…okay, okay, I know. I very recently made a TBR post. But my TBR is vast and constantly growing and unknowable unless I share it. Right?
Plus top ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish is back and I always like TBR posts/videos to get reading ideas of my own, so. Here are another seven YA books I recently ordered/picked up that I’m excited to read this spring!
10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
This one tops the list because it’s sitting on my bed waiting for me to read it. Also because it implies that it’s about lists, which I love. Also cover porn.
I honestly can’t tell you much about this book because I saw “queer girl with anxiety in Vancouver” and bought it. Queer books in YA are not the norm. YA books dealing with mental illness (although more common now) are not the norm. And YA books set in Canada are not the norm. So. All three at once? Yep.
…not that I’ve been to Vancouver beyond looking out at the mist from the airport, but you know. Priorities. General Canadian solidarity?
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
This one isn’t out yet, but May is still spring, so it counts. (It’s hardly spring here now, anyway. As I write, it is snowing furiously.)
This book will be the last of a trilogy, so there’s not much to say about it that isn’t spoilerrific. I can say that I was dubious about the first book, but the second one way exceeded my expectations, even though it did have corny moments and some cringe-y trope usage towards the end.
Still, it left off with an amazing set-up for book three, and I’m eager to see where that will go. If the story improves even a fraction as much in book three as it did in book two, then it’ll be worth my pre-order.
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
…speaking of pre-orders and follow-up books, this sequel to This Savage Song is out during technically-still-spring (early June) this year. I mostly dug This Savage Song, and I have some faith in Victoria/V.E. Schwab since I’ve read and felt a three-stars-or-more vibe about many of her books.
Also, I love modernish (this is kind of future dystopian, but close enough) supernatural fantasy and romance-free YA so this will be a very welcome break from the usual back-and-forth of fantasy and contemporary romance that is my daily journey through popular YA.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
…and I might as well finish listing my spring pre-orders now, right? (Also: this cover is adorable.)
I couldn’t tell you exactly why I wanted to have this one right away. It’s been pretty hyped, but a lot of YA books are very hyped. Some few are worth it, many more are okay, and in some cases, it is absolutely mind-boggling how good reviews came in.
I’d have to say that I just have a hunch that I’ll enjoy this contemporary romantic comedy about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to marry. Also, I’ve committed to reading more diversely this year (and reading more books by Own Voices authors), and I want to put my money where my mouth is in terms of some pre-orders, because I’ve learned that tends to count a lot towards success. So here’s hoping this one works out for me!
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Since we’re on the topic of Own Voices reads I’ve recently purchased—American Street.
This one is about a girl, Fabiola, whose mother is detained by U.S. immigration after they leave Haiti for Detroit. It’s described as a coming-of-age story that deals with her culture shock as she adjusts to life in a very different place.
This one was less-so hyped (I consider a book hyped when I see it being plugged/advertised everywhere)—I mostly picked it up because I saw a lot of positive reviews from critics and I’m always interested in setting, which seems to be at the forefront of this book. Detroit is definitely a less serviced one, and it’s a place I’ve been more than once, so I’m looking forward to this read.
American Girls by Alison Umminger
I haven’t seen a summary that gives me an absolute sense what this book is about, but it sure is acclaimed. It’s so highly critically praised that I put it on my wishlist even though I’m really not sure what its pitch is.
So far as I know, it’s about a girl, Anna, who runs away to Los Angeles, spends a lot of time on movie and TV sets, and starts researching the Manson girls.
I’m not really sure what I’m going to get, but reviews talk about it digging into the ugliness of LA/Hollywood as a setting. LA isn’t my favourite one (I feel like the whole “There’s a darker side to fame!” thing has been overdone, but I suspect this book has more to offer than that), but some do a very good job at making it compelling.
Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse
I’ll put it out there: I’m hungry for sci-fi in YA. (Which sounds ridiculous since I still haven’t gotten around to reading Illuminae, but I have a really long TBR queue, okay.) Like I said, every other book feels like it’s contemporary romance or fantasy. (Possibly because I don’t read a lot of YA thrillers. But that does seem like it’s becoming more common, too.)
So I often feel like I’m hungry for sci-fi, because I was into that more than fantasy growing up and I miss it. Which is probably why this high-concept five-novellas-as-one-book dystopian future-seeing YA appeals to me. Well, that and the fact that it’s made up of novellas and described as “ambitious”; I read a lot of “standard” YA fare, so anything that tries to mess with formal elements or come up with a new concept is worth trying, in my books, if at least to say that I tried it.
…okay, so. I’m stopping at seven because, although I have probably 50+ books on my TBR by now with everything lying around on my shelf and my iPad and all that I’ve ordered and pre-ordered, I really ought to get down to reading it all! (That and a bunch of books I picked up recently were, for once, regular-adult books that I’m hoping I’ll manage to read.)
I’ll see you on Friday, and happy reading!