Revisiting: My Top Anticipated Books for 2017

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Ben is still my patronus. I mean it. And I think he’d agree that’s appropriate.

Back at the end of 2016 I did a slew of posts to discuss what books I was most anticipating for 2017. I’ll be doing another bunch of posts in December to discuss my 2018 anticipated books, but let’s look back at my 2017 books.

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Top 8 Reads of 2016

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That’s right I said eight readers. Why 8? Because to be honest while I read quite a few really good books this year some stood out more. When making this list those that stood out more only numbered to 8. These are books (or graphic novels) that I have crisp clear memories of. Stuff I keep telling everyone to read.  Tell me did you read any?

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2017 Anticipated Titles: Whatever I Want Edition

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Ben Wyatt is literally my patronus

Friends, readers, laymen…lend me your eyeballs. As we approach 2017 let’s look at some awesome cool books coming out shall we? From the gloriously expected from authors we know will please us to newcomers, 2017 has some whoopers of titles being released.

Leading up to 2017 there shall be 5 posts about books I’m looking forward to in:

  • SFF (Science Fiction & Fantasy) (link)
  • Romance (link)
  • Anthology (link)
  • Whatever I Want
  • Young Adult Contemporary (link)

Some books may cross over in terms of category, but I tried to list them on the list I consider them first to be.

Today’s edition is all about whatever the hell I want. There’s graphic novels here mostly, but also some other interesting titles…

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2017 Anticipated Titles: Anthologies Edition

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Ben Wyatt is literally my patronus

Friends, readers, laymen…lend me your eyeballs. As we approach 2017 let’s look at some awesome cool books coming out shall we? From the gloriously expected from authors we know will please us to newcomers, 2017 has some whoopers of titles being released.

Leading up to 2017 there shall be 5 posts about books I’m looking forward to in:

  • SFF (Science Fiction & Fantasy) (link)
  • Romance (link)
  • Anthology
  • Whatever I Want (link)
  • Young Adult Contemporary (link)

Some books may cross over in terms of category, but I tried to list them on the list I consider them first to be.

Today’s edition is all about anthologies releasing next year. Normally I wouldn’t really make a big deal about these, but there are some very interesting ones ranging in topic from villains you can’t help but to love to being a feminist for teens in this day and age. Diversity and representation seem to be key factors in next year’s offerings, and that always excites me.

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2017 Anticipated Titles: Romance Edition

1111i4z
Ben Wyatt is literally my patronus

Friends, readers, laymen…lend me your eyeballs. As we approach 2017 let’s look at some awesome cool books coming out shall we? From the gloriously expected from authors we know will please us to newcomers, 2017 has some whoopers of titles being released.

Leading up to 2017 there shall be 5 posts about books I’m looking forward to in:

  • SFF (Science Fiction & Fantasy) (link)
  • Romance
  • Anthology (link)
  • Whatever I Want (link)
  • Young Adult Contemporary (link)

Some books may cross over in terms of category, but I tried to list them on the list I consider them first to be.

Today’s edition is all about Romance books – paranormals, suspense, a sequel/companion to one of my all time favorites, m/m mystery, diversity and oh hey Lizzie…

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2017 Anticipated Titles: YA Contemporary

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Ben Wyatt is literally my patronus

Friends, readers, laymen…lend me your eyeballs. As we approach 2017 let’s look at some awesome cool books coming out shall we? From the gloriously expected from authors we know will please us to newcomers, 2017 has some whoopers of titles being released.

Leading up to 2017 there shall be 5 posts about books I’m looking forward to in:

  • SFF (Science Fiction & Fantasy) (link)
  • Romance (link)
  • Anthology (link)
  • Whatever I Want (link)
  • Young Adult Contemporary

Some books may cross over in terms of category, but I tried to list them on the list I consider them first to be.

Today’s edition is all about Young Adult Contemporary titles! A genre I don’t typically read, but which has some pretty fascinating titles releasing – including two racially diverse books, an Austen re-telling, a fangirl’s dream (or worst nightmare) and a book handling various disorders.

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2017 Anticipated Titles: SFF Edition

1111i4z
Ben Wyatt is literally my patronus

Friends, readers, laymen…lend me your eyeballs. As we approach 2017 let’s look at some awesome cool books coming out shall we? From the gloriously expected from authors we know will please us to newcomers, 2017 has some whoopers of titles being released.

Leading up to 2017 there shall be 5 posts about books I’m looking forward to in:

  • SFF (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • Romance (link)
  • Anthology (link)
  • Whatever I Want (link)
  • Young Adult Contemporary (link)

Some books may cross over in terms of category, but I tried to list them on the list I consider them first to be.

Today’s edition is all about Science Fiction and Fantasy titles! What new worlds will we visit? What vistas shall we explore? How many Chosen Ones and Prophesized Ones will save the day? Let’s find out!

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BE(not A), a Changing Landscape Part 1: History

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image from Eric Smith’s blog, May 2, 2015

A year and half ago, when Tasch & I first made this blog, she posted about BEA 2015 and I posted about why I wouldn’t be attending BEA 2016 (Me, BEA, and the Undying Will). At the time it was largely due to expenses as well as a feeling of…malaise. I’ve been attending BEA since 2007 – when I attended as an educator to meet an author I fervently admired after convincing my then boss I should try to expand our pitiful Center library. I had no idea what I was getting into; I wasn’t blogging and bloggers as a group had yet to start attending(1).

I didn’t come home with many books that year (ten?), but I also didn’t make any friends. It was an overwhelming experience to put it frankly. I almost didn’t attend in 2009, but at this point I was blogging and due to health reasons I wasn’t working, so my ability to read “new” books or meet other book lovers was severely limited(2). Book blogging as a community was just building itself together (anybody remember how great the book blogging community on “Ning” was? Does anyone even remember “Ning”?) so again there was maybe several dozens of us at BEA that year.

2010 it exploded. Continue reading “BE(not A), a Changing Landscape Part 1: History”