“Can’t Wait” Books of Mid-2016


Lists. I love them! It’s fun to organize my reading and they also have the added benefit of focusing my attention to the “must-read” releases that I’m very excited to check out. After the list I made for “Early 2016”, I’ve decided to do it again for Mid-2016. So, without further ado, time now once more to geek out over these Science Fiction and Fantasy titles that are set to come out over the next few months, as we keep marching on ahead towards perfect beach-reading weather. Not sure how I’ll find the time to get to all of these, but uh, um, I’ll figure out a way…somehow. What’s on your mid-2016 TBR?


The Summer Dragon Bloodline Children of Earth and Sky Voodoo Killings

 Roses and Rot

The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood (May 3) – Artist Todd Lockwood famed for his paintings of dragons enters the fantasy fiction scene with his debut novel about…you guessed it–dragons!

Bloodline by Claudia Gray (May 3) – I’d love to see Claudia Gray score another hit with her next Star Wars novel, after the incredible YA journey that was Star Wars: Lost Stars.

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (May 10) – Any time Guy Gavriel Kay releases a new book is a good reason to celebrate.

Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish (May 10) – The start of a new series from the author of the rollicking Adventures of Owl books!

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard (May 17) – I’ve been hearing some amazing things about this one already; diving into it soon and I can’t wait!


The Wheel of Osheim Spear of light Spells of Blood and Kin The Invisible Library

   Stiletto Ninefox Gambit And I Darken Age of Myth

The Dark Side

The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence (June 7) – June is a huge month! The first week will see the finale of the Red Queen’s War trilogy.

Spear of Light by Brenda Cooper (June 7) – Follow-up to the brilliant Edge of Dark.

Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey (June 14) – A paranormal story about witches set in my hometown of Toronto.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (June 14) – I’ve always loved “books about books”, or also in this case, libraries!

Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley (June 14) – A recent addition to my “must-read” list, but I couldn’t bring myself not to include it, after I recently read The Rook and loved the hell out of it.

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (June 14) – A fascinating looking sci-fi novel about a siege in space; my interest in this one has only grown since I first heard about it.

And I Darken by Kiersten White (June 28) – What if Vlad the Impaler had been Lada the Impaler? No one expects a princess to be brutal…

Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan (June 28) – It’s always a pleasure to visit the world of Riyria, even if it this book will be taking place thousands of years before Hadrian and Royce.

The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill (June 28) – A sci-fi mystery noir, I first discovered of this one when I read an article about it being made into a movie. As with any adaptation, of course I went looking for the original source.


waking_fire_front mech.indd The Hatching The Transference Engine Paper and Fire

Underground Airlines Heroine Complex The Shattered Lens Life Debt

Imprudence The Dragon Round Red Right Hand Dark Matter

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan (July 5) – I take it back…July is a huge month. Things kick off with a new series starter from Anthony Ryan.

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone (July 5) – Giant spiders and utter mayhem!

The Transference Engine by Julia Verne St. John (July 5) – Steampunk, magic, and alternate history–what more could I ask for?

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine (July 5) – The highly anticipated sequel to Ink and Bone. Words are not enough to express my excitement.

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters (July 5) – Winters’ The Last Policeman trilogy is one of the coolest series I’ve ever read. Looking forward to his next work.

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (July 5) – Superhero urban fantasy world starring Asian-American superheroines!

The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderon (July 19) – The fourth installment of AlcatrazSanderson’s hiiiiilarious Middle Grade series.

Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig (July 19) – Sequel to Star Wars: AftermathAnd it’s Star Wars. Enough said.

Imprudence by Gail Carriger (July 19) – Sequel to the quirky and adventurous Prudence, featuring the daughter of Alexia Tarabotti from The Parasol Protectorate series.

The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power (July 19) – A swashbuckling adventure on the high seas involving mutiny, a deserted island, and of course, dragons.

Red Right Hand by Levi Black (July 26) – Lovecraft-inspired dark urban fantasy, starring a clever and gutsy female protagonist.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (July 26) – I’ve been wanting to read something by Blake Crouch for a long time, and I’m looking forward to diving into his upcoming novel, a sci-fi thriller with a very mysterious, intriguing premise…


I Am Providence Spiderlight The Guns of Empire Obelisk Gate

I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas (August 2) – Oh, Lovecraftian horror, I just can’t seem to quit you.

The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (August 2) – It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this sixth installment of the Peter Grant series, with the release having been pushed back a couple times. UK folks get this in June, but the US will have to wait a couple more months.  (release date revised to 2017)

Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky (August 2) – I’m itching to read many of the upcoming Tor.com novellas, but this is probably highest on the list.

The Guns of Empire by Django Wexler (August 9) – The fourth installment of the exciting Shadow Campaigns series. The books just get better and better.

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin (August 16) – The must-read follow-up to The Fifth Season!

Blood Oath by Melissa Lenhardt (August 16) – Okay, not sci-fi or fantasy, but I am no less excited for this sequel to the historical western adventure/romance Sawbones (release date revised to 2017)

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28 Comments on ““Can’t Wait” Books of Mid-2016”

  1. I also look forward to Children of Earth and Sky, Roses and Rot, Ninefox Gambit,The Waking Fire and Obelisk Gate! 🙂 I’ll also add Central Station by Lavie Tidhar and Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (that I am currently reading and really enjoying).


  2. I’m reading Spear of Light right now! 🙂

    There are many good books coming out for this summer, but aside from Spear of Light, there aren’t any that I am “super” excited away. Many I’m looking forward too, but none that are instant-buys for me.

    My friend who reads all the Star Wars books told me Claudia Gray writes the best stories; he is super hyped for Bloodline.


  3. So many books! It’s a crazy summer lineup, right? If I could pick one “most anticipated” from each month? Roses and Rot, Spells of Blood and Kin, Paper and Fire, and The Obelisk Gate!


  4. Great list. 🙂 I’m also looking forward to Children of Earth and Sky, Age of Myth,The Waking Fire and The Guns of Empire. Also The Fireman and City of Mirrors though there not fantasy and……….Wheel of Osheim, hoping for an epic conclusion to the Red Queen’s War trilogy and I have an ARC, a 640 page hefty tome! 🙂


    • I’d like to read The Fireman this month too if I have time to get to it! And I feel I should pick up City of Mirrors too at some point, though I’m not in a huge hurry – I’ve already waited so long for this third Passage book, lol! 😀

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      • Lol, true, it has been a long wait for City of Mirrors, maybe the publisher should send us all ARC’s to make up for the delay! 😂 Nah, at least the wait hasn’t been as long as Winds of Winter and The Doors of Stone. 🙂


  5. Yes to Paper & Fire and The Obelisk Gate!! I already have both books pre-ordered. 😀 I’m also intrigued by Spells of Blood & Kin and The Invisible Library. Are you planning to review either of those here once you get around to them?


  6. So many good books! I’m in the middle of Roses and Rot right now, and I can tell you, it’s a great book. Not what I was expecting, but it turned out even better than I was hoping!

    Also, I’m also really looking forward to The Obelisk Gate. I do love me some Jemisin!


  7. SO MANY Awesome books coming out this year – I can’t stand it! 😀 YES to Children of Earth and Sky, Voodoo Killings, The Summer Dragon, Invisible Library, SANDERSON and Dragon Round! I love lists too so this post is the best! Good luck with all of your reading goals for mid-2016 Mogsy ♥


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