It’s time for a list! A LIST, PEOPLES. I LOVE LISTS.
Sooooo… you know that reading slump I blogged about, like, aaaaaages ago? Well, I have improved – slightly – but I’m still not reading very much! I definitely haven’t read as much (or as quickly) as I did last year.
AND THAT’S OK. I’m not saying that it’s not OK – but it DOES mean that I’m soooo behind on my TBR list. And I’m super behind when it comes to reading books released either this year or last year! UGH. I need to work on this. Lovely new books are being published ALL THE FREAKING TIME, and my TBR list of older books is already long enough! So this post will be a combination of brand-new books and books that were published a few years ago.
1. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
UGH WATCHING SEASON FIVE WAS SO WEIRD. It combined the plots of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, but I’ve only read the first four books! I WAS A VERY CONFUSED LITTLE ENGIE WHEN I WATCHED GAME OF THRONES THIS SPRING. I really want to read this and figure out the differences between the book and the show – especially the stuff that happened to Jon, Sansa, Cersei, Dany, Tyrion, Shireen, Selyse, Jaime, Myrcella, Margaery, et cetera. UGH SO MANY CHARACTERS.
This is urban fantasy! Set in Prague! And that’s pretty much all I know about Daughter of Smoke & Bone, but I’m still super excited to read it because so many of my friends loved this book and recommended it to me.
3. Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman
I’ve read a bunch of LGBTQ+ books, but never one with an intersex protagonist! YAY FOR YA BOOKS THAT TALK ABOUT GENDER YAY YAY.
4. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’m not completely sure about this one because I’ve heard that it has a lot of purple prose – but hey, I’ll give it a try! Who knows, maybe I’ll be IN AWE of the artsy writing style?!
5. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
I REALLY, REALLY WANT TO READ A ZOMBIE BOOK. I’ve never read one before! I’ve only read short stories with zombies. (Clarification: Stories ABOUT zombies. But I’ve never sat down with a zombie and read to it, either. Because I am scared that it would devour my brain.)
6. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I ACTUALLY BORROWED THIS ONE FROM THE LIBRARY TWO DAYS AGO. It’s an adorable love story! With LGBTQ+ characters! And online friendships! And Oreos! HOW CAN I NOT READ THIS.
7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I borrowed this one recently too! I get ridiculously excited to hear about any new YA dystopians, don’t I?! I’ve seen some mixed reviews on this story, but… it’s not like I have to finish the series if I end up not liking it!
8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
GOSH, that title is a mouthful, isn’t it?! I know next to nothing about this book other than that A) it has a beautiful cover, B) it won a bunch of awards, and C) it’s a love story (?) between a gay guy and a bi (?) guy and at least one of them isn’t white? I think? IF SO THEN YAY FOR DOUBLE DIVERSITY.
I haven’t read much YA high fantasy! I think Sabriel by Garth Nix might actually be the ONLY one I’ve read so far! I love YA urban fantasy (like Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle and Rick Riordan’s books and Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series), but I haven’t really tried YA high fantasy. So I’m EXCITED for something different!
10. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
LESBIANS. LESBIANS EVERYWHERE. AKSLHGALKGHALDGDGD LESBIANS. Also I’ve heard that this book deals with some topics that aren’t frequently addressed in LGBTQ+ fiction? Like families who don’t support their queer children as much as they claim to, and abusive romantic relationships? GOOD. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS.
Now it’s YOUR turn – what are some books that you want to read due to all the hype surrounding them? Are you eager to read any of the same books I listed here? OOH YOU SHOULD ALSO TELL ME ABOUT THE LAST HYPED BOOK YOU READ. Do you think it deserves its hype?!