Here’s a fun fact about me: I never know what the heck is going on. News happens in the book world, and I’ll never know about it because it either doesn’t reach me, or I only get people’s reactions to it. I also never know when things are going to be released. Books, movies, games, TV shows, anything. I just leave the house one day and shiny new things are on the shelves for me. My way of knowing when books are going to be released is by relying on other book lovers online and also the element of surprise. Like, walking into the bookshop and the new releases going ‘Surprise! We’re new!’
Some of the books on this list might have already been released this year, and a couple are older because they’re part of series that I haven’t read yet. Because I’m a butt who barely keeps up with what’s new. Basically, these are more recent additions to my TBR that I desperately need to have in my life. Please. I’m begging.
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff – I still have yet to read my first Jay Kristoff book, but I have been waiting for this book since the cover with the big creepy face (which i can’t find anymore 🙁) was revealed. I love weird creepy things, and I especially love weird creepy robots, so I have to have this book. Although I do wish the creepy cover was kept because I’m not loving the honeycomb one.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – It’s another Bardugo book???? AND IT’S ABOUT NIKOLAI????? HOLD ME BEFORE I EXPLODE I CAN’T WAIT SO LONG FOR THIS.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – This book came out seven(?) days ago, and I only remembered yesterday because my local Waterstones posted a photo of it on their shelves yesterday, and I’m also a butt. I shouldn’t have forgotten because this book has been all over book Twitter and I’m so happy about that because here we have a bi MC in an F/F romance. I almost never see F/F romances hyped up by the YA bookish community because they almost always get buried by M/M romances. That’s not to say that we should ignore M/M books, but we do need more F/F because it almost never appears.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – Let me tell you something, friends. I have been searching for a Little Mermaid retelling for so long, and when one finally comes along, I don’t even realise that it’s a retelling. Even though I love The Little Mermaid (you know how kids are with frozen now? that’s how i was with the little mermaid), I’m not the biggest fan of mermaids or sirens. I kind of blame Tumblr for going on and on about certain character types (pirates are the other one i’m not keen on. please stop romanticising them, they were criminals who didn’t have any teeth.), but this is one that I am excited for.
American Panda by Gloria Chao – Admittedly, I know very little about Taiwanese culture or any Asian cultures at all because I’m white and European (despite what people say, british people are in fact european. we may not be on the continent itself, but we are european), but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be excited to read this book. I think this one has already been released so I might be a little late to it, but better late than never.
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon – When Dimple Met Rishi was one of my favourite books last year so when I first heard that Sandhya was releasing another book I was so excited, and I still am. I think this one releases this month, so I will be getting a copy as soon as I can. I’m always in the mood for fluff so I can’t wait for this one.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – I have The Girl from the Well on my TBR for either this month or next month but I do also want to read The Bone Witch, partly because the second book came out this year, and also because I’ve really been in the mood to find books about witches that doesn’t draw from European witchcraft, which I don’t think this book does. But I could be wrong.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – I can’t remember when this book was released, but the series has been on my radar since people started talking about Hunting Prince Dracula and now the third book is about to come out (i think) and I still haven’t caught up yet. Because I’m a butt, and butts don’t have memories.
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews – Because of course, I’m excited about Cait‘s book.
The Merciless by Danielle Vega – When this book first came out years ago I was a little hesitant to touch it, mainly because of the pentagram on the cover (also that st. peter’s cross, which is not an ‘evil’ symbol and has nothing to do with satan/lucifer). Not a pentacle, like in Wicca and Paganism, a pentagram, like in LaVeyan Satanism, which I don’t think this book has anything to do with (i don’t fvck with laveyan satanism because it’s a religion built on plagiarised philosophy, financial gain, and cultural appropriation). But, after looking into what the books is actually about, I’m more willing to try it, plus there’s a new book in the series coming this year.