Hola! How’s life? You may have noticed I deleted my post from yesterday. That’s because a new Greta Gerwig interview came out yesterday in which she finally expressed regret and remorse for working with Woody Allen in 2012. This pretty much threw my thesis into the garbage, so I just deleted it. I may try to rework it and post a new essay, but probably not. So anyway, that’s what happened with that. Today I’m writing my Top 5 Wednesday post. This week’s topic is your top five books you didn’t get to in 2017 that you want to prioritize this year. I’ve got a few I’m really excited about, so let’s hop to it!
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao: This YA fantasy novel is the beginning of a new series based heavily on East Asian culture. It is a retelling of “The Evil Queen.” It follows Xifeng, a young girl destined to become empress. But first she needs to embrace the dark magic within her. I’ve heard that Xifeng is an antihero and I’m all about that. This is definitely one YA book I’m excited for this year.
- Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by multiple authors: This short story anthology brings many writers together to tell the story of A New Hope from the eyes of many characters, from Antilles to Tarkin to the trash compacter monster. As a massive Star Wars fan, I’m super excited to get to this. It was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017, but I wasn’t in the mood to read it when I got it. But this year I’m sure the force will be with me.
- The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera: This fantasy novel has everything I’ve ever asked for: a F/F relationship front and center and a unique writing style. The majority of the book is written as a letter from one character to the other, so much of it is in second person. It also utilizes East Asian culture, as well as cultures a little further west (but still undeniably Asian). I’ve actually already started this novel, but I’ve had it on pause for a while. I’m really eager to get back to it and watch these two women fall in love.
- Heroine Complex by Sarah Khun: Even though I’ve never been a big superhero fan, this novel is still one I’m excited to read. It just sounds fun! Plus, the protagonist Evie Tanaka sounds like a character I’d fall in love with. It seems like a simple story, but a good one and I’m ready to go all-in.
- The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin: This one I don’t know much about, but I do know it’s an adult fantasy novel that’s been getting some positive buzz lately. When I was flipping through, it looked like it was written in second person, but I could be wrong. Either way, I’m excited to get to this. It sounds dark and dangerous, just what the doctor ordered. And by “the doctor,” I mean my overwhelming need for something different and not tropey.
What books did you neglect to get to in 2017 that you want to prioritize this year? Tell me about them in the comments!