Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To (Part 1)

Posted January 7, 2020 by Amber in Top Ten Tuesday / 6 Comments

Hi All! I’m so excited. I love doing Top Ten Tuesday posts related to new releases. There are so many amazing-sounding books, so this is only part ONE for Books I’m Looking Forward To.

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Top Ten Tuesday was formerly hosted by the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish but is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. You can read more about past topics and future topics here.

~One~

We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding

Two best friends grow up—and grow apart—in this innovative contemporary YA novel

Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.

 

Give me a book on best friend breakups and I’m in. This sounds amazing not only because of the subject but also the unique way in telling the story.

~Two~

Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson

Can life begin again…every other weekend?

Adam Moynihan’s life used to be awesome. Straight As, close friends and a home life so perfect that it could have been a TV show straight out of the 50s. Then his oldest brother died. Now his fun-loving mom cries constantly, he and his remaining brother can’t talk without fighting, and the father he always admired proved himself a coward by moving out when they needed him most.

Jolene Timber’s life is nothing like the movies she loves—not the happy ones anyway. As an aspiring director, she should know, because she’s been reimagining her life as a film ever since she was a kid. With her divorced parents at each other’s throats and using her as a pawn, no amount of mental reediting will give her the love she’s starving for.

Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment building, the boy who thinks forgiveness makes him weak and the girl who thinks love is for fools begin an unlikely friendship. The weekends he dreaded and she endured soon become the best part of their lives. But when one’s life begins to mend while the other’s spirals out of control, they realize that falling in love while surrounded by its demise means nothing is ever guaranteed.

There are not enough books about divorce life and teens going back and forth between homes. Every Other Weekend already has my heart. It would simply because of that cover if I didn’t know anything else about it.

~Three~

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

You can’t rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again.

It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded.

Nearly a month since Cleo realized they’ll never be besties again.

Now, Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex–best friend. But pretending Layla doesn’t exist isn’t as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after she’s assigned to be Layla’s tutor. Despite budding new friendships with other classmates—and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom—Cleo’s turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.

Alternating between time lines of Then and Now, When You Were Everything blends past and present into an emotional story about the beauty of self-forgiveness, the promise of new beginnings, and the courage it takes to remain open to love

Essentially the same reason as We Used To Be Friends. It sounds heartbreaking. I love Ashley’s debut, The Beauty That Remains, so I suspect this will be just be just as gorgeous and heart wrenching as that was.

~Four~

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

YES

Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone) Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO

Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

MAYBE SO

Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural crush of the century is another thing entirely.

I will read anything and everything by these two authors! My feelings are already bursting in anticipation.

~Five~

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Redpairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal

Please don’t kill me, but I haven’t actually finished an Anna book yet. I know, it’s ridiculous, I own them ALL, sans The Weight Of Feathers, in one form or another. It doesn’t stop me from WANTING to read them though.

~Six~

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold

You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked. And the wolf is angry.

Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good.

But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her.

A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions.

About the blood in Bisou’s past, and on her hands as she stumbles home.

About broken boys and vicious wolves.

About girls lost in the woods—frightened, but not alone.

 

I wasn’t the big fan of Damsel BUT I love Elana’s writing style and Red Hood sounds amazing. I’m all over Elana putting her spin on all the fairytales.

~Seven~

This Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi

Set over the course of one day, this smart and voice-driven YA novel follows three young women determined to save their indie bookstore.
Rinn Olivera is finally going to tell her longtime crush AJ that she’s in love with him.

Daniella Korres writes poetry for her own account, but nobody knows it’s her.

Imogen Azar is just trying to make it through the day.

When Rinn, Daniella, and Imogen clock into work at Wild Nights Bookstore on the first day of summer, they’re expecting the hours to drift by the way they always do. Instead, they have to deal with the news that the bookstore is closing. Before the day is out, there’ll be shaved heads, a diva author, and a very large shipment of Air Jordans to contend with.

And it will take all three of them working together if they have any chance to save Wild Nights Bookstore.

 

I loved Aminah’s debut, Not The Girls You’re Looking For, but I haven’t read her second yet. Either way, I’m all over this.

~Eight~

I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee

The world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity—perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.

Let’s see, what do I love most… The Korean Popstar aspect or the fact that our Koren popstar is plus-size. I think both! This is a guarantee “must-read” this year.

~Nine~

Furious Thing by Jenny Downham

From the critically acclaimed author of Before I Die comes a remarkably affecting story of a girl who burns with anger for reasons she can’t understand, and the power and risk that comes with making noise. Fans of E. Lockhart, Jennifer Niven, and Gayle Foreman will find their own fury in this exceptional novel for our times.

Bad things happen when you’re around, Lex…

That’s what her stepfather tells her. That’s what she believes about herself.

But how can she convince herself and everyone around her that her anger doesn’t make her a monster? If only she could stop losing her temper and behave herself, her stepfather would accept her, her mom would love her like she used to, and her stepbrother would declare his crushing desire to spend the rest of his life with her. She wants these things so badly, she’s determined to swallow her anger and make her family proud.

But pushing fury down doesn’t make it disappear. Instead, it simmers below the surface, waiting to erupt. There’ll be fireworks when it does…

An intensely real story of manipulation and identity, Furious Thing is about the slippery slope of manipulation and how one girl can fight to claim back the spaces that belong to her.

I only heard of Furious Thing today but it sounds lovely and sad. I know all about being angry and trying to control it and it is HARD. I’m sure our main character, Lex will be a great firecracker to read about.

~Ten~

One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

Until now.

This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game.

Truth or Dare.

Phoebe‘s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark.

Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare.

But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.

Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.

Now, I didn’t like One Of Us Is Lying very much. Mostly because I felt the resolution was poorly done and problematic, however, I loved Karen’s second book, Two Can Keep A Secret a TON. That is why I’m willing to read this one.

~Eleven~

The Hand On The Wall by Maureen Johnson

Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.

One benefit to waiting forever to read series is that you get to read the books right away. In this case, they were audiobooks and I devoured them. I can’t wait to see how the (hopefully) trilogy wraps it up! 

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You can expect parts 2-infinity sometime in the next few months! I only wanted to do books for the first half of the year and it appears I did most books just publishing in January! 😂 As always, there’s more to come. What books are you looking forward to?

 

Posted January 7, 2020 by Amber in Top Ten Tuesday / 6 Comments

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6 responses to “Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To (Part 1)

  1. I read three of these, and they were excellent. I ugly cried reading We Used to Be Friends. Friend breakups can be devastating. Hand on the Wall wrapped up that series nicely. I was really happy with it. Every Other Weekend was wonderful in the way all Johnson’s books are. I would love to get my hands on One of Us is Next and I ‘ll Be the One, and I will definitely be reading Woodfolk and Safi’s books. Great list!

    • Amber

      Ugh, I am avoiding We Used To Be Friends because I don’t feel like being sad. I’m so glad to hear that Hand On The Wall wrapped up well! I still need to get to that. I’ve been dying for Every Other Weekend, I need to check out Johnson’s other books! Especially If I Fix You, which I have on my Kindle and been wanting to read. Woodfolk and Safi’s books sound amazinggg.

  2. Amber is basically like “I need all the books published in 2020 please and thank you”. I need quite a few of these also. Actually, they;re all on my TBR except 7&8 cause I am just hearing about them now (THANKS!) and #11 because I still haven’t read the first book but I want to because I have heard good things!

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    • Amber

      I mean, I kind of do need all the Contemps and thrillers at the very least? Ha. Fantasy’s available. Ah, you’re welcome! I totally scoured lists as I was making this up, ha. You need to read the series!

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