April showers bring May flowers… and they also bring us cool new books!!! (Sorry, I’m lame). I hope you’re all having a lovely Easter weekend. If you’re anything like me, you’re looking forward to the tons of great books coming out this month. Is it just me, or are there always cool new books coming out?! I think it’s a conspiracy against me and my wallet. Anyway, I’ve put together a list of the books I’m most excited for! I’ve got some YA, some adult, some fiction, and some non-fiction to share with you. There’s even one by a man on here–a white man at that–and that almost never happens haha. Get your TBRs out folks, it time for some April new book releases!
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Young Adult Speculative Fiction
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Balzer + Bray
I think we all have intense grabby hands for this buzzy new YA release!
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. … [W]hen families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Riverhead Books
Somehow, the only Meg Wolitzer book I’ve read is her YA title, Belzhar, and while I liked it for the most part, I wasn’t blown away. However, I’ve heard many a rave about her adult books. This one sounds right up my alley and I’m looking forward to giving it a go!
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer–madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place–feels her inner world light up. Then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.
Unwifeable by Mandy Stadtmiller
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Gallery Books
Okay, “Sex and the City on acid”?! This memoir sounds super interesting
Unwifeable is a New York fairytale brought to life—Sex and the City on acid. With hysterical insight, unabashed sexuality, and unprecedented levels of raw, honest pain, Unwifeable is a “blisteringly candid” (Sarah Hepola) book that you can’t help but respond and relate to.
Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Grove Press
This is about a bunch of admirable and inspirational women in the literary world. So like, obviously the writer of a blog with the tagline “books & feminism” would be into that! I’ve heard some great things about this one and I’m looking forward to picking it up.
Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, and Janet Malcolm—these brilliant women are the central figures of Sharp. Their lives intertwine as they cut through the cultural and intellectual history of America in the twentieth century, arguing as fervently with each other as they did with the sexist attitudes of the men who often undervalued their work as critics and essayists. … Mixing biography, literary criticism, and cultural history, Sharp is an enthralling exploration of how a group of brilliant women became central figures in the world of letters despite the many obstacles facing them, a testament to how anyone not in a position of power can claim the mantle of writer and, perhaps, help change the world.
The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells
Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Counterpoint Press
Libraries, amirite? *Heart eyes* This books sounds like a love letter to libraries and physical books and I am here for it.
The Library is a fascinating and engaging exploration of libraries as places of beauty and wonder. It’s a celebration of books as objects, a celebration of the anthropology and physicality of books and bookish space, and an account of the human side of these hallowed spaces by a leading and passionate bibliophile.
You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession by Piper Weiss
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by William Morrow
Oh. My. God. A coming of age story and an insider true crime story all rolled into one? I am absolutely, positively sold.
A highly unsettling blend of true crime and coming-of-age memoir—The Stranger Beside Me meets Prep—that presents an intimate and thought-provoking portrait of girlhood within Manhattan’s exclusive prep-school scene in the early 1990s, and a thoughtful meditation on adolescent obsession and the vulnerability of youth.
The Elizas by Sara Shepard
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Atria Book
I don’t think I’ve ever actually read anything by Sara Shepard. But I did devour the TV series Pretty Little Liars for a few seasons. I really love thrillers, especially ones that mess with your head. The Elizas sounds psychological and weird and that’s just the way I like it.
When debut novelist Eliza Fontaine is found at the bottom of a hotel pool, her family at first assumes that it’s just another failed suicide attempt. But Eliza swears she was pushed, and her rescuer is the only witness. … The deeper Eliza goes into her investigation while struggling with memory loss, the closer her life starts to resemble her novel until the line between reality and fiction starts to blur and she can no longer tell where her protagonist’s life ends and hers begins.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Young Adult Contemporary
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was one of my favourite reads of 2017! (Yes, I waited until last year to read it for some strange reason). I absolutely loved it and went to see the movie adaptation Love, Simon on opening night! I can’t get enough of these characters and I’m super excited to get a companion novel!
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
What new releases are you most looking forward to?
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.