Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

 

Well, if this isn’t an easy list to make. The more rereads I do each year the more picky I become and even though there are still a shit ton of releases I’m interested in, there aren’t that many 2016 releases that regret not having read yet. FOCUSING ON THE GOOD STUFF.

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Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited About

Top Ten Tuesday

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

 

Now if only I had made a debut GR shelf so I didn’t have to look through my whole 2017 release books to find the ones that are actually debuts *sigh* Looking through all them releases just got me really excited for 2017 again though and choosing just 10 became actually kinda hard, who would have thought.

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Recap: 2016

2016 was quite the year and not in a good way (including the worst reading slump I’ve ever had), but it also brought us GREAT books (just fewer than I’m used to) and YURI ON ICE!!! so it wasn’t all bad, definitely not. Considering my average rating this year (4.1) and the number of DNFed books (only 4), I definitely made the right choices re my reading this year, meaning rereading a shit ton of books is the best ever and I’ll do even more of that in 2017.

I already reread books frequently during the past few years but never as many as this year. I ALMOST made it past 50 rereads, if only it hadn’t been for that damn reading slump. More rereads isn’t the only things that changed this year though. I barely touched any YA books (most of the ones I did read were rereads) mainly because I want EPIC fantasy, and YA just doesn’t do very well in that department, sadly. I also got really into adult scifi, buying way more new books than I could possibly read (but when has the TBR pile ever not been a problem).

2016 also had some surprises in store: audiobooks and short fiction. Holy mother of Loki, FOR YEARS I thought audiobooks totally aren’t for me (I started one once and 1 1/2 years later still hadn’t finished it) but suddenly they are!? Somehow I finally made it work and now I LOVE rereading via audiobook.
Thanks to tor.com I started reading way more novellas, this being the first time reading a lot of short fiction that isn’t just additional material for series but original content, which made me realize how great novellas can be.

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Waiting on Wednesday: City of Saints and Thieves

Waiting on wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

 

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson:

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

 
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Review: Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

I received this book for free via Netgalley. This did not affect my opinion or the content of this review.

Hammers on Bone (Persons Non Grata #1)

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John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He’s been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid’s stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable.

He’s also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he’s hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth.

As Persons investigates the horrible McKinsey, he realizes that he carries something far darker. He’s infected with an alien presence, and he’s spreading that monstrosity far and wide. Luckily Persons is no stranger to the occult, being an ancient and magical intelligence himself. The question is whether the private dick can take down the abusive stepdad without releasing the holds on his own horrifying potential.

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