15 Highly Anticipated Books of 2016

Posted by Hayley on January 6, 2016
Tell your Want to Read shelf to brace itself—books are coming. Sure, George R.R. Martin probably won't deliver The Winds of Winter this year, but who needs Seven Kingdoms and an Iron Throne when you've got spectacular tales of soldiers, stalkers, royals, and fugitives hitting shelves in 2016? (Actually we want it all, but we'll try to be patient.) We've rounded up some of the soon-to-be-released books that are getting the most adds here on Goodreads! How many do you want to read?

Young Adult
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Lady Midnight
by Cassandra Clare

Set in the same world of mythology and mystery as The Mortal Instruments, Lady Midnight kicks off The Dark Artifices, a bold new series centered on Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs's deadly quest for revenge.

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Glass Sword
by Victoria Aveyard

In Red Queen, Best Debut Goodreads Author Aveyard introduced us to Mare Barrow, a commoner with the unexpected ability to control lightning. Mare makes her triumphant return in this powerful fantasy sequel.

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The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi

What do you get when you take a classic Hades and Persephone-style romance and infuse it with Indian mythology? This gorgeously written story about a Raja's daughter and the curse that will forever change her life.

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The High Mountains of Portugal
by Yann Martel

Get swept away to Portugal in this haunting story of love and loss—and a century-old quest that unites three very different men. This is the Life of Pi author's first novel since Beatrice and Virgil was published in 2010.

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The Nest
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

You might think you know dysfunctional families, but just wait until you meet the Plumbs. Shackled with secrets, scandals, and waning ambitions, four adult siblings grapple with the fate of their shared inheritance in this dazzling debut.

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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
by Helen Oyeyemi

The author of Boy, Snow, Bird returns with this rapturous collection of short stories. Built around keys, both literal and metaphorical, Oyeyemi plays with the ideas that unlock our minds and our hearts.

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The Association of Small Bombs
by Karan Mahajan

Mansoor Ahmed watched his two childhood friends get killed by a "small" bomb. The memory of it follows him to university in America and back to Delhi, anchoring this gripping novel about the effects of terrorism.

Fantasy/Science Fiction
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The Thorn of Emberlain
by Scott Lynch

Locke Lamora is a bastard, and the popular Gentleman Bastard sequence is the story of his exploits in the Therin Throne Empire. This fourth installment sees the thief go to war on a battlefield of blood and fire.

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A Gathering of Shadows
by V.E. Schwab

In Kell and Lila's world, there are four Londons, each with its own past of magic and mayhem. The heroes of A Darker Shade of Magic are back, ready for adventure—and a newly arisen Black London.

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The City of Mirrors
by Justin Cronin

With cold ferocity, Cronin brings his apocalyptic trilogy to a conclusion. What began with The Passage now ends here, beyond a hundred-year reign of darkness, to the Girl from Nowhere and humanity's last hope.

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End of Watch
by Stephen King

It's the last ride for Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of King's Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. This time around the retired cop scrambles to protect his friends—and his city—from a supernaturally evil former foe.

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Hidden Bodies
by Caroline Kepnes

Some anti-heroes are more "anti" than others. Take Joe Goldberg, for instance. He was an obsessive stalker (with a romantic side) in the thriller You, and now he's officially murderous in this suspenseful sequel.

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The Passenger
by Lisa Lutz

After she ditches her husband's body, Tanya changes her identity—and it's not for the first time. She didn't murder him (she says), but her race for survival and exoneration will keep you on your toes in this tense thriller.

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One with You
by Sylvia Day

Eva and Gideon aren't rid of all their demons. But their passion, first ignited in Bared to You, is still as hot as ever in the fifth and final installment of Day's sizzling erotic romance series, Crossfire.

Historical Fiction
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America's First Daughter
by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Discover a little known chapter of history through the eyes of Martha "Patsy" Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter. Privy to secrets and scandals, Patsy shapes a country's legacy—at the expense of her own heart.

Which book are you most excited to read this year? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael The Nest sounds good,the rest does not seem like my type.

Sanne (papierplanet) A Gathering of Shadows, yassss

message 3: by Clare (new)

Clare None of them. I can't think of a single book that I am actually excited to read this year.

message 5: by Erica (new)

Erica None of these...

message 6: by Maxatastisch (new)

Maxatastisch Can't wait for Glass Sword!

message 7: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy Pallant Not mentioned, but I'm looking forwards to it, is Wall of Darkest Shadow by Lucas Thorn.

message 8: by Shelby (new)

Shelby I AM DYING FOR LADY MIDNIGHT. It comes out right before my birthday and I'm so excited for it!

message 9: by Nokomis.FL (new)

Nokomis.FL Looking forward to Peter F. Hamilton's The Night Without Stars coming out sometime this Summer

message 10: by Thaly (new)

Thaly The Raven King, by Maggie Stiefvater <3

message 11: by Lynn Diane (new)

Lynn Diane What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi. I loved Boy, Snow, Bird.

message 12: by Jules (new)

Jules Vandemberg Lady midnight

message 13: by Beverly (new)

Beverly Maybe City of Mirrors and America's First Daughter.

message 14: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Both Donna Thorland and Victoria Connelly have new books coming out this spring that I'm chomping at the bit to get my hands on. I can't wait!!

message 15: by Maryann (new)

Maryann who made up this list? I'm not feeling it

message 16: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Harry Bingham's The Dead House!

message 17: by LaVerne (new)

LaVerne Bocanelli None of the books on this list are of interest to me. I have several from other authors that I am waiting for. The one that I am looking forward to the most is the third in the Greg Illes trilogy. The first was Matches Burning. The second was The Bone Tree and the third one coming out this year is Unwritten Law.

message 18: by Molly (new)

Molly Perriello Looking forward to Hidden Bodies. Read her first book, "You".

message 19: by Nick (last edited Jan 06, 2016 08:43AM) (new)

Nick Nothing on this list. Maybe I'll finally get around to starting War and Peace

message 20: by Alex (new)

Alex Givant Where is a Morning Star?

message 21: by Kalynn (new)

Kalynn Mostly looking forward to Heartless by Marissa Meyer!!! :D

message 22: by Mkl (new)

Mkl None of the above.

message 23: by Basil (new)

Basil  Elton The devil in Jerusalem - Paolo Giordano

message 24: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Elms End of Watch. I've really enjoyed this mystery series from Mr. King.

message 25: by Danielle (new)

Danielle STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN yeeeees! <3

message 26: by Diane (new)

Diane none of these

message 27: by Jaime (new)

Jaime Hylton I loved YOU, so I'm looking forward to hearing more from Joe Goldberg in Hidden Bodies (Carolyn Kepnes).

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message 29: by Karen Floyd (new)

Karen Floyd Haven't heard of any of these. I'm looking forward to "Kingfisher" by Patricia A. McKillip coming out later this month. Her writing is lush and enchanting. I think Robin McKinley has the sequel to "Pegasus" coming out later this year. I am anxious to read that. I enjoy fantasy, but I am SO sick of vampires and the like. Give me Women Who Do Things! And how about some history, memoir and nature? Hard to please, aren't I?!

message 30: by Angel (new)

Angel Parrish End of Watch is the only one on this list I find remotely interesting.

message 31: by Carol (new)

Carol These just don't appeal. I am looking forward to Blood in her Veins by Faith Hunter, Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter. She has four books coming out in 2016.

message 32: by Michael (new)

Michael I'm waiting on Morning Star from Pierce Brown

message 33: by Alex (last edited Jan 06, 2016 09:27AM) (new)

Alex Givant Michael wrote: "I'm waiting on Morning Star from Pierce Brown"Same here!

message 34: by Caren (new)

Caren The following are the list of books I am looking forward to:
-The High Mountain of Portugal-Yann Martel
-The Nest-Cynthia Sweeney
-End of Watch-Stephen King
-Hidden Bodies-Caroline Kepnes
-The Passenger-Lisa Lotz

message 35: by Jordyn (new)

Jordyn Martinez Alex wrote: "Michael wrote: "I'm waiting on Morning Star from Pierce Brown"Same here!"

Came down here to mention Morning Star too! Can't wait!

message 36: by Mary (new)

Mary The Murder of Mary Russell, by Laurie R. King. Love love love these books!!!

message 37: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Johnson I just hate unfinished business, therefore I am waiting to read the final book in the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day, "One With You".

message 38: by Anna (new)

Anna Joanne wrote: "Out this year that I'm excited for:

The Sound of Gravel A Memoir by Ruth WarinerThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke NijkampOnly Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington[bookcover:Booki..."

Great books! I'm going to read some if not most of them too!

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Savannah Joanne wrote: "Out this year that I'm excited for:

The Sound of Gravel A Memoir by Ruth WarinerThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke NijkampOnly Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington[bookcover:Booki..."

This is Where it Ends is really good.

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message 41: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Webster City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin. I'm really excited to read this third book of The Passage trilogy.

message 42: by Ann (new)

Ann OConnell Have to agree with the "none of these excite me" comments.

message 43: by Peter (new)

Peter Banks Glass Sword - the Second in the "series" - the rest ... meh!

message 44: by Maria (new)

Maria The Fever Code by James Dashner cs none of these excite me

message 45: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Belk Hidden Bodies and The passenger appeal to me but most looking forward to Titan-Leila Meacham.

message 46: by Kira (new)

Kira Jeppesen Nothing can compete for most anticipated, than the excitement for Sarah J Maas' A Court of Mist and Fury and the new Throne of Glass book! Those are the only two books on my list!!!!!!!!

message 47: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Martin Not the best the best list I've ever seen. Still I liked 3,4 and 15.

message 48: by Mimi (new)

Mimi Im especially looking forward to City of Mirrors, by Justin Cronin, The Thorn of Emberlain, by Scott Lynch and End of Watch, by Stephen King. Also one that isn't listed here - Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson

message 49: by Mary ♥ (new)

Mary ♥ Joanne wrote: "Out this year that I'm excited for:

The Sound of Gravel A Memoir by Ruth WarinerThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke NijkampOnly Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington[bookcover:Booki..."

Thank God somebody mentioned The Rose and The Dagger. This and Lady Midnight are my most anticipaded 2016 releases

message 50: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Chatlien America's First Daughter. I've been looking forward to this one since I first heard about it.

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