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Throwing it Back- All the Pre 2014 YA Releases…That Are a Must Read for Any Bookworm

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As a bookworm I tend to read almost exclusively from new releases. On Megnificent Books you’ll find ample posts about 2017 releases I’m anticipating, as well as upcoming posts about 2015 & 2016 releases I need to get to. So this is why I decided to do a post inspired by Top 5 Wednesday’s most recent, one where I discuss books that came out pre-2014 I’m looking forward too. In an attempt to expand my genre horizons, on this list is two contemporaries, one historical fiction, one fantasy, and one horror. It’s sure to be a colorful 2017! So without further ado…let’s cut to the books!

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

After watching Amazon Prime’s pilot adaptation of The Interestings, my interest was definitely piqued in reading the book at its inspiration. It follows a nonlinear storyline (one of my favorite things ever) and takes place from the seventies to the early 2000’s (another A+ for historical fiction). Central themes include family ties, betrayal, and the search for success. And much as the title would imply, the close knit group of friends at the story’s core are anything but dull. I’ve heard really awesome things about Meg Wolitzer’s writing, and I’m excited to see if the atmosphere I felt on screen is carried over to the page. Amazon has yet to confirm whether they’ll be giving this one a full season order, but in any event I want to see the direction the plot takes. I’m due for an “interesting” read, and it’s my hope that this 2013 release delivers in the upcoming months.

The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick

For a person who’s never read a Marcus Sedgwick book, I sure do love adding his new releases to my TBR. But out of the thirteen (13!!!!) works by him I have yet to read, none excite me more than The Foreshadowing. Published way back in 2006 (practically a millennia in fiction years), it has managed to do something few others have: retain a premise still fresh a decade later. There’s no book quite like it, and trust me when I say this is an idea you need to see executed. It starts at the onset of World War I, with MC Sasha volunteering to be a nurse. Constantly surrounded by the threat of death, it’s revealed that Sasha knows when and how a person will die. It’s in one of these visions that she witnesses the death of her brother, Thomas, on the front lines. Pretending to be an actual nurse, she’s thrust in a race to save his life. Sasha is said to be a very strong and capable protagonist, and I can’t wait to see where her story goes. Let me know if you’ve read this one (or any Sedgwick book, for that matter), and what you thought!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

When The Bone Season debuted back in 2013, Samantha Shannon was being touted as the next J.K. Rowling. A lofty comparison for sure, and one (from what I’ve heard) she’s more than lived up to. Each book, in this anticipated seven part series, is rather large, and takes almost two years each to write, edit, and publish. Hopefully that means it’s also large on great plot elements. Even better, it’s only on the third book, which is set to release in 2017. I also love the truly unique plot, which blends elements of dystopia and the supernatural. Plus, criminal underworld. And walking into other people’s thought. And an otherworldly race. All things I can get on board with. I’m really trying to get caught up with popular series in 2017, and this is one I have to get to, stat! It’ll be a challenge for sure, but I’m excited!

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

As I try to expand my genre horizons, horror is an area I need to read more of. And what better place to start in 2017? I’ve heard so many awesome things about 2014’s Bird Box, as well as Josh Maleroman’s deeply skilled writing, and I can’t wait to see what all the hype is about! It’s a terrifying blend of psychological thriller/post apocalyptic/ and the paranormal, taking place in the near future where a malevolent force causes insanity upon sight. MC Malorie and her children have spent the last five years in hiding, but with supplies dwindling they must go twenty miles downriver, blindfolded, in the hopes a reputed safe haven truly exists. That’s definitely a high stakes setting, and (similar to The Fifth Wave) I’ve very intrgied by the concept of a villain no one can see. I think it will be similarly interesting to see the collapse of society in flashbacks, as well as what led Malorie to seclusion. May 2017 be the year of all the genres!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I’m a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell (though I refuse to read Carry On), and enjoy her work geared toward adults just as much as her YA offerings. Attachments is one of my favorite contemporary/chick lit reads, which makes me all the more excited to see what Rowell cooked up in Landline. It’s seems to be a more somber story, following TV writer Georgie, whose marriage is on its last leg. Until she discovers a landline. A landline that offers her the chance to call into the past, and see how to save her marriage; that is if she ultimately even wants to. This is such a great idea, with ample opportunity for rich character development and stellar dialogue. It meshes perfectly with Rowell’s writing style, and I don’t see how she can make this anything short of an A+ for me. With this past year being a bit of a letdown for me as far as contemporaries are concerned, I could use a solid romance read to bring back my faith in the genre. Fingers crossed this book is the one!

What old releases do you NEED to get to in 2017? Have you read any on my list? Let me know in the comments!

-Keep Calm and Read On

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