This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) required me to do a little research. It’s the “Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to in the First Half of 2017.” I panicked a little. Initially I could only think of two books coming out in 2017 that I knew about and was looking forward to reading. Last year I relied on The Millions’ Most Anticipated List to clue me in to what was in store for 2016. But that list wasn’t published until January 4 of last year. (Look for the new one in a few weeks!) I read a lot of backlist titles and tend to know about new books about a month or two in advance, once I start seeing them in magazines, blogs, and BookRiot. However, with a little digging, I found nine titles that intrigue me.
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson. Oh man, did I ever enjoy his previous thriller, The Kind Worth Killing. It came out around the same time as that book about the Girl and the Train and I thought it was WAY better and deserved some of that book’s press. So I am *really* excited for this one. (Jan. 10)
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. Short stories + Roxane Gay = Laila happy. (Jan. 3)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Yes, it’s about that Lincoln. From Goodreads: “Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel – in its form and voice – completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.” (Feb. 14)
Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki. I really liked her debut novel, California, and this one sounds like a winner. “A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles.” (May 9)
The Leavers by Lisa Ko. This won the 2016 Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and it sounds terrific. It “follows one young man’s search for his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant who disappears when he’s 11 years old, after which he is adopted by a white family (from Goodreads.)” (May 2)
American Street by Ibi Zoboi. YA Haitian immigrant experience in Detroit? Sounds really good. Also, the cover is stunning. (Feb. 14)
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti. “A father protects his daughter from the legacy of his past and the truth about her mother’s death in this thrilling new novel from the prize-winning author of The Good Thief.” Plus, I really enjoyed her first novel, The Good Thief. (March 28)
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. FictionFan gushed about this one on her blog, naming it her best crime novel of the year. (It’s already out in Scotland – lucky!) That’s all the endorsement I need. (June 6)
Do any of these tempt your TBR? Is there a 2017 release that you think I would like that I neglected to put on the list? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.