Happy December everyone! Chantel here doing this post solo since Caidyn insisted he didn’t have any books he was excited about in 2018. Near the end of the year, I start to get ambitious and this is no exception. I love the end of the year because once the clock strikes midnight on the 1st of January, we get a clean slate. A new year that may or may not go well, but the possibilities are endless.
I’ve decided to make a top ten list of books I’m excited to read in 2018 and these may or may not be good, don’t worry I’ll let you know, but that’s the fun part. These are all books with LGBTQ+ themes and there are a lot of authors on here that I adore who have new books coming out in 2018.
I will be going in order of release date and unknown release dates will be at the end.
Dates and covers are subject to change as well.
January 9th: Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Okay, this one is pretty obvious. I am so excited for the third book in the Wayward Children series that I might actually pre-order it and I don’t pre-order books. I’ve heard that this is a direct sequel to Every Heart a Doorway, which means the same cast that was in the first book will be in this one so I’m stoked. One of the biggest issues I had with Every Heart a Doorway was that I struggled to connect with Nancy. This wasn’t an issue at all for me in Down Among the Sticks and Bones, so needless to say I’m hyped for this book.
March 6th: The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara
Pirates. Queer ladies. Sounds like there is some gender-bending going on. I’m in. This book sounds great. It sounds like the queer pirate novel I’m craving, and pirates is a theme that comes up again later, but for right now I’m more excited about this book. I will be doing my best to read this as soon as possible.
March 6th: Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
I don’t know a lot about this book and I want to go in as blind as possible, but it’s by Audrey Coulthurst and I’m all there. Her first book was Of Fire and Stars which I absolutely loved. It was this hate to love, forbidden romance with a bit of political drama thrown in there. There were some flaws, but honestly, I’d read it over and over again despite that. The romance was so good and it was done very well, in my opinion. I don’t know if there is romance in this one, but I’ve heard the word bisexual thrown around. So yeah, this one is a no-brainer for me.
April 24th: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda before I started writing reviews and before I started this blog with Caidyn, so my thoughts aren’t put down in a rambly post about how I felt about this book. The bottom line is, I really enjoyed it and yes I will go see Love, Simon because fuck yes. It was super cute and I’d absolutely read it again. By the time this post has come out I still have not read The Upside of Unrequited, a book I was pretty excited for earlier this year. Oops. BUT I WILL GET TO IT. Anyway, I’m excited about a book with Leah as the main character since she is bisexual according to Becky Albertalli and it’s right there in the freaking synopsis. I will read this in 2018 even if it kills me.
May 22nd: The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
Contemporary isn’t exactly my genre, but Jen Wilde wrote Queens of Geek which spoke to me so deeply. I will read anything she writes based on that book alone. It sounds like this book will deal with someone in the spotlight coming out as bisexual, something that was touched on in Queens of Geek with the character of Charlie. I don’t know much more about it, but I’m excited to read it when I do get my hands on it. Also, this is the second book with a bisexual female drummer on this list. The other is Leah on the Offbeat.
July 17th: Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie
One of the books I five starred this year was The Abyss Surrounds Us. It was a science-fiction book featuring queer ladies, pirates, and giant monsters. Plus it had an ending that shocked me, and yet I was delighted by the possibilities of what was to come in the sequel. Ultimately, I was lukewarm on The Edge of the Abyss, but that definitely won’t stop me from reading Emily Skrutskie’s new book. In The Abyss Surrounds Us, she explored grey morality. People that aren’t wholly good or wholly bad, and if that theme continues in this new book then I will be happy. I think she explored it well before and I felt like her worldbuilding was really good for having a limited amount of pages. I’m excited to see her writing a new book with new stories and characters, so I can’t wait to check it out.
October 2nd: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
This is a sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue which I read earlier this year and really enjoyed. It was a book that got a lot of hype and I think it was (mostly) everything I expected it to be. The sequel, however, is from the POV of Felicity, Monty’s sister. This is going to be a lot of fun. Felicity did not put up with Monty’s shit and was constantly annoyed at Monty and Percy’s lack of awareness. I have heard that Felicity is canonically asexual. I don’t remember if I saw that confirmed by the author herself, but if it’s true I’m even more pumped for this book. Now, as of this post, the book doesn’t have a cover or even a synopsis, but there is enough information to get me hyped. I need a good pirate book where girls kick ass.
Unknown: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds
There is not a lot of information on this book on Goodreads at least. Just a very short summary which involves time travel and a potential m/m romance. Two of my favorite things and I can’t wait.
Unknown: Someday by David Levithan
“Another book that made me feel totally and completely alone.” This was what I wrote on Goodreads about Every Day, the first book in this series. Geez, dramatic much past me. It’s technically a trilogy, with there being a companion book from Rhiannon’s POV, but honestly, I had no interest in re-reading the same story through another character’s eyes. Every Day was an incredible book about A. A does not have a gender, instead, they are in a new body every day and go through that day in another person’s skin. That is so powerful and sad because it’s really lonely. This changes when A meets Rhiannon and falls in love and every day does their best to find this girl. Which sounds a bit stalker-y, but it’s good, trust me. I’m interested to see how the story concludes because I felt like the first book could’ve been a standalone, but I look forward to reading this.
Unknown: Starworld by Paula Garner & Audrey Coulthurst
Hm, Audrey Coulthurst co-writes a contemporary YA novel. I’m intrigued, to say the least. Especially because there isn’t much to go on right now. I’m not the biggest fan of co-written books, but like I said earlier: I will read anything Audrey Coulthurst writes. Did I not say that? I’m saying it now.
There you have it! Those are the top ten books I’m looking forward next year. This might change as more information comes out about a few of them, but this is my list as of December 1st and I’m very excited going into 2018. The fact that I could easily find ten books with queer themes just makes me incredibly happy.
What books are you looking forward to in 2018? Have you read any ARCs of some of these? If so, I’m jealous.