Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.
As if the pool of new releases from the first half of 2015 isn’t loaded enough with brilliant, incredibly moving books…
*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi (June 16th, HarperTeen)
There’s something quietly sublime that instantly jumped at me when I first came across this debut novel. Here’s me hoping it turns out to be that and more.
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (July 14th, Harper)
Notwithstanding all the shady accounts circling the publication of probably the most anticipated summer release of the year, which also happened to break the internet in February, I’m really looking forward to picking this one up. There’s no mention of Jem in the bajillion articles, but I hope he’s still part of the story somehow.
Another Day by David Levithan (August 25th, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
For obvious reasons like, say, I love Every Day. In fact, I started sticking note pads on my wall after reading it.
(Side note: look at those pulchritudinous covers in a row!)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (August 27th, Walker Books)
THIS. I mean, if “What if you aren’t the Chosen One?” doesn’t get you on board, I’m not sure what else would.
Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian (September 1st, HarperCollins)
Dysfunctional family? Yes please! Plus, the synopsis reminds me of the Austin-Shann-Robby situation from Grasshopper Jungle.
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa (September 8th, Balzer + Bray)
You know how the world is tired of the token gay best friend, where said best friend gets to have the extraordinary defining quality of, well, “just gay”? That and that alone. Okay, Scelsa promises to smash this archetypal ridiculousness. Also, best friend stories—especially ones that don’t turn into romance—are up my alley. So.
Stand-Off by Andrew Smith (September 8th, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee (Semptember 22nd, Katherine Tegen Books)
Maybe it’s that I am not close with my elder brother, maybe not, but narratives with a focus on siblings relationship are four-point-five-out-of-five in the Things Shelumiel is a Sucker for Rating System.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (October 6th, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Rainbow Rowell Rainbow Rowell Rainbow Freakin’ Rowell! (And again, cover score!)
The League of Unexceptional Children by Gitty Daneshvari (October 20th, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
This will be the Underdog Anthem! Or whatever the bookish equivalent is. And just, for a minute, drool over that cover!
So now you know that when I told you last week that I have an affinity for HarperCollins titles I’m not giving you BS. And allow me a moment to call myself out; I have only one (1!) POC author. And while women writers are up on 70%, I still feel terrible because I can do better. I should do better.
What’s on your list? Are there titles I missed?