Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 anticipated reads for Q1 2024!! Yes, now if the time to find all those shiny news books arriving in January, February and March 2024. Delightful!!
So, I am completely aware of how wildly contradictory this post is from the one I did yesterday. Yesterday’s post was all “I’m going to read all of my backlist books in 2024”, and now today I’m all about that new, shiny book smell. I am nothing if not a contrary gemini. Or a normal gemini. Which is apparently contrary anyway. Look, let’s just look at the new books and stop discussing my follies.
top 5 anticipated reads for Q1 2024
House of Flame and Shadow — Sarah J. Maas
Release date: 30 January 2024
If this isn’t the most anticipated book of the entire first quarter of 2024, then I will eat my hat. Noting that I’m not actually sure I own a hat… I am certainly not going to eat my Disney Ears — they’re way too pretty. And expensive.
ANYWAY, no synopsis for this one because if you’re up to date you know it anyway and that cliffhanger ending has probably had you screaming internally for… two years? And if you’re not, then it’s a massive (Maas-ive) spoiler that you’re likely not prepared for and won’t make any sense to you.
Suffice to say that I think I will actually be traveling (out of country no less) for work the week this arrives and I am DEVASTATED. But don’t you worry. I have arranged for Husband to pick this one up for me. He will probably get the wrong edition, but honestly, I won’t care. Until I’ve finished devouring it anyway.
Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands — Emily Fawcett
Release date: 9 January 2024
Huh… I definitely didn’t realise this was coming out so early, otherwise it would 100% have made my January 2024 TBR list. Although I really should swap it out for the one above, as I don’t think I’ll even get hold of it until February. Note to self: also check work travel dates. And book flights.
This is the second book in the Emily Wilde series, and while book 1 wasn’t the most exciting thing ever, I genuinely loved how the story was told (through journal entries) and the fairy-ness of it all. This series is like an actual dream.
Additionally, I’m very much looking forward to catching up with Emily and Wendell on their new adventure.
Waverider — Kazu Kibuishi
Release date: 6 February 2024
That is the level of excitement I have about this book FINALLY arriving. Yes, this is the very final (9th) instalment in the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi, and I could not be screaming any more.
Amulet is a middle grade graphic novel that I kind of stumbled across years ago, and I am so in love with these books. I will 100% be rereading books 1-7, and then reading 8 and 9 in early February. Yes, I did mean to say reading book 8 (Supernova) as well as I was not prepared in the case of a potential cliff-hanger. Like, I read book 7 (Firelight) in May 2021. This has been a LONG time coming.
Anyway, this book coming out means that I will get to tick off a series I’ve been reading since 2020. However, I really feel for everyone who has been reading this since book 1 (The Stonekeeper) first came out in 2008. Kibuishi has written the story and drawn and coloured all of the art for this series and it is gorgeous. This is a genuine anticipated read!!
Bride — Ali Hazelwood
Release date: 6 February 2024
Please don’t judge me, because I am already doing that myself with this book. Because THIS is a vampire x werewolf love story. And I have to admit I’m a little bit ashamed that it’s on my list. But also, I have read (almost) all of the Crave books (and the Sookie Stackhouse, Chicagoland, Undead and Twliglight book), so there’s no accounting for taste.
I can’t believe I’m admitting this out loud (in writing?), but I also keep reading all of these terrible werewolf / mafia type online romance books. So I’m really just hoping that Ali Hazelwood will scratch that itch and I can leave paranormal somewhere outside of my TBR. And my reading list.
I mean, this is a proper published book. Can it really be that bad?? (Don’t answer that.)
The Prisoner’s Throne — Holly Black
Release date: 5 March 2024
You know, if I had to pick any of these books to come out in January it would have been this one. Holly Black is usually very consistent. In fact, sometimes they bring the publication date forward, which is essentially unheard of!! (See example: The Queen of Nothing)
Anyway, this is the current final book in the Folk of the Air series. I say that because I hope and pray that there will be more with the characters that we (namely me) love. I’m not necessarily saying that I want more Jude and Cardan, mostly because I don’t want them ruined, but I also wouldn’t say no to them turning up in something else. You know, like how Roiben and Kaye turn up every second book or so for a cameo.
So, really, while I’m super keen to read more about Oak and Nore, I just want more Fae books. Which you can’t tell at all by my entire list here (Fae, Fae, Fae side characters, Vamps and Weres, and oh look, more Fae). I have a type, and that’s ok. So long as I read the books that I buy.
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