Books I’m Looking Forward To: First Quarter of 2017

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new year! You know what that means–new book releases. There are quite a few coming out in the first quarter of the year that I’m pretty excited to read. Without further ado, let’s get into the books!

January 

5 January: Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg, Trans. Eliza Marciniak

This book sounds weird. It takes place in a close-nit agricultural community and sounds like it has a lot of fairytale elements & secrecy within it.

10 January: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This book takes place in Russia, and gives me a lot of Uprooted, Grimm’s Fairytales vibes. I’m really excited to get my hands on this one.

24 January: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

This book focuses on a young woman who allegedly killed a young baby that her mother was watching when she was nine-years-old. Now, years later, she’s having a child of her own, and the authorities aren’t too keen on letting her keep it with her alleged past. Sounds like it could be a good coming-of-age/political commentary of a novel.

February 

7 February: Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani

A book of globalization and the aftermaths of British colonization in Kenya, this novel sounds like it could have a great blend of magical realism and African folktale woven throughout it. I have high hopes for this one.

7 February: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

A sweeping family saga that begins when a young woman is left pregnant by her lover, and has to marry a young minister who brings her to Japan. I love family sagas, so I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

7 February: Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama, Trans. Jonathan-Lloyd Davies

A Japanese thriller that focuses on a botched investigation into a series of kidnappings of young children? Yes, please.

9 February: The Good People by Hannah Kent

I didn’t know Hannah Kent was coming out with a new book until recently, and am I excited. I absolutely loved Burial Rites, so I cannot wait to see how Kent delivers her second novel. This one sounds like it might have something to do with fey or changelings, and sounds delightful.

14 February: American Street by Ibi Zoboi

This book follows Fabiola Toussaint as she leaves Port-au-Prince, Haiti with her mother in order to live in the United States. It sounds like a great coming of age, immigration story, and I can’t wait to read it. (Plus, the cover is STUNNING.)

28 February: Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz

This novel follows two childhood friends, Jisun and Namin, throughout their lives in South Korea. I love a good character driven novel, and this sounds like it could be beautiful. Plus, I love novels that center around female relationships and friendships.

March

7 March: The Impossible Fairy Tale by Han Yujoo

The Impossible Fairy Tale is the story of two unexceptional grade-school girls. Mia is ‘lucky’—she is spoiled by her mother and, as she explains, her two fathers. She gloats over her exotic imported color pencils and won’t be denied a coveted sweater. Then there is the Child who, by contrast, is neither lucky nor unlucky. She makes so little impression that she seems not even to merit a name.”

So begins the blurb to The Impossible Fairy Tale. This sounds like it’ll be a fantastically weird book, and it’s up there on my immediate books to pre-order.

7 March: Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin

The blurb of the book explains it better than I could:

“When history looks through the annals of polar exploration, it is sure to deem Sir John Franklin’s 1845 campaign in search of the Northwest Passage as the darkest chapter. All 129 men would be lost to the ice; and nothing retrieved from an inventory that included two Greenwich chronometers given to the expedition.
When historians analyze the most profound mysteries of the modern age, they therefore remain mystified as to just how one of those very same timepieces would reappear in London – crudely disguised as a Victorian carriage clock -over a century and a half after being recorded as lost in the famous disaster.
It is a real-life mystery that did, and still continues to, defy an explanation.
When Nelson Nilsson catches the eye of the lone female in the arrivals hall of Inuvik airport in the Northern Territories of Canada, the last thing his life needs is further complication. Still unable to comprehend the enigmatic obsession that led his brother to take his own life, Nelson just wants to get in his care and drive.
When travel-weary Fay Morgan looks up and mistakes Nelson for a taxi driver, she realizes for the first time that she has finally made it to the one place on earth that may hold the answer to her burning question. And when she capitalizes on Nelson’s good nature and obtains a lift, she feels fate is on her side.
It is an improbable meeting that will unearth an impossible connection: as the questions Nelson has about his present, and those Fay has about her past, share a common link -itself inextricably tied to the movements of an elusive timepiece.”

It sounds like it could be beautiful, and more than a little strange. I’m excited for this cold, wintry sounding read.

28 March: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This book promises us mythical cities, gods and goddesses, carnage, beauty–“a world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.”Sign me up.

April 

4 April: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

I know some folks were disappointed by the first in this series, Sleeping Giants, but I was quite intrigued by the story laid out for us. I’m excited to see where Neuvel takes us from the denouement of the first book.

15 April: The Clocks in this House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks

“‘An orphan is travelling through the deep, dark woods and discovers that the monsters she encounters are as much tragic as wicked and that the handsome young prince may be ugly inside. The world around her is callous, unjust and horribly scarred by the past. But she brings compassion and even a glimmer of hope.’” Yes, please.

What releases are you looking forward to in 2017? Let me know!

Until next time, happy reading!

–E. Adeline

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