Hi Guys! As I’ve mentioned before I’m trying to read my own damn books in 2018 and so far that’s been going pretty well. I’ve been very good with my book buying, but this month is testing me. There are so many interesting new books coming out in February! If I was going to list them all we’d be here a while, so I’m only including the ones I’m personally interested in reading. And that’s till eighteen books, guys.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – Feb. 6th
Like everyone else I’m super hyped for this gorgeous fantasy novel set in a world where beauty is a commodity coveted above all else and the Belles are the only ones who can control it.
Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones – Feb. 6th
This is the sequel to Wintersong. In the first book Liesl journeyed to the realm of the goblins to rescue her sister and embarked on a romance with the Goblin King himself. I loved the atmosphere and mood of the story, so I look forward to being back in Liesl’s world.
American Panda by Gloria Chao – Feb. 6th
There’s quite a few diverse contemporaries coming out in 2018 and that makes me so happy. American Panda is about Mei, a Taiwanese-American teen who’s parents expect her to become a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer. But Mei’s afraid of germs, bored by biology lessons and crushing on her Japanese classmate.
Winterfolk by Janel Kolby – Feb. 6th
Rain is a homeless teen living with her father in the woods outside Seattle, near a community of other homeless people called the Winterfolk. But now the city’s planning to clear the woods of people, and Rain is forced to face Seattle. I’ve never read book with a homeless teen protagonist before, so I’m really looking forward to diving into this one.
When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger – Feb. 6th
It’s rare to see a neurodivergent main character in YA, so I’m very glad we’re getting this YA romance about a girl with Asperger’s syndrome and a boy with a chronic illness.
Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot – Feb. 6th
I really want to make it a priority to read more books by Native American voices in 2018. Maiholt’s memoir about coming of age Seabird Island Indian Reservation in a dysfunctional family and being diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II, is one I’d really like to get to.
Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift – Feb. 6th
The only things I know about this book is that it’s set in Paris and involves time-travel, which is honestly all I need to know. Plus acquadimore made it sound awesome in her review.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – Feb. 6th
An American Marriage is an adult novel about newlyweds who are ripped apart when the husband is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime his wife knows he didn’t commit.
Folk by Zoe Gilbert – Feb. 8th
I’ve seen pretty mixed reviews for this book already, but I just can’t resist a book about an island where a girl is snatched by a water bull. a babe is born with a wing for an arm and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. Also: look at that cover.
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard – Feb. 8th
I’ve been interested in every book Sars Barnard’s written, but I stil don’t own any. This one is about a girl who’s best friend runs away with her boyfriend – their music teacher.
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale – Feb. 8th
This is a book about a magical toy shop set in 1917 London. What else do you need to know?
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang – Feb. 13th
The Prince and the Dressmaker is a graphic novel set in Paris about a Prince who like to wear dresses and the girl who makes them. I have a feeling this one will be absolutley beautiful.
Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre – Feb. 13th
There are so many YA sci-fi books coming out in 2018 and there’s no way I can get to all of them. What makes this one stand out to me is that it involves a race of sentient alien ships and space exploration. That sounds so cool.
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda – Feb. 20th
The second February YA sci-fi release on my list is about space scavengers and mutant aliens that kill with sounds – I’m hoping this one will be as creepy as it sounds.
Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza – Feb. 20th
This is the sequel to Empress of a Thousand Skies, a YA space opera I loved last year, and therefor on my autobuy list. It follows several different characters as they try to untangle an intergalactic conspiracy.
Sunburn by Laura Lippman Feb. 20th
I’ve never been interested in picking up a novel by Laura Lippman before, but the synopsis for this book about a pair of lovers locked in a passionate game of cat and mouse – reminds me so much of my favorite show, Good Behavior, that I have to give it a go.
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena – Feb. 20th
Another diverse contemporary title, this one is about a muslim teenage girl called Zarin and how she and Porus, the boy who only had eyes for her, ended up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Saudi Arabia. I already know this book will break my heart, but that won’t stop me from reading it.
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell – Feb 27th
For someone who claims not to like anthologies, I sure put a lot of anthologies on my tbr. But this one sounds amazing: From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a 16th-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene.
Are any of these books on your TBR? Are any of them new to you?