Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They are great at bringing new top ten themes, and they have a huge list of them well in advance for those bloggers that like to plan super far ahead. You can learn about joining in here. I make a list of five instead of ten, just for your knowledge
Wherein I go on GoodReads so I can figure out what was released this year before making a list… But before that, I will say this list is meant to be ‘favourite releases from 2016’ and I have not read very many books that were released this year. I’m a big proponent of backlist reading which essentially means I often find myself reading and reviewing books from the year before vs. the current year. In part, this happens because when everyone is talking about a certain book I get tired of hearing about it and it decreases my interest in reading it. And partly because I prefer to binge read series and you have to wait for those to be done. That and the books I read that were released this year didn’t super impress me. Sooooo instead I have a list of books ALREADY released this year that I really want to get around to reading.
Top Book Releases of 2016 on my TBR…
If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.
Why I Want To Read: I read his first novel The Girl in The Ice and I loved it, so I’m super excited to eventually get around to the next book. Erika is such a hot mess of a detective that I can’t help but want to read more about her. That and I’m a sucker for serial killer detective novels. And I would never pass up an opportunity to read a British female detective novel. I just wouldn’t.
In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person she thought she knew.
Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside of Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dish washer. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.
Why I Want To Read: I was fabulously underwhelmed by The Good Girl which was more a romance than a thriller. But I still feel compelled to give her another chance to impress me. Because impressing me must be why she writes books, right? Also, I love the covers of her books. Yes, I am easily swayed. I’m okay with it.
When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.
But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?
As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.
Why I Want To Read: Some of you may remember me being the only person reading The Wrath and The Dawn and expecting jinnis. I’ve since then realized that I mixed it up with this book, oops. Anyhow! Now there’s an opportunity to read an Aladdin retelling where the girl is actually a jinni and even though this is a romance I hope there’s lots of magic.
Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.
Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the future they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.
This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.
Why I Want To Read: Dysfunctional families are the best kind to read about, let’s be honest. That and this gorgeous cover. I swear this picture doesn’t do the actual paper copy justice. I went out a bought a copy myself despite almost never purchasing physical books anymore. But it was too beautiful to resist!
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.
Why I Want To Read: I actually didn’t have any desire to read this book until @jomecki on Twitter pointed it out to me. Or rather, she pointed out the similarities to Red Queen. Girl with mysterious power is discovered and forced to live in the palace, love triangle between royal brothers, and a possible assistance of rebels. So now I just want to take a look at it and judge for myself just how similar they are to each other. Especially since this one has a much lower GoodReads score and I haven’t heard people chatting about it too much.
What are some 2016 releases that you’ve been meaning to get to, but haven’t?