If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know that I went to Book Expo America 2015 in New York over three days in the last week of May. I planned to skip the show this year, but forces in the universe aligned (an unexpected press badge, a college friend with space in her hotel room, and an approval for professional development) to make it possible. I went, I had a fantastic time living and breathing books with my favorite online book pals, and I brought home many interesting titles. Now that they’re all safely here on my dining room table, I’ve had time to think about which ones I’m anticipating most. Today’s TTT topic? Weirdly perfect. Welcome to the list of releases I’m most excited to read for the rest of 2015! I got lucky and picked some of them up at BEA (yay!).
Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for the Remainder of 2015
1. Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – I saw this pitched as Little Women meets Game of Thrones. Even though I’ve never read GoT, that description piqued my interest like whoa. Another thing: Elliott writes fantastic female friendships. I was going to read her next book anyway, now I’m that much more excited! Releases August 18.
2. Walk the Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson – Isn’t everyone in the YA book world excited for this book?! I mean: gold, magic, Western, romance (plus the most gorgeous book cover ever!). I’m sold. Releases September 22.
3. Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter – ICYMI, I had a total meltdown last August over how much I loved Hunter’s first book, The Midnight Queen. It was a Cecelia book through and through. Good news! It was the first in a series. I can’t wait for more magic, political intrigue, alternate history, transformation and romance. Releases September 1.
4. Brilliant by Roddy Doyle – I adored Roddy Doyle’s beautiful, bittersweet middle grade family ghost story A Greyhound of a Girl. I often think of the gorgeous word-pictures it made in my head, and I don’t know that I’ve ever read a writer who has done dialogue quite so well. I was determined to pick up this title at BEA, and I’m happy to say I succeeded! Releases September 8.
5. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – I am not quite sure how this title made it onto my radar, but I’ve been looking forward to it for over a year now. If anyone can do an extinction event, collapse of empire, and meld it with a personal struggle and journey narrative, I’ve heard that Jemisin can. I haven’t read her yet, so I’ll have to see for myself! Releases August 4.
6. Hunter by Mercedes Lackey – I’ve been reading Mercedes Lackey’s fantasy for over a decade now (what.). That is… a long time. Sometimes her books work for me, sometimes they don’t. I remain a fan, and this new YA series with monsters and a Hunger Games-esque vibe sounds like it’s right up my alley. I can’t wait to see how it goes. Releases September 1.
7. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow – Erin Bow is one of the best authors that blogging has introduced me to. I don’t think I would have picked up Plain Kate without the urging of several trusted blogging friends, and my world would be poorer for it. This, her next book, sounds completely different and absolutely awesome. So. Flipping. Excited. Releases September 22.
8. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl – If you ask where I’ve been recently, and why the blog has been quiet, I’ll sheepishly admit that I’ve been reading Marvel fanfiction at an astonishing clip since last September. We’re talking millions of words read, none of them traditionally published. I’m so far in it’s ridiculous and somewhat frightening. Anyway, given that… situation… it’s fair to say that I’m all in for a YA novel featuring one of my now-favorite superheroes. Releases October 13.
9. Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith – Fantastical dream espionage plus Empire plus intrigue equals *(@$&%)&^. Oh sorry, that was just my brain freaking out and having a small dance party. Yes, I’m interested. Releases October 6.
10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – First of all, that cover art! Second of all, fantasy plus a heist! Criminals and magic! That combo is totally one of my weaknesses (I’m thinking Holly Black’s White Cat and Emily Lloyd-Jones’ Illusive). I haven’t read Bardugo before, but I hear this one can stand alone and I’m more than happy to give it a try. Releases September 29.
What books are you most excited for in 2015?