Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ten Books I Want To Read in the Second Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is a freebie! I usually don't even do these because I'm embarrassingly uncreative and can't come up with topics. But today I thought of one!

I'm currently reading my final book for my TBR Pile Challenge so I'm starting to think about what I want to read after that. (Ok, I'm constantly thinking about what to read next, but not usually with this much freedom.) I no longer have a formal To Read list, and my real life book group (as opposed to my work book group) is on hiatus. But I do have a list in my head of some of the things I'm looking forward to reading in the near future.

1. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
I managed to grab a Speed Read copy of this the other day so I'm hoping to start soon! It's a Pride and Prejudice retelling, which I'm a little wary of, but I've heard glowing reviews from people I know who have read it.

2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I've been wanting to read this for ages, but just haven't gotten to it. Or every time I think of picking it up, the library copy is out. I'll make it a priority soon though!

3. Dreamland: the true tale of America's opiate epidemic by Sam Quinones
Ok, not exactly fun reading, but this is an issue I want to learn more about. My friend Kevin (who reviewed it for the Christian Science Monitor here) said it was infuriating and that everyone should read it.

4. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Although this novel doesn't sound like something I'd normally pick up, I heard about it last year on the Books on the Nightstand podcast and have been eagerly anticipating it ever since.

5. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
I also heard about this on that same podcast episode. It's a sci fi thing that sounds very intriguing! I'm a little bummed that it's apparently the first in a series (you know how I don't like commitment) but I still want to read it.

6. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
This is also on my list of most anticipated books for the second half of the year. I suspect it will be a lot of fun!

7. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Also on the above-mentioned list, I am DYING to get my hands on this. I entered a Goodreads giveaway for an advance copy, but I'm also on hold at the library already even though it's not out until September.

8. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
This is the only play I have left for my Bardathon Challenge, but I've been putting it off because I wanted to save it for midsummer. 

9. A Little Life by Hanya Yanigihara
I really don't know if I'll read this before the year is over because it's really long, and I tend to put off long books. But I do really want to read it.

10. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I read this a couple of years ago, but I just nominated it for my library's Community Read and I can't wait to read it again!

I can't wait to see how many I actually read before the end of 2016. Anyone want to place bets?


iloveheartlandX said...

Good luck with your reading!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/top-ten-tuesday-63/

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Sleeping Giants is so good! I hope you like it!

Check out my TTT.

3goodrats said...

I'm so glad to hear that - I'm looking forward to reading it!

Arwen McGilvra said...

I haven't heard of most of the books on your list except for Dreamland. A client of mine recommended it in a 3 part blog that I posted for him. He had heard the author speak at an event. (If you are interested in seeing what he had to say the first blog is here: http://kenwalkerwriter.com/chronicling-the-opiate-crisis/)

My Top Ten Tues is on the most frustrating characters: http://books.thetechchef.net/top-ten-tuesday-5/

Got My Book said...

I've read Uprooted and (other than some mild explicit bits) I really liked it.