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This week’s topic is “Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to).” What a mouthful. Also… only half accurate.
Let me explain. When I set out to read ALL OF THE THINGS last year, I knew of like… two books coming out in 2016. [Blah Blah Blah… I’m a disgrace to readers everywhere… Blah Blah Blah]. So, I hadn’t really planned on reading anything published in 2016 [/pauses here to allow for gasps of pure surprise and wonderment] Of course, as the year rolled on and I attempted to get into the trenches of book blogging, I did discover a few things that piqued my interest enough for me to acknowledge their existence but not enough for me to ever do anything about it. These are the books I’m going to talk about.
Will I read them? Maybe. Probably not. I’m flaky af. Would I like to if I had all of the hours in the world and none of the people bothering me? Yes. And that will just have to be enough for now.
*THE* Top Ten 2016 Releases I Might Have Missed
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo || GOODREADS
This is one of those books that comes highly recommended from Vee of the Gay YA. I actually started listening to this on audiobook in November (which is good by the way. totally in love with the reader which is the largest hurdle), but I go through bouts of OMGAUDIOBOOKS and Dear God… audiobooks? So, really I’m just waiting for me to get back into the audiobook state of mind. Or, you know, wait until the paperback falls into my laps because I’m protesting my Kindle right now.
The Vegetarian by Han Kang || GOODREADS
I am approximately 80% sure that the reason this book was even on my radar was Naz’s snazzy review here. I was initially intrigued by
the beautiful pictures he took the idea of three interwoven stories. Yet here we are in 2017, and I am no closer to reading The Vegetarian than I was when I saw it last year.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi || GOODREADS
I see now that this is turning into a “Look at the review that added to my TBR Pile!” list, and I am 100% okay with that. It was Resh’s beautiful review of When Breath Becomes Air that made me aware of this book in the first place. And from there, I’ve been wanting to sink into this. For a brief period of time, I even got a physical copy from the library (after being on the longest waiting list of my existence). However, when it arrived, I was not in the mood for something so soul-crushing. Yes, I need to be in a mood to have my heart broken. I just don’t do that to myself all willy nilly. Needless to say, I’m still waiting on that mood to hit me again. The book definitely sounds interesting and that’s saying a lot coming from me— the adult who only watches animated movies and reads lighthearted books all the time on purpose.
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel || GOODREADS
So, I have an ARC of this from BEA. However, when I set out to read it in September, I wasn’t really feeling it despite the fact that I was totally intrigued by the premise. I want to read it again and see if my feelings have changed before talking about it. The mental mood I was in for the whole second half of the year was really detrimental to my reading health. Also, I haven’t really seen any reviews on it, so???
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab || GOODREADS
I came across V.E. Schwab by complete accident. I could leave it at that, but I’m on a roll here. I picked up A Darker Shade of Magic out of straight up curiosity, and I wasn’t disappointed. I think part of the reason I cling to this book so much is because it’s the first book I’ve read in a long time that was written about characters who aren’t like ten years my junior. Kell, Rhy, MYSWEETBBYLILA are all closer to me in age than anyone and really that’s all I want in my life right now. Semi-adults being magical af. (Okay, that’s a lie, but I’ll take it.)
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater || GOODREADS
This is it, guys. One of the two books I knew was coming out in 2016. This is the time when I let you in on a little secret (if you’ve read this far, bless you. Also, now you’ll know my shame). I pre-ordered this book without having ever read any other book in the series. In fact, I pre-ordered this book without even knowing Maggie Stiefvater could write. How insane am I? I don’t know where my mind was in 2015. I thought the cover was A+? I thought the story had potential? I was bullying myself to finish a series before I’d even started it? IDK. I’m weird. But I’ll have you know I read through the first three books in record timing just for the release of this bad boy only to have it spoiled for me, so it’s currently sitting on my shelf untouched.
The Mothers by Britt Bennett || GOODREADS
This is actually the newest addition to my many TBR piles. I’d been seeing it around a lot whenever I slip into one of my libraries trolling for books I’ll probably never read. The cover caught my eye before I had any clue what it was about (okay, let me frank: I STILL have no clue what it’s about). It was praised/recommended by a few bloggers I trust and even made it into a Buzzfeed Books email, so why tf not? I’m down.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore || GOODREADS
AKA The Beautiful Book Bae I Wasn’t Ready to Let Consume Me Even Though I’d Been Waiting Ten Years for It to Come My Way. I know deep down in my heart of hearts that this book is good. In fact, I read the first chapter for my Try a Chapter post a while back and determined that it was good. Yet, here I am. The sad, lonely girl who hasn’t actually pulled herself far enough out of her weird reading dilemma to read the damn thing. I feel like I’ve let my book bae down.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire|| GOODREADS
I want to read this purely because there is said to be asexual rep in here. Let me tell you this: If there is none, I will rage all over the internet about how everyone lied to me.
Black Panther #1 by by Ta-Nehisi Coates || GOODREADS
Who doesn’t want to read this? Please don’t tell me because that will hurt my feelings. I’m not big on comic books, but I am big on watching the many AUs and storylines being added to Marvel’s long, weird history. I’ve also heard nothing but good things about this, so I’m interest to see how Coates took this story and made it his own for the consumption of present day society.
So, there’s my
exhaustive extensive list. Have you read any of these books? Better yet, did you talk about this topic this week? I wanna read then add even more to my already-body-crushing TBR pile.