Believe it or not, the year 2017 is here.
Whether you greeted it with open arms or you’re still holding out hope that it will magically skip to 2018, we can all be excited that a new year means NEW BOOKS! (If you have a party whistle thingamajig feel free to break it out now and go crazy! Your neighbors will understand. Or not. Who cares? It’s 2017!)
There are a TON of new books coming out this year.
I looked at list after list at anticipated releases, and here are the ten that I am personally most excited for!
1. Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the ‘70s by Tom Doyle
Release date March 21.
I love Elton John, and I can’t wait to learn more about his life and his rise to fame! I love that this is based on one-on-one interviews with Elton John. This sounds sure to be a fascinating read.
2. South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion
Release date March 7.
Joan Didion is a legend, and South and West is a look into her ACTUAL NOTEBOOKS. I am ready to feel wholly inadequate in my life by comparison. Bring it on Joan.
3. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Release date May 9.
Murakami is everything! If you haven’t read his work yet, I can’t recommend it highly enough! I love his novels, but his short stories are also superb. This story collection about, you guessed it, men without women, sounds like it needs to be in my life ASAP.
4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Release date February 29.
This novel about a teenager dealing with her poor home neighborhood and her fancy private school is the only witness to the police shooting her best friend. It sounds like there has never been a better or more relevant time for a book like this. I can’t wait to read it! (Also, John Green calls it “Stunning,” and no one knows YA better than him!)
5. Universal Harvester: A Novel by John Darnielle
Release date February 7.
Set in the late 1990’s, this book revolves around a Video Hut in Iowa whose customers are complaining that the videos they rent have other movies on them. This sounds super creepy and full of late 90’s nostalgia, so I am all in!
6. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Release date February 7.
It’s a novel about time travel that finds someone from the future stuck in 2016. I’m excited to see how someone from the future will fare in the crazy year of 2016. (Please note that I decided “crazy year” sounded more optimistic than my original descriptor: “dumpster fire.”)
7. The Idiot by Elif Bautman
Release date March 14.
Set in 1995 (more 90’s nostalgia, hurrah!), this novel focuses on college and that weird time in your life where you’re not sure if you’re actually an adult or not. This sounds right up my alley!
8. No One Is Coming to Save Us: A Novel by Stephanie Powell Watts
Release date April 4.
This book is a retelling of The Great Gatsby, set in the South and retold with black characters. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, and I’m excited to see how the supposed “universal themes” of it will translate to present day America. I have high hopes for this book!
9. Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke
Release date April 18.
I love graphic memoirs, and this this one promises to be about loss and confronting grief, something I’ve had to do too often these last few years. Radtke became fascinated with ruins- why are they there? What people and places have been left behind throughout history? These are things I too find interesting. Let’s revisit the past together, folks!
10. The Grip of It: A Novel by Jac Jemc
Release date August 1.
This books sounds creepy AF and I can’t wait to read it! Revolving around a couple who buy a home and are then haunted by it, this sounds like it will have a bit of a House of Leaves feeling. And, since that is one of my fave books, I think it sounds extremely promising!