arranged to be married by their parents. My sole reason in being excited for this book is not just the wonderfully diverse cover, but also the influence of Indian culture and values. Keep in mind, this year I'm trying to widen my scope of the diverse books that I read, and I think this is a really invaluable one to have on my list.
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This fierce 2017 release is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and it's a story about social injustice, racism and police brutality. For February, I'll be reading All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Keily, another book that discovers racism and police brutality. I'm interested in this new release because I also think, along with reading All American Boys, it would give me greater awareness of the BLM movement and the prevalence of African Americans in our world and how important PoC are.
3. Flame In the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
I don't even think I have to say anything for this book! The Wrath and the Dawn was my favorite book of 2015 and although the sequel didn't live up to my expectations, I'm a suck for slow burn romances and magic in a fantasy world with a diverse cast. Flame In the Mist is titled as a vague Mulan retelling. HOLY SHIT Mulan?? MU-FREAKING-LAN. Set in feudal Japan, this book is Renee's second series and it's very different from her debut series, which is why I'm intrigued. I'm so excited about this one, guys! It hurts.
4. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
I'm one of those people who didn't think that a third book was necessary, but hey, I am not complaining! Jenny Han's writing is so captivating and funny. I find that her contemporary novels are so easy to read and her characters are so easy to relate to. I've loved the first two books, and I'm excited to see where Han takes the story.
5. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
LOL It's A Court of Wings and Ruin, what else needs to be said?
6. Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate
As a huge Lunar Chronicles fan, I feel that I am obligated to go out and purchase this graphic novel of the series. I do actually want to read it but seeing how I don't read many graphic novels, I know it's not top priority. I still want to add it to my collection though because I know that this graphic novel is giving the readers a chance to see what the characters and the world looks like.
7. The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye
I was lucky enough to read the first book as an ARC, and I absolutely loved it. I recently received word that I would be receiving an ARC of book 2, so I'm kind of freaking out now. The first book was whimsical, fun and thrilling. And if the ending of the first book was any consolation, then I need this second installment in my hands ASAP. I'm just praying that Skye doesn't leave us hanging at the end of this book!
8. Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
I've been hearing this book gain a lot of traction lately, and I'm glad this book was brought to my attention. After reading Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst this month, I'm now so invested in finding a lot of great f/f romances. The MC Aki is a bisexual and this story is about falling in love, no matter who it might be. I also believes this book follows a lot more serious topics like... sex. Yeah, I said the 's' word!
9. Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
Laura Silverman is one of the most outspoken and courageous people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting on book twitter. Constantly speaking about injustice on social media, I totally want to support her book and the story. I believe this book features disabled characters as well! I know that this story is going to be a wonderfully true reflection of the author, as she is an unwavering presence in the book community.