Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is all about the books you’re looking forward to reading this winter. I’m pretty excited to have a month off from grad school. I want to get some serious reading done.
About half of these books are already out. The rest will be released between now and the beginning of March (which is what I consider to be the start of spring, no matter what the weather does). A few are adult fiction titles, but for the most part, these are YA novels. Here we go!
1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The buzz for Mafi’s debut novel about a girl who can kill with a single touch has been insane. I don’t know if it’s because she’s such a presence on Twitter or in the blogosphere, but something has made this book deal really stand out (at least to me). Even though reviews have been mixed–people either love it or trip over Mafi’s prose–I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and read this. It’s happening this winter for sure.
2. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
A book that has definitely been featured in one of my Waiting on Wednesday posts, Handler’s Why We Broke Up is something that’s been on my radar for a while now. I love the concept of this novel, and I can’t wait to see what the former Lemony Snicket has in store for readers.
3. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
The sequel to Revis’s debut Across the Universe, this is some of the best YA science-fiction currently being offered. Even though I thought the first one meandered a bit too much (when you have dual perspectives it’s easy to get a little stuck), I’m still intrigued enough to pick up this follow-up. Everyone needs a little space adventure now and then.
4. Fever by Lauren DeStefano
Wither, DeStefano’s debut, was one of those books that grew in my esteem the longer I thought about it. Beautifully written with wonderfully-developed characters, it was a dystopian that put others to shame. It was a novel that was strong enough to stand on its own. While part of me wishes that it had been a standalone, another part of me is really, really glad that there’s a sequel, and that it’s coming out soon, because I can hardly wait.
I am tired of the heroin-chic models on the covers, though.
5. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Jennifer Close’s send-up of wedding culture in America is a book that I feel obligated to read, for a variety of reasons. Supposedly very funny and poignant, I’ve been on the library waiting list for this one for a while. I’m going to get to it this winter, though. I can feel it!
6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Another book I’m waiting for at the library. Taylor’s Smoke and Bone has been garnering rave reviews–and it feels like it might be a quiet pop culture phenomenon. You guys know how I feel about pop culture phenoms–at least, I hope you do–I have to be in on them. The book is maybe a little heavy on magic/fantasy for my tastes, but from what I’ve heard, this is a book that cannot be missed. And so I won’t miss it.
7. After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy
It was actually Jordyn’s review of this book at Ten Cent Notes that made me think I might like to read it. The premise is something that I think I’d like: told from the perspective of two girls who get involved with the same boy, the novel deals with the fallout–you guessed it–after a kiss. This in and of itself would be enough to recommend the book to me. Then I read McVoy’s debut, Pure, and decided I liked her voice. Now this book is high on my to-read list, and I can’t wait to get into it.
8. The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Another book that I’ve featured in Waiting on Wedesday, this is a book that I cannot wait to read. You guys, it’s a book set in the 90s and deals with Facebook. How could I not want to read this? Reviews have been mixed, but as a true child of the nineties, I think I might really enjoy this one.
9. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Another dystopian. This one features a heroine named Aria, a virtual world, and an expulsion from society. All good things, in terms of a compelling story. The reviews on this one have been pretty positive, and I’m more than a little excited to read it. As much as I complain, it takes a lot for me to tire of a good dystopian.
10. Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
I just finished Sullivan’s Maine and pretty much loved it. It was a slow burn of a read, and the characters have stayed with me since I finished the book early last week. Commencement was her first novel, and it features recent college grads looking to their futures. While I’ve heard some mixed things about this one, the fact that I loved Maine so much tells me that I might really like this one, too. Another book I’m waiting for at the library.
What books are you most looking forward to this winter?