For this post, I wanted to talk about some of the books I already have on my shelves that I’m most excited to get to in the new year. These are just a select few of the books I have on my shelves. I have roughly 50 books on my physical TBR at the moment, so there are plenty of books I’m excited about, but these are just the ones that I’m most in the mood for in the new year and the ones I think I’ll enjoy the most and end up giving some of the highest ratings to.
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
The thing that has me most excited about this is the fact that this follows a K-Pop artist and, if you didn’t already know, I freaking LOVE K-Pop (BTS, Stray Kids and Twice are my ultimate trio!) From what I can tell it follows Lucky (the K-Pop artist) at the peak of her career and Jack, a reporter, as their paths cross in a hotel. Whirlwind romance and cuteness ensues. It also takes place across a very short period of time which I really like in my YA romance contemporaries. I’m hoping to get to this one in March.
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
This book has one of the queerest blurbs I’ve ever read and I am so incredibly excited to read it! It follows Nima as she finds herself newly immersed in the local drag scene (and from what I can tell it showcases a wide variety of drag which is what I like to see!) as she discovers herself and learns how to accept herself through the self-expression of drag. I’m saving this one for Pride month in June – I’m planning to read only queer books in June so if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know (I like to plan in advance!)
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
This is the only fantasy on my list, which is so weird for me! But I’ve had this one sitting on my shelves for almost a year now and really wanted to get to it, but just didn’t get the chance to. It’s set in the City of Sin and follows Enne as she tries to find her mother who’s gone missing, and ends up teaming up with con man, Levi. It sounds like it will be a dark, twisty and fun fantasy, which I am properly in the mood for. I’m planning to get to this one sometime in March.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
I’ve been wanting to read this one for the longest time and have been waiting for it to come out in paperback, so now that I have it (finally!) I’m really excited to pick it up. I’ve heard kind of mixed things about this one. Apparently the aphobia is quite heavy-handed but I’ll have to see that one for myself. I’m just excited to read a romance about an asexual main character (who’s also biromantic and Black). I think the love interest works in a library, too, so this pretty much has all the hallmarks of a great contemporary for me. I’ll be reading this one in February.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I’ve been hearing great things about this one since it first came out and I recently added it to my own shelves. It follows the author of a popular webcomic series as she deals with her anxiety and her mental health in general. Her webcomic’s biggest fanfictions writer transfers to her school and her online and offline worlds start to collide. I’ve heard this compared to Radio Silence by Alice Oseman which is one of my all-time favourites and this one has illustrations of the webcomic in it, too, which will be a great addition to the story. I’m hoping to get to this one early on in January. I have a gut feeling that this one might be a 5 star read, so we shall see!
What are some of the books in your shelves that you’re might excited to read?