Well, 2016 is finally here! And with a new year, comes a whole new set of books to read. My To Be Read shelf is far too large to write in its entirety, but I’ve chosen a select few that I am excited to read, or have finally, after years, decided to read. After I finish a Dance with Dragons, of course.
So without further ado, let’s begin!
1) Four Summoner’s Tales
Written by Kelley Armstrong, Christopher Golden, David Liss, and Jonathan Maberry
This is a book I’ve had on my shelf for a couple of years now. It’s actually a collection of four different stories, by four different, best-selling authors, based on one premise. What would happen if the dead could be raised? And what price would such a thing cost? Such an interesting concept, I’m very intrigued and excited to see how the authors take it.
2) A Curse Dark as Gold
Written by Elizabeth C. Bunce
This book was given to me about a year ago by a friend, who knew how much I love fairytales and new interpretations of them. A Curse Dark as Gold is based, as one might guess, off of Rumpelstiltskin. This telling follows a young girl, Charlotte Miller, who meets the mysterious Jack Spinner, who can spin straw into gold. With his help, she could save her family’s mill and her debts, help her town and the people in it. But at what price?
I need to start reading this novel now.
3) Hello Life
Written by Marcus Butler
Marcus Butler is, and has been for many years now, one of my favourite youtubers. I find him so funny and so inspiring. This book is an autobiography of sorts, telling of his successes and failures, and advice on how to get through the hard times that life offers. I have been dying to read this book since before it was released, and can only imagine how inspired I will be after finishing it.
4) The Murder Complex
Written by Lindsay Cummings
There really isn’t much of a description on this one, but with such an enticing cover, there doesn’t need to be. On the front is written the words: “She’s trained to survive. He’s programmed to kill.” From what I know of it, and from what people have told me, it’s an incredible read. Can’t wait!
5) The Maze Runner
Written by James Dashner
I still cannot believe I haven’t read this yet. I attempted to when I first purchased it, but I got maybe fifty pages in and had to stop. Many people have told me that it picks up after that, so I’m hoping to try again this year and finish it.
Written by Neil Gaiman
I love this movie! I am not one to watch the movie before I read the book, but, to be fair, I did watch the movie at a very young age. I’ve been meaning to read this author for ages and am so excited to read this book. I loved the movie, the book I’m going to love even more.
7) The Fault in Our Stars
Written by John Green
I have avoided this book for quite some time now. I bought it a couple of years ago, but honestly, I’m kind of scared to read it. A lot of it has been spoiled for me, and I’ve heard so many opinions. Some people say it’s the best book ever, others say it’s the worst. But either way, I’m going to give it a chance, and hope for the best.
8) The Library at Mount Char
Written by Scott Hawkins
I picked this one up a few weeks ago. From what I gather, this book is about many things. It’s about a missing God, with a library that contains the secrets of the universe. And whoever inherits this library will receive all of the powers of a God. But during the battle for this library, you could lose what it means to be human. I am extremely intrigued and excited.
9) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Written by Michelle Hodkin
This is a book about a young girl who wakes up and has no memory of the past few days. And everything has changed in that time. She has lost her friends, her family has to move, and she meets a boy who knows more about her past than she does. She fears she is losing her mind, which will make for a very good read.
10) The Queen of The Tearling
Written by Erika Johansen
This is a fantasy epic in which the protagonist, Kelsea, a princess, was raised in hiding after her mother’s death. She knows little of her kingdom’s past. She must claim her kingdom, learn how to become a queen, and combat darkness. Talk about a handful!
11) Son of No One
Written by Sherrilyn Kenyon
This is a fight between good and evil. What Hell can unleash, what it can do. Between a woman who is trying to combat evil, and a man who is a mystery, much older than he seems and is looking for a way out, can they find a way to be together, even though it may be his undoing?
12) Mystic City
Written by Theo Lawrence
This takes place in Manhattan, which is known as Mystic City. One day, Aria wakes up with massive gaps in her memory. She’s been told that she is in love with Thomas, the man who she is engaged to, but she cannot remember how this happened. And her whole world will be turned upside down when she meets a man who can unlock her memory.
Written by Jodi Meadows
I actually began this book earlier in 2015! I never finished it, but honestly, I can’t remember why! I loved it! It’s based on the idea that almost all souls are reincarnated, but the main character is a New Soul, though most consider to have no soul at all. Such a powerful and exciting, epic love story. I can’t wait to finish it.
14) Wisdom’s Kiss
Written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
This is a story about three souls, longing for things that seem impossible. They may be able to achieve their dreams. That is, if they can bear to work together to devise a plan. But how likely is that?
15) The Lord of the Rings
Written by J R R Tolkien
I love anything that Tolkien wrote. He was an absolute genius. When I was younger, in about grade five or so, I made my way through half of The Fellowship of the Ring. But people teased me. Thought since I was a girl, I shouldn’t be reading something like Lord of the Rings. And, young as I was, I let that stopped me. I stopped reading it. But I am determined to finally finish it. I can’t wait to get back into the world of Middle Earth.
So those are just a few of the books I plan on reading this year! If you’ve read any of them, let me know which ones should be at the top of my list!
Thanks for reading.
Sincerely, Fiction’s Mistress