As I mentioned in my 2016 manifesto-thingy, I've been meaning to revive some of my early-2015 brainchildren, when I was gung-ho & gloriously ready to inject some life into this ol' blog. And though much of that fell by the wayside, one of those things that I'd actually really liked and wanted to delve back into was a quick little meme called "The Friday Five."
Along the lines of best of / discussion listicles (think Top Ten Tuesday, but quicker and not on Tuesdays...), it was supposed to be a bi-weekly post that would let me delve into little oddbits, favorites and pet peeves and the like, that I didn't get to talk about as often here. I have lists and lists of some of the topics I wanted to cover with you, but it was just so easy to always mean to, but never let it happen...
And though I make no promises about any kind of regularity (which would be foolhardy, having limited internet access for the time being -- I've been sitting at a library for 2 hours trying to upload a few videos, and just completing ONE is giving me trouble...), I do still want to attempt to make my way through some of the goodies on that long, long list.
But we'll get into those various oddities and discussions of bookish minutiae down the line. Today, we're starting off with an easy one -- an obvious one. One of the few TFF posts to actually go up last year (even if I didn't do so well on actually acquiring and reading said books)...
Today, we're taking a look at the top 5 books clamoring at me to be read in 2016.
The Beauty of Darkness (August), book 3 in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles. I somehow managed to never review the last book, The Heart of Betrayal – I found my notes on the book sitting in a draft recently, waiting to be written into a review (which was a thing that surprised me – I felt sure I’d reviewed it, though I suppose I just talk about it in videos). But this world and these characters just thoroughly suck me in, and I’m very ready indeed to find out how it all ends.
Something – anything – by Moira Fowley-Doyle. I fell in love with Fowley-Doyle’s debut, The Accident Season (in fact, it nabbed a top spot in my Best Reads of 2015 list), and it essentially catapulted this new author onto my auto-buy/read list; whatever she comes out with next, I will be getting my hands on, and I will be devouring it at the soonest possible chance. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a 2016 follow-up, if only Goodreads would inform me what and when that will be.
Crooked Kingdom (September), aka Six of Crows, book 2. I need this, like, yesterday.
Following the theme of follow-ups, ACOTAR book 2, A Court of Mist and Fury (May). I need this, like, NOW. Right meow. I fleeeew through A Court of Thorns and Roses, and was just smitten. It was exactly what I needed at the time -- something quick and quippy and fiersome and sexy, and so utterly readable that it was guaranteed to break me out of a reading slump – and I’m hoping (and pretty confident) that the next book will be the same. Actually, no – with the way things left off at the end of book one, I’m sure it’s going to be even more addictively readable and exciting.
And lastly…? Again, I’m not sure. There are always a ton of things clamoring to be read, and it’s anyone’s guess which will be my next-most anticipated at any given moment. Some days it may be This Savage Song, and others it may be Heartless.
Ever the Hunted is looking pretty damn good, too (and damn, that cover! I love a good typography-based cover), but of course there are also all of the books I haven’t heard of yet – fantastic new debuts, a friend’s old favorites that they’ve thrust upon me. . . And any one of them could end up being that next book that I absolutely need.
So, friends: what are your most anticipated books of 2016? Whether they’re debuting this year or you’re just planning to finally get around to reading them, what books can’t you wait to crack the spines on and get lost in?
Let me know in the comments!
And if you have any ideas or requests for Friday Five topics, please do tell!