2016, in many ways, was an unpredictable year. I read half as many books as I did the previous year but, on the most part, the books I did read were ones I actually enjoyed. I wrote less stories, but the stories I did write were ones I wrote out of love and not just for the sake of writing. It’s all about perspective really.
Rather than wanting to read ‘more books’ in the upcoming year, I’m more concerned with what I’ll be reading. As always, I want to read more diverse books which is not a goal as such but more of a guideline, one I’ve proudly stuck by over the past twelve months.
I’d also like to read more recent releases instead of trying to finish all the books on my to-be-read list that were published years ago. Therefore, it only makes sense to make a post, or a number of posts, featuring my highly anticipated reads. They will be in no way conclusive and I think it’s much easier if I rank them by publication date rather than degree of excitement. Hopefully, I’ll remember to do one for each month!
January looks extremely promising. I am shamelessly judging every book by its cover this year and all of these happen to be strong contenders in that department. I managed to narrow it down to just three, and I’m positive that these books will pave the way for a great reading year.
WING JONES BY KATHERINE WEBBER
January 5th 2017
With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.
A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER BY SARA BARNARD
January 12th 2017
Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say. Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen. Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
CARAVAL BY STEPHANIE GARBER
January 31st 2017
Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.
Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.
Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.
When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.