Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016


Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post. This is a weekly feature hosted by the group over at The Broke and the Bookish and this week I am featuring 10 of my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016. I did a list of my most anticipated 2016 debut novels a couple weeks ago so I didn’t include any of them in this list. Click on the link to see what I included in that list!

I could have also included Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and Passenger by Alexandra Bracken on this list (those are out on January 5) but I’ve already pre-ordered those and the release date is so soon that I thought I’d look a little bit further into the future.

So here are ten of my most anticipated releases between February and June of 2016. Their Goodreads pages are linked.

1. Stars Above – Marissa Meyer

This is a collection of short stories featuring the world and the characters from The Lunar Chronicles. I believe this contains 9 short stories, 4 that have been previously released as ebooks and 5 never-before-seen stories. The Lunar Chronicles is my favourite series so I cannot wait to read more. Plus we’ve been promised the wedding of the century?

2. A Gathering of Shadows – V.E. Schwab

I really, really loved A Darker Shade of Magic so I’m highly anticipating this sequel! I read a little bit of an excerpt and I can tell that it’s going to be amazing!

3. Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Ever since I finished bingeing The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments, I’ve been looking forward to Cassie’s next release. I really love the Shadowhunter Chronicles and Cassie’s writing so Lady Midnight cannot come soon enough! I’m more excited for her next trilogy, The Last Hours (Book 1 out in 2017), than I am for Lady Midnight but I’ll take anything at this point.

4. This is Where the World Ends – Amy Zhang

Contemporary is my favourite genre and I particularly enjoy ones that will give me all the feels and make me ugly-cry until I cannot function the next day. And this one promises all of those things.

5. The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater

I marathoned the first three books of The Raven Cycle just last week and I cannot wait for The Raven King to be released! Not only is the cover absolutely gorgeous, but I have a feeling that The Raven King will be the best one of the series yet! It’s going to be so epic and I want to know if Gansey will actually die! (That is not a spoiler).

6. A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas

I enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses so much when I read it back in July so I’m really looking forward to the sequel. It’s going to be partly a Hades and Persephone retelling, which has me super intrigued! I just really want to know what’s going to go down in the Night Court! (I am Team Tamlin btw)

7. The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

This is another sequel that I’m highly anticipating. The first book in this duology, The Wrath and the Dawn, was so great and we got left at such a heartstopping spot that I need to know what happens!

8. The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

This is one of my most highly anticipated contemporaries. I’ve still only read Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson but I enjoyed the coming-of-age story and the character development in that book so much that I need to read more of her writing.

9. You Know Me Well – David Levithan & Nina LaCour

I actually don’t know too much about this book but everything I’ve read by David Levithan has been amazing (review of Every Day) and he’s one of my favourite contemporary authors. This book promises to be an wonderfully diverse LGBTQ+ book so I need to have this in my possession!

10. Summer Days & Summer Nights – Stephanie Perkins

I thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie Perkins’ first short story collection, My True Love Gave To Me, when I read it last year so I’m super excited to pick up her next collection. This collection is written by a whole new group of contemporary and fantasy authors and I cannot wait to see what summery stories are in store for us.

Please share your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016! I love adding new books to my watchlist and pre-ordering them so let me know!


52 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016

  1. Lois says:

    Gansey is not going to die because he is in my protective bubble where no harm can come to him. I don’t think I’ll be able to cope if his death is permanent. Stars Above is definitely in my most anticipated list. I will jump at any chance I get to spend more time with my Rampion crew and I hope the Winter epilogue will see Cinder become Kai’s empress. πŸ˜‰

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I hope all four couples get married at the same time. That’s how I interpret “wedding of the century” HAHA. But it’ll never happen because Kai’s the emperor and they’ll probably force him to have his own wedding. I don’t think I’ll survive if Gansey dies. Like… he just can’t!

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      • Lois says:

        haha I can imagine that type of wedding being all sorts of chaotic. Thorne and Cinder would be bickering, Wolf would probably be looking for some tomatoes, Kai would be trying to get everything in order. πŸ˜›
        Gansey won’t die he’s in my protective bubble and no one would dare try to penetrate it haha.


  2. Ksenia says:

    Sorry I haven’t been around lately. It’s been a very busy month for me, no time to read, blog and chat. I see several books that I’m dying to read on your list, and I’ll definitely check out your other picks.

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  3. samoak says:

    Ooo! I didn’t know Maas was writing another book in the same world as Court of Thorn and Roses! I love Hades and Persephone re-tellings. Guess I need to read Court of Thorn and Roses before May so I’ll be prepared for this one. πŸ˜€

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  4. Trisha Ann says:

    I really have to read ADSOM to understand what the hype was about. I’m hoping it’s justified!

    Who doesn’t look forward to Lady Midnight?! (though I’m hoping The Last Hours will come first) I hope CC won’t let us down here. *fingers crossed*

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Yeah I would much prefer to have The Last Hours than The Dark Artifices. Who wants to read about Emma when we can have three more books that feature Will, Jem and Tessa? Hehe, I don’t think ADSOM will disappoint you! It’s a really great world with some pretty interesting characters. The only thing that I’m not on board is the romance that’s starting the develop…


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