Most Anticipated Books of 2015

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neil gaiman books

While I’ve always been an avid reader, I was never one to keep up-to-date about new releases (aside from the next Harry Potter book, of course). I read what I wanted, when I wanted to, and often I would pick up books years after they were published. At the time, social media wasn’t a thing, and I wasn’t writing reviews for an audience. Do I feel somewhat obligated to be in the know about new releases because I blog about books now? I would be lying if I said no. But I’ve come to find that these days, I just get honestly excited about new stories from my favorite authors! (It kind of helps that the authors I now read a lot from are…you know…alive…)

Typically I hear about exciting books from other book bloggers and ARC reviews, but I’ve found myself eagerly awaiting quite a few titles already, and it’s only February! I actually spent a good twenty minutes in Barnes & Noble the other day looking for two of these, only to realize they aren’t even out yet. Oops.

What books am I excited for this year?

Trigger Warning // Neil Gaiman – This just came out a few weeks ago and I was practically helping the Barnes & Noble employees unpack their shipment. For someone who doesn’t typically care for short stories, I always love Neil Gaiman’s; the man does short stories right. Included in this collection is his “Calendar of Tales” project, which is worth the purchase alone. (this may be an affiliate link, but it is so worth the indulgence!)

The Winner’s Crime // Marie Rutkowski – I picked up the first book fully expecting to be let down from Pretty Dress Syndrome, but The Winner’s Curse delivered. I hadn’t realized that the sequel wasn’t out yet, and have been suffering from withdrawal ever since I finished the book. Luckily, I won’t have long of a wait; the second in the series is set to come out this March!

Carry On // Rainbow Rowell – Never in a million years did I imagine that one of my favorite novels, Fangirl, would inspire a story in the fictional universe from which it so heavily draws. When Rainbow Rowell announced a Simon Snow novel, I didn’t believe it to be true. It’s hard to believe that it’s slated to come out this year, but I know I (along with a large majority of the NovelTea Book Club) are eagerly awaiting its release!

Hold Me Like a Breath // Tiffany Schmidt – Four words: Black. Market. Organ. Transplants.

A Darker Shade of Magic // V.E. Schwab – Though I’ve only read one other Victoria Schwab novel, she completely captivated me, and I’ve been looking to get my hands on more of her works ever since. Just read the synopsis

I Was Here // Gayle Forman – Imagine my surprise when I walked through the bookstore and spotted this on a display table, despite thinking it wasn’t due out for another few months! I’m horrible at keeping up with new release dates, but this is one I want to read for certain. Gayle Forman is a skilled author and storyteller, and had me at If I Stay.

The Orphan Queen // Jodi Meadows – Hidden magic, secret stealth societies, and wraiths. All the things needed to launch a full-scale mission to take back the throne!

Having books to anticipate is such a (great! and) new feeling! I could get used to this…

What books are you looking forward to in 2015?


  • V.E. Schwab is an author that I am excited to read for the first time, ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ does sound amazing!

    • The Archived is the only book of hers that I’ve read so far but it’s one of my recent favorites!! I hope you enjoy her as well 🙂

  • Kay

    I too, am awful about keeping up with new releases. Goodreads usually emails me when authors I’ve read have released a new book, so that helps a bit! But as for when I actually get a hold of those new releases? It’s not usually in a timely fashion haha! Added nearly all of these to my list though – my to-read list can never be big enough!

    • Goodreads is a lifesaver! Though, I tend to forget to pick up said new releases as well; I’ve started a new Goodreads shelf for new releases (though that depends on my checking it still – oops!)

  • Angela Tolsma

    I don’t usually pay attention to release dates either. But if I finish a book and discover it’s a series and the next book isn’t out yet, I’ll usually put it in my calendar one the next book is out, if it’s something I really want. Anything by Lauren DeStefano for sure. Thanks for sharing your list!

    • Lauren DeStefano…I’ll have to check her out! Adding upcoming books to your calendar is a great idea – thanks for sharing!

    • Perfect Ruin (the first book in DeStefano’s Internment Chronicles series) is so great. The second one will be released next month. 🙂

      • Angela Tolsma

        I can not wait for book two!! Except that the first one I have in soft cover and the european version… so now I have to decide what to do

        • Ah! I know that issue. I have ARCs of both, so they’re paperback, but they have completely different cover styles.

  • I need Trigger Warning so badly! And I also loved The Winner’s Crime, and cannot wait for Carry On. I’m also really looking forward to/dreading the final book in the Lunar Chronicles, Winter.

  • Sonya

    I’m really interested in reading I Was Here–and I didn’t realize it was out yet until you just said so. I wonder how soon the library will be getting a copy. (There was also a girl there when I stopped today and she got If I Stay both as the book and the movie and it made me so happy to watch.) And somehow I didn’t realize Carry On was coming out this year, either?? I knew it was happening, but I wasn’t aware it was so soon!

    • I expected having to wait like, Avengers 2-long for Carry On! And If I Stay is easily one of my favorite books ever!! Here’s to hoping your library is up to date (my local one isn’t, but the next town over is much more up-to-date. They even get some latest issues of comic books!)

  • I put most of these in my new e-reader to look forward to reading. Thank you!

  • A Darker Shade of Magic was SO good! I’m also dying to read Carry On!!