Top Ten: 2016 Releases I Meant to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was 2016 releases I meant to read but somehow, inexplicably… didn’t. I based this list on my memory and two posts I made last year about my most anticipated releases for the first and second half of 2016.

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All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister (March 1st) // The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (May 24th) // Dear Emma by Katie Heaney (March 1st) // Everfair by Nisi Shawl (August 16th) // Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau (February 9th)

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Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (April 12th) // How to Ruin Everything: Essays by George Watsky (June 14th) // If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (May 3rd) // In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero (May 3rd) // Lumberjanes, vol. 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson (December 13th)

Half Year Haul: January to July, 2016

In case you’re nosy like me, here’s everything I acquired in the last six months!

Lauren Conrad Style by Lauren Conrad // The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison // Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell // A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (read my review here!) // Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home: No-Nonsense Advice That Will Inspire You to CLEAN like the DICKENS by Thelma Meyer // Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh // The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (ZOMG) // Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes // The Doctors Are In: The Essential and Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who‘s Greatest Time Lord by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith // Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older // Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter

New to the Queue #1

Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner started this and I love it so I’m (politely) stealing it!

I add a lot of stuff to my TBR list, my Netflix queue, and my library holds list. Here’s stuff I want to actually seek out and consume right now.

Stuff I Want to Read

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Adulthood Is a Myth: A “Sarah Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Andersen //American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang //Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston //Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (a.k.a. #HamilTome) //I Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her by Joanna Connors

Stuff I Want to Watch

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Ghostbusters //The Night Of //The Secret Life of Pets //Star Trek Beyond //Zootopia

Stuff I Want to Listen To

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2 Dope Queens //In the Heights Original Broadway Cast Recording // “Love Make the World Go Round” by Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda //Waitress Original Broadway Cast Recording //What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress by Sara Bareilles

What did YOU add to your queue?? Let me know!

The Hold Shelf #1

Very rarely do I place library holds on new releases – either because I can’t predict when a book will find its way to me (when I’m in the middle of something else??) or because there just isn’t anything I absolutely have to read right away. And then there are these titles:

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin: all I can say right now is some variation of this and this. Not only am I planning on reading The City of Mirrors right away, I’m about 110% sure that I am going to pre-order the hardcover copy because I AM SO READY FOR THIS BOOK.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab: after (basically) speed-reading through A Darker Shade of Magic, I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait very long for its sequel.

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey Seller: I am obsessed with this musical (and its soundtrack), okay. OBSESSED. I want need this in my grubby hands asap because reasons. (Also Lin is my queen.)

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay: after reading (and loving) Bad Feminist, anything Gay writes is pretty much going to be a “stop what you’re doing and read this right now” kind of deal – especially if its nonfiction.

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold: not all school shootings get their own biographies (a la Columbine by Dave Cullen), and not all school shooters are revisited decades later, but, for better or worse, the tragedy at Columbine stands out. Cullen’s book is already on my tbr list, but reading A Mother’s Reckoning might push it up to the top.

Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir by Tom Hart: this book will probably make me cry (I’m sort of expecting it to), but, from what I’ve heard, it’s going to be amazing (in that heartbreaking sad kind of way).

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: I rarely get seized by literary FOMO – either something that “pops” sounds interesting and I put it on my tbr list to be revisited when the hype dies down (and library copies become available) or I do a little research and am, like, “eh, not for me” – but Kalanithi’s posthumous memoir is something I’m willing to wait months to read.