Looking Ahead to the New Year: “Can’t Wait” Books of Early 2016

New Years

Happy soon-to-be 2016! As we get ready to begin another year, it’s time to look ahead and geek out over the Science Fiction and Fantasy reads I’m most excited about. There’s already an impressive tower of books on my “Must Read” pile, and these are only from the first quarter of 2016. What’s on your 2016 TBR?

January

Bands of Mourning City of Blades

Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (January 26) – The next chapter of Sanderson’s Mistborn continues with another Wax and Wayne novel

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett (January 26) – The sequel to the phenomenal City of Stairs, with a central focus on my favorite character…General Turyin Mulaghesh, of course! Sorry, Sigrud!

February

Winterwood Dreaming Death Chains of the Heretic A Criminal Magic

Morning Star Son of the Morning Calamity

Winterwood by Jacey Bedford (February 2) – Historical fiction and magic. Pirates and shapeshifters. Everything I could ever want.

Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney (February 2) – The first of a new series by the author of the enchanting Golden City trilogy.

Chains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards (February 2) – The final book of the amazing Bloodsounder’s Arc, and I cannot wait to see how it all ends!

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly (February 2) – I really like the look of this magical realism novel set in a “Roaring Twenties” alternate history.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown (February 9) – Third book of the Red Rising trilogy. Do I really need to explain why I’m excited for this?!

Son of the Morning by Mark Alder (February 15) – I’ve been burning to read this book ever since it came out in the UK, and I’m so glad it finally has a US release date!

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (February 16) – Sanderson is starting the year strong with another title on my highly anticipated list. This time, it’s book three of the Steelheart trilogy.

March

Fire Touched Marked in Flesh Rebel of the Sands The Last Mortal Bond

Snakewood

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (March 8) – The ninth Mercy Thompson book, and the series is still going strong.

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop (March 8) – Book four of The Others. Looks like March 2016 will be a great month for Urban Fantasy.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (March 8) – When it comes to the YA genre, hyped books can be tricky…but I have a really good feeling about this one.

The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley (March 15) – The concluding chapter of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy. It’s going to be epic! 

Snakewood by Adrian Selby (March 15) – A band of mercenaries are on the run from a killer, and they’ll use everything at their disposal to escape, including poisons and alchemical potions!  can always use more dark, grim fantasy in my life.

April

In the Labyrinth of Drakes FellsideArena Masks and Shadows

Sleeping Giants Sharp Ends

In The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan (April 5) – Fourth Memoir by Lady Trent novel. I adore this series and I can’t wait to get back into the world of Isabella and her dragons.

Fellside by M.R. Carey (April 5) – I loved The Girl with All the Gifts and I was so happy when I found out the author will be releasing a new novel in April 2016!

Arena by Holly Jennings (April 5) –  A sci-fi debut about the gritty world of competitive virtual gaming. This one’s right up my alley.

Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis (April 12) – Historical fantasy with mystery and romance. Sounds simply delicious.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (April 26) – This mysterious novel is another debut I’m looking forward to, about uncovering the secrets of a giant hand found deep within the earth.

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie (April 26) – I’m not what you would call a “short story” kind of person, but for Joe Abercrombie I’ll sure as hell make an exception!

27 Comments on “Looking Ahead to the New Year: “Can’t Wait” Books of Early 2016”

  1. Sanderson is TAKING OVER 2016! Man I wish Stormlight Archives 3 was coming out too XD I finally have FireFight on it’s way to me and I got an ARC of Shadows of Self so I’ll be all caught up for Calamity and Bands of Mourning! I’ll be reading Red Rising early in 2016 (hopefully) and I still need to read that Others Series. Happy New Year Mogsy, bookish and otherwise ❤

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    • Heck yeah, I’ll take all the Sanderson I can get! And I would have loved Stormlight book 3, but I think that would be asking too much 😉 What would be really awesome too is the second Rithmatist book as well, but I know that’s still far out as well.

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  2. It’s going to be an epic year in book publishing, I think! So many of these are on my list, and I know I won’t be able to read everything I want to, sadly. Super excited about Fellside and Sleeping Giants!

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    • Definitely, this is why I made this list because these are my priority, and no matter what these are the books I want to/have to get to. Lots of other stuff I want to read too, but maybe I can get some of those in audio. In that format, there’s a much higher chance I can fit them in 🙂

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  3. Ugh! I shouldn’t have read this! There are too many previously pub books I already own and want to read; but I just counted 8 books(!!!!) new release books that I want (need) to buy as soon as they come out to read… Ah, the struggles of being a reading- and book-buying-aholic XD

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  4. Looking at this list multiplied my to read list by infinite amount haha! I recently read Dreaming Death and really enjoyed it :D! I am DYING to get my hand on Morning Star – luckily there’s a 20 page excerpt on Pierce Brown’s facebook page to get me by until the release date.

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    • Oh I’m so glad to hear about Dreaming Death! That one’s on my list to read later this month and I’m looking forward to it! And I’m so excited for Morning Star as well, but I am resolving to stay away from all spoilers/teasers/previews until I get the whole book in my hands! 🙂

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  5. So many great looking titles. I haven’t read any Sanderson yet, but my goal for 2016 is to get around to reading one of his novels. Especially since I own 2 of them already. 😛

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    • Read his Mistborn series, the first three books really got to me. Also the Stormlight Archives is looking to be one of the best fantasy I’ve read, although it’s some ways off from finishing.

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  6. All the Prettys! Can’t wait for City of Blades – I didn’t know it was coming so soon! Yoohoo! (I liked Sigrud a lot but am totally with you on General Mulaghesh!)

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