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Top Ten Tuesday (#114) (12/01/15) Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To

I get so excited by debut authors. I don't read as many as I would like, because there are always so many great ones. After much deliberation, these are the debuts I am most looking forward to. In an effort to narrow down my huge list (about 30), I am limiting these to those books that have covers.  There are a few that look awesome that just don't have much description or don't have a cover yet. I put those in the honorable mention at the end.  Here are my ten.
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux 

Before I started reading YA to the extent I read it now, I was always up for a good mystery novel.  For some reason I don't read as many YA mysteries as I should, but this one looks pretty darned good.
Expected publication: April 12th 2016 by Harper Teen

I love this cover, and the description of the book is awesome. One of my favorite things about the White Rabbit Chronicles, is the connection the main characters have through visions. This one is through dreams, and I'm really looking forward to it.

Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Sky Pony Press 

I always enjoy a book that focuses on people on the run. I've read a few, but I look forward to this addition to the genre.  Added bonus, it's from a small publisher.
Expected publication: January 26th 2016 by Razorbill

I don't read many books about time travel, but the few that I have read, I've generally liked.  This one grabbed me when they mentioned Friday Night Lights, one of my all time favorite TV shows.
Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin

I am totally judging this book by it's cover, which is the first thing that I noticed, and I love it. Very Roy Lichtenstein. It also looks like it will be an adorable, sweet contemporary.
Expected publication: January 12th 2016 by Disney Hyperion

I do love a book with political intrigue. There is a danger with this book. I live in the Washington D.C. area, and am very familiar with the workings of the government. I do hope this is done right.
Expected publication: March 22nd 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books 

Speak is one of my all time favorite books, so this quickly got my attention. There have been many other YA books that deal with this same subject, however I am intrigued about following the main character for such a long period of time.
Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Macmillan/Swoon Reads

I am such a sucker for this kind of story. From the movie Can't Buy Me Love, to To All the Boys I've Loved Before. I do hope the beginning of the story was handled in the right way, but I have every confidence that I will adore this book.
Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Delacorte Press

The title and the cover of this book are awesome. I am also intrigued by the story. The idea of a dead celebrity that is really alive sounds very different and unique.
Expected publication: January 26th 2016 by Simon Pulse

I love this kind of story, best friends who may be something more that have something happening in the past.  I look forward to seeing how this book turns out.

Honorable Mention

These books either have brief descriptions that have me intrigued, or they don't have covers yet.

Unscripted Joss Byrd by
Flower by
C.S. High by
Alterations by
Bombshell by
Cherry by
Never Ever by
Doreen by

"Waiting On" Wednesday (#111) Breaker by Kat Ellis


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm picking:

Breaker by
Expected publication: May 24th 2016 by Running Press Kids

From Goodreads: 

Kyle Henry has a new name, a new school, and a new life—one without the shadow of the Bonebreaker hanging over him. It's been a year since his serial killer father's execution, and it finally looks like things are turning around for Kyle.

Until he recognizes the girl sitting in the back row in homeroom.

Naomi Steadman is immediately intrigued by Killdeer Academy's newcomer. She does not know he is the son of the man who murdered her mother. What she does know is she and Kyle have a connection with each other—and a spark that Kyle continues to back away from.
Soon after Kyle’s arrival, the death count on campus starts to rise. Someone is set on finishing what the Bonebreaker started, and murdering ghosts from the past may be the only thing that can stop the spree.

Told in alternating viewpoints, Kat Ellis’s tale of mystery and horror is full of broken bonds and new beginnings.

Why I'm Waiting:

Confession, I love watching true crime TV and I find serial killers fascinating. As a matter of fact I'm watching Investigation Discovery and feeding my addiction while writing this post. That being said, I'm kind of a sucker for books about serial killers too. Add in the fact that this book is by a small publisher and this book has my attention.

Top Ten Tuesday (#113) (10/27/15) Top Ten Books with Things that Go Bump in the Night


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Books with Things that Go Bump in the Night

Vampires, Zombies, Ghosts, and Witches, oh my! I don't read a lot of scary books, because I can be a total wimp.  However, I have read a lot of books that feature the above paranormal creates.  These books aren't necessarily scary, but they do feature beings that you are likely going to see at a Halloween party.  Well, in addition to all those lame sexy kitties.

This series features a bit of everything, I guess it's mainly witches, but there are special guest appearances by shapeshifters and other fun paranormal creatures. Not scary at all, just a good read.

This book is pretty creepy.  More suspenseful than true horror, but the spooky is really there.  The first book has been my favorite in the series.

This book probably gave me the biggest creeps.  It's just a really good spooky ghost story.

Lots of ghosts in this series.  Some are good and many are bad. I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of some of these ghosts.

Werewolves.  Not scary werewolves, just beautifully written werewolves.  I loved this series.

I would hardly describe this series of witches scary.  I guess for the intended audience the later books can be scary, but this awesome series makes the list because of all the witches and paranormal creatures.

 My Love Lies Bleeding (Drake Chronicles #1) by Alyxandra Harvey

An awesome series featuring very not scary vampires.  Vampires!  They're just like you and me, except they like blood.

Just finished this series, and it's good zombie fun.  I wouldn't classify this book as scary either, it just kick zombie butt fun.

This book was scary if only because it made me realize I will so NEVER survive a zombie apocalypse.  Nope, I will quickly join the ranks of the undead. I found this book to be very suspenseful, but not particularly scary.


I have read some really scary books in the past that scared me badly. Stephen King is most responsible for many of my nightmares.  After too many bad nights of sleep, I now tend to avoid his books, as awesome as they may be.  That being said, for me the book of his that scared me the most was 'Salem's Lot.  I slept with some weird stuff by my side for weeks after I read that book.  This is not a YA book, although I was stupid enough to read it while I was in high school, so I decided to include it.