Watch out 2015, 2016 is gonna be awesome, too! The beginning of the new year is always exciting, because of wonderful book releases to look forward to. I read mostly contemporary literature, but rarely just-released books. I still love to browse websites and publishers catalogues, noting down the most exciting titles in my journal. Even if it takes me a while to read recent works, there’s always a few that I won’t wait long for. That’s usually sequels of a favorite series or a new work by a favorite author.
The Hanging Tree (Ben Aaronovitch) – June 16th
Murder and fantastical mayhem in Mayfair’s villas. This is book 6 in the Rivers of London series about police officer/magician’s apprentice Peter Grant. Highly recommend the audiobooks read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith!
What is yours is not yours (Helen Oyeyemi) – March 8th
A collection of intertwining short stories centering around real and metaphorical keys. Oyeyemi has been on my list for ages, maybe I’ll start with this one.
One day Furo Wariboko wakes up white. Except for his ass that is. The book follows the changes and privileges of his new life as a white man in Nigeria.
This Census-Taker (China Miéville)– January 12th
New Miéville out this year. This novella is about a boy living with his increasingly deranged parents, when a stranger knocks at the door. I’m sure it’ll be all kinds of weird.
Sequel to The Fifth Season will be out this year, hurrah!!! That was really quick and the wait is somewhat bearable.
The Winged Histories (Sofia Samatar) – March 15th
A new book by the author of A Stranger in Olondria! Which I still have to read. However this one sounds amazing: Four women- from soldier to poet- are caught on different sides when war breaks out. I think this is set in the same world as A Stranger, but it doesn’t appear to be a sequel. Correct me if I’m wrong.
This is the fifth book in the fairyland series, I should start with book 1, but it’s always nice to see that when I do start I can just spend the next month in one world and don’t have to wait! This book is about September inheriting the Kingdom.
Book 2 of the Indexing series, where fairytale stories become real – with often disastrous results – and the ATI Management Bureau steps in. Still have to read book 1 (notice a theme?), but I might want to cuddle up with both for a long weekend as I loved her October Daye book and really like urban fantasy.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (Roxane Gay) – supposedly June 14th
Gay’s not-a-weightloss-memoir about food, weight, shaming and taking care of yourself. It’s Roxane Gay, and also a very important addition to current weight and health debates.
Black Dove (Ana Castillo) – May 10th
Memoir of brilliant Chicana activist and writer Ana Castillo about social injustices through the lens of race, gender and family.
The Feminist Bookstore Movement (Kristen Hogan) – sometime 2016
About the feminist bookstore movement in the 1970s to 1990s and its lesbian, feminist, and antiracist networks. Feminism + bookstores = awesomeness
“How contemporary biomedicine has shaped race and racism as America’s health disparities increase” (Minnesota UP). This sounds right up my street!
What releases are you looking forward to this year? Let me know in the comments!