This is one of my most favorite posts to write every year. I usually choose 5 books I’m looking forward to in the first half of the year, then make a list in June or July for the remainder. I love a good series, so I’m always looking out for new books that will continue stories I love. This year, I also made sure to note some new standalones AND to look for books that are outside of my normal go-to genre. I’ve chosen books about characters who don’t look like me and have lives I can’t relate to and I’m really excited about it.
Below are 5 books in a series (either continuing one or starting a new one) and then 5 standalone stories that are coming out somewhere between January and June of this year.
Wires and Nerves, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate
Release date: January 31
I have this book preordered because I’m so dang excited. This book continues the world of The Lunar Chronicles through the eyes and adventures of Iko. AND it’s a graphic novel! All of the yesses!
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Release date: March 28
I really loved Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I thought it was beautiful and tragic and completely original. I’m not sure if it’s in the same world as her previous series, but it kind of sounds like it. I can’t wait. So much mystery and uncertainty and I’m IN.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Release date: May 2
At first, I preferred Maas’ Throne of Glass series, but in the last year, I’m changing teams a little bit. The second book in this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, blew my freaking mind so I’m crazy anticipating book 3!
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Release date: May 16
This is the first book in a new series by Ahdieh and it sounds kick awesome. The first line in the synopsis labels the main character as the daughter of a samurai and I was SOLD. She gets sold off to be married and then she’s kidnapped and then she pretends to be a boy and it sounds like a thrill ride.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Release date: May 23
This is the second book in Clare’s new Dark Artifices trilogy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m invested in the Shadowhunter world. I love the way Clare has layered this world and if she’ll keep writing, I’ll keep reading. There’s a chance I may like this series even more than The Infernal Devices. Stay tuned.
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Release date: February 7
This is the first standalone book on my list. I’ve heard many people compare it to Game of Thrones, but in SPACE. Need I say more? Politics, drama, SPACE, girl power…sign me up.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Release date: February 28
This book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, which is one that I’d like to learn more about. I think that seeing things from another perspective will really help myself and a lot of others to understand this group’s goal and motivation. It hasn’t been published yet and movie rights have already been sold.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Release date: April 11
I know this book is about unrequited love, but it also involves some nerd culture. Those kinds of books speak to me. There are also twins, body image issues, and various kinds of relationships. People have raved about Albertalli’s other book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I haven’t read that one. Maybe I will, after this one!
It Started with Goodbye by Christina June
Release date: May 9
Cover, they name is Art. My soul is reaching out for this book. And the storyline sounds good too! Ha! This book is a modern twist on Cinderella, and I’m so excited. There’s a fairy godmother, and evil step-mother, and a graphic design business. Sounds super Cinderella-y, right? Can’t wait.
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Release date: June 6
It’s Sarah Dessen, y’all. She’s baaacckkkkkkk. Last summer, I read through all of her books in publication order and it was a blast. This is going to be such a perfect summer read. It’s got weddings. And love. So…so very Dessen.
What books are you most looking forward to in the first half of the year? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn