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The Elusive 2016 Releases

2016 books

The Elusive 2016 Releases (Which I totally intend to find)


2016 came and went in a whirlwind and despite reading 147 books there are so many titles that I just didn’t get to, but HAVE TO READ this year. I need more time to read. #bookwormproblem1

Most of these have been on my TBR for ages and I wanted needed them as soon as I saw them on Goodreads. #bookwormproblem2 These are the ones I am going to hunt down and capture.

I know there are far more than the 10 I should have. But don’t panic. Not unless you hear am muffled sound that may or may not be me buried alive by TBR. #bookwormproblem3. Then rush to save me (and bring apple pie).

2016 books

The 2016 books that I actually own (This makes it even sadder that I haven’t read them yet…)


Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal SutherlandOur Chemical Hearts

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again. – Goodreads.com

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The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose. – Goodreads.com

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The Lost & Found The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno

Sometimes you have to get lost before you can be found. Setting off from opposite coasts, Frannie and Louis each embark on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find important things the other has lost. – Goodreads.com

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With MaliceWith Malice by Eileen Cook

For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive psychological thriller about a teenage girl who cannot remember the last six weeks of her life. – Goodreads.com

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You Know Me WellYou Know Me Well by Nina LaCour David Levithan

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more. – Goodreads.com

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The 2016 books that I still need to get my grabby hands on


The Girl from EverywhereThe Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination. But for the first time, she is entering unknown waters… – Goodreads.com

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After the Woods by Kim SavageAfter the Woods by Kim Savage

Would you risk your life to save your best friend?  Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks… – Goodreads.com

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this-is-our-storyThis Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Five went in. Four came out. No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.  -Goodreads.com

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The Sun is Also a StarThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. – Goodreads.com

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sister rosaMy Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

What if the most terrifying person you’d ever met was your ten-year-old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia’s finest YA authors.  -Goodreads.com

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Outrun the MoonOutrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. – Goodreads.com

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This Is Where It EndsThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival. – Goodreads.com

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Walk the EdgeWalk the Edge by Katie McGarry

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds. – Goodreads.com

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This Adventure EndsThis Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens. – Goodreads.com

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany (Adaptation), Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. – Goodreads.com

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This Savage SongThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 

There’s no such thing as safe. Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song – Goodreads.com

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  1. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    Ahh! SO many fabulous books here! I absolutely loved This is Our Story, Outrun the Moon, and With Malice so I hope you do as well! 🙂

  2. Jared

    Harry Potter wasn’t that good. Take your time getting to it. Just know it wasn’t written by JK Rowling.
    Happy reading!

  3. Deborah @ Hills of Books

    So many books I need to read!! The Girl from Everywhere is also still on my TBR, I have heard some good things and I love the sound of it from the synopsis!

  4. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Such a great list! I want to read SO many of these too! My SIster Rosa, The Thousandth Floor, TSIIAS, Our Chemical Hearts, This is Our Story, With Malice, The Lost and Found, This Adventure Ends… so yeah, lots! I have read After the Woods, Outrun the Moon, and This Savage Song, all of which I REALLY liked, and The Girl From Everywhere, which is an all time favorite! So I hope you enjoy these when you get to read them, such a great list!

    • Comment by post author

      Thank you. Going to make sure I get to these soon. I have been waiting to find physical copies because most of these have beautiful covers, but for some reason they haven’t made it to South Africa yet. I’d order from BD but its also complicated because I travel between SA and Indonesia and they always seem to arrive just after I leave one or the other! #bookwormproblems

  5. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    The Girl from Everywhere has been on my radar for a while. I’m not great at reading new releases so I may have to catch up with it in a year or two. Have fun with your list!

  6. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Omgggggg so many beautiful books here!! *pets the pretty covers* I absolutely The Lost and Found, My Sister Rosa and the Girl from Everywhere! I totally recommend them! And I don’t understand how we can read so much every year and STILL be totally behind.? What is this life.

  7. Tracy @ Cornerfolds

    Some of these are on my TBR too! I hope you like The Cursed Child more than I did…


    • Comment by post author

      Oh no, I have heard more negative than positive comments. The main reason I haven’t bought it because of the price. It’s almost double the price of other hardcovers and no sign of a paperback… I feel as though it’s just a money spinner.

  8. Kay @ The Desert Bibliophile

    This Savage Song was probably one of my FAVORITE reads from last year, I freaking devoured it!

  9. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    The ones sitting on my shelf make me especially sad too. SO. MANY. BOOKS. 🙂

  10. Hannah @ Sprinkled With Words//hannahbanana

    This is a great list! I really want to read a bunch of books you have here too, like The Girl from Everywhere and The Sun is Also a Star. I also really want to read My Sister Rosa but I’m a bit scaredy-cat, haha!

  11. Jane

    I really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Check out my review when you’re done 🙂 I have always loved Harry Potter so I liked getting more in that world. Hope you enjoy it!

  12. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    So many good ones! I read Our Chemical Hearts in November I think it was and am still unsure what I think of it. Lots of conflicting feelings on that one and I still haven’t written a review. Walk the Edge… loved it. So much. Katie McGarry is my go-to author for YA contemporary. I’m actually reading Long Way Home right now and loving it.

    P.S. Just received your friend request on GoodReads and that led me to your blog. 🙂

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  13. Annemieke

    The Girl from Everywhere I still need to get too, and I completely forgot to add This is Where it Ends on my list. 🙂

  14. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    Okay, there are SO many of my fave 2016 books on here!! This Adventure Ends was SO cute!! And I so needed a cute book that was more than just fluff. I also SUPER recommend With Malice and After the Woods. Both were very impressive mystery/thrillers– and I’m ALWAYS looking for good mystery/thrillers. Also, The Thousandth Floor super surprised me. I had heard it compared to Gossip Girl and I was worried– but it was very addicting and just plain GOOD!

    I hope you get to read most of these– I know I still need to get to Our Chemical Hearts for sure.

  15. Greg

    Our Chemical hearts and This Adventure Ends are both pretty new to me but they both sound great and I’m adding them to my TBR. Love that cover of Chemical Hearts!

  16. Rissi

    I read ‘Thousandth Floor’ this year (it’s a very complex story for sure), and was once upon a time interested in ‘Girl from Everywhere’ before I forgot about it. *sigh* That’s yet another of those Bookworm Problems. 😉 I really want to read Katie McGarry’s latest series this year too – and since the third book just came out, now is as good a time as any to accomplish this!

    Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland.

  17. Krystianna

    I loved With Malice! I literally consider it a hidden gem of 2016. I wish more people read it! The Sun is Also a Star was really good too!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  18. giovanna

    The Sun Is Also A Star, also made my list! I can’t believe I STILL haven’t read it! Hopefully we will both get to it soon! 😀
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  19. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    We share some!! I own all the ones on my list which makes it so sad I haven’t read them. Hope you get to these!!

  20. Jo

    This Savage Song and The Girl From Everywhere were both on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/top-ten-tuesday-91/

  21. Lori

    I love your #bookwormproblems. I can relate! 🙂 This Savage Song is on my list as well. I bought it last summer with so much excitement and then didn’t read it. I really enjoyed The Girl from Everywhere, The Sun is Also a Star, and The Cursed Child!

    My Top Ten

  22. Petra

    I absolutely loved HP and the Cursed Child. This Savage Song and After the Woods were great as well. I hope you get to read, and enjoy, all of these soon. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    Here’s Here’s my TTT

  23. Sarah

    This is a great list – there are quite a few on here that I really want to get on with reading. (Grabs wishlist and adds even more)

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