Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by GingerReadsLainey and you can see the complete list of Wednesday-ers here. This week's topic is 'top 5 anticipated pre-orders for the rest of the year'. I haven't actually pre-ordered these as I'm hoping to get some of them for my birthday so I decided to just list the releases that I definitely want to get hold of when they come out. So here they are in order of release date...
01. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee - July 14th
Now this is kind of cheating as it's already been released by the time this post goes up but it was still one of my most anticipated releases of the year. This is the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most important books of the last century. I read To Kill a Mockingbird at school and fell in love with it, just like everyone else. I'll be picking up Go Set a Watchman as soon as I can get to my local independent bookshop and re-reading TKAM because I haven't read it since I was 16.
02. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness - August 27th
"What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again."
I love Patrick Ness, and since reading all of his YA books this summer he's become one of my auto-buy authors. I've always wanted to read a fantasy or dystopian book from the perspective of a normal person, rather than the one who's saving the world so The Rest of Us Just Live Here sounds right up my street. This is one that I might actually pre-order because Waterstones are currently offering signed copies with free delivery upon release.
03. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - September 29th
This is a standalone novel set in the world of Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy, it follows an unlikely band of thieves attempting to pull of a heist. Although I haven't yet finished the Grisha trilogy, I do plan to this year so I'll hopefully be getting this when it comes out.
04. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay - October 6th
This is the book release that I'm most looking forward to out of any on this list. Although I've obviously read the first in the Harry Potter series I can't wait to get my hands on this illustrated edition. Some sneak peeks have already been released and it looks incredible. This is kind of expensive so it's going to be on my birthday list but I'm just so sjdhufiosdughsioh EXCITED!
Carry On is a spin-off of Rowell's earlier novel Fangirl, which is one of my favourite books of all time. This isn't a spoiler so don't worry, but in Fangirl the main character Kath writes fan-fiction about the Harry Potter esque series Simon Snow. Carry On is set in the world of Simon Snow and follows his final year at wizard school. I'm so ridiculously excited to get into this, but again will probably have to wait until my birthday in November.
So those are the books I'm most excited for this year!
Are you looking forward to any of these? Let me know in the comments!