Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is “top ten 2015 releases I meant to get to but didn’t.”
…this is me. THIS IS SO ME. I suuuuck at staying up to date on the latest releases. Actually, my problem isn’t that I don’t know about them, but that I do know about them – all about them – and then just don’t get around to reading them. I can rattle off a whole bunch of recent and upcoming YA releases if you asked me to, but I usually only read a few per year because I get distracted.
I’m really, really bad at this. SO BAD. THE WORST.
This list ties in quite nicely with my New Year’s resolution to get my TBR list under control, so I’ll have to refer back to it whenever I feel like I have nothing to read! Because… you and I both know that’s a LIE. I have SO MUCH to read. SO MUCH, PEOPLES. HELPPPPP.
This is a true story! It’s about a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and her parents – and their multiple legal battles to ensure that the schools she attended didn’t discriminate against her. I was flipping through this book earlier today, and the writing style seems really engaging!
2. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Things I have heard about this book: The protagonist is a self-described “fat girl” who enters a beauty pageant, there’s tons and tons of body positivity, and female friendship plays a major role. UM YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.
3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This book has elements from both Roman and Middle Eastern culture! From what I’ve heard, it seems to be… dystopian fantasy, I suppose? For lack of a better term? (OMG, I have like half a post written about fantasy like that because it’s a subgenre I love. I should finish that up and publish it soon, probably. Mostly it’s just me having emotions about Skulduggery Pleasant.)
…sooooo, I’ve mentioned this before, but I am not a huge fan of M/M and F/M couples in most genres. I can’t get enough of F/F pairings in any genre, but M/M and F/M? They pretty much have to be from fantasy or science fiction books to hold my interest, or I end up throwing the book against the wall because I don’t handle most YA contemporaries well. Carry On is about two queer boys in a world inspired by Harry Potter, though, so I expect to have much better luck with it!
(I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately… the other day I was talking to one of my friends about not being all that surprised that I shipped the canon F/M and fanon M/M pairings in Star Wars because OMG CUTIES IN SPACE. DOING SPACE STUFF. Romance in science fiction > romance in contemporaries. Also, this prompted me to draft another half a post. IN ADDITION TO SLACKING OFF ON READING NEW BOOKS, I ALSO SLACK OFF WHEN IT COMES TO ACTUALLY FINISHING MY FANDOM-Y POSTS. UGH.)
5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
So I know I JUST said I’m easily bored by M/M in YA contemporaries, but I have heard approximately 3694752 good things about this book, from some of the bloggers whose reviews I trust most. (Thomas @ The Quiet Voice is amazing and you should all follow him, FYI.) So I want to give this one a try!
I actually borrowed this from the library, like, two weeks ago, but I still haven’t read it because once I do, there won’t be any new books in this series left to read! I really need to just suck it up and open this book, though – I have a feeling I’ll like it, since I adored the previous three installments. I’m looking forward to finding out more about Princess Winter! I’M SO STOKED ABOUT THE IDEA OF A BLACK SNOW WHITE.
7. What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
I still haven’t read her 2014 novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves, but I’m excited for this one anyway because I’ve never read a story with a genderqueer protagonist before! Also, this is a story about college. I LOVE STORIES ABOUT COLLEGE. THEY MAKE THIS SMALL TRAINWRECK OF A STUDENT FEEL BETTER BY POINTING OUT THAT NO ONE ELSE HAS ANY IDEA WHAT THEY’RE DOING WITH THEIR LIVES EITHER.
8. Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler
Ohhhhh my god, this looks adorable! I mean, the tagline is “Sometimes, the guy doesn’t get the girl. Sometimes, the other girl does.” OK I THINK MY HEART JUST EXPLODED FROM CUTENESS. PLEASE SEND HELP. I follow this author’s blog, and she writes the most amazing posts about diversity and YA and the need for more F/F pairings in fiction.
9. Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Yaaaaaaaay for intersectional diversity! Etta, the protagonist of this novel, is black and bisexual. I’ve heard that the narrator’s voice in this story is really strong! Clearly I need to find a copy ASAP.
I AM IN LOVE WITH THE COVER OF THIS BOOK. The premise sounds pretty amazing, too: It’s a thriller that deals with mental illness, and the protagonist is a bisexual girl. And did I mention that I love the cover?
Which 2015 releases did you mean to read last year, but didn’t?! If any of the books on my list are on yours also, maybe we can buddy read them and catch up on our TBR lists together!
P.S. As I brainstormed this top ten list, I noticed all the books I was adding to it were super diverse, so… yeah! That was cool, how that happened without me even really noticing or intending for it to be that way.