ALA Book Haul: 25 Upcoming Books To Have On Your Radar

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen that I recently attended ALAAC – American Library Association Annual Conference – in Chicago! I had a lot of fun, met so many people, and discovered multitudes of upcoming books that I am excited for and want to share with you. 

I’ve never done a book haul on this blog before, but they are all over booktube and bookstagram, so why can’t bloggers be a part of that, too? Because this is my blog, I’m making it a thing. It most likely won’t be a regular thing, but it is happening. And because of what my blog focuses on, the majority of these titles will be diverse. What else did you expect?

I’m not spotlighting every title I saw/received at ALA; instead, I’m picking and choosing the ones I’m most excited about and/or the ones that deserve more attention.

(If you click on the book title, you’ll be taken to the book’s Goodreads page. The books are organized by release date.)

Without further ado, here are 25 upcoming titles from ALA that should be on your radar!

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

30237061– release date: July 25th 2017




Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert


–  release date: August 8th 2017



The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee


– release date: August 8th 2017




Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller


– release date: August 29th 2017




The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke


– release date: September 1st 2017




Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust


– release date: September 5th 2017

Warcross by Marie Lu


– release date: September 12th 2017




Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older


– release date: September 12th 2017




Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh


– release date: September 15th 2017




Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco


– release date: September 19th 2017




Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore


– release date: September 19th 2017




There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins


– release date: September 26th 2017


Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor


– release date: October 3rd 2017




That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston


– release date: October 3rd 2017



Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore


– release date: October 3rd 2017




27 Hours by Tristina Wright


– release date: October 3rd 2017




This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis


– release date: October 10th 2017




A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo


– release date: October 17th 2017

Dear Martin by Nic Stone


– release date: October 17th 2017




Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi


– release date: October 31st 2017




Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi


– release date: November 14th 2017




Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed


– release date: January 16th 2018

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert


– release date: January 30th 2018




Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp


– release date: January 23rd 2018



The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton


– release date: February 20th 2018




And there you have it: 25 books I picked up at ALA! I hope this list helps grow your TBR, and I’d recommend preordering the books you’re most excited about – I’m sure they’ll be amazing.

Which books from this list are you most excited for? Have you read any of them? What did you think of this book haul? Would you like to see more in the future?

Thanks for reading,



41 thoughts on “ALA Book Haul: 25 Upcoming Books To Have On Your Radar

      1. Would you willing to accept any new members for The Knights of Whitechapel? I am in love with the books and Kerri is amazing, and I would be honored to be part of the group! I already talk about the books constantly! Lol.


  1. Wow you picked up so many amazing books!! I’m so excited for Warcross, Beasts Made of Night, Jane Unlimited, Mask of Shadows, & There’s Someone Inside Your House!!! Hope you enjoy!


    1. Thank you, I really did – I’m excited for all of them! I’ve read Warcross, Jane Unlimited, and There’s Someone Inside Your House already – I would recommend them all! Warcross is definitely one of my favorite books of the year, and Jane Unlimited is so WEIRD that I really enjoyed it. I hope you like them when you read!


  2. I loved Genie Lo. ❤
    I am so curious to hear what everyone thinks about a lot of these like Akata Warrior (even though I still have to read Akata Witch), Mask of Shadows, Daughter of a Burning City.


  3. You already know how I feel about This Darkness Mine *insert eyes emoji here* I’m super excited for all the big name books on here (Lu, Perkins, etc.) but I’m actually really excited to try reading Whichwood? You know I hardly *ever* read MG so I can’t wait to see what it’s like.


    1. I WILL READ IT ASAP, I SWEAR. And you haven’t read Warcross yet?? Goddamnit Alex, we can’t be friends. And me too about Whichwood – it looks so good (although I wish it was a YA, honestly, because it could make a great one.) I’m hoping I like it! (I made my sis read Furthermore last year and she loved it so much she read it twice, and I want to see what she thinks, too)


  4. I have read Girl with the Red Balloon and Wild Beauty. Both were very good. I especially loved Wild Beauty. McLemore’s writing it that lovely, lyrical type of writing that I go ga-ga for. I am looking forward to so many of these. You have some epic reading ahead of you.


    1. Yes, I loved those both, too! Anna-Marie is a friend of mine, and yes, her writing is DIVINE. I’m in love with her words and her books, although Wild Beauty is definitely my favorite of hers! I hope you enjoy the ones you’re most excited for when you read them. 🙂


  5. I am so bloody excited for Beasts Made of Night, Wild Beauty and Mask of Shadows. I cannot wait for them to be released. I’m also looking forward to seeing people discuss Epic Crush of Genie Lo, because I loved it and I want everyone else to finally be able to read it.

    I’m still waiting for reviews for Whichwood and The Belles.

    I’ll most probably read Shadowhouse Fall, because even though I didn’t love the first book, I did enjoy it and I want to know how the story carries on.

    Which books from this list did you like the most? Which are you still looking forward to reading, if you haven’t read all yet?


    1. All 3 of those look FANTASTIC, and I can personally vouch for the amazingness of Wild Beauty – I loved it so, so much. I also enjoyed Genie Lo, and I’m so happy you did, too!!

      I’ve heard great things about The Belles, and can’t wait to read it. For Whichwood, I’m on the same page as you – I’m still looking for reviews!

      I liked Shadowshaper, and I hope I like Shadowhouse Fall even more – I also hope you decide to check it out.

      I’ve read 9/25 of these, and my favorites are: Little & Lion, The Girl With The Red Balloon, Warcross, Wild Beauty, 27 Hours, and Dear Martin! I HIGHLY recommend all of those. I’m really excited to read: Love Hate & Other Filters, Beasts Made of Night, Jane Unlimited, and Rebel Seoul!

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