YOUNG ADULT FICTION
I meant to get to this one (and a lot of other LGBTQ YA novels from last year) but alas, there is just not enough time. This is on my list for when I’m in the mood for a cute contemporary. Mostly because fandom.
Again, this was a cute contemporary I heard great things about but didn’t get around to reading. Also I might have had a similiar journal in junior high.
I have been meaning to get to this one, but it was just haven’t gotten around to it. It’s a fantasy with an unusual premise and lots of diversity.
Feminist sci fi! I have been getting into more sci-fi and space fantasy and this is one I’ve heard good things about.
I loved I Hunt Killers, and Game ends on the most unbearable cliffhanger and I need to get to this one and finish up the series.
I love Andrew Smith, but when you put out two books a year, it’s hard to get to both of them!
I like Candlewick’s titles generally, and this debut may sound quiet, but I’ve heard it’s good. I like making room for some under the radar books in my reading list.
I want to finish this series, too! Julie Kawaga made a gutsy move at the end of The Eternity Cure, and I want to see how it plays out.
Ballet and sexual abuse. This one had been a well-reviewed by a lot of librarians, and I want to see for myself.
I’ve been looking for good fantasy, and this dragon story got great trade reviews, but not a lot of reviews that I saw from the blogging world. I’m going to check it out.
Because I am a cheater, I had to include a few more titles.
A literary coming of age novel that explores gender identity and familial obligation. Totally my style.
I’ve been meaning to read more works about the immigration experience and people from non-Western cultures. This novel “is a transfixing exploration of the relationships that define us.”
This one is kinda cheating, because it was originally published by a small press in 2011 then reissued by Harper Perennial last year. I read Heroines and loved the crazy, energizing mix of literary criticism and feminism. Green Girl is about Ruth, “a young American in London, trying desperately to navigate a world in which she attracts the unwanted gaze of others while grappling with the uncertainty of her own self-regard. Haunted equally by self-doubt and by a morbid fascination with the beautiful, cruel, and empty people around her, Ruth darts quietly through the rainy sidewalks of her present trying to escape her future.”
I loved Roxane Gay’s essay collection Bad Feminist, and have been trying to build up the courage to read her novel, which by all accounts is a powerful, but harrowing read “about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.”
What 2014 new releases are you still planning on reading?