What we’re excited to READ in 2016
By Kristin Milks, Librarian and Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.
We here at OverDrive know what you really need: more books on your ‘To Read’ list! Lucky for you, we’re going to tell you what we cannot wait to load on our eReading devices.
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
Allie is hilarious! Her first book, based on her web comics, Hyperbole and a Half, is both funny and an honest look at the author’s depression. I cannot wait to see whatSolutions has to offer.
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Set during WWII in England, this is the story of Kate, who is sent off to a Scottish castle to avoid the terrors of London. But this castle holds secrets that Kate believes she’s traced to the Lady of the castle, but perhaps it’s something supernatural. This title already has a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.
Summer Days & Summer Nights: 12 Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins
Perkins brought us My True Love Gave to Me and now there is a summer version with more great authors (Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Lev Grossman, etc.) writing short stories inspired by love and the summer sun. This ought to be a perfect beach read.
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
The author of the Vampire Academy is starting a new series. Adelaide is a countess who escapes an arranged marriage by posing as a maid. In her new life, she is sent to the Glittering Court, a training/finishing school for the working class. She excels here, but is being watched by Cedric.
This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Told over 54 minutes, this is a story of a school shooting told from four perspectives. Check out our interview with Marieke on our podcast.
Continuation of Series
The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
The second in this popular Red Queen YA series
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
The second in the Court of Thorns and Roses series that is lightly based on Beauty and the Beast.
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
The ninth in the Mistborn series
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
We love Bill! His hilarious comments and insightful wisdom into the workings of our world are always a pleasure.
A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold
A book that is bound to be talked about this year, Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the Columbine shooters. This is her reckoning with the tragedy in an elegant way.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Jahren tells her love story with researching plant life. This is her memoir into what got her started and the passion that moves her forward.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, that is re-imaging Shakespeare’s plays. This is the retelling of The Taming of the Shrew with a modern, independent Kate as a woman trying to take care of her father and sister who make some high demands of her. It is also worth noting that Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson will also be out this year. Can you guess which Shakespeare play that one remakes?
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
Stephen King has already sung the praises of this one. After a tragedy strikes a coastal Lancashire town, the Loney, a man must return their to face the horrors of his childhood at this location.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
A new novel about never quite feeling like an adult, from the author of The Vacationers. Three friends from college have been by each others’ side as they have gotten married, had kids, and bought houses, but it’s once they have to send their own kids off the the promised land of college that they really feel old.
The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon
The author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time writes imaginative and emotionally resonant stories about loneliness and abandon while also looking at the strings that connect us to one another.
What is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
From award-winning author Oyeyemi comes a series of short stories, cleverly centered around keys.
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Desmond is a Harvard sociologist who takes a look at the eviction crisis in America through the eyes of eight families and individuals.
Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo
Beloved mystery writer Jo Nesbo tells the story of Ulf, a man who used to be a fixer before he turned on his former mob boss. Now Ulf has gone to northern Norway to hide, knowing that the connections he’s forming there could lead to danger once his boss’s men come for him.
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
The new trend is rich people from the early 20th century with problems. As much as I want to roll my eyes, this is a book worth marking down. This is the story of an elite New Yorker, Babe, and the man she inspires, Truman Capote.
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
A Kirkus star already under its belt, this novel is about a legendary opera star’s rise and the opera that cuts her a little too close to home. Set in the glittering world of Second Empire Paris.
The Winds of Winter by George RR Martin
Yes, technically this should go with continuing series, but its GOT, so it’s going here. Will it come out this spring? Will we be stuck waiting some more? Only time will tell.
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
This is Anders first SF novel and their is much anticipation about it. A dystopian novel about an old friendship, magic, and of course, saving the world.
We could talk for hours and continue recommending, but who has time for that. Those are only some of our most anticipated books this year, but here is a list of books we’re excited to read in 2016 with a whole lot more choices on it.