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2016 Releases I Meant To Read but Didn’t Get To
(and TOTALLY plan to read eventually)
There were a lot of great releases in 2016. Unfortunately, there is only so much time for reading. The following books all struck my fancy, in no particular order:
Zadie Smith: Swing Time
Set during the 1980’s, Zadie Smith’s newest novel takes us to follow a biracial girl in London desperate to be a star. As the narrator and the girl grow up, we follow them through success and heartache. I look forward to seeing how race and class in 80’s London define both these women. Plus, I’ve never read Zadie Smith! I hear this is a quality introduction to her works.
Marissa Meyer: Heartless
A retelling of Alice in Wonderland with one major twist: The is an origin story of the Queen of Hearts. I am already sad and the story hasn’t begun yet! I adored Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, and while I hear this isn’t as good, I know it will still steal my heart.
Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad
Soooo many of my friends have read and loved this (I’m looking at you, Amanda!). As a story which describes the comedy, horror, history, and possible speculative ideas of the Underground Railroad I am already enthralled. A hint of magical realism and a ton of gritty realism and history makes for a brilliant read. I can’t wait.
Katie Kennedy: Learning to Swear in America
This beautiful book tells the story of a brilliant Russian teenager tapped by NASA to save the planet. Only he feels sad and alone, as no one at NASA will listen to him. Enter the girl. I know it’s cheesy, but I love the idea behind it. Sometimes, you just need a fluffy read.
Michael Kinsley: Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide
A series of essays on aging with Parkinson’s Disease. This obviously won’t be a happy memoir, but I have really been into essay-based memoirs. This is a stretch book for me, and I can’t wait to see if I enjoy it.
Emma Cline: The Girls
In 1969 America, you might think a book about a teenaged girl joining a cult is all about lurid violence. Au contrair! In this case, Cline is supposedly focusing on how lonely and vulnerable a teenaged girl is. I’ve heard mixed reviews for this book, which is one reason I am so intrigued.
Brittany Cavallaro: A Study in Charlotte
A YA retelling of Sherlock Holmes set in a Southern high school? YES PLEASE!
Roshani Chokshi: The Star-Touched Queen
This is a book steeped in Indian mythology. The tale of a “cursed” girl whose father arranged a political marriage, who knows what will happen. Maya becomes a Queen and has all sorts of danger and dramatic incidents occur? Yes. I’ll read this. Probably twice.
Zoraida Cordova: Labyrinth Lost
This cover is gorgeous. Not only that, but everyone I know is ranting about this book. I cannot express how much I am looking forward to reading a book about bruja and the underworld.
Leigh Bardugo: Crooked Kingdom
I haven’t read Six of Crows yet, but I can’t stop finding reviews for it! This means I must binge read both books in this duology before too much time passes. If you’ve never heard of this, the duology is more or less a fantasy version of Oceans Eleven with anti-hero characters. I cannot WAIT.
What do you think?
- What are your favorite 2016 releases?
- Are there any 2016 releases you can’t wait to read? What have you waited to pick up?
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