Happy new year readers! With new years come new resolutions, new diets (eww) but most importantly, new reads.
So buckle up, m’hearties – here’s my list of books I’m most looking forward to in 2017.
1. Wires and Nerve – Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer is releasing her first graphic novel, which focuses on Iko, the adorable android from the Lunar Chronicles series. If you haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles, you’re really missing a trick. Cinderella is an android mechanic? The Earth is under threat from people on the Moon? SIGN ME UP.
2. Bitch Planet vol. 2
Definitely Not Safe For Grandmothers. Bitch Planet is my revolutionary feminist dream come true. When women fail to conform to male ideals, they’re arrested and shipped off to the mega-max prison known colloquially as Bitch Planet. Anything from a sarcastic attitude to deifying beauty standards can get you landed there. But have no fear, for the bad-ass inmates are smart, wily, and all is definitely not as it seems. Volume 2 is supposed to be out this year and I need it so much!
3. Binti: Home – Nnedi Okorafor
Another sequel I’ve been yearning for. Following the conclusion of the previous novella, where Binti uses her wit to bring peace between two warring peoples, whilst at the same time being the first of her kind to be admitted to a prestigious university, this sequel sends her and her new friend homewards, where our heroine will have to face her elders having defied everything their hold sacred about their traditions.
4. The Heart of What Was Lost – Tad Williams
Tad Williams wrote the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series in the late 80s/early 90s and it was one of my favourite fantasy series growing up (I borrowed them from my dad, and then passed them on to my brother). Although the series is technically complete, The Heart of What Was Lost a year and a half after the end of the final book (evil being vanquished and all that). Hopefully it’ll answer some lingering questions from the previous books and I think it’s a great excuse to jump back into a much loved series.
5. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
NEIL GAIMAN. NORSE MYTHOLOGY. GODS. GODDESSES. MAGICKS. *little dance*
6. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
A Daughter of Smoke and Bone is an epic fantasy YA trilogy, following the mysterious blue-haired, defiantly tattooed Karou and her journey to save the monsters she loves. I’m hoping that Taylor’s new series will deliver the same magical-soulful punch as her previous series.
7. Saga vol. 7
If you haven’t read Saga, do so now! I can wait.
You loved it right? Very Romeo and Juliet, except if the Capulets and Montagues were different races hell bent on destroying each other, with Juliet as a potty-mouthed soldier and Romeo as a conscientious objector, of sorts. Oh, and they have a love child who narrates it all.
8. Monstress vol. 2
Steampunk alt-history matriarchal Asia set in the aftermath of war, a young girl (or something like a girl) is stalked by an otherworldly power as she seeks to uncover her heritage.
9. Toil and Trouble
I have been waiting for this for so long. Published as a complete volume this year (I hope!) is Toil and Trouble aka the time the witches of Macbeth starred in their own version of events and everything was so much more awesome and made so much more sense.
10. Snakewood – Adrian Selby (paperback release)
Since I’ve decided I can’t really justify buying hardbacks anymore (monetarily or otherwise), I’ve been patiently waiting for Snakewood to appear as a paperback. A group of deadly assassins (a trope close to my heart) scatter themselves across the world as they enter retirement and old age. Until they start being picked off, one by one.
Also, look how beautiful the cover is!
11. Nevernight – Jay Kristoff (paperback release)
Young Mia joins a school of assassins, bent on avenging her father and surviving the killer stalking the school’s shadows.
The line on the cover ‘she hides in a city built from the bones from a dead god’ is what clinched it for me. Now I have to read it.
12. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
I was super lucky to be blessed with a pre-release of this book, and I still want to buy it when it comes out. A Russian fairytale akin to Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, the story is as intoxicating as its landscape is wild and treacherous. Put it on your reading list and let it bury itself in your heart.
So there we go. What’s on your 2017 reading list? What did you think of mine? Let me know!
And Happy New Year from the Novel Darlings!