Basically a whole bunch of contemporary! // 2017 April Book Releases

It’s no longer April Fool’s, but funny-not-funny story for yesterday: I woke up to my sister screaming and acting like there was a spider on my bed. AGH. #sisterproblems

Hello everyone and happy second day of April! I hope your first couple of days of April have been off to a good start! I haven’t posted for the past few days though, sorry about that! I’ve been so busy and just haven’t gotten a chance to blog hop, read, or write a post at all. WHY DOES TIME HATE ME. A struggle that goes on forever. I know I don’t really have to apologize, but nonetheless.

It so does not feel like April though?? I will never understand this whole time and month thing, honestly. It feels so short. But, it is (apparently) April, which means it’s time for new books being released!! I had not had much time at all to read last month, like at all (I finished 3 books?? Which is not terrible but not at all my usual number… I hardly read any books.) BUT. I am of course an addict for new books and I am loving the titles being released this month!

April 1st

All the Forever Things by Jolene Perry: I don’t know about this one, actually?? It sounds and looks super cute but I’ve briefly skimmed some reviews and it doesn’t seem to be something I think I’d enjoy. But, nonetheless, willing to keep an open mind!

The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil: The main character in this one is a genius! And has social anxiety! (? correct me if I’m wrong, someone!) And that’s all I know about it! But it sounds amazing and I’ve seen people rave about it, so count me in.

April 4th

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor: Seemingly a cute contemporary! It sounds like a really fun read.

The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren: Another contemporary! April is really bringing on the cute contemporary reads–not that I mind! Contemporary is one of my favourite genres, next to fantasy. Bring on the cute reads!

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett: Ummmmm. No idea what it’s about. Oh well. It’s a contemporary? Sorry, I am no help with this description thing…

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr: Another contemporary! I have no idea what it’s about (I AM A GOLDFISH, OKAY.) but it looks cute!

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer: I believe this is a contemporary?? THE COVER IS SO PRETTY. I’m in love.

But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure: Coma patients! Friendship (??) and another contemporary! This one sounds pretty interesting, actually.

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean: Uhhh… Do I know what this book is about??? Nope. But the cover is pretty??

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: A sci-fi novel! I liked the author’s previous works well enough, so I’m interested in seeing how this one turns out.

Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima (Shattered Realms #2): I haven’t read any of this series or any of the author’s books, but I really want to!! I’ve heard her fantasy books are really amazing, and I can’t wait.

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern (Flawed #2): This is the sequel to the first book, that released last year (Flawed) and I haven’t read that one either, but for those who have, I hope you enjoy this one!

April 6th

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas: I believe this book deals with a character with autism?? I can’t comment on the rep or the content at all, obviously, but I heard it was good and I’m hoping that’s true?

April 11th

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: IT’S ALMOST HERE!!! Becky Albertallu aka creator of my best friend Simon is releasing a NEW BOOK. *flails* *dies*

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer: Retelling galore!! You guys probably know how much I love retellings *cough* Beauty and the Beast phase *cough* so I’m super excited for this one.

Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman: PIRATES AND PIRATING! YAY. I really enjoyed the first book, Blackhearts, and I need this one asap?? Plz and thanks.

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz: I’ve recently gotten into Hamilton??? SO PERFECT TIMING because I’m obsessed with it and I will devour this book because: Hamilton and Eliza’s story. Yayyy! (Don’t disappoint me pleaseeeeee.)

Side note: The lack of coordination color-wise of these covers side to side makes me frustrated. WHY CAN’T THEY FOLLOW A THEME. I suppose they all have some black?? Except Spindle Fire is like gray?? I CAN’T.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis (Given Duet #1): Mindy McGinnis has wowed me before with previous works SO I WANT THIS NOW thanks.

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno: I believe I may have read one other book from this author?? But like I can’t remember if it was by this author or not? But I honestly don’t know about this one… it just rubs me the wrong way for some reason. *shrug*

Literally by Lucy Keating: No idea what this one is about! I swear, I go on Goodreads. I just have a tiny little issue of forgetting the synopsis 2 seconds after I read it and being too lazy to reopen and read it again. Oops.

Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey: Awww what a cute pastel-blue cover with fancy-ish writing! I like it. Do I know what the story is about? Ummmm deception? And duels, duh.

April 18th

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski: I love this cover design!! I WANT THIS NOW. It also seems super cute, so. Even death-and-more-death people need their contemporaries!

The Adjustment by Suzanne Young: I haven’t read this series, but, it’s ending so I might just end up reading the whole series one day! Until then, I hope the people who are reading this series enjoy this. 🙂

April 25th

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid: I actually wasn’t the biggest fan of the other book I read from this author, I believe it was Never Always Sometimes? Something like that. BUT. I am willing to give this author another chance!

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares: I actually read the synopsis again for this one! Because I needed to find the cover. And it sounds like a great book about relationships, family, and self-discovery, so yay!


In a nutshell: April is full of contemporary releases! If you’re a fan of contemporary, like me, I’m sure that news makes you happy. If not, well, there are still plenty of other past releases this year to keep you company! (Seriously, there are SO MANY BOOKS being released my goal of reading them all is rapidly growing more and more impossible… *cries*)

Which of these are you looking forward to?? Do you enjoy contemporaries? Are you being overwhelmed with the copious amounts of books being released?? Let me know in the comments!

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25 thoughts on “Basically a whole bunch of contemporary! // 2017 April Book Releases

  1. Yay! I’ve just gotten into lots of contemporaries (SIMON VS WAS SO GOOD THAT BOOK IS MY LIFE BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM) so April will be a good month for me! Except that I’ll probably get to read all these books in like June but whatever. 😄 ANF YES HAMILTON IS THE GREATEST THING EVER (the greatest city in the wooooooooorld).

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    • Haha I know right?? I feel like 80% of the books mentioned in this post were contemporary haha. I actually really love contemporary (alongside fantasy, of course), so I’m glad to hear you’re open to reading the genre! There are some really great books. Cecelia Ahern is a lovely author! I’ve only read a couple of her books, but Flawed and Perfect seem really great. ❤

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  2. YES so many beautiful contemporaries, that’s my favorite genre ever ❤ The one I'm most excited for this month has to be Becky Albertalli's one, but Alex, Approximately sounds like a fun read just as well 🙂

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  4. Sooooo many books!!! I can’t wait to read The Upside of Unrequitted (just like the majority of the community I think) and I am currently reading Geekerella, which is released in April too I think? It’s so freaking cuuuuute! It’s about a movie star guy and a blogger who doesn’t think he’s the right casting for the reboot of her favourite show and I CAN RELATE SO MUCH! If I could delete the stepmom and evil twins, I would want to trade places so bad. Sorry for spamming you with my currently reading thoughts hahaha Great list of contemporaries to come! ❤

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    • YESSS The Upside of Unrequited!! Only a few more days, eeeeee!! Oh my gosh, I NEED THAT BOOK. I know you wrote a review on it by now ahah so I am definitely going to check that out, I am SO glad you liked it though! I would totally switch places too?? But the stepmom and evil twins would be kind of hard to bear, so I guess there goes that plan haha. But omg this sounds like the ultimate geek book (apart from Queens of Geek, perhaps, I haven’t read it but I’ve heard a lot!) and I WANT IT. ❤
      Haha really no problem at all, what's this whole book blogging thing for, anyway? 😉 I can't wait for all these books!

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  5. Wow there does seem to be a lot of contemporaries being released in April, but still there are a fair few that I can’t wait to get around myself. I’ve already read Defy the Stars and I loved it, but I am still really excited for the release date so I can buy a physical copy as well.
    There are a fair few on this list I hadn’t heard of before this post, but they sound really interesting so I’m probably going to be adding them to my to-read list. The Secret Science of Magic has drawn me in with its cover and now I need to see what it’s about to see if it’s something that would interest me!
    Great post Analee, you’ve certainly added more than a few books to my to-read list with it! 😀 ❤

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    • Ahah right? The publishers have all collectively conspired that April is the month to provide a shower of contemporary, I think. 😉 I am so glad to hear that! I really liked the author’s Firebird series and I’m looking forward to seeing what Defy the Stars is like.
      I’m glad I was able to introduce you to more books! They all seem so great, I’ve heard such lovely things about The Secret Science of Magic, I can’t wait to read that one! I hope if it does turn out to interest you, and you end up reading it sometime, that you enjoy it. 😀
      Thank you, always a pleasure to increase another bookworm’s TBR haha. ❤

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      • Well I guess in that case it means April should be the time I start picking up more contemporary book again. I have been meaning to get back around to that genre soon. If you liked the Firebird series I’m sure you’ll love Defy the Stars as well!
        It’s one of the reasons I started blogging, to discover new books. The Secret Science of Magic is definitely going on my to-read list, and at least it’s not too long for it’s release date or anything!
        That’s all right. 😀 ❤

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  6. Wow, so many books (especially contemporary) coming out this month!! The Secret Science of Magic really sounds interesting! I’ve also heard great things about the Shattered Realms series. I haven’t read any of the books, but I’m definitely curious! 😛

    – Lashaan

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    • Right? Soooo much contemporary. I’m not complaining though! The Secret Science of Magic is definitely a book I’m looking forward to quite a bit, can’t wait for that one! Yes, the Shattered Realms series seems really good as well! Aha so many books to read. ❤

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  7. When it comes to contemporary I’m very picky because I mostly read fantasy and dystopia books. So from the contemporary genre, I’m looking forward to Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer and The Upside down of Unrequited Love by Becky A. From the Fantasy genre, I’m very excited for Defy the stars by Claudia gray, Legion by Julie Kagawa and Red sister By Mark Lawrence.
    Hope you have a great bookish month this april! 🙂

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    • Ahah Letters to the Lost seems so good! And I can’t wait for The Upside of Unrequited ahhhh, so excited for that one. ❤ Ooh yes, those sound so good! I hope you enjoy them once they're released and you get the chance to read them. ❤ Thank you! To you as well.

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