My Top 5 Most Anticipated Books of 2015

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I never thought I'd be the person to look forward to new book releases. Generally, I don't really care about when the book came out—I read whatever I feel like reading, whether it's a new release, a critically acclaimed favorite from decades ago, or a classic. That being said, ever since taking an interest in BookTube, I've somehow become reasonably up to date on upcoming books. Out of curiosity, I sorted my Goodreads to-read list by publication date, and discovered that I have about 20 unreleased books on there. Furthermore, there are very clear priority books on that list—the get-it-on-release-day type of priority. Imagine that! Here they are, in no particular order:

Armada by Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline, the author of Ready Player One (check out my gushing over this book here) will have a new book out this summer. Need I say more? I'll be honest, the synopsis sounds a bit close to Ender's Game: Zack is picked up from school by mysterious men, only to discover that the video game he has been playing is actually a training program for gamers to eventually defend the earth from an alien invasion. It so happens that the invasion is coming, and Zack needs to prepare for battle. According to Goodreads, "he'll uncover the truth about the alien threat, race to prevent a genocide, and discover a mysterious third player in the interplanetary chess game he's been thrown into." I mean, does that not sound familiar? Still, I'm incredibly excited for the book, and I trust the author to make this book an amazing experience. I've seen a few different release dates for this, but July seems to be the month. 

A Darker Side of Magic by V.E. Schwab

You may remember me talking about Vicious a lot recently (see my post and review here), so it's no surprise that I'm pretty much sold on anything that V.E. Schwab writes. This novel sounds like it has in interesting world setup, with four different versions of London. Take a look at this description: "Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now." Magic and travel between parallel worlds? Sign me up, I love the sound of this! A Darker Side of Magic is coming out pretty soon in the US, on February 24th, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon (which I may or may not have taken advantage of already...)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

OK, so technically this book is already out, but as per usual, I like the UK cover (photo on the left) more than the US one. As a result, I'm waiting until it becomes available on Book Depository.  As far as the novel itself, I've heard a few people say it's a must-read for anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl (which I did, very much). The book is about Rachel—a pretty happy individual who commutes on the same train every morning. One day she sees something shocking, something she shouldn't have seen, which changes EVERYTHING. That's literally all I know about The Girl on the Train, but I'm intrigued. I think with mystery novels it's best to go in knowing as little as possible, so I'm not going to do any research on this or look up any reviews—I'm going to patiently wait for my copy, and see what I've gotten myself into. If this sounds interesting to you, and you don't care much about the cover, you can order this book from Amazon in hardback or Kindle version.

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

Here is the genre this book is described as: decopunk pulp science fiction alt-history space opera mystery. Wait... WHAT? I feel like that alone is reason enough to read it. Radiance is apparently set in Hollywood, but one very different from our own, because it's also set in a different solar system. From the description (and judging by the beautiful cover), the book has a lot to do with film making: "Aesthetically recalling A Trip to the Moon and House of Leaves, and told using techniques from reality TV, classic film, gossip magazines, and meta-fictional narrative, Radiance is a solar system-spanning story of love, exploration, family, loss, quantum physics, and silent film." This sounds very unique, but also a bit complex, hopefully in a good way. It looks like the book comes out on my birthday—August 18th, which I'm taking as a sign, and definitely treating myself to a hardback copy. Radiance is already available for pre-order on Amazon.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Last, but certainly not least, there is a historical fiction novel I'm very much looking forward to. The Nightingale is set at the dawn of WWII, in France, and it " tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women." It's quite possible that this book is one that will rip my heart out and serve it to me on a silver platter, but I can't stay away—I need it in my life. The Nightingale comes out in a little over two weeks—on February 3rd, and I'm considering pre-ordering it on Amazon, because I'm pretty sure I need it that very day.

Have you heard about either of these books? What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

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