Books I’m Looking Forward to in January 2018

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope 2017 was a good year for you – the silence on my blog throughout this year has been due to exams and not being able to read for much of it. However, 2018 is a new year, so I hope to start as I mean to go on and begin blogging regularly again.

9781910655672To start off, I thought I’d bring back an old format I used a while ago and start talking about the books I’m looking forward to in January, and I’ll start by talking about The Fandom by Anna Day. This book is one that I know is hotly anticipated. Back in March, The Bookseller reported that The Fandom became Chicken House’s fastest ever selling international rights title. The story focuses on Violet, who arrives at Comic Con in cosplay and ready to be part of her fandom in real life, for The Gallow’s Dance – a major movie franchise. A freak accident at Comic Con however puts her in the heart of The Gallow’s Dance, so she must take her place within the story and play her role. This is undoubtedly a really exciting book, out on the 4th January, and I’m happy to say Anna will be joining me right here on the blog for the blog tour – see the sidebar for the details of all the stops!

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Next, let’s talk about I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan, already making waves within

the YA community. It tells the story of Muzna Saleem, who dreams of becoming a novelist, though her parents would prefer it if she became a doctor and married “a cousin from Pakistan.” Then, Arif Malik, the “high school hottie,” takes an interest in her. To continue quoting the blurb, because I couldn’t do it justice; “As Arif begins to lead Muzna down a dark path, she faces a terrible choice: keep quiet and betray her beliefs, or speak up and betray her heart?” I’m really excited about this one from a new voice in YA, out on the 25th January 2018 from Macmillan.

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Readers of the blog might know that I love the works of Non Pratt, and I’m pleased to say that with a New Year comes a new book from her too – her second with Barrington Stoke.

This one’s called Second Best Friend, and it features inseparable best friends Jade and Becky, yet a spiteful comment is made about Jade by her ex, forcing her to see that she has always been second best in everything. Then, there’s a school election, giving her a chance to see just how far she’ll go to be better than her best friend. Non Pratt is a familiar and amazing voice within YA, and if you’ve read her previous Barrington Stoke title, Unboxed, you’ll know that you’re not wrong to expect great things from this book as well.

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Finally, for this list at least, it’s the finale to the series by Kerry Drewery that’s included Day 7 and Cell 7 – Final 7 arrives on the 11th January, and this one picks up with Martha and Isaac now on the run, with the government branding them both rebels and a danger to the public. Described as “heartstopping,” this is definitely not one to miss in January.

As always, there are so many amazing books to be expected in January from so many amazing authors. This list is just a few picks of mine, but definitely go out there and tell me any I’ve missed that need to be on my list

(Release dates are UK only.)

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Books I’m Looking Forward To In July

Welcome back to the ‘Books I’m Looking Forward To’ feature! This is where I talk about all the books that are set to be published in July in the UK and talk about why I’m excited for them and why I think you should be too!

First up on my list is the sequel to Songs About A Girl, one of my favourite books of last year. Songs About Us by Chris Russell is set to be released on the 13th July and I can’t wait. I’ve been waiting to read more about Charlie and Gabriel and Olly and everyone else from Chris’s boyband world. I can’t wait to see where the sequel catapults them all to next!

Juno Dawson has a new book coming out this month too. Entitled The Gender Games and also set to be published on the 13th, it’s described as “a frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world where what’s in your head is more important than what’s between your legs.” Juno’s past non-fiction books are fantastic as are her fiction books. Mind Your Head for example, Juno’s book about mental health, is a great read and I highly recommend it. I’m excited to see this brand new title from Juno and I’m definitely excited for it to be released.

Carrie Hope Fletcher has a new book out this month too, again also due to be released on the 13th, called All That She Can See, about a village baker named Cherry, who has a hidden ability to see things that others can’t. She uses this power to add something special to the cakes she sells, so the village people know that when they walk in Cherry’s bakery they feel safe. But then Chase arrives and it turns out she’s not alone in this ability. Carrie has an amazing writing voice and I can’t wait until her new book is published.

There are plenty more books that are set to come out in July, like the collaboration between Radio 1’s Greg James and Chris Smith along with Jenn Bennett’s brand new book too, but these are just some of the books I’m excited for in July!