It is so weird to think at this time tomorrow, I will be in Chicago. I have less than seven hours to finish doing everything before I leave on the train at 5am.
I thought with ALA right around the corner, I would share the books I am heavily anticipating. The number is numerous but all these books are definite must-reads.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims
Dress Codes For Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
Out of these three, the one I’m most highly anticipating is Dress Codes For Small Towns. I read Stevens debut novel and loved it so much.
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Madness by Zac Brewer
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
I’ve loved both of Silvera’s books which were full of so much pain but also that super relatable element, most likely due to all the pain. Madness sounds amazing as well and also sad given the subject matter of wanting to commit suicide. I’ve only read The Truth About Alice by Mathieu but I love how her books always tackle serious subjects. I didn’t care for any of Perkins’ books but I can’t turn down this mystery filled book.
Wild Beauty by Anna Marie-McLemore
Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
Far From The Tree by Robin Benway
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
I’m towards the end of When The Moon Was Ours by McLemore and even from the first page I knew I would love it. Her magical realism is such a must-read that I know I need her newest title. Cotugno is a two times New York Times Bestseller and I love the sound of her books. I haven’t read any of them yet, but I do own them all.
I adored Emmy & Oliver from a few years ago so much that I’ve been dying for another Contemporary from Benway. I love that Far From The Tree is going to deal with adopted siblings because I love seeing that family dynamic.
I recently read Crazy by Amy Reed, a book I’d been meaning to read for actual years. Reed is another author that writes a lot about serious subject matter and I cannot wait to read The Nowhere Girls. Long Way Down and Dear Martin have been getting a ton of attention this year and can’t wait to read these much needed books.
Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
Three Sides of A Heart by various authors (Anthology)
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Mills, like Cotugno, is an author that I’ve heard a lot about and own books by, but haven’t actually read. Foolish Hearts may just be the first.
Meet Cute by various authors (anthology)
Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Meet Cute sounds like the cutest book ever. I love seeing how characters meet so I can’t wait for this anthology, especially since one of the authors is Lauren Gibaldi and I loved her debut The Night We Said Yes. Love, Hate and Other Filters is the last book that I am like, “I must get you or else it will be such a wasted opportunity”. Even better, Samira is signing at ALA so I will definitely be in line to meet her.
It is quite a bit of books, but I’m not expecting to get all of them, though I wouldn’t mind really having most of them, as you can see. I could do without Girls Made of Snow and Glass and The Hazel Wood just because they’re on the fantasy side and I usually stay away from that genre. I do love the fairytale side of the books.