It’s that time of year again…yes, the time when the year’s new books start to be released into the world and I wonder how much more space I can find on my already double-stacked book shelves. I have way more books than I can read in a year. Probably in decade. Let’s face it, in a lifetime, if I include the rate of new books coming in, making the official to-read list pretty ridiculous.

Nevertheless, I’m offering a short list of books I’m most looking forward to this year, though this roundup will be out of date as soon as the nest wave of releases arrives and I’m oohing and ahhing over those. It just never ends—and thank goodness for that.

First, of course, a novel for children—you know my inclination—about bring curious, and also dinosaurs. I’ve loved the story of Mary Anning discovering fossils near her home in England since I first heard it when I was a kid, and now it’s going to be a novel. Yippee! I’ll be buying a copy for Little e. And myself, of course.


I can never help myself when I get to the picture book section of the bookstore. It’s my biggest weakness—maybe even bigger than cake. Okay, on par with cake. I always leave the store with two more picture books than I intended on buying and looking through lists of 2017 picture books in now different. Here are two I’ll be getting, because I couldn’t pick just one (and had to struggle not to post four). First a book about Jim Henson and the beauty of imagination, and second about Sophie Blanchard, the first female pilot–and how imagination can push the limits of what everyone thinks is possible.



This next one just sounds so nuanced and full of powerful female characters. Plus, Gay’s recent move against Simon & Schuster had me clapping in front of my computer. I’m looking forward to some Difficult Women.



And this one is a memoir and also a graphic novel—I love the way so many stories are combining genres and storytelling techniques to create such rich worlds of experience. The style of the illustrations looks wonderful too.



What are you looking forward to reading this year? Leave titles in the comments so we can check them out!