Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week we're posting our most anticipated new books being released in the second half of 2016, something I've been mostly avoiding looking at. I'm trying not to get overwhelmed with everything I want to read, but I'm also excited for new books by authors I love! There were already a few I knew about, but I took some extra time to look for forthcoming books so I could make my list.

This list is ordered more-or-less by my level of excitement.

1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Sept.)
This novel from the author of Rules of Civility is about a guy sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. I love Amor Towles, I love Moscow, and I've stayed at that hotel. I'll definitely be reading this one!

2. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (Oct.)
I'm afraid it won't compare to Where'd You Go, Bernadette, but I'm willing to find out.

3. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Sept.)
New Ann Patchett! I don't even know what it's supposed to be about but I'm sure it will be fantastic.

4. The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics (Sept.)
I loved Daughters Unto Devils SO MUCH, so I can't wait to read this one!

5. Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty (July)
I really liked The Husband's Secret, and loved Big Little Lies.

6. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis (August)
This is the only debut on my list, and I only know about it because I received a galley in the mail. It takes place in the 1950s at the Barbizon Hotel for Women in New York, which is where Sylvia Plath stayed that summer she spent in the city. I'm sold just based on the premise.

7. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (Sept.)
I didn't even read her last book, but somehow I'm really looking forward to this one. I loved Room and Slammerkin.

8. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Oct.) 
A new Margaret Atwood book is always an occasion for celebration (even if I am really behind on her books), but this is especially interesting. It's part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which are retellings by various authors. This one is a retelling of The Tempest, so now I'm adding The Tempest to my list of Shakespeare plays to read this year. (That list just keeps growing.)

9. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (Nov.)
The only book by her that I've read was Liar, but although I didn't love it at the time, I keep thinking about it. This new one is about a guy who is convinced that his little sister is a dangerous psychopath and it sounds pretty creepy!

10. Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King (Oct.)
Some of her books are very weird and this sounds like maybe one of the especially weird ones. It's A.S. King, so I imagine it will be fantastic.

I have a few others that I think are worth mentioning, so I'm going to slip those in too. In July we'll have a new historical novel from Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist, which I loved because it took place in 17th century Amsterdam. The Muse takes place in 1960s London and 1930s Spain, which is maybe not as exciting to me but her writing is so good that might not matter. Crime writer Tana French will release The Trespasser in October, which will be the 6th in the Dublin Murder Squad Series. Finally, Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything is releasing her second novel, The Sun Is Also a Star.

Are there any books you're especially excited about that coming out later this year? Tell me about them in the comments!


StacyRenee said...

The Women in the Walls sounds so good. I keep seeing that one everywhere and it's definitely something I'm interested in. Most of these I haven't seen before, though!

Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

3goodrats said...

If you haven't read Daughters Unto Devils yet, definitely check that one out while waiting for The Women in the Walls!

Lindsay said...

I had never even heard of Amor Towles until a day or two ago when I saw something about his new book. His name (of all things?!) intrigued me so I looked him up and added "Rules of Civility" to my to-read list. Ann Patchett is an author I've never read, but I keep getting drawn to her. Maybe I'll start with her new book. Do you have a favorite?

3goodrats said...

I've only read a couple of Patchett's novels - Bel Canto and State of Wonder - but I loved them both. I'd start with Bel Canto since that's the one everybody seems to love the most. She has also written a couple of my favorite nonfiction books: Truth and Beauty, and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. I recommend both of those if you like nonfiction at all.