I know all of you in the Northern Hemisphere are gearing up to finally feel some warmth against your skin again but you would not believe how ready I am for Summer to be over. Sydney was pretty horrid this year and I cannot, for the life of me, take another 40*C day. Aside from the weather, I’m also super excited for all the wonderful book releases that are coming up in the next three months!
Below I have 20 books that I’m looking forward to over the next season and even that list isn’t exhaustive. So while I’m going to be a happy reader, my bank account is probably going to be a little less excited. But hey, you need to spend your money on something right *she says as she spends her money on everything*?
Anyway, make sure you let me know what books you’re looking forward to this season (because I could always be persuaded to do more damage to me TBR ;)). Withou further ado, on to the list!
This book is probably on a lot of people’s radars, purely because of how popular Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe is. Although it isn’t the much sought after sequel, it still promises to be a fantastic read and I’m ready to get my emotions played with again by Mr Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
Despite the very mixed pre-release reviews for this book, I am still incredibly excited to read The Bone Witch because a) it features a diverse cast which is always a good thing and b) it has a villain witch MC which I am ALL FOR. Also, that cover is next level beautiful.
The first of three MG new releases that I’m looking forward to this month, Amina’s Voice follows Pakistani-American Amina as she struggles with the question of whether fitting in is more important than sense of self. I will read practically anything with South Asian representation in it and so I’m happy that I’m going to be able to read this really soon.
This book has been on my radar for quite a while because not only does it have ridiculously high pre-release reviews, it’s also set at a convention (a la Comic Con) and also features a cast of diverse characters! It’s quite a short, fast read and I can’t wait to devour it this month.
Hello, Universe is the second MG book on my list and it sounds, simply put, delightful. It follows 4 kids who are thrown together under pressing circumstances and basically just seems like a fast-paced, interesting adventure story with multidimensional characters and relationships.
I actually only read the A Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy recently and despite being really late on that bandwagon, I was absolutely enthralled by Laini Taylor’s vivid fantasy world. Strange the Dreamer only promises more of this excellence and I have it on good authority that this book has definitely been worth the wait.
Ever since I read The Star Touched Queen and was swept away by Roshani Chokshi’s mesmerizing writing and beautiful world, I have been clambering to get my hands on the companion novel. I only expect great things from this book and I can’t wait to see what Gauri, our protagonist, has been up to since we left her in TSTQ!
The last of the MG releases I’m looking forward to this month, The Gauntlet has been described as “steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair” and if that’s not enough to peak your interest, I’m not sure what could be. It sounds like another fantastic adventure tale with great characters and I’m really looking forward to picking it up.
I have a thing for books that feature super-geniuses (I don’t know, it’s just my thing) and so I’m really excited for The Secret Science of Magic which features an MC that is incredibly smart but also deals with social anxiety. Beyond that, it features magic, science, romance and all that good stuff – basically everything I’m looking for in a YA contemporary.
I find that light contemporaries are just what I need to get me out of dreaded reading slumps and Alex, Approximately sounds like it will fit the bill perfectly. It’s YA retelling of You’ve Got Mail (which, because I’m just a touch behind on the times, I still haven’t watched), and features a trope that I kind of adore (online crush turns out to be real life nemesis) so hopefully it doesn’t disappoint.
I don’t think this inclusion needs any further explanation but I’m so hyped for another contemporary by Becky Albertalli! I adored Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda (like a lot of the world) and The Upside of Unrequited promises to be as amazing whilst remaining wholly true to itself – featuring fat MCs, F/F relationships and characters with anxiety, it sounds like such a fantastic read!
I say this all the time, but Australia YA doesn’t get nearly the amount of appreciation it deserves! Now, I would probably buy this anthology solely for the absolutely stunning cover but it also has so many amazing authors contributing to it as well – so much so that I probably couldn’t choose the ones I’m most excited to read.
Rick Riordan’s book releases are like spots of sunshine in my otherwise dull year and I always look forward to them. Although accused of being formulaic, I truly adore Rick Riordan’s classic mix of humour, unruly demigods and even more unruly deities and I’m sure The Dark Prophecy is going to be no different.
I feel like I have been waiting for this book my WHOLE LIFE (even though, realistically, it’s only been a couple of months). The Love Interest is about two spies who are on a mission to win over a girl and instead, fall in love with each other instead. This book has just about every trope I could possibly want and I’M SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED TO FINALLY READ IT.
Although The Crown’s Game received a lot of mixed reviews, I absolutely loved it (you can find my review here) and so I’m really excited to get onto the sequel! If you didn’t know, these books are historical fantasies set in Imperial Russia and have a heavy focus on magic and magicians – they’re just really cool and you should definitely give them a try.
Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and The Dawn duology has proven that she has a special talent with retellings and so I have high expectations for Flame in the Mist – a (quasi) retelling of Mulan set in Feudal Japan. Plus it’s another one with a GORGEOUS cover so Bookstagram pictures, here I come!
Yes this is like the 100th Shadowhunter book that Cassandra Clare has released but what can I say, Lady Midnight was spectacular and that ending has had me grasping for the sequel ever since I finished. Although a little disappointed by the cover (it kind of looks a high school Photoshop project), I’m sure the actual book is going to be AGNST-VILLE which I’m very happy about.
I’ve already been lucky enough to read this book but I’ve included it on the list because I’M SO EXCITED FOR ALL OF YOU TO READ IT. When Dimple Met Rishi is everything that was missing from the YA genre – a cute, funny and wonderfully geeky contemporary about two Indian teens who find themselves thrown together by their misguided but well-meaning parents.
You probably didn’t know this about me but I am a sucker for a good Korean drama and so a YA contemporary based off them? Sign me up! Added to that, this book just sounds downright adorable and hilarious and the MC, Desi, sounds so relatable – I’m so glad authors are coming out with diverse cute contemporaries because we are seriously lacking!
Until next time,