Sometimes I just want to gush about books I can’t wait to read. I try my absolute best to read them as soon as I buy them, and I can successfully say that 2017 has been great on that front so far; I wasn’t being as diligent about this in previous years. When I read a book immediately upon getting my hands on it, that’s when you know the excitement is real.
To keep things short and sweet, here are a few upcoming titles I’m dying to get my hands on:
The Book of Barb: a Celebration of Stranger Things’ Iconic Wing Woman by Nadia Bailey and illustrated by Phil Constantinesco
It took me a while to finish watching Stranger Things after it came out. I was dying to get in on the hype but my scared chicken self was apprehensive. And now, my only regret is not watching it sooner and re-watching it after! Since the end of the first season, my heart has felt a bit empty without Barb. So you can imagine how excited I was to stumble upon this upcoming title on Goodreads. “It turns out, in a world of Nancys, we are all Barb.” Yeah, Nancy is still alive (spoiler, sorry), but Barb was the true MVP. She would without a doubt spend a Sunday afternoon with me at the library and end the night with a chocolate milkshake. Barb wouldn’t let me procrastinate on school reports, and she would have my back always. I feel as if this book will give me a hint of what it would be like to have Barb around to recommend me some great music and put some sense into my head. I’m so glad there are other Barb fans out there like Nadia Bailey:
“The Book of Barb is 96 pages of Stranger Things goodness, including but not limited to, advice from Barb about love, life and how to cope with high school; a quiz to determine which Stranger Things character you most resemble; a detailed guide to Barb’s outfit choices; a mix-tape of 80s tunes (which I will make into a Spotify playlist when the book comes out); and a heartfelt essay on why Barb is so important to me/the internet.” (source)
The Book of Barb is published by Australian independent publishing house Smith Street Books. Release August 1st, 2017, 96 pages.
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
I am so ready for this book! The Nowhere Girls tells the story of a group of misfit girls getting together and empowering each other while fighting rape culture in their small town. In summary, YES! This book promises a sincere exploration of female sexuality and how it affects young women, their social circles and expectations of others at school. The book is also showcasing protagonists within the LGBTQ+ community and POC (Mexican). One of the biggest selling points for me in regards to this title is the author’s deliberate representation of women who can often be neglected by White Feminism. If that’s not enough to entice your beating heart, I don’t know what is. I am ready to kick ass with these characters and learn more about their search for justice, autonomy and empowerment. I have only heard the most incredible reviews about The Nowhere Girls, and I will be diving into it ASAP! The Nowhere Girls is published by Simon Pulse. Release October 10th, 2017, 416 pages.
“Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.” (source)
Trust no Aunty by Maria Qamar
Before I even begin talking about how excited I am for Trust No Aunty, let me point you towards two important facts. One, you need to follow Maria Qamar’s @hatecopy account on Instagram (you’re welcome). Two, look at this beautiful cover. Look at that blurb by Mindy Kaling. Combine these two and I am sold. This book is a hilarious guide on how to survive social interactions with the notorious “aunties.” I’m not Indian or of other Asian decent, but in Latin America we call them “tias” and they are exactly as overbearing as “aunties” can be. It takes true poise and grace to exit a room feeling like you haven’t lost your entire year’s supply of confidence after these encounters. In a series of funny and relatable anecdotes and illustrations, Qamar guides us through how to best handle our “aunties” while balancing the dilemmas of cross-cultural experiences. If you’ve read and loved Scaachi Koul’s debut novel One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter, and have been looking for your next read, this will be it. In my head, Maria, Scaachi and Mindy have brunch together every Sunday morning while looking fabulous. They also invite me to join them later for tea.
They’re the aunties I aspire to be like in the future. Trust No Aunty is published by Touchstone Books. Release August 1st, 2017, 176 pages.