Happy Tuesday! And I’m so glad that we all survived another Monday! This week’s prompt will cause me to make a top 10 list which is quite embarrassing for me, haha. So I am hoping that you won’t all judge me too harshly! I’m sure that most of us didn’t read as may books as we had set out to, or wanted to, in 2016!
For those of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is all about, here is a quote from The Broke and the Bookish, the genuises behind this weekly meme!
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Aaaaand this week’s prompt is:
Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)
*SIGH* this is going to be extremely embarrassing. I can’t believe I didn’t get to these last year. They all sound so good! I guess you can only read so many books and still be able to work, and go to school, and eat, and function as a human should, etc. But anyway, here are my top 10 embarrassments…I mean books that I didn’t read in 2016, but definitely WILL read (hopefully THIS year)!
– ONE –
Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl
I know you guys are probably sick of seeing this one on my blog all the time, but I really really want to read it! It sounds very very good, but it’s been very expensive to purchase here in Canada, so I’ve kept waiting for the price to go down (because it was always taken out at the library too). And the days sort of went by, and now we’re in 2017. If you want to know why I need to read this book so bad, read this open letter by Hope Jahren to Millennial women, and you will understand!
“Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. “
– TWO –
Emma Cline’s The Girls
I saw this book absolutely everywhere last year (and still kind of do this year). It sounds quite good, and different from what I normally read. I am also curious to see whether this book is popular because of a kind of fad, or whether there is some true quality to it.
Have any of you guys read it? What did you think?
“An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong—this stunning first novel is perfect for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.”
– THREE –
Nadia Hashimi’s The House Without Windows
I remember the cover of this book catching my eye first, and then the description, back when I had just started blogging and I didn’t really have that many followers. I requested it and never heard back *weep* I’m still really sad that that happened, because I really wanted to read this book!
“A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting story of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture, from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low.”
– FOUR –
Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
I absolutely ADORE this woman. She’s funny, doesn’t seem to care what others think of her, and I also like that she’s around the same size as I am (and obviously more confident about it than I will ever be!) I have liked Amy from the beginning of her career, and I remember hearing about this book long before it actually came out, and just…squealing with excitement. I really hope to read it this year!
“The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.”
– FIVE –
Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea
I remember writing a mini review for a sneak peek of this title back in April 2016, and it was so well-written and intriguing. I wanted to read it right away, but I was so overwhelmed by the many books that I wanted to read once I was done grad school, that it sort of…got buried. But this year. I promise I will read it, because I HAVE to!
“Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.”
– SIX –
Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door
People have been raving about this book (at least here in Canada) probably not only because it’s CanLit, but because it’s probably also very good! I really like mystery/thrillers, and in fact, for a good part of high school, it’s ALL that I read. I don’t read mystery/thrillers as much now, but this title has me very intrigued!
“The instant New York Times domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal and the secrets between husbands and wives. . . .”
– SEVEN –
Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist
I saw this book some months back, in a catalog. I read a sample, and then immediately requested it, but sadly never heard back. Having grown up on Star Wars, and being a big fan of the first 3 films especially, I am very interested in this book. And I have to read it this year, especially with Carrie having passed recently; I want to honour her by reading at least ONE of her books. Rest in Peace Carrie Fisher <3
“The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.”
– EIGHT –
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows’ My Lady Jane
This book, I have heard mixed things about, but I tend to ignore the negative comments, and focus on the good…as well as the “in the tradition of The Princess Bride” part of the blurb! I love The Princess Bride (at least the film, as I still need to read the book), and I therefore think that this book would be very fun to read!
“The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.”
– NINE –
Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands
This book has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time, and I’m very disappointed in myself! I read and reviewed a sample back in April 2016 (the same bundle in which I found Salt to the Sea, mentioned above), and I was able to find the book used and at a very good price. I bought it and never read it. Maybe I can read it soon, on conjunction with the sequel, which is being released this March!
“This startlingly original Middle-East-meets-Wild-West fantasy reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally embracing her power.”
– TEN –
Lauren Oliver’s Replica
I saw this book everywhere, near the end of 2016, and while at first I was not sure about it, like most other people I became increasingly more intrigued. I received this book for Christmas and therefore have it sitting on my shelf now, so no more excuses!
“From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters.”
THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING! WHICH 2016 DID YOU REALLY WANT TO READ, BUT JUST NEVER GOT TO (AND DEFINITELY STILL WANT TO READ)? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW (SO THAT I WON’T BE SO EMBARRASSED ANYMORE, HAHA)!