2016 releases I didn’t get to (but plan to)



Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)


Lab Girl – Hope Jahren

I really need to read more nonfiction and this one has been getting such great reviews from blogger/Litsy/Instagram friends. (I just downloaded the audiobook the other day!)


The Border of Paradise – Esme Weijun Wang

I bought this on a rare solo trip into the city in late spring, from the lovely Book Passage at the Ferry Building. I was in the city to pick up my passport, and I had been determined to buy myself a book. I’m not sure why I was looking in the “w” shelves but when I saw this book, I had to buy it, even though I hadn’t heard of it or its author. I sat on a bench, a view of the Bay Bridge, a ridiculously expensive and tiny (but SO good) hot mocha in hand, the glorious California sun shining down. A group of elementary school kids sat at the benches nearby, behaving, eating their lunch, probably on the way to or from the nearby Exploratorium.


Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter

Part of me is always apprehensive about reading a story about loss. I mean, it’s got the word ‘grief’ in the title. As its very first word. So that’s like a warning right there. But hey give me a cover with greys and yellows and that just reels me in.

Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler

One of my friends really liked this book so I’m curious. Plus it’s got a restaurant industry setting. And I’m a sucker for foodie books.

The Queen of the Night – Alexander Chee


Because Liberty said so.

The Mothers – Brit Bennett

Another one I already own! Seriously what is up with that…


The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

Because it’s won the hearts of many critics

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race – Jesmyn Ward (ed)

Because in today’s world, this is more important than ever.

In the Country We Love – Diane Guerrero

Another book that is an important one for these tough times ahead.


The Obelisk Gate – NK Jemisin

I think I keep hesitating about this one because it’s part of a trilogy and I’m thinking, should I just wait for the third book to come out so I can read it all at one go?


Ahhhh…there were so many 2016 books that I never got to! I hope to read these too and not get distracted by the shiny new 2017 publications!

Here Comes the Sun – Nicole Dennis-Benn

Eleven Hours – Pamela Erens

The Art of Waiting – Belle Boggs

Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond


  1. I love, loved The Mothers and Sweetbitter – both on my Best of 2016 list! And I didn’t love Grief – I think the whole thing just went over my head.

    Hope you get to try all of these!

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  2. Like you, I really hope to read more NF this year (just 10% of my reading last year, and most of that was on creativity/writing/literature – a single topic, really), but it’s hard when there are so many terrific novels/story collections to tempt! I haven’t heard of This Country We Love or The Border of Paradise (but I love your story about how you “found” it), but the others are all on my TBR as well. Nice to know we have some gems awaiting us, right? (Which is a nicer way of looking at it then always talking about what we haven’t managed to do yet, when there are SO many good books not yet read.)

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    1. Always good to know that there are great books waiting to be read! I do love how lots of nonfiction is very ‘story’-like, more readable.

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  3. Very cool choices! I’m glad there’s some diversity in your list as opposed to all the lists I’ve gone through so far. Not that there’s anything wrong with having similar tastes and TBRs but I do like to find new books to add to my list whenever possible 🙂

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