Over the past few weeks I’ve loved taking a look back at my favorite books of 2015. Now I’m ready to look ahead to the books being published in the coming year. This is nowhere close to an exhaustive list, but a small sampling of the books I can’t wait to read this year.
A note about this list: when I share a book list post here on MMD, I usually read all the books first. Not so with this list of coming releases. I have high hopes for 2016’s new titles, but I haven’t read them yet.
I loved Lawhon's historical fiction debut The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress. Her second novel puts an interesting spin on a tragic historical event: the 1937 Hindenburg disaster. An entertaining, suspenseful tale told from multiple points of view. Publication date February 23, 2016. More info →
This is the fourth installment of the Jane Austen Project, which invites contemporary authors to rework Jane Austen's novels for modern times. I'm terrified to read this update on P&P but I can't miss it, either. From the publisher: "Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible both honors and updates Austen’s beloved tale." Publication date April 19, 2016. More info →
From the author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I can't do better than Annie Barrows's description: "Helen Simonson’s characters enchant us, her English countryside beguiles us, and her historical intelligence keeps us at the edge of our seats. This luminous story of a family, a town, and a world in their final moments of innocence is as lingering and lovely as a long summer sunset.” Publication date March 22, 2016. More info →
My daughters are beside themselves with excitement for this seventh and final installment of the Mother Daughter Book Club series, and by extension, I am, too. Publication date May 3, 2016. More info →
This is a journal of sorts of Christie Purifoy's first year at the farmhouse her family of six moved into in rural Pennsylvania. I read an early version of this manuscript last year and can't wait to read the finished version. Publication date February 2, 2016. More info →
Confession: this is the one book on this list I've already read. It's reminiscent of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry in that its all about the power of books and the power of community. When young Swedish girl Sara arrives in small town Iowa to find things are NOT as she expected, she takes the logical next step: she opens a bookstore. The plot is a little thin, but the bookish moments make up for it. Publication date January 19, 2016. More info →
I loved The Lunar Chronicles, and was excited to just find out last week about Meyer's next novel. She describes it like this: " A prequel to Alice in Wonderland, HEARTLESS will tell the tale of how a marquis’s teenage daughter became the infamous Queen of Hearts. It will be a story of whimsy and madness, passion and tragedy, ravens and writing desks." Publication date November 8, 2016. More info →
When Shauna announced this book, she said it was "a spiritual journey from exhaustion to love, comparison to connection .... I’m discovering, inch by inch, a new way of spiritual living–less striving, more receiving. More love, less hustle. This is changing everything. Everything. " I've been looking forward to this one for a long time. Publication date August 9, 2016. More info →
This WWII historical novel is based on real events and real people. It landed on my list when a bookseller in Raleigh gushed about it to me, saying this interweaving tale of three women battling Nazi Germany is impossible to put down and deeply moving. Publication date April 5, 2016 More info →
What are the books YOU can’t wait to read in 2016?