2016 was a rather lackluster reading year for me, as was 2015 before it. Today I’m going to tell you all about some books that were published in 2016 that I spent MONTHS or even YEARS anticipating… only to, um, not actually read them in 2016. Blame college for making me so busy. Blame depression for making it hard to find the energy to do anything beyond what was required of me in college.
I resolve to make 2017 better, but only time will tell. One thing I know for sure is that I want to read each and every one of the books on this list within the year. (I read #8 in early January, as a matter of fact!) Whenever I don’t know what to read, I’m going to revisit this list and continue to do so until I’ve finished.
I was and still am truly excited for all of these books: It’s just a question of finding the motivation and energy to stick with these books and not become discouraged if it takes me a long time to read them because I’m so busy and overwhelmed with everything else that’s going on in my life.
This novel comes first not only because it was one of the first published last year, but also because it was my most-anticipated book of 2016! The previous books in the Raven Cycle have consistently been amazing, so I have high hopes for The Raven King, the final book in the series.
I actually started reading this in the summer and then DNFed it not because I disliked it, but because my brain was in a Bad PlaceTM and I knew I wouldn’t be able to focus on any story at the moment! I did love how sassy Apollo was and I’ve heard lots of good things about the bi rep in this novel so I’m looking forward to picking this novel back up again someday!
My college town (Iowa City, IA) was one of the stops on Riordan’s book tour for his latest novel, The Hammer of Thor, so I acquired a signed copy last fall… which I still haven’t read! Oops. I have to admit that I’ve somewhat been avoiding it because it’s been so long since I read The Sword of Summer that I barely remember the plot! I know I need a refresher on the series but gah, I’m just so lazy.
I know I’ll be in for a treat when I read this because although four of the nine stories contained in Stars Above have been published before, I’ve never read ANY of them! I’m really excited to learn more about everyone’s past and then I can finally read Winter! (Yep, there’s another book I meant to read last year and didn’t, although that one was published in 2015. Like I said, this problem has been going on for the past few years.)
Most of the YA Alice in Wonderland retellings I’ve come across sound… ahhh, questionable at best, but I have high expectations for Heartless because IT’S MARISSA MEYER! IT HAS TO BE GOOD! I love that cover, too: I know a lot of people didn’t, but I think it’s beautiful in its simplicity. Some of the Lunar Chronicles book covers look too computer-generated and it bothers me.
I PURPOSELY PROCRASTINATED READING THIS BOOK BECAUSE I SO DID NOT WANT THIS SERIES TO END. But a few months ago Derek Landy announced that he’s writing a second Skulduggery Pleasant series (!!!!), so now I can go ahead and read this without worrying about having none of his amazing and hilarious writing left to read. I’m sooo anxious to find out what happens to Amber and Milo.
I knew I had to read this as soon as I heard that it was about a princess who falls in love with the sister of her husband-to-be. The blurb even recommends it for fans of Ash by Malinda Lo, which is one of my favorite books ever, so… PUT THIS BOOK IN MY LITTLE GAY FANTASY-LOVING HANDS IMMEDIATELY. I NEED IT.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ nonfiction work Between the World and Me was my absolute FAVORITE book from 2016. And I walked out of the theater after watching Captain America: Civil War proclaiming Black Panther to be MY SON, who MUST BE PROTECTED and who DESERVES HIS OWN GODDAMN MOVIE EARLIER THAN 2018. So why didn’t I read this last year? Well… I was too depressed to focus on anything in the weeks after it was finally available from the library. Ugh. I’ve read it now, though! It was great!
OHHHH MY GOD OK SO I HAD LITERALLY NO IDEA THAT VOLUME TWO HAD EVEN BEEN PUBLISHED. The first volume was probably one of the weirdest books I read in 2016, so I was impatient for a sequel… buuuut I didn’t realize one was published this fall! Yayyy for more time-traveling, ass-kicking girls!
I read the previous book in this series,* My True Love Gave To Me, in 2014 and remember finding it fairly enjoyable, so I don’t really know why I didn’t get around to this one last summer. Oh, well. I’m planning to read it sometime this winter to cheer myself up. It will be summer soon enough!
*Wait, is it even technically a series? It’s not listed as such on Goodreads, but given that the same person edited (not to mention contributed) to both volumes, I find it very odd that these two aren’t considered a series. Fingers crossed that we get two more short story collections, one about spring and one about fall!
Are there any books you were excited to read in 2016 (or even in 2015 or before) that you still haven’t read? If so, what stopped you from reading them? Do you find this to be a common problem for you?