Hi everyone! I was tossing up whether I should do a post with all of my 2017 anticipated releases but figured it would be a bit too overwhelming, so I thought I’d do it in seasons! So, at the start of each new season, I’ll be posting my top 10 most anticipated books being released over the following 3 months! I got this idea partly from Jananee, who posted her own seasonal anticipated releases post today. Definitely go check hers out, because we actually have a few books in common!
I’m a huge mood reader, so whilst these are my most anticipated releases for Autumn, it’s not guaranteed I’ll read them in Autumn. I’m planning to write a post with my top 5-10 books I want to read in Autumn, so when that’s finished I’ll link it here as well! So, here are my top 10 most anticipated books released this Autumn!
YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE by Whitney Gardner
Release date: March 7th
When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.
Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.
Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.
Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.
I’ve heard some absolutely amazing things from people who have read ARCs of this book so I had to include this as one of my most anticipated. I’m also planning to read it this month, so hopefully I end up loving it!
QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde
Release date: March 14th
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
This one is also on my March TBR so I’m hoping I have time to read & finish it this month! I’ve heard great things about this one, especially from Ava, who hyped this book when it got her out of a slump! I’ve had this on my radar ever since & after getting to know Jen through twitter, this has easily become one of my most anticipated reads!
THE GAUNTLET by Karuna Riazi
Release date: March 28th
A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.
When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.
Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?
I don’t read a lot of Middle Grade, but when I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. I absolutely loved Jumanji when I was younger & I’ve heard this book compared to Jumanji a few times so I’m really excited to see what I think! I feel like this book is going to give me many feelings of nostalgia, but the author is also so kickass that I know I’ll love it no matter what!
THE PATHS WE CHOOSE (Lillac Town #2) by M. Hollis
Release date: April 6th
Lily Ferrari enjoys having control over every detail of her life. Ever since she left her parents’ house to gain her freedom, she decided to fully own her autonomy. But an unexpected visit from her little brother may change the path she chooses to follow.
Add to that a casual fling with the bright architect Mayte González, and Lily’s summer is turning out more interesting than she expected. It certainly beats the routine of working extra shifts at Johnson’s Bookstore.
A few weeks before her college life begins, Lily needs to figure out if she’s wrong about the past or if she should continue to protect her heart at all costs.
Sometimes moving forward is only possible if you have the right people by your side.
I read THE MELODY OF YOU AND ME earlier in the year & it very easily became one of my favourite ever New Adult books. I will forever be recommending TMOYAM to anyone looking for NA recs or recs with lesbian or pan characters. M. Hollis wrote such a cute f/f novella with TMOYAM and I have no doubt in my mind that TPWC will be just the same.
THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS (The Abyss Surrounds Us #2) by Emily Skrutskie
Release date: April 18th
Three weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to the ruthless pirate-queen Santa Elena and set free Bao, the sea monster Reckoner she’d been forced to train. The days as a pirate trainee are long and grueling, but it’s not the physical pain that Cas dreads most. It’s being forced to work with Swift, the pirate girl who broke her heart.
But Cas has even bigger problems when she discovers that Bao is not the only monster swimming free. Other Reckoners illegally sold to pirates have escaped their captors and are taking the NeoPacific by storm, attacking ships at random and ruining the ocean ecosystem. As a Reckoner trainer, Cas might be the only one who can stop them. But how can she take up arms against creatures she used to care for and protect.
Will Cas embrace the murky morals that life as a pirate brings or perish in the dark waters of the NeoPacific?
I was really pleasantly surprised with THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US when I read it earlier this year and considering the cliffhanger it ended on, I’m very impatiently waiting for this sequel! I’ve already heard amazing things from people who read ARCs so my expectations for this one are quite high!
NOTEWORTHY by Riley Redgate
Release date: May 2nd
It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight.
Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped … revered … all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.
I’ve heard absolutely amazing things about one of Redgate’s other books, and the things I’ve heard about this one are even better! I don’t think I know a single person who hasn’t enjoyed this book, so this is one I definitely had to include in my most anticipated releases. (Also, it’s a cappella. How can you not be anticipating this?!)
THE LOVE INTEREST by Cale Diertrich
Release date: May 16th
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
I think I first heard about this on twitter, pitched as a YA with two male spies who have to fight for a girl and end up falling in love with each other instead. As soon as I heard about it, I was sold and I’ve been impatiently waiting ever since! (This also comes out the day after my birthday so I’ll definitely be buying this with my birthday money!)
QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE: 23 PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD by Sarah Prager
Release date: May 23rd
World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 22 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.
By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.
I’m usually not one to read about historic figures, but when I heard about this book, I knew it would be something I’d enjoy reading about! I’ve always liked learning about history but haven’t really read much YA that explores history well, so I’m highly anticipating the release of this book & can’t wait to see what I think!
I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE by Maurene Goo
Release date: May 30th
Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
In case you haven’t yet been able to tell, I’m a sucker for cute contemporaries. And this one looks like it’s going to be one of the cutest of them all. A lot of popular YA contemporaries are very white, very cishet & feature mostly able-bodied people and so I want to try to read as many cute, diverse contemporaries as I can. I heard about this through twitter (I find most of my recs on twitter, honestly) and I’ve heard some great things from people who have already read it or lots of excitement from people who want to read it. So, I’m very highly anticipating this one as it seems like it’s going to be absolutely adorable and right up my alley.
WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon
Release date: May 30th
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
Last but not least, we have WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI. I honestly don’t think I’ve heard a single bad thing about this book. It promises to be one of the cutest, most amazingly diverse contemporaries you’ll read & I cannot wait to read this in May. I’ve heard great things about this from everyone who’s read it so far- especially the Indian-American teens who are represented in this book. May cannot come quick enough and I’m sure this will definitely be one of those books that I’ll recommend to everybody once I read it.
So there we have it! Those are my top 10 most anticipated Autumn releases. Are you anticipating any of these as well? What other books are you anticipating? Have you found some new books to add to your TBR? Hope you’ve been able to find some new anticipated reads on this list!