December 29

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Books I Can’t Wait For

December 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016. This one is pretty straight forward (although I’m cheating a bit with 11 choices) so let’s get to it:

January Releases

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian – I am quite a fan of Bohjalian, and this newest looks intriguing – a bachelor party gone seriously wrong. As a side note, if you don’t follow Bohjalian on Instagram, you should (he is seriously such a nice, thoughtful, family-loving, bike-riding guy).

Here to Stay by Suanne Laqueur – I discovered the beauty of all things Suanne in 2015, and I am now a forever fan. Her writing is quite simply stunning, and I will sing her praises whenever I get a chance. This book is the third in her Fish Tales series, and I highly recommend all of them!

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin – I absolutely loved The Aviator’s Wife by Benjamin, and I am totally intrigued with the concept of this one – a 1950’s historical fiction novel about Truman Capote and his friendship with a society “swan”.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – This looks like another haunting novel involving a school shooting told from four different perspectives and covering a time span of less than an hour.

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright – A YA novel about a girl discovering the secret identity of her mother and her developing relationship with an English prince.

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan – A contemporary novel about a woman’s struggle to regain her own identity. I’m intrigued with the foodie aspect of this one.

February Releases

Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon – I have never read a historical fiction account of the Hindenburg, and just by reading the novel’s synopsis, I know that I have a great deal to learn.

March Releases

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell – This book is a mere 96 pages and is being published for World Book Day in the UK. I enjoyed Fangirl by Rowell, and I’m hoping to read much more of her in 2016.

Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer – So I was totally drawn to this one based on the name and cover. Then I read the unique premise – a girl thinks her father is Kurt Cobain and that he is alive. Who isn’t mildly intrigued by this one?

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – Another YA novel – this time with two misfits navigating their senior year of high school while trying to maintain their friendship.

April Releases

Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey – A historical fiction novel set in the 19th century which features a nontraditional man and woman and their nontraditional relationship.

What books are you hoping to check out in 2016?

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Posted December 29, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "Top Ten Tuesday


  1. By Wendy on

    These look really fascinating! I received some short autobiographical stories by Capote for Christmas, and they had such a different feel from what I know of him, but it made me realize–I haven’t ever actually read his work, just read about him. I really like your best of list from last week as well. I got my nine year old daughter the illustrated version of the first HP book, and literally just finished reading the first chapter out loud to her. So fun.

  2. By Cecilie on

    Wow. I remember I saw This Is Where It Ends when I was looking through books that were being released early next year, but it didn’t really catch my attention. Now, I am glad I got to read what it was about because I am very intrigued. School shootings is something I feel very distant to, and I am interested to know what would go on in the head of someone who does this. However, I have yet to find a book like this.

    Cucie @ Cucie Reads

    1. By Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings (Post author) on

      One book you may be interested in (I’m not yet familiar with your reading tastes so I can’t say for sure) is We Need to Talk About Kevin. It is a powerful and haunting book that I will never forget reading! I’m also hoping to read Columbine in 2016 – I’ve heard good things about this nonfiction read, but it is so long and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  3. By Sarah's Book Shelves on

    Ooooh – some more to add to my TBR! The school shooting one sounds interesting and I didn’t realize Swans of Fifth Ave was about Capote…he fascinates me! Will have to check that out! I also had Flight of Dreams on my list – did you read her debut? The Wife, The Maid, and Teh Mistress? I loved it.

    1. By Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings (Post author) on

      I know so very little about Capote, and that’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to this book! That’s one of my favorite parts of historical fiction – learning about new people! I wanted to read The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress, but I have not yet gotten to it…..hopefully in 2016?


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