Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! This week's topic is books that will be published over during what remains of 2016. I'm fortunate enough to have ARCs for many of these books and I can't wait to get to them!

Chronicle Of A Last Summer (June 28): A coming of age story set thirty years ago in Egypt (when Hosni Mubarak assumed power), it follows a young woman through the course of her life. This debut novel has good buzz and I've never read anything set in modern-day Egypt.

The End of the Perfect 10 (July 5): I'm one of those weirdos that prefers the Winter Olympics (figure skating is my second favorite sport after Michigan football), but when the Summer Games come around I am all gymnastics all the time. I watch the men, but the ladies are really where it's at, and this look at the post-Comaneci era seems like it will be super fun to read.

The Hopefuls (July 19): As a lobbyist, I'm a sucker for stories set in and around the political sphere. And as a lady four(!!!) days from her wedding, stories about newlyweds have a particular appeal for me right now. Since my fiance and I are both involved in the political scene here in Nevada, I think this book is going to really hit the spot for me.

You Will Know Me (July 26): Remember how I was just talking about how much I like women's gymnastics? This book is about a family whose daughter is an aspiring Olympic gymnast and whose family is doing everything they can to support her and make her dream happen, but when a fellow young gymnast dies, everything is thrown into turmoil. I can't wait to read this on a beach somewhere and get sunburned because I'm too focused on it to remember to turn over.

American Heiress (August 2): I'm a big Toobin fan...it was his book about OJ that got adapted into that killer FX miniseries (which I've actually not read yet), but I got into him from his Supreme Court writing. I love books about the Court, but this one is another true-crime style nonfiction: about Patty Hearst, whose story I know only the outlines of and I'm really interested to learn more.

Harmony (August 2): This one has a plot that's a little murkier, but intriguing. It's about a family whose oldest daughter isn't neurotypical (maybe on the spectrum, maybe a kind of savant, it's not clear) and go to a camp in the woods to seek the help of an expert to care for and understand their child. Family drama is territory I reliably find fascinating,

How To Party With An Infant (August 9): I unexpectedly loved Kaui Hart Hemmings' The Descendants. This novel, about a Bay Area woman who finds out her boyfriend is someone else's fiance only once she is pregnant with his child and what she does when she finds out a few years later that he wants their daughter to be in the wedding, seems quirky-could-go-ridiculous but I have faith in Hemmings' skill.

The Underground Railroad (September 13): I've heard good things about Colson Whitehead's previous novel, Zone One, which is sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read. But I've heard incredible things about this, his newest, which posits the Underground Railroad as a literal railroad and I expect it to provoke both thoughts and tears.

The Terranauts (October 25): Even if there's disagreement about cause, I don't think many people are disputing that climate change is real these days. This book is set in the near-ish future, where people are preparing for the idea that they may not be able to stay on earth and developing a module for colonizing other planets, which is run as half

Solutions and Other Problems (October 25): Just because I read every entry on Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half website doesn't mean I didn't buy the book. I get actual crying laughter jags from reading her stuff, and on the flip side, her writing related to her struggles with depression (which I have a history with myself) is so on-point and relatable. I can't wait to see what her follow-up brings.


  1. I'm not familiar with any of the ones you mentioned this week, but I'll have to look into these. Have a great week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. If you've never seen Allie Brosh's stuff, you should definitely check out hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/

  2. There is no end to the good books I must read this year! I almost put Harmony on my list, but there are too many, and having a top 85 is, perhaps, a little much. The title of Kaui Hart Hemmings' new book made me giggle. I think I'll have to check that one out, too. And Allie Brosh is stinking hilarious - her one post about her efforts at adulting can reduce me to tears (of laughter) no matter how many times I've seen it before!

    1. Hyperbole and a Half never gets old! One of the only downsides of book blogging is that it's made me aware of so many books I never would have known about that I, of course, HAVE TO read.

  3. I don't know any of these, but Chronicle of A Last Summer sounds really interesting, I may have to add it to my TBR!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/top-ten-tuesday-61/

    1. It looks promising, and I was lucky enough to score an ARC so I'm really excited to read it!