Hello fellow book enthusiasts! So, this time of the year we’d usually be posting a massive list of upcoming anticipated releases of ours, but as it turns out, the list is rather short this time around. Have a snoop in the selection of books we’re looking forward to, or at least mildly curious about, in the coming winter of 2017/2018 (winter being December, January, and February where we live). The books are ordered by release date and clicking on the titles will lead you to the respective Goodreads pages or to our review (if there is one). Should you find this list lacking one of your anticipated books to be published in the coming months, please direct our attention to said release(s) in the comments! Since we have an unhealthy obsession with adding books to our TBR, as do most of you, we always welcome recommendations 🙂
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon follows the storylines of Jewish twin sisters, who are complete opposites but both very ambitious, whose world is shattered when they test for Huntington’s disease – and one twin tests positive. Huntington’s disease is an inherited, incurable disorder which affects the brain, and I’m really interested in books which tackle illnesses or disorders which demand the author write a hopeful ending without sugarcoating the medical diagnosis (a good example is Still Alice by Lisa Genova which addresses Alzheimer’s). So I’m really curious as to how Solom will handle this topic. Furthermore, I absolutely adore stories with a strong focus on family and siblinghood, and sisterhood comes across as a dominant theme in this book, which is another reason I’m looking forward to this release!
This book is out January 2, 2018.
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Iron Gold is hands down one of my top 3 most anticipated releases of 2018 (I lent my copy of Red Rising to Chantal, hoping she’ll love this series and jump onto the fan wagon with me). I’m lucky to have only read Morning Star this year, so the wait wasn’t as long and excruciating for me, but I have been longing to be back in this fantastic sci-fi world Pierce Brown has created ever since. Iron Gold is set a decade after the events of Morning Star but features many of our beloved characters from the previous Red Rising saga. I cannot say much about the plot since the premise doesn’t get into the specifics of the politics, but it sounds like another epic, action-packed saga is about to shatter our world, so strap in, people! Let’s get real, I have only one request: I need me some Sevro and Victra in this book.
This book hits the shelves January 16, 2018.
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
We were lucky enough to receive an ARC of Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. Though it didn’t dig as deep as I would’ve like it to, this debut excites me with a great heroine and some excellently put points about Islamophobia. Books like these are so important because they raise the generation of tomorrow, and frankly, we’re in need of a little more enlightment and tolerance and a feeling of community across religions. I’m not usually into contemporaries, especially not YA, but this book took common tropes and threw them in the trash (though you’ll have to actually finish the book to understand what I mean), which is something I really appreciated. For lovers of YA contemporary and readers interested in a mix of romance+ generational, cultural, and societal struggles, this is probably a book you’ll want to check out.
This book is out January 16, 2018.
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi
Much like the Love, Hate & Other Filters, this book is a timely story, reflecting on one of the issues which has concerned us most in the 21st Century so far. A Land of Permanent Goodbyes tells the heartbreaking story of a Syrian boy whose family is ripped apart by bombs and who then flees his homeland with his father and younger sister. This heartbreaking story will be narrated by Destiny, which very much reminds me of The Book Thief. If done right, this narration is unique and very intriguing to me. As a foreign news correspondent in the Middle East, this book will probably have been inspired by Atia Abawi’s firsthand experiences in the Syria conflict. I’m very much looking forward to this book, even though it’ll probably break my heart, and to its story of resilience in the face of darkness.
This book hits the shelves January 23, 2018.
Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
Honor Among Thieves is technically not among my most anticipated releases, and yet my attention keeps drifting back to it. This upcoming sci-fi adventure is intriguing for several reasons: Heroine (or more like anti-heroine) struggling with antisocial personality disorder, sentient alien ships, exploring the outer reaches of the universe… and a possible romance between a girl and a space ship. If this doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will. There’s only one problem, really: This sounds so good, it could end up being epic or absolutely catastrophic. I am, of course, especially concerned about the MH rep, and it doesn’t seem coincidental that this psychiatric term has been scratched from the premise since I’ve first read it. With the newly changed premise, I feel a bit more confident that I might like this romantic futuristic adventure.
This book is out February 13, 2018.
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
I’m so thrilled to have not one but two books by desi debut authors on this list. You do not see Saudi Arabia as a book setting very often, I believe, and I’m very curious how this will influence the book’s content. It seems that A Girl Like That is a mash-up of mystery and romance, for the premise already tells you that the protagonists end up dead, just not what their exact relationship was and how they came to end up dead in a car in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I’m very much looking forward to this debut because it features some of my favourite themes, namely issues of identity, race, and religion. Definitely a debut to keep an eye out for!
This book hits the shelves February 27, 2018.
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We hope this short list of upcoming winter releases was informative and had you discover some new books to add to your TBR for 2018. What releases are you most anticipating for the coming months? Let us know in the comments! 🙂