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10 Most Anticipated Book Releases Of 2016

10 Most Anticipated Book Releases Of 2016

We’re almost half way through 2016 and we’ve already seen numerous exciting book releases but there are many more still to come! Here are ten books that I am particularly excited about in the second half of 2016. This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

How are there already five books in this series? It feels like yesterday when people were fangirling over the first and I can’t believe I’m now five books behind. This is a series I keep meaning to get to as people are always raving about Sarah J Maas and maybe the release of yet another book in this series will kick me into action. I can’t wait to start reading about Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen!

Now check out my book reviews of Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight

September 6th, 2016


This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Five boys go hunting, only four come back. The evidence shows that any one of the survivors could have been the one to kill their friend. It is clear that the DA wants to sweep this case under the rug because these four boys come from influential families, but Kate, an intern, won’t let that happen.

I’ve never heard of this author before but I love the premise of this book and I’m desperate to find out who killed the boy and why!


Blood Riders by Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski

So you’ve probably never heard of Blood Riders and you’re wondering how on earth this book managed to make this list but author ‘Gary Oldman’ is in fact the one and only Sirius Black. I had no idea that Oldman was a writer of sorts and I’m really intrigued to read his work. This is a “profoundly creepy and highly original” vampire story set in 1882.

10 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASES IN 2016Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles, is back again with a courtly, forbidden romance. Catherine is the favourite of the King but all she wants to do is open a patisserie shop with her best friend. Then comes Jest, the handsome court joker, who puts everything in jeopardy.

Now check out my review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer.



It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is yet another Young Adult author who many people fangirl over and yet I have never read any of her works. It Ends With Us sounds like the characters are closer in age to myself than a lot of other YA romances at the moment so I’m hoping that I’ll really enjoy this. It follows the story of Lily who falls in love with Ryle, who seems perfect apart from his aversion to relationships. Lily becomes the exception to his rule but then her own first love, Atlas Corrigan, appears on the scene.

August 2nd, 2016


Autumn by Ali Smith

I read the critically acclaimed How To Be Both by Ali Smith last year and have to admit I wasn’t as taken with it as others were. You can check out my full review How to Be Both but essentially I found one half to be fascinating and the other to be a little slow. I’m interested to read another of Smith’s works and give her writing another shot. Autumn is the first in a four part series with each book named after a different season.



The 12 Days of Dash and Lily by by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Anyone remember Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares? That was one of my favourite Christmassy reads a sequel is on its way! The story seems to have a taken a turn for the worst as Lily’s grandfather has had a stroke and Dash and Lily’s friends try to help her recapture the New York holiday magic.

Check out my review of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.



The Winds of Winter by George R R Martin

Perhaps a little optimistic of me but the next instalment in the Game of Thrones series by George R R Martin is speculated to be released later in 2016. That said, he has repeatedly pushed back the publication date of this title which was supposed to be released before Season 6 of the HBO television series. It is, perhaps, unlikely that we’ll see this on our shelves before the end of 2016, but fingers crossed for those loyal Game of Thrones fans.



Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Another YA series that I have been meaning to read but just haven’t got around to yet is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is actually just a duology and Crooked Kingdom will be the last in the series so I guess I have no excuse for not giving this series a go given it’s so short. A story of magic and thieves, this sounds like one not to miss!

September 17th, 2016


10 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASES IN 2016Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

And last, but certainly by no means least, we have Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Obviously this is just the script of the play, not another book in itself but it’ll still be interesting to see what this play is all about. I’m really disappointed I didn’t manage to get tickets for the show as they sold out like lightning but maybe I can get one for late 2017?!

Which book releases are you looking forward to? Got any more to add to my list?


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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. 28th June 2016 / 4:48 PM

    I’ve pre-ordered the Harry Potter book and I am so excited for it to come through x

  2. 28th June 2016 / 8:17 PM

    Oh yes! The Harry Potter script, I cannot wait because I too tried to get a ticket for the play and of course it was sold out. Sad times x

  3. Candice Nikeia
    28th June 2016 / 9:46 PM

    I need a new book to read! I think I will order “It ends with us” – it sounds like a great read!

    xoxo, Candice

  4. 28th June 2016 / 11:10 PM

    Oh I love a good book post! I have How to be Both on my TBR post – sad that you didn’t love it but I quite often find that with big hype books. I’ll still be adding Autumn to my list. I just couldn’t get to grips with G R Martin.

  5. 29th June 2016 / 1:15 AM

    I am really looking forward to Harry Potter & the Cursed Child – I am hoping my want to read will be back up and running by then. x

  6. 29th June 2016 / 2:54 AM

    I need to look into these. Most of my family is into fantasy/sci-fi series. I know my kids are going to get the next ASoIaF book ASAP.

    • 30th June 2016 / 7:51 PM

      Ooh that’s a series that I haven’t yet read but pretty much every bookworm I know raves about! Must get my hands on it πŸ™‚

  7. 29th June 2016 / 10:00 AM

    I had no ide Gary Oldman wrote! I will look out for this book when it comes out. Looking forward to Harry Potter and GoT too. Fingers crossed its this year!

    • 30th June 2016 / 4:54 PM

      Neither did I so I’m fascinated to see if he’s actually any good at it!

  8. 29th June 2016 / 11:26 AM

    I’m always buying new books so will keep my eyes peeled for these! Would be interested to read Gary Oldman’s book πŸ™‚

  9. 29th June 2016 / 11:41 AM

    I’m definitely picking up the romantic ones. I’m a sucker for them

  10. Natasha Mairs
    29th June 2016 / 11:48 AM

    I really like the sound of This is Our Story. I have never read any books from these authors but I do have David Levithan one that is sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read.

    • 30th June 2016 / 4:29 PM

      I haven’t read much from him but from what I have read, he seems like a really great writer πŸ™‚ Which of his books do you have?

  11. Beautyqueenuk
    29th June 2016 / 12:01 PM

    I have to admit, none of these have grabbed me. I was excited by Harry Potter, then when I realised it wasn’t a next book in the series I lost interest x

    • 30th June 2016 / 4:28 PM

      I was disappointed that it’s only a script too πŸ™ I want to see the play so I feel like reading the script will only ruin that!

  12. 29th June 2016 / 2:02 PM

    This is our story sounds nice. I would love to read that.

  13. 29th June 2016 / 2:10 PM

    It would be interesting to read Harry Potter one. I am really looking forward to it.

  14. Veronika Γ‰les
    29th June 2016 / 4:26 PM

    This Is Our Story is definitely one of my most awaited new releases – it sounds super-intriguing and quite different from other books I’ve read. And Heartless, oh my god, I can’t tell you how excited I am for that novel! Can’t wait to see what kind of novels Marissa Meyer writes outside of TLC, possibly one of my favorite series ever.

  15. 29th June 2016 / 5:11 PM

    I would love to read the Harry Potter book!

  16. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    29th June 2016 / 7:11 PM

    Excited for the Harry Potter book! Also super excited for Did I Mention I Miss You, I love a good YA book!

  17. Laura
    29th June 2016 / 10:46 PM

    Ooh This Is Our Story sounds great. I love a book with a bit of mystery to it xxx

  18. Linda Hobbis
    30th June 2016 / 6:24 PM

    Looking forward to the Harry Potter one – otherwise I’m more of a fan of self help and spiritualism books

  19. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    30th June 2016 / 9:07 PM

    I am looking forward to the Harry Potter one, I mean to start reading them before we go away so the kids can enjoy them. H x

  20. 30th June 2016 / 9:31 PM

    Oh thanks for sharing this list I am always in the lookout for a good book to read πŸ™‚

  21. Juliette Theureau
    1st July 2016 / 10:33 AM

    I’m really looking forward to Harry Potter and maybe I’ll be lucky enough to have it the day it’s out?
    There are also two books that I can’t wait to have on my bookshelves but there’s no date yet : Girl Online 3 and the next Joh Green book …! So excited!!

  22. Kira L Curtis
    1st July 2016 / 9:33 PM

    I had no idea Gary Oldman had written a book! Looks like becoming an author for actors is becoming the new thing instead of becoming a singer! John Barrowman’s book is supposed to be really good! I have the Harry Potter Script pre-ordered already!! So excited to read more harry potter! I didn’t know Marissa Meyer was bringing out a new book either! I love the Lunar chronicles, currently reading Cress actually and have them all, will have to buy that very soon!

  23. Melanie Edjourian
    1st July 2016 / 10:16 PM

    Great list, i want to read the Harry Potter one when it come out.

  24. GlamourGlitterGloss
    3rd July 2016 / 5:30 PM

    My sister already has the new Harry Potter book on pre order and she’ll want Gary Oldman’s book the second I tell her he’s a writer! I’m waiting for the latest Pittacus Lore book, United As One, it comes out on the 14th July and is the final book in a series I’m in love with. I don’t know what I’m going to do once it’s over

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