Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is My Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year.
Here are the 13 forthcoming books from July through December that I’m most eager to read and in many cases, plan to buy for the hoard. They’re in publication order. (ETA: I’ve added 2 more that I didn’t know about when I made the post. So there are now 15 books. I’ll be busy!)
- Illusion Town (Harmony #13) (Jayne Castle) – 7/26/16. This is guilty pleasure reading; the worldbuilding is over-the-top but the series is so much fun! (my review of book #12, Siren’s Call)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J. K. Rowling) – 7/31/16. I’ll probably never get a chance to see the play, so this is as close as I can get.
- Family Tree (Susan Wiggs) – 8/09/16. Wiggs returns to general fiction with the story of a woman returning home to rebuild her life after losing everything. I loved The Apple Orchard (review) and The Beekeeper’s Ball (review).
- Ghost Talkers (Mary Robinette Kowal) – 8/16/16. WWII-era historical fantasy/spy novel about a military unit called the Spirit Corps, whose members are mediums. It’s a great premise, and I’ve been wanting to read this author — she’s the only one on this list who isn’t already a favorite.
- Elite (Hunter #2) (Mercedes Lackey) – 9/06/16. Post-apocolyptic dystopian fantasy with the Fae and hellhounds. Sequel to last summer’s Hunter (review)
- Christmas in Eternity Springs (Eternity Springs #12) (Emily March) – 10/04/16. One of my favorite contemporary romance series. (my review of book #11, Reunion Pass)
- The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) (Rick Riordan) – 10/04/16. I can’t wait for this sequel to The Sword of Summer (my review)!
- Closer to the Chest (Herald Spy #3) (Mercedes Lackey) (cover not available) – 10/04/16. Lackey continues her series set in early Valdemar about Mags, the Herald Spy. (my review of book #2, Closer to the Heart)
- A Terrible Beauty (Lady Emily #11) (Tasha Alexander) – 10/11/16. Lady Emily returns to Greece, only to be told that her first husband—dead for the last ten years—has returned. While I wasn’t enthralled by The Adventuress (review), I continue to enjoy this series.
- The Inheritance (Charles Lenox #10) (Charles Finch) – 11/01/16. This is one of my favorite historical mystery series; it’s very well-written, with a sensitivity to character and to the mid-late Victorian era in which it is set. (my review of book #9, Home by Nightfall)
- Someone to Love (Westcotts #1) (Mary Balogh) – 11/01/16. First in a new series by one of my all-time favorite historical romance authors.
- When All the Girls Have Gone (Jayne Ann Krentz) – 11/29/16. No one does romantic suspense with snappy humor and electric attraction quite like Krentz. In this one, the heroine hires a PI to help her find her stepsister, who has gone off the grid—and may be in deep trouble.
- Island of Glass (Guardians #3) (Nora Roberts) – 12/06/16. This series is hard to categorize, but I’m going with paranormal-romantic-suspense, though there are decided mythic/fantasy elements too. I liked but didn’t love the first book, Stars of Fortune, but I’m hoping to get more attached to them as the trilogy moves on. Book 2, Bay of Sighs, comes out today, and I hope to read it soon.
ETA: Oops, I didn’t know about these when I made the post, but I definitely want to read them!
- The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) (Genevieve Cogman) – 9/16/16. Sequel to The Invisible Library, which I reviewed yesterday.
- The Burning Page (The Invisible Library #3) (Genevieve Cogman) – 12/06/16. Third in the series. I love that we’re getting the first three books (a trilogy? but there might be more?) in under a year here in the US.
What new books are you looking forward to in the next 6 months?