Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To

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Hello! Welcome to my first Top Ten Tuesday post of the year. This week’s theme is 2016 releases you meant to read, but didn’t get around to. Today I’ll be sharing with you some of the 2016 releases that I bought and haven’t read, and some that I meant to buy, but didn’t.

Hopefully I’ll get to most of these in 2017, but for now, let’s get started! As always, the book cover of each will take you to the Goodreads pages.


1. THE RAVEN KING BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER

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I really like the Raven Cycle and I was so excited for this book to come out, but then I just…never bought it? My favourite thing about this series is definitely the characters, but I was so excited to see how the whole thing would conclude. I’m definitely hoping to buy/read this at some point this year!


2. THE LAST STAR BY RICK YANCEY

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Again, this is a series that I really, really like. But I didn’t buy the last book, and now I barely remember what happened in the second book, so I’ll probably have to reread the whole series. Why do I do this to myself.


3. STARS ABOVE BY MARISSA MEYER

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This is a collection of short stories set in the Lunar Chronicles universe. However, it’s set after the events of Winter, and since I haven’t read that yet, I couldn’t read this!


4. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM BY J.K. ROWLING

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While this wasn’t a priority, I’d hoped to read this not long after I watched the film. I ended up seeing the film quite spontaneously, and then didn’t get the screenplay until Christmas. Still, I’d really like to read this, because I enjoyed the film much more than I thought I would, so it’d be interesting to compare the two!


5. THE ESSEX SERPENT BY SARAH PERRY

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I mean, I mostly bought this because of the cover. And because I had a full Waterstones stamp card, which meant that I got £10 off, which meant that I was completely justified to make an impulse cover-buy. It does still sound incredibly interesting, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.


6. EMPIRE OF STORMS BY SARAH J. MAAS

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Now, this one I’m not sure I’ll ever read. While I didn’t enjoy Queen of ShadowsI did intend to give Empire of Storms a chance. However, after reading a considerable amount of reviews, I’m not so sure anymore. I’m about 80% sure I’ve completely dropped this series — 80% because every time I tell someone I won’t read it, I doubt myself. So we’ll see.


7. THE BUTCHER’S HOOK BY JANET ELLIS

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This was actually another impulse buy when the hardcover was really cheap on Amazon. I’d heard Jen Campbell on YouTube talk about it a lot, so I figured that it must be good. Really, all I needed to know was that it’s historical fiction about a cunning, apparently macabre girl, and I’m pretty much sold.


8. AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE

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You guessed it, this was another impulse buy. I just thought the concept of this book was so intriguing, I couldn’t resist picking it up. I love reading about unlikeable characters, so I’ll be sure to make time for this book soon!


9. THE CITY OF MIRRORS BY JUSTIN CRONIN

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This book was my most anticipated release of 2016 by a long, long way. The only reason I didn’t read it is because the previous book in this series came out in 2012, so I really need to reread all of them. This is one of my favourite series, so it’ll be interesting to see what I make of it when I do make time to read all three books.


10. LABYRINTH LOST BY ZORAIDA CORDOVA

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This book was everywhere last year, and I (impulsively) bought it during a Kindle daily deal. This was one of the books on my TBR for the #DAReadathon, and I’m actually currently reading it at the moment! Look at me! Not avoiding books on my TBR! Progress!


Those are all the 2016 releases that I fully intended to read. I’m not entirely sure which of these I’ll get around to in 2017, but I’ll definitely be prioritising the books I actually own. Which, realistically, means that there’s probably going to be a couple more series that I’ll need to reread in the future…

If you’ve read any of these books I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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17 thoughts on “Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To

  1. I’ve been purposefully avoiding reviews of Empire of Storms 😓😓 In retrospect, I’m realizing that Queen of Shadows wasn’t as good as I originally thought it was (probably from the high of finally getting to continue the series, hahah) – Throne of Glass has been one of my favorite series since I read Crown of Midnight, so I’m really hoping that Empire of Storms doesn’t let me down, too.

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    1. I was going to avoid reviews too but I got too curious! I really enjoyed the series but some of the things in QoS just didn’t gel with me. To be honest I’ve mostly seen positive reviews but even they mention stuff that I’m pretty sure I won’t like. So I don’t know if it would be fair for me to read/review a book that I know I probably won’t like? But at the same time I want to know what happens in the series. I’m so conflicted about it hahaha

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  2. As much as I love TRC, TRK didn’t live up to my expectations. As for Queen of Shadows, I wouldn’t recommend reading it. IMO, the series is quite problematic, so I wouldn’t want to support it anymore, especially if you’re already having doubts.

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    1. Oh, that’s interesting! I’m hoping that by not reading it for quite a while after its release I’ll have managed my expectations a bit more.
      Yeah, I find the Throne of Glass series quite problematic too. That’s the main reason I’m holding off on reading Empire of Storms. I think during QoS it just got to a point where I couldn’t get past the issues I had with it, so I wasn’t enjoying the book anymore. From the reviews that I’ve read it seems like a lot of the things that I had problems with in QoS are present in EoS, so I don’t think it’d be fair to read a book I know I’m probably not going to like.

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  3. I loved The Raven King! I know a lot of people had some issues with it, but I thought it was a wonderful finish to the series. I quite enjoyed Labyrinth Lost too! The characters felt a little flat at times, but the world and mythology was amazing. I thought the Fantastic Beasts script was really good too!

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