Since so many people were anxiously awaiting the end of 2016 for such a long time, it can be easy to forget that the beginning of a new year always tends to be a little anticlimactic. But, once the new year starts, you realize a few things–the holidays are over, for one. It’s cold–really cold–without the holiday buffer to carry you through the temperature drop. If you’re in school, you’ll have to go back to school, for a few months at least, which is no fun.
But. Despite all of this (relative) hardship, there are some things to look forward to! I am sure there are certain fruits to be borne from your personal life that will make your life a lot more exciting this year, but I do not know your life and so I cannot speak to those. I can, however, speak to this year’s entertainment. There are some cool TV shows coming out this year. Movies, too.
There are also some good books coming out this year. 2016 had a lot of great books, and, from the looks of it, 2017 will have some noteworthy ones as well. So, check out these amazing books that you can look forward to in 2017:
1. #famous by Jilly Gagnon:
If you like books told from alternating perspectives–as well as books about attaining sudden fame–you’re in luck. #famous tells the story of a girl who snaps a picture of a boy she likes and puts in online, only to find that it goes viral. This, obviously, changes both parties’ lives.
Release date: February 14, 2017
Preorder here for $11.21
2. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi Lee:
This, according to the book’s description, is about, “A young bisexual British lord who embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush.” It takes place in the 1700s. It involves “roguish passions.” Do you need to know anything else? Didn’t think so.
Release date: June 20th, 2017
Preorder here for $11.84
3. Here We Are edited by Kelly Jensen:
If you like the idea of feminism, but find that you can’t really conceptualize in terms of what it means to you, you need this book. It’s a collection of short stories and essays by people like Wendy Davis, Brandy Colbert and more that explain what it means to be a modern-day feminist.
Release date: January 24, 2017
Preorder here for $16.95
4. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera:
This book is sad! But it also looks really good. It’s about Griffin, whose first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident. Even though Griffin is away at college and dating someone else, he is (understandably) devastated. The rest of the book tracks Griffin as he tries to piece his story back together.
Release date: January 17, 2017
Preorder here for $9.99
5. No Good by Kara Connolly:
Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the front-runner for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in England. But, while she’s there, she makes a mistake–she makes a wrong turn and accidentally ends up in the middle ages. Sound complicated? That’s just the beginning.
Released on July 18, 2017
Preorder here for $11
6. Always And Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han:
If you liked the other books in the Lara Jean story–To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You–you’ll love this surprise follow up book. It tells the story of Lara Jean’s senior year, while she’s planning her dad’s wedding and dealing with the changes she has going on in her own life.
Released on May 2, 2017
Preorder it here for $12.32
7. Once And For All by Sarah Dessen:
Louana, the daughter of a famous wedding planner, has pretty much seen it all when it comes to weddings, which probably explains why she’s more than a little cynical about the whole concept of love. But when she meets Ambrose–a known serial dater–she feels things start to change. Basically, if you like YA powerhouse Sarah Dessen (as most of us do), you’ll love this book.
Release date: June 6, 2017
But it here for $13.51
8. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ornsbee:
Natasha “Tash” Zelenka is a teenager who produces an amateur web series based on Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina–which, unsurprisingly, is not all that popular. But one day, Tash’s webseries gets a shoutout from a well-known vlogger, and, suddenly, she’s famous. Which is great! Until, in the most Tolstoy of fashions, it isn’t.
Release date: June 6, 2017
Buy it here for $12.06
9. That Thing We Call A Heart by Sheba Karim:
Shabnam Qureshi is prepared to be bored for the whole summer until she meets Jamie, who gets her a job at his aunt’s pie shack. Shabnam quickly finds herself in love, while her former best friend, Farah, who Shabnam has begun to reconnect with, doesn’t think Jamie is good news.
Release date: May 9, 2017
Preorder it here for $17.99
10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter inhabits two vastly different worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. Then, one day, Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a great–and important–story about an normal girl who suddenly has to deal with the most abnormal of circumstances.
Release date February 28, 2017
Preorder here for $16.70
11. The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli:
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso is pretty familiar with unrequited crushes–she can’t deal with the idea of rejection, so she never actually lets anyone know that she’s into them. Then, Molly finds herself pining after her twin sister’s girlfriends friend. The problem? Molly’s coworker. He’s a “chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.” (Will she? Probably.)
Released on: April 11, 2017
Preorder it here for $17.99
12. By Your Side by Kasie West:
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. If you’ve ever low-key fantasized about being stuck in a secluded location with your crush for an undisclosed amount of time, you’ll be into this book.
Release date: January 31, 2017
Preorder it here for $9.99
Are you excited for any of these books? Which ones? Let us know in the comments!