Top Ten 2016 Releases…So Far!

We’re keeping the new release trend rolling this week on Top Ten Tuesday by Broke and the Bookish. There have been so many amazing releases this year already, and even more to come! Some of my top ten I’ve read, some I’m waiting to read, and others I still haven’t gotten my hands on…so without further ado.

My Top Ten 2016 Releases…So Far:


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I just finished writing my review on ACOMAF, and wow, was it difficult – there are so many emotions and things that need to be discussed. I can’t remember the last time I devoured a novel so quickly! For days I skipped lunch and sleep and more lunches to finish…the last night I read so quickly it was over before I knew it! If you haven’t read this series yet, better add it to the list – it’s amazing!

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
and Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Jane Eyre is one of my favorite novels, and as a retelling, Jane Steele is superb, but also an amazing novel for those who haven’t read the beloved classic. On the opposite end of the spectrum, The Madwoman Upstairs reveals the hidden relationship between the Bronte sisters and the ground breaking stories they told.


The Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The story of four teenagers of different backgrounds bound by their pursuit of survival and by the secrets they keep. The Salt to the Sea is a unique telling of World War II and the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, and the many that did not survive.


The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley

Just one more example of Christopher Buckley’s genius for satires, The Relic Master exposes the frivolous fraud behind the relic industry as Dismas is caught between his two greatest clients, Frederick the Wise and Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. Whether for the modern humor or medieval history, The Relic Master is a unique pleasure.



The Queen of the Night Alexander Chee

The tale of a fated opera diva, bound by her secrets and lovers, it’ll take more than her haunting voice to escape the trickery in store. Parisian extravagances, grand balls, beautiful gowns, espionage…what’s not to love about The Queen of Night?

Releases Still On My TBR:

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

I have both of these novels,  I just haven’t read them yet. I always blame my library holds, but then I just keep putting more books on hold. I think, deep down, I’m just not ready to read them – The Nest because I know I’m going to love it and want to wait for the perfect time to read it and Eligible because I’m afraid I might hate it. What did you think of them?

Never Ever by Sara Saedi
and With Malice by Eileen Cook

My library has yet to acquire either – maybe I should just buy them?

What have been your favorite releases this year?

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Top Summer Reads, New and Old

I have been waiting and waiting for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic by Broke and the Bookish, top summer reads! There are so many new books I’m dying to get my hands on, and a few from last summer I missed out on. Either way, there are so many great summer reads!

To me, a summer read is something more compelling than your average novel, more thrilling, more romantic – every sense heightened. There’s just something about summer that calls for nothing short of an amazing story with bigger than life characters and a mysterious romance, basically a guilty pleasure on steroids – it’s what makes them so great for that summer road trip or just sitting by the pool, you can read them in a few sittings, and then you’re on to the next one!

The New:

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

An epic love triangle set in World War II. I’m hoping this is one of the options for BOTMC!!

With Malice by Eileen Cook

A teenage girl wakes to find herself in the hospital and no memory of the last six weeks or the tragic accident that killed her best friend. The perfect thriller for the summer!

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

A modern retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, Kate’s prospects are seemingly slim, so when her father’s young lab partner is about to be deported he, of course, assumes she’ll be perfectly eager to marry him.

Never Ever by Sara Saedi

Reminiscent of Peter Pan, this is the perfect fairy tale for the summer! Wylie and her brothers are magically whisked away to a tropical island and embrace the beauties of perpetual childhood, but there’s more to the mysterious island than meets the eye.

At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

Clare and Luc meet in the idyllic French countryside, but with her grandfather opposing the match and World War I looming, she’s whisked away across the globe. Years later, the two will reunite when least expected, but will it be too late to rekindle their love?

The Old:

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

There’s just something about summer that makes long lost loves and reconnections even more beautiful. First meeting on the glittering Italian coastline, they’ll reunite decades later as the love-struck Italian inn keeper desperately searches for his long lost love.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Yes, Modern Lovers is going to be one of the IT books this summer, but I still need to catch up on Straub’s last hit, The Vacationers! On a two-week trip to Mallorca, the entire family has gathered to celebrate Franny and Jim’s thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, but tensions will rise and secrets will be exposed.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Madeliene, Celeste, and Jane have little in common, but they each have a secret to hide and a past to erase. Each at a crossroads in life, they’ll join together to take on their ex-husbands and all the scandal that follows.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Ani FaNelli has the perfect life: prestigious prep school, check; perfect wardrobe, check; perfect fiancé, check…but it’s all a sham. She’s worked so hard to build a beautiful life, to move on, but one little secret from her past threatens to destroy everything.

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Summer and secrets…what more could you want from a summer read? Georgia is living the life she’s always dreamed growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, but just days before her wedding, she’ll discover a secret side to her fiancé that will changer her life forever. Running home, she’ll find he’s not the only one with a secret to hide!

What will you be reading this summer? What are your favorite beach reads of the past?

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