It’s April and spring is in the air! To celebrate the sudden warm weather and sunshine we’ve been having, I wanted to discuss some of my most anticipated reads for this season, and why I’m excited for their release.
1. The Hate U Give
Release date: April 6th 2017
Reason I’m excited: The Hate U Give and ACOL are my two most anticipated reads for 2017, so I’m incredibly excited that THUG is finally out in the world (today!). This book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and follows a young black girl who witnesses one of her best friends being shot by the police (that’s not a spoiler – it’s on the blurb). I’ve not picked up THUG yet, but from what I’ve read about it, this book is hugely important in educating people about issues with police brutality and racism towards black people, and everyone should read it.
2. Queens of Geek
Release date: March 14th 2017
Reason I’m excited: It’s about four friends who go to a convention. A CON. I’m so excited to read this because I’m a massive fan of conventions (and have been to several) but I’m so mad at myself because I had an ARC of this and it expired before I got a chance to read it!
3. You’re Welcome Universe
Release date: March 7th 2017
Reason I’m excited: This book features an MC who is deaf and a graffiti artist, which is potentially one of the most unique and interesting combination of character traits I’ve ever heard of, and I’m desperate to read about her.
4. A Crown of Wishes
Release date: March 28th 2017
Reason I’m excited: I just read The Star-Touched Queen and although I enjoyed it I wasn’t blown away by it, but I’ve heard that ACOW is better than the first book. It also follows a character who I really liked from the first book and I’m eager to see what happens in her plot arc.
5. A Court of Wings and Ruin
Release date: May 2nd 2017
Reason I’m excited: The cliffhanger at the end of ACOMAF punched me right in the heart and I am so ready for more adventures in the night court. ACOTAR had several significant problems, but ACOMAF went some way to resolving a few of these issues and I’m curious to see whether ACOWAR will go even further. Plus, I loved the main gang of characters and can’t wait for more of them. Mor and Amren are queens.
6. The Upside of Unrequited
Release date: April 11th 2017
Reason I’m excited: Excellent diverse rep, including (but not limited to) lesbian characters, a pansexual character, gay characters, black and Korean-American characters, and a Jewish MC. Also has positive mental health rep and is about navigating relationships as a teenager. Basically, this sounds amazing.
7. Strange the Dreamer
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Reason I’m excited: I’m currently reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I’ve fallen a little bit in love with Laini Taylor’s writing. So naturally I now want to read everything she’s ever written.
8. When Dimple Met Rishi
Release Date: July 13th 2017
Reason I’m excited: Heart-warming YA about arranged marriage that doesn’t automatically condemn it as an inherently negative engagement? Sign me up.
9. Exit West
Publication Date: March 7th 2017
Reason I’m excited: I tripped and tell on the hype train for this one. It’s about a young boy and girl who find love in the midst of civil war and it just sounds excellent.
10. Lambs Can Always Become Lions
Publication Date: May 15th 2017
Reason I’m excited: It’s a female retelling of Robin Hood. Of course I’m excited. The author is also such a sweetheart on Twitter and I want to support her writing in every way possible!
So these are just ten of the books I’m looking forward to during spring! What are some of your most anticipated seasonal reads? Let me know in the comments!