Top Ten Tuesday: Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!
1) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: This should come as no surprise to anyone. I’d say it’s probably the most anticipated LGBTQ book of the year for most people! The cover is so cool and everyone who’s read it so far seems to think it’s absolutely amazing so. I AM SO EXCITED.
2) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: A FANTASY SET IN A ROME-LIKE WORLD. AND IT’S APPARENTLY REALLY BRUTAL AND DARK. AS ALL ROMAN AND ROMANESQUE SETTINGS SHOULD BE REALLY. The Classicist in me is flailing so hard. There’s so much hype surrounding this, I really hope it doesn’t let me down.
3) The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey: This is the UK cover! WHICH I PERSONALLY ADORE AND I THINK IT’S SO SO PRETTY and eminently superior to the US cover. So everyone says this is gonna be a good book for everyone who loves Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but I feel like that’s super difficult to live up to, surely, because Daughter of Smoke and Bone is absolutely amazing. But maybe I’m just cynical and this book will be as good as people say it is!
4) The Flywheel by Erin Gough: This one sounds like a really beautiful coming-of-age story about a queer girl! I had a look at the author’s blog and I’m already enamoured with her prose style, so I think I’m gonna love this one.
6) Paperweight by Meg Haston: This one will probably break my heart. A story about a girl with an eating disorder. I love the cover. I also love the blurb, especially the last sentence: “Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?”
7) Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward: OKAY SO DYSTOPIAN WITH GIRLFRIENDS!!! GIRLFRIENDS IN A DYSTOPIAN ALERT ALERT ALERT. The premise sounds super weird and creepy and intriguing: the earth starts bleeding and growing hair and bones! I’m totally in.
8) More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: YES. Another hotly anticipated LGBTQ novel! And yessss, intersectionality is where it’s at: “Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.”
9) Anything Could Happen by Will Walton: Another LGBTQ debut. Okay so David Levithan says this is good which probably means this is gonna be amazing. I just love stories like these. Something quiet and lovely and understated and real.
10) Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott: … Schoolgirl/teacher story. I know. BUT IT SOUNDS REALLY GOOD. (I still need to read Unteachable by Leah Raeder…) THE SOLE REVIEW FOR IT ON GOODREADS MAKES ME SO UNBEARABLY EXCITED.
11) Court of Fives by Kate Elliott: Well, Elliott is already a very established writer in adult SF, but this is her YA debut. I have no idea how the hell I’ve managed to never read any Elliott, so now that she’s publishing a YA book I AM DEFINITELY READING IT.
12) Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee: Um, historical fiction about a Chinese girl and a runaway slave and their friendship on the run!!! AND COWBOYS!!! A DIVERSE YA WESTERN, LIKE HOLY SHIT WHY ISN’T THIS IN MY LIFE ALREADY.
13) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: I just love the cover too much. A girl is outside to the allergic world. But she falls in love with her next door neighbour… “The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.” YES I LOVE ME SOME INNOVATIVE STORYTELLING METHODS.
There are actually more I could have included but I got lazy…..