2016 was a great year for books! (Which is a good thing, because everything else about this year kind of sucked.) I hoarded a ton of books this year, and wasn’t exactly able to get to all of them. Or half of them. But whatever. That just means I have a lot of choices for next year. That said, there were quite a few 2016 releases I meant to get to, but didn’t. For the purposes of this post, I decided to only include the ones I purchased, because otherwise this list would be fifty pages long.
- Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I actually really enjoyed Red Queen (which honestly surprised me, because it seems like something I wouldn’t like all that much). I preordered a (signed) copy of Glass Sword, and then promptly lost interest. But I do still want to read it, because I have it, and I kind of just want to finish the series at this point.
- The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman. To be fair, I did read a good portion of this. But not even close to half (it’s pretty long), and I do really want to finish reading it, because I liked what I did read.
- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. I was so excited about this one, and I am going to read it very soon, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I might actually start the audiobook after I finish my current audiobook (I have about two hours left). I love Anna Kendrick’s sense of humor, and I’m excited about reading (or listening to) her book.
- All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. This book hooked me the second I found out it involved both magic and science. I picked up a copy a while ago, and still haven’t read it. It’s definitely at the top of my TBR, though!
- The Mothers by Brit Bennett. Of all of my Book of the Month Club books that have been piling up in the corner, this is one I was most excited about. I’ve been hearing some great things, I just didn’t have time to read it. But, it’s on my list for the Dumbledore’s Army readathon next month, so I will be reading it very soon.
- Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. I have no idea why this book is still unread. I preordered it, I was really excited about it, and it would only take me about an hour to read. And yet… something has stopped me from picking it up. At this point, I think I’ll just save it for the readathon because it’ll make a nice break and it first the diversity theme.
- The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley. Yes, I bought this solely because of the title and the fact that there is a llama on the cover. But I still meant to read it because I was really into feminist literature this year, and wanted to read more nonfiction in that category. But you can only read so many books, and this stayed in my TBR pile.
- And I Darken by Kiersten White. From a historical perspective, I’m a fan of the legends surrounding Vlad the Impaler, and I am really interested in this gender-swapped novelization of his life. I also picked it up because I wanted to read more young adult fiction this year, but that just means I can read it next year! Preferably before the sequel comes out.
There are definitely more on this list, but these are my top eight. I didn’t include books I picked up this month, because I wouldn’t have had time to read them. But there is some great reading in my future, and I’m excited to read these books soon!
Are there any 2016 releases you meant to read this year, and didn’t? Let me know in the comments!