So 2017 is here and that means – new books! I am so excited to get my hands on these, so I thought I’d share them!
These are in no particular order, I am excited for all of them!
1. Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Release date: January 10, 2017
This is the second book in the Witchlands series, and it’s coming out in just a couple of days! I loved the first novel, Truthwitch, which follows our two main characters Safi, a Truthwitch, who can tell, you guessed it, if someone’s lying and Iseult, who is a Threadwitch, meaning, she can see the connections between people, and their emotions. The book has some amazing aspects to it, primarily the magic system and the female friendship, which is why I loved it as much as I did! The world building wasn’t that great, but the characters really make up for it. I definitely recommend checking it out if you haven’t. As for me, I’ll be getting my hands on the sequel ASAP.
2. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
Release date: February 7, 2017
I haven’t read anything by Fuller before, but this totally sparked my interest. A husband starts finding letters in his books, which his late wife left for him, and in them she recounts what their marriage and relationship really was like. This sounds to me like an amazing character study, that delves deep into the relationships and character dynamics, so I can’t wait to finish it. I actually already have an ARC of it, which I just started and I am already in love with it.
3. The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Release date: May 16, 2017
I found this (and a lot more of the ones on this list) through the podcast I’ve been obsessed with: All The Books. This is Book Riot’s podcast which basically became a shopping list for me. They showcase new releases for each week, and the two women running the show are so eloquent that they make me want to read every book they talk about.
Anyways, this is a true crime non fiction novel, and that pretty much is enough for me. I think the woman who wrote it immerses herself into a murder case and starts questioning her beliefs and just generally starts questioning our outlook on our personal history, truth and forgiveness. It sounds amazing.
4. Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay
Release date: Jan 3, 2017
This one is purely because I am so interested to hear more people talk about it and hear their opinions. I already read and reviewed this (you can find my review here), and I quite enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to hear what others make of it. This is a short story collection that focuses on, again, very obvious, on women, of all origins and personalities, and deals with all kinds of topics. This is in fact already out so go pick it up so we can discuss it!
5. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Release date: Jan 17, 2017
I read the Divergent series way back when it came out, and I really loved it at the time. I am one of the few who did not start hating it after the first book, or after the last one. I am actually quite excited to read this one, even though I don’t really know much about it. I remember enjoying Roth’s writing style, and I don’t really remember much about it, but this is still on my list of most anticipated books.
6. Always Happy Hour: Stories by Mary Miller
Release date: Jan 10, 2017
Another discovery thanks to the previously mentioned podcast. I am determined to finally be blown away by a short story collection and this one is very promising. Like Difficult Women, it deals with lonesome and sort of imperfect women and I think the story is mostly focused on the South of the USA, and I kind of like the vibe and the sound of that.
7. The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
Release date: Jun 6, 2017
This is another author I’ve been meaning to pick up, but just haven’t yet. This is her new release and it sounds brilliant. From what I gathered, it turns the female superhero tropes, or just generally females in comics tropes, on their head and supposedly deals with female superheroes and girlfriends of superheroes and if that doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will. It is also in the form of short stories, which are interconnected.
8. The Accusation by Bandi
Release date: Mar 7, 2017
This is a short story collection by an author who, supposedly, still lives in North Korea and who smuggled this out to be published. The stories are fiction, but they are obviously inspired by the regime that is very real in North Korea. Whatever the story behind this is, I am intrigued, so I am excited to read it.
9. How to Be Human: A Novel by Paula Cocozza
Release date: May 9, 2017
Another book I don’t know much about, but that instantly sparked my interest. This is a story about a women who finds a baby on her doorstep, and she has no idea how the baby got there. It also, for some reason, has a focus on a fox, which I mean, why not? It deals with marriage and suburbia and it overall sounds awesome.
Those are my most anticipated releases for 2017! I hope you enjoyed and I hope you found maybe some new stuff to look into. Are you looking forward to any of these books? What are your most anticipated releases for the year?