Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! This week's topic: books we meant to read last year but didn't. As much I read, I always wish I managed to read more...there are so many wonderful books out there, I want to get to all of them! But, alas, there's never enough time. So here are ten books I just didn't get to in 2016, but I will! I've tried to chose some that I haven't written about already for some variety.



Swing Time: I actually still have never read Zadie Smith, but I've heard such incredible things. This is just one of hers that's on my shelf! 

Truevine: This is the non-fiction story of two little African-American boys during the Jim Crow era who were taken from their parents to be exhibited as entertainment all around the world. Their mother spent nearly three decades trying to get them back. I've heard this is heartbreaking but really good. 

IQ: Crime/mystery stories don't tend to make my TBR often, but I like to push outside my comfort zone every once in a while and this novel about a super-smart detective solving crimes in LA sounds like a great way to do so. 

You Can't Touch My Hair: I've gotten more into experiencing these kind of comedian-essay kind of books as audiobooks, but I do have an ARC of this (I am not as great as I wish I was about getting these read timely) and it's supposed to be super funny.

The Summer That Melted Everything: This book is about the devil visiting small-town Ohio in the form of a 13 year-old boy and has gotten great reviews...this sounds like an excellent beach read for this summer!

Three Dark Crowns: Young Adult is another genre I'm less inclined to read a bunch of, but I've seen a lot of bloggers who do read a lot of YA post good things about it, and a story about three sisters fighting to the death until one of them is left standing to be crowned queen sounds like over-the-top fun.

Homegoing: One of the first major releases of the year, I'm super bummed I still haven't gotten around to this one, about a pair of sisters born in Ghana whose lives take different directions, and can't wait to read it. 

The Hopefuls: I'm always down for a book about working in and around politics, so this novel about a couple who move to DC and get swept up in the young-politico social web is going to be a treat when I actually find time to get to it!

You Will Know Me: I know I've posted about this one before, but it remains one of the books I'm most interested in reading that was released last year, so here it is again.

The Underground Railroad: Oprah's Book Club hasn't lost its power to be a hype machine, but word is that the praise for this is deserved and I'm desperate to find it a spot coming up on my list!

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  1. I think I might have to add The Summer That Melted Everything to my list... sounds strange but I've read many excellent reviews about it!

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    1. I love "the actual devil comes to town" stories (which there are a surprising number of) so I'm really excited to read it!

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  2. Three Dark Crowns is on my list as well! And I've heard so many good things about Homegoing, must get to that one soon :) Hope you'll get to all of these this year!

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    1. Me too! I saw a friend from high school post on facebook about Homegoing and how much she loved it...I love the book blog community, but someone who doesn't usually write about books taking to social media to talk about books is like an extra ringing endorsement, you know?

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  3. I really want to read Three Dark Crowns. I hope you get to all of these!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. I feel like that one's begging for a stormy summer day to curl up inside and tear through, you know?

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  4. Three Dark Crowns was on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/top-ten-tuesday-91/

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  5. I've heard nothing but great things about Homegoing and Swing Time! Definitely ones I need to bump up on my TBR pile!! Great selection! :)

    Thanks for checking out my TTT!

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    1. Swing Time was my BOTM pick a couple months back, so I have a copy and therefore no excuse for not getting to it yet!

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  6. The Hopefuls is fun and super snarky, which I loved. And You Will Know Me will suck you in.

    I passed on The Summer That Melted Everything last year, but have been seeing really positive reviews here and there recently...so odd how a little buzz is happening so far after pub date! Will be interested to hear what you think.

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    1. I think The Hopefuls is going to be right up my alley...I love me some send ups of political types because those are my people. I've actually still managed to not read any Abbott yet but I do need to rectify that and You Will Know Me has gotten such great reviews. I've always been interested in "it's the actual devil, y'all" stories (maybe a lingering fondness for Paradise Lost?), so The Summer That Melted Everything seems like it'll be one I enjoy! I'll definitely make sure to report on it!

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    1. Not everything Oprah has recommended has done it for me, but the amount of praise it's getting from pretty much everywhere means I really need to find the time!

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