So, the year is pretty much already half done – now that’s a scary thought! And, whilst the year has so far provided us with a wealth of incredible fiction, I can’t help but wish time could speed up just slightly so that I can read some very anticipated reads a bit sooner!
I’ve decided to only share ten with you today as otherwise we could be here for a very long time! Also, these books span many genres, there’s some YA, some adult fiction, some crime etc…there is no theme!
All Of The Above by James Dawson
I was lucky enough to meet James at this years YALC and was given a small sampler from All Of The Above. I’ve already read the first chapter and oh my goodness I need this book! Out of all of the blurbs of James’ books, this one appeals to me most. We follow the main character, Toria, as she starts a new school and has the unenviable task of making new friends and trying to navigate the rather tricky world of boys. Just from reading the first chapter I can tell this novel is going to be one I will love. The writing style is perfect and I think this novel will prove exactly why James is Queen Of Teen.
The Big Lie by Julia Mayhew
This is a book EVERYONE is talking about. I didn’t even know it existed until I went along to YALC and heard people raving about it. According to the woman on the Hot Key books stand, it’s, and I quote, ‘a fucking game changer.’ With praise like that I just can’t help but be intrigued. In all honesty it’s not something I would usually go for – historical fiction isn’t my go to genre but with so much hype about this one I think it would be silly not to read it! I guess it’s not massively historical as it is set in a ‘Contemporary Nazi England’ but I imagine you need some historical knowledge about Nazi Germany to understand everything that goes on? I’ve requested it on NetGalley so am waiting with baited breath to see if I’m approved and if so then I might be reading this one very soon!
My Everything by Katie Marsh
The tag line for this book just grabs me so tightly. A women is about to leave her husband, she doesn’t love him anymore but as she goes to leave, her husband has a stroke and both their lives are changed forever. This is a novel that really will tug at the heartstrings by the sounds of it! What excites me most is that this is Katie’s debut and I love a good debut! I’ve only heard praise for this novel so far and with Carrie Hope Fletcher and Miranda Dickinson quoted on Amazon proclaiming their love for this book, I think it’s going to be a corker!
First Class Murder by Robin Stevens
Possibly the most exciting book EVER! I love love love the Wells and Wong series by Stevens and have been eagerly awaiting the third installment since Arsenic For Tea came out earlier this year. This is a middle-grade series of books based around two boarding school girls who seem to always end up being witness to a murder. The girls face a race against time as they try and solve the mystery before the police manage to. First Class Murder is the one that sounds most exciting to me as it is set on a train and I LOVE a good ol’ murder mystery on a train. SO SO excited for this one and only six days to wait until publication day!
After You by Jojo Moyes
If you’ve never read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes then where have you been the past few years? I think everyone, everywhere had a mini celebration when they heard the news Jojo had written a sequel to the much loved Me Before You. Frustratingly though people are being very tight lipped about the blurb for this book and as of yet I haven’t been able to find a blurb anywhere…although Jojo has said the following:
“I hadn’t planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and emails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again.”
Eeeeek! I cannot wait!! Plus it’s an excuse to read Me Before You again!
The Waiting Game by Jessica Thompson
I LOVE Jessica Thompson yet when I talk about her books people don’t know who I am talking about which is so frustrating. Jessica has written some of the most beautiful novels and in my opinion should be a Sunday Times number one bestseller without a doubt and I just don’t know why more people haven’t picked up her books! I honestly strongly believe she is one of the most amazing voices in women’s fiction at the moment, so please please please go and give her books a read!
The Waiting Game looks set to be a total heart breaker! A woman waits for her husband to return home from Afghanistan but when he fails to come home she has to start evaluating her life with just her and her daughter in it. Will her husband ever come back and, if not, where is he?
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I don’t really need to explain this one!! Carry On is Rainbow’s companion novel (can I call it that?!) to Fangirl which is a properly good read! Based on Simon and Baz (if you’ve read Fangirl you’ll know who I’m talking about) Carry on is dubbed to have ‘as much kissing and talking as a Rainbow Rowell novel but with far, far more monsters.’ And, well that sounds right up my street! I adore Rainbow’s writing style and her ability to draw readers so quickly into the world of her characters. So I am desperate to get my hands on this one! Sadly the wait is a long one – it isn’t out until October. *cries*
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Oh Patrick, how I love thee so.
I am so so so so so excited at the prospect of this book. Ness is one of those auto-buy authors for me. I don’t care what it is he’s written, I will pick it up and buy it purely because he’s written it. I think his writing is sublime and I did fangirl a little inside when I got to meet him at YALC. He was so lovely and so down to earth that I just warmed to him even more. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here sounds pretty damn awesome! I love the phrase used to describe it ‘sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.’ Those words are just so powerful and well, I CANNOT WAIT.
Girl Online 2 by Zoe Sugg
This is an odd one and people who know me will be like WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!
I really really really didn’t like Girl Online and caused a bit of controversy on GoodReads when I claimed just days after publication that I thought it had been ghostwritten. When it in fact did turn out to be the work of a ghostwriter I did feel a little sense of glee. Of COURSE Zoe couldn’t have written a novel, firstly when would she have the time and secondly, she has NEVER once stated she is passionate about writing which just screams to me that the whole reason for Girl Online was to con little girls out of their pocket money.
However, I have huge respect for Zoe because, from what I can gather, she has written the second book on her own with help from Amy Alward, her editor. No ghostwriter has been involved and I am highly impressed. Therefore I am interested to see how the currently untitled Girl Online 2 will read. I am hoping it will be better than the first…so I guess we shall see!
Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay
This is a little bit of a cheat putting this book in here beacuse I am actually currently reading an ARC of this book so whilst it’s an anticipated release, I actually already have a copy to read! (But I for sure will be buying the hardcover as soon as it’s out!)
Linwood Barclay is without a doubt one of my most favourite authors. His ability to write a novel that keeps you up all night and has you on the edge of your seat is almost unbeatable – I’ve never found someone do it as well as he does. Broken Promise returns to some characters we’ve met before, namely Barry Duckworth the detective and a rather corrupt mayor. I don’t want to give too much away because the joy of a Linwood Barclay is going in without any spoilers but just know that what I’ve read so far is AMAZING. If you want to listen to the first few chapters then click to listen to Part One, Part Two,Part Three and Part Four.
So, they are my most anticipated reads for the rest of this year! Do you have any anticipated reads? Are any of yours the same as mine? Are there any books I just NEED to know about!? Let me know in the comments!