Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Still Need to Read



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I'll admit it - I'm in the middle of a reading slump of monumental proportions. Looking back on my reading life for the last quarter of 2016, I've been struggling to finish books for months now. To give you an idea of the extent of this reading slump - until the summer I was 8 books ahead of schedule for my Goodreads challenge...and yet by the end of the year I couldn't even meet my goal of 100 books. There were so many books I didn't get to last year, partially because of the extreme change in my reading habits. I'm hoping one of these books will be the one to break me out of this slump - I have a truly alarming TBR pile by my bed, all the books I've picked up and not finished, or bought recently and haven't started. 


Top Ten 2016 Releases Still Waiting on My TBR


Truthwitch (The Witchlands) by Susan Dennard

I'm reading this one now, a whole year late. The second book was just released and I'm so intrigued by this series. Fingers crossed this isn't another book I start and never finish.

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes) by Sabaa Tahir

I am so bad at reading sequels. This is just one of many that I let slip by this year. Not that I haven't tried - I've checked it out from the library several times this year (while I'm waiting to see if they release an edition that will match my copy of An Ember in the Ashes - the UK paperback for Torch is inexplicably taller and I'm not messing with that).

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare

This is another one I've had out on loan from the library several times, for the same reason - the UK edition of this is ridiculously oversized. I want to buy this book, why can't they just release an edition that is a normal size?

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Swing Time by Zadie Smith

How did I not even manage to read the new Zadie Smith? That's how I know this is a real reading slump. It came out before Christmas when I was saving my book budget for gifts so I didn't want to spend money on a hardback for myself. Still, I'm going to blame the library - I've been on the waitlist for a copy at the library since before it was released. That's ridiculous. 

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Started this one months and months ago - so long ago I'm probably going to have to start over from the beginning when I pick it up again, which will hopefully be sooner rather than later. Magical realism is always a good springtime genre, so I may wait a few weeks to give this another go.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

This is another one I've started and it's sitting next to my bed. I like it so far, but there are weeks-long gaps in between visits with this one. Also, I bought the normal edition of this before Waterstones released their special edition with the silver foil embellishments, so I'm a bit sour about that.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Yep, you guessed it, I've also started this one - and I've checked it out of the library several times. This is quite a shameful list. Why couldn't I finish any of these books? I don't think I made it past the first chapter. It was a lovely first chapter, too. Every time I hear someone gushing about this book get so excited about's definitely on the TBR for the next few weeks.

Patience by Daniel Clowes

I bought this as a Christmas gift for my brother-in-law and I was so excited to steal a quick read before giving it away...then Amazon decided next day Prime shipping didn't apply to this book, so it didn't arrive until after Christmas (I gave Eric the complete edition of Bone by Jeff Smith, which is a very impressive book at 1300 pages!). Now this is just sitting there looking pretty and colourful and waiting to be read.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I bought this on release day, made a special trip to the bookshop so I could start reading it immediately. I took it on several trips as well...still no luck breaking my reading slump. This one does demand to be read in one sitting, though, so it's hard to set aside that time. I like the new characters and am very excited to get back into it soon.

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon's debut was one of my surprise favourites of 2015 - I loved it. I'm a bit worried now that I have actual expectation for this book, I won't get to enjoy the same joy as I did with Everything, Everything. It's not a rational fear, but I'm such an anxious mess that I can even find a reason to be anxious about a book I'm excited to read. 

Well that was a hard list to write...Maybe I'm just a a real nutjob, but I feel like I've let down the books. They just wanted to be read and I did nothing but tease them and make false promises. Ok, don't look at me like that. I know I sound crazy. Books don't have feelings...

Have you read any of these books? Please guilt/berate me so I know which ones to feel most embarrassed about.