Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Books!

HI EVERYONE. NANO IS OVER AND I SURVIVED. More on that in a later post but right now BOOKS!

See, I know I just posted yesterday already. And I know I’ve been posting constantly for absolutely no reason except that I accidentally became one of “those” people who blogs all the time because apparently I’m addicted?

But ANYWAY that is neither here nor there and the point is that I’ve decided to hop on the Top Ten Tuesdays (by The Broke and the Bookish) bandwagon this week, because BOOKS and LISTS and because this week’s prompt was too good to pass up.

And mostly because NaNo is over so I can think about books and reading again AND I’M JUST SO EXCITED AAAHH LET ME FLAIL AND HUG ALL OF THE BOOKS!

I’ve never done Top Ten Tuesday before but I’ve wanted to ever since I learned about it. IT LOOKS FUN. This week’s prompt is Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels We’re Looking Forward To.

I’m not doing debuts, just books I’m excited about, and I’m doing 12 because that’s how many I know about coming out next year that I want to read, and I’m very much a rebel at this moment… But hey, a couple extra is cool, right?

Heeeere are the 2016-releases lovelies I’m looking forward to, roughly in order of publication date . . .

Yorien’s Hand – Jenelle Leanne Schmidt (January 11, 2016)

Ever since reading Five Enchanted Roses, I’ve wanted more by this author, and I have an ARC for this one and there are dragons and am so excited to read it LET ME FLAIL.

The Goblin’s Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice – Andrew S. Chilton (January 19, 2016)

I don’t even know why I want to read this but I saw a review and it sounds fun and I don’t even know but basically sign me up. Plus, that title? Total win.


A Spy’s Devotion – Melanie Dickerson (February 9, 2016)

I. Am. So. Stupendously. Excited. About. This. Book. AD;LFKHALFKHSKDFH MY JOY AND INCOHERENCY KNOWS NO BOUNDS! Basically, it’s Melanie Dickerson, who I always enjoy reading. And it’s a regency romance, which I can enjoy occasionally–I may not be the biggest fan, but I do enjoy a Jane Austen here or a Georgette Heyer there… BUT GET THIS, IT’S AN ADVENTURESOME REGENCY WITH SPIES AND PLOTS AND THINGS AND BASICALLY I’M INSANELY EXCITED AND NEEEEED IT! ❀ Ahem. I . . . am kind of looking forward to this one if you can’t tell . . . I also hear rumors of a cover coming soon and can’t wait. πŸ˜€

Fridays with the Wizards – Jessica Day George (February 11, 2016)

I know, I haven’t even read the first few in this series, but my sources say they are good so I want to, and look at that cover — doesn’t it look fuuun?? GRIFFINS YAY.


Defying Shadows – Ashley Townsend (early 2016)

It’s the sequel to Chasing Shadows which I reviewed, and I may have mentioned this one before but the release date got pushed back and anyway I’M SO EXCITED BECAUSE SEQUEL AND WILL.

Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton (March 8, 2016)

No idea. Totally blame Cait for this one. She mentioned it in her Top Ten Thirty-Four post today and it looked yummy because epic fantasy+Persian+gunpowder=yes please.

The Story of Kullervo – J. R. R. Tolkien (April 5, 2016)

Um. They’re always “finding” old previous-version writings of Tolkien’s and by now it feels slightly odd BUT HEY WHO CARES IT’S BY MY FAVORITE AUTHOR SIGN ME UP. It’s supposed to be some earlier version of the story of TΓΊrin, and also will have some of Tolkien’s notes on The Kalevala so that sounds interesting…

King’s Folly – Jill Williamson (April 2016)

Because Jill Williamson is writing fantasy again which makes me enormously pleased, plus the Blood of Kings Trilogy was stupendous and a prequel series sounds cool. (And it will give me a marvelous excuse to reread aaall the Achan books! Yay!)

The Beautiful Pretender – Melanie Dickerson (May 17, 2016)



Untitled (Stolen Crowns, #1) – Jessica Day George (2016)

I should probably actually read some more books by this author before I get excited about any more of them buuuut this one sounds yummy because it’s about fairytale princesses who are grown up and living their Happily-Ever-Afters disappearing, so their kids have to save them, so BASICALLY YES.


The Bone Queen – Alison Croggon (2016)

This one is sliiightly cheating again, as it’s a prequel to the Books of Pellinor series which has four books of which I’ve only read the first (so far), but this is a prequel about Cadvan WHO IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS OF EVER AND THIS IS A WHOLE BOOK ABOUT HIM?? So I obviously have to be insanely excited about this. Yes.

Five Magic Spindles (Summer 2016)

Which we don’t even know who the stories will be by or what they will be about (except, in some vague sense, Sleeping Beauty…) but it’s clear that I’m dying to read this already despite all of that. Go figure.


There’s my list! πŸ™‚

What books are you excited about coming out next year? Any of these? Are any new to you?

Also I will be back again as soon as my brain becomes less scattered, with tales of my (possibly) most insane NaNo yet and all of that good stuff.

HAPPY DECEMBER! *frolics happily in the snow on my blog because that’s probably the only snow I’ll see this winter*


24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Books!

  1. AHHH, I’m so excited forA Spy’s Devotion too!! It’s sound like it’s going to be fabulous! And the cover coming soon?? Eep! I hope so! πŸ˜€ And The Beautiful Pretender too … *sigh* The cover is lovely, and I’m always excited for a new fairytale retelling by Melanie!

    Also looking forward to Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend! I quite enjoyed the first two books in the series; and yes, Will!!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

    King’s Folly!! I downloaded Part 1 for free on kindle … but not sure if I’ll read it now, or wait for Part 2 and 3. It sounds so epic and exciting! I’m tempted to read it right now!

    Congrats again on finishing NaNoWriMo!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a blessed Christmas season! ❀

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    • YESSS to all the A Spy’s Devotion anticipation! πŸ˜€ And the cover… gaaah it’s so gorgous. O_O Yes indeed, Melanie’s retellings are always so fun to read! πŸ™‚

      Yay! Yeah, I’m kind of nervous about Defying Shadows but can’t wait as well! Glad you’re excited too! ^_^

      I’m the same way… but I think I’ll wait for it to come out in paperback because I’m a paperback kinda gal. πŸ˜›

      Thank you so muuuch! ❀

      And I hope you'll have a blessed Christmas season too! ^_^


  2. MELANIE DICKERSON. JUST YES. Her books are just amaaaazing!!! My favorite so far that I’ve read is The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, and I’M SO PUMPED FOR THE SEQUEL! *squeals with delight* Also, A Spy’s Devotion!!! BECAUSE IT’S A REGENCY NOVEL WITH SPIES AND ADVENTURE!!! I’m asking for her latest book, The Golden Braid, for Christmas. Basically give me all of her books XD And aren’t her covers the most beautimous things ever???

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  3. Those books all look so good. I really want to read ‘the Goblin’s puzzle’. I kinda hope my story ends up in ‘The Five Magic Spindles’ collection, but I guess we will have to see.

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    • Yesss! It looks intriguing. ^_^ AAHH YES THAT WOULD BE COOL. I kinda hope mine does too, buuuut ya know that’s currently super unlikely simply because I haven’t finished it yet and time is running out. o.o *fingers crossed that I can finish it*


  4. ERMAGERD THE BONE QUEEN SOUNDS AMAZING. I am adding that immediately. *nods* And did I seriously list 34 books in mine?!?! Hahahhaha. *ahem* Okay. So I can’t count. But come on! Sometimes 10 is too puny a number to work with. And I’m so glad you linked up too. πŸ˜‰ It’s such a fun prompt sometimes, right?!?! πŸ˜› We can now both wait impatiently for Rebel of the Sands. *nods*

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    • IT’S BY AN AUSSIE AUTHOR TOOOO. Alison Croggon. Yes. πŸ˜€
      I definitely agree that 10 is usually too puny of a number. *nodnod* Which is why I had to go a bit over, myself.
      *joins you in impatiently awaiting Rebel of the Sands*


  5. Congrats on winning NaNo! *sends all the hugs and chocolate*

    Ooh, I’m definitely looking forward to Five Magic Spindles! I haven’t even read Five Enchanted Roses yet, though… *hides*

    Jessica Day George’s books are awesome. Well, I’ve only *really* read her fairytale retellings, but those are my favorite and someday I will own them. I really need to read more of her books. πŸ˜›

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    • Thank you so much! ❀

      And that's okay, they don't HAVE to be read in order! πŸ˜‰ That's one of the nice things about the collections, actually… (But you should totally read Five Enchanted Roses, yes. Stone Curse is the BEST… :D)

      I've read the first of the fairytale retellings because I'm such a Twelve Dancing Princesses nut and all, but I really need to get around to reading the sequels! O_O And her other books…



    The Goblin’s Puzzle looks so fun. o.O The cover reminds of the Mysterious Benedict Society books, which of course is a plus!

    I have been DYING to try those Jessica Day George books. I’ve only ever read Dragon Slippers and Dragon Flight by her, both of which I LOOOVED so why have I not gotten her other books?? NEED THEM.

    Obviously excited about Defying Shadows. WILLLLL. <33

    That's interesting about the Tolkien thing. O_O It does seem suspicious how they always "find" these things at random times, but you never know. And, ya know, TOLKIEN. GIVE US ALL THE TOLKIEN.

    I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT KING'S FOLLY I JUST CAN'T EVEN RIGHT NOW. And ooooh, a reread of the Blood of Kings books sounds like a fabulous idea. I need to consider this…

    And OF COURSE I'm excited about the Five Magic Spindles collection, even though we know nothing about it yet. xD But it'll be awesome! And if not…I don't care because I just want that gorgeous cover on my shelf. *drools* I'm so shameful. BUT LOOK AT IT.

    Basically, give me all the books! Nomnomnom.

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    • YES THEY ARE! πŸ˜€

      I totally thought it looked Benedict-Society-ish as well… o.o

      I’ve actually only read Princess of the Midnight Ball by her, because Twelve Dancing Princesses… XD BUT I NEED TO READ MORE AS WELL. And the Dragon Slippers books, since you love them and all… πŸ˜€

      Yup, but I guess he wrote lots of different fragments of things, so I guess it’s not TOO strange… BUT YES ALL THE TOLKIEN.

      You should totally consider a Blood of Kings reread! πŸ˜€ I’m thinking of trying that in January, at least starting… I’ve actually only read them ONCE, which considering my sister’s currently on her sixth read, is kind of embarrassing. XD

      YES IT’S GORGEOUS. And I can always hope it has my story in it, right? XD Buuut not if I don’t finish first. *guilty look at unfinished manuscript* *buries self under books again in blissful denial*



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