Welcome to another post of anticipated releases! February is a huge month for me as there are so many epic books coming out this month and I want to read them all. I will give it my best shot. I seem to be on a bit of a roll with reading at the moment so it could happen! Is 2019 going to be an even better year for reading than 2018? I can only hope so as this list definitely a good start! See for yourself and if there are any books coming out that I’ve missed that you think should be on the list then please let me know. Enjoy the list and let me know what you think of these books.
Upcoming Releases I Am Looking Forward To Reading – February 2018
Published by: Fleet
Synopsis: Drawing inspiration from the author’s own terrifying experience of a raid on her home, Devi S. Laskar’s debut novel explores, in exquisite, lyrical prose, an alternate reality that might have been.
The Atlas of Reds and Blues opens with a woman lying bleeding on her driveway, shot by police. The woman has moved her family to the wealthy suburbs, but once there was is met with the same questions: Where are you from? No, where are you really from? The American-born daughter of Bengali immigrant parents, her truthful answer, here, is never enough.
The morning that opens The Atlas of Red and Blues is the morning that the woman’s simmering anger breaks through. During a baseless and prejudice-driven police raid on her house, she finally refuses to be calm, complacent, polite. As she lies bleeding on her driveway, her life flashing before her eyes, she struggles to make sense of her past and decipher her present – how did she end up here?
My Thoughts: I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this synopsis. Based on the authors own experiences of a raid? This is going to be one heck of a reading experience. Rooted in increasingly relevant themes and world problems, I can imagine this might be a difficult read. I love books that challenge the world and its views, I look forward to seeing what Devi S. Laskar is made of.
Published by: ATOM
Synopsis: Only when she’s locked away does the truth begin to escape…
Seventeen-year-old Hannah Gold has always been treated like a grown up. As the only child of two New York professionals, she’s been travelling the world and functioning as a miniature adult since the day she was born. But that was then. Now, Hannah has been checked into a remote treatment facility, stripped of all autonomy and confined to a single room.
Hannah knows there’s been a mistake. What happened to her roommate that summer was an accident. As soon as the doctor and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can get back to her life of promise and start her final year at school. Until then, she’s determined to win over the staff and earn some privileges so she doesn’t lose her mind to boredom.
But then she’s assigned a new roommate. At first, Lucy is the perfect project to keep Hannah’s focus off all she is missing at home. But Lucy may be the one person who can make Hannah confront the secrets she’s avoiding – and the dangerous games that landed her in confinement in the first place.
My Thoughts: Another intriguing psychological thriller premise! I do love a good unreliable narrator! I can see this having a ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ vibe which is one of my all time favourite novels. Fingers crossed!
Published by: Robinson
Synopsis: Who are we? Where is the boundary between us and everything else? Are we all multiple personalities? And how can we control who we become?
From distinguished psychologist Robert Levine comes this provocative and entertaining scientific exploration of the most personal and important of all landscapes: the physical and psychological entity we call our self.
Using a combination of case studies and cutting-edge research in psychology, biology, neuroscience, virtual reality and many other fields, Levine challenges cherished beliefs about the unity and stability of the self – but also suggests that we are more capable of change than we know.
Transformation, Levine shows, is the human condition at virtually every level. Physically, our cells are unrecognizable from one moment to the next. Cognitively, our self-perceptions are equally changeable: A single glitch can make us lose track of a body part or our entire body, or to confuse our very self with that of another person. Psychologically, we switch back and forth like quicksilver between incongruent, sometimes adversarial sub-selves. Socially, we appear to be little more than an ever-changing troupe of actors. And, culturally, the boundaries of the self vary wildly around the world – from the confines of one’s body to an entire village.
The self, in short, is a fiction: vague, arbitrary, and utterly intangible. But it is also interminably fluid. And this unleashes a world of potential.
Engaging, informative, and ultimately liberating, Stranger in the Mirror will change forever how you think about your self – and what you might become.
My Thoughts: Everyone who reads this blog knows how much I enjoy NF. More specifically, psychology minded ones (awful pun). I have been curious about where we get our sense of self from for a while now. Plus who doesn’t like the idea of cognitive transformation? Maybe Robert V. Levine has some good answers for me!
Published by: John Murray
Synopsis: Something’s happened.
A lot of things have happened.
If she could turn back time, she wondered how far she would go.
Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice.
Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk.
Now one young woman has the chance to be a hero – if she can think quickly enough to stay alive.
My Thoughts: I am kind of hoping for a sort of female James Bond style narrative here. I like the idea of individuals rising to the occasion and becoming the hero. I have high hopes for Maggie so I will be reading This Is What Happened to find out what happens!
Published by: Titan Books
Synopsis: “If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams… And from there, it’s easy to control our entire lives.”
January is a dying planet – divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk. But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the wastelands outside.
Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal.
But fate has other plans – and Sophie’s ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.
My Thoughts: There is not a word in this blurb that didn’t make me excited to read this novel. It all sounds so cool and intriguing! I want to explore the planet and its death defying conditions now! Good thing I have got a review copy!
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Synopsis: The official novelization of Jim Henson’s cult classic film along with a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s conception from the Jim Henson Archives.
Sarah has thirteen hours to save her brother from a land where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems.
Experience the beloved fantasy classic Labyrinth adapted by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson. Featuring twenty previously unpublished illustrations by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud and an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with fifty never-before-seen pages from his personal journal, detailing the initial conception of his ideas for Labyrinth.
My Thoughts: My wife loves this movie. She made me watch it… Now I am a fan… Who doesn’t love a good novelisation of a beloved film?
Published by: Gollancz
Synopsis: The Academy of Chaenbalu has stood against magic for centuries.
Hidden from the world, acting from the shadows, it trains its students to detect and retrieve magic artifacts, which it jealously guards from the misuse of others. Because magic is dangerous: something that heals can also harm, and a power that aids one person may destroy another.
Of the Academy’s many students, only the most skilled can become Avatars – warrior thieves, capable of infiltrating the most heavily guarded vaults – and only the most determined can be trusted to resist the lure of magic.
More than anything, Annev de Breth wants to become one of them.
My Thoughts: I have already read this. It was phenomenal. I just wanted to include it because I can’t stop talking about it! Read it!
Published by: Sceptre
Synopsis: In the restless city of Bangkok, there is a house.
Over the last two centuries, it has played host to longings and losses past, present, and future, and has witnessed lives shaped by upheaval, memory and the lure of home.
A nineteenth-century missionary pines for the comforts of New England, even as he finds the vibrant foreign chaos of Siam increasingly difficult to resist. A jazz pianist is summoned in the 1970s to conjure music that will pacify resident spirits, even as he’s haunted by ghosts of his former life. A young woman in a time much like our own gives swimming lessons in the luxury condos that have eclipsed the old house, trying to outpace the long shadow of her political past. And in the submerged Bangkok of the future, a band of savvy teenagers guides tourists and former residents past waterlogged landmarks, selling them tissues to wipe their tears for places they themselves do not remember.
Time collapses as their stories collide and converge, linked by blood, memory, yearning, chance, and the forces voraciously making and remaking the amphibian, ever-morphing city itself.
My Thoughts: I read this synopsis so many times. It blows my mind and makes me really want to read this. I love learning about new cities and this multi-generational ode to a city that has stood the test of time seems like the perfect place to start. Bangkok has always been a popular place of wonder, I hope Pitchaya Sudbanthad does it justice.
Published by: Yellow Kite
Synopsis: Are you ready to stop feeling constantly stressed and become the best version of you?
In Stress-Proof, Dr Mithu Storoni arms you with all the tools you need to improve your relationship with stress and, in turn, positively boost your mental and physical wellbeing. This book will help you to ensure that a brief stressful episode doesn’t turn into systematic overload, leading to inflammation, anxiety, depression or other chronic health issues.
Each chapter examines a common stress agent and presents simple ways to minimise its harmful effects with changes in diet, exercise and other daily habits. By strengthening your natural defences, you will guarantee that your mind remains sharp and your body resilient so you’re ready for whatever life throws at you.
Translating cutting-edge scientific research into applied lifestyle advice, Stress-Proof is the ultimate user’s guide for a healthy mind and body.
My Thoughts: I am always stressed. I am one of those people… I stress in a good way though (if there is such a thing), stressing about work, stressing about money, stressing about the future. Stop saying stressing! I would like to know a few tips about handling the… pressure a bit better. Hopefully Dr Mithu Storoni has my back!
Published by: Gollancz
Synopsis: The explosive sequel to 2018’s ONE WAY. Eight astronauts were set to Mars to build NASA’s Mars base, and only one survived. Now all he needs to do is get home. . .
ASTRONAUT. SURVIVOR. MURDERER.
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK meets Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN
The explosive sequel to ONE WAY. Eight astronauts were set to Mars to build NASA’s Mars base, and only one survived. Now all he needs to do is get home . . .
My Thoughts: YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS! I am quite the S. J. Morden fan and One Way was fantastic, edge of the seat, novel that made me want so much more. And we are getting it! No Way continues Frank’s story and I am ready to get started.
Published by: Orbit
Synopsis: Listen. A god is speaking.
My voice echoes through the stone of your master’s castle. The castle where he finds his uncle on his father’s throne. You want to help him. You cannot.
You are the only one who can hear me.
You will change the world.
A triumph of the imagination, The Raven Tower is the first fantasy novel by Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking fantasy masterpiece.
My Thoughts: I have read quite a lot of fantasy already this year and The Raven Tower looked like the perfect continuation of the kind of novels I have been reading. I do like a good people vs god scenario so I will be tuning in here to find out who ends up better off.
Thanks for stopping by to another Upcoming Books post. This is a fraction of the awesome books I wanted to feature. I almost added three more just as I was adding the finishing touches to the post. February is going to be a huge month for books in 2019 and I am ready to get involved. Thank you for taking an interest in my blog and what I am excited for in February. I would like to know your most anticipated read for this month so let me know in the comments. I hope you enjoyed the list and come back at the beginning of March for another great list.