I’m tweaking the Top Ten Tuesday theme a bit this week. The official prompt is “Top Ten New-to-You Authors You Read in 2016,” but since I don’t think I read 10 new authors and my WISH I HAD list is still extremely long, this is the result. ALL of my books were released in 2016. Linking up to the awesome The Broke and the Bookish, as always!
These first five are books I wish I had read this year, but know that with only two weeks left, they will unfortunately be pushed to next year. They still sound amazing!
- Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King. It was in an OwlCrate early this year and everyone seems to love it, but I STILL haven’t read it. It sounds amazing, and from my part of the country too!
- Martha Hall Relly’s Lilac Girls. I love historical fiction, but have read very little of it this year. I’m also fascinated by the WWII time period, so this just tickles all my fancies and WHY haven’t I read it yet?
- Kiersten White’s And I Darken. This is another that just makes me smack my forehead. HOW have I not made time for this yet? Gender reversal of Vlad the Impaler (a.k.a. Dracula)? Yes, PLEASE!
- Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10. The description reminds me of a few of Agatha Christie’s darker novels. Oooh. Aaaah. I even have a copy…again, why am I not reading it? I even had a giveaway for it!
- Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder. Historical, suspense, suggestion of the supernatural, Ireland…yes, sign me up!! How about for more hours in the day though?
These next five I did actually read, yay! Looking back over the year I see I definitely chose more YA than I thought I would. I still love mysteries and historical fiction, but all the amazing YA I’ve found this year just kind of took over! I have detailed reviews of all of these both here on the blog (linked in the descriptions below) and on GoodReads, so check them out!
- Traci Chee’s debut with The Reader. I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK!!! I loved it so much. In a world where reading and books are forbidden…there is a secret society of readers…dun dun dun dun. You NEEEEEED to read this book! I’m eagerly awaiting a release date for the second book!
- Michael Grant’s Front Lines. I know he’s been writing for a long time now, but I’d never read any of his books. I loved this one – women at war (as in combat, not just front line nursing) during WWII, and drafted even. So cool.
- Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, a retelling of Pride & Prejudice. This was such a breath of fresh air, I laughed through the entire book. I thought it actually did modern justice to the original, and I’m a fairly picky reader of retellings.
- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows’ My Lady Jane – a fabulous, fabulous alternate history of Lady Jane Grey’s story. It was laugh out loud hysterical, with more pop culture references than I can count.
- Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper was another fabulous debut with a spunky female heroine. It’s historical fiction/mystery/YA, so I was pretty much in heaven! Suitably creepy for the subject matter and with a bittersweet ending. I can’t wait for the next one!