My Top Picks: New Books Coming Out in 2016

New Books Coming in 2016

I’ve mentioned my book buying addiction before, right? I think I’ve even mentioned how I like to pre-order books on Amazon, ahead of their release dates, so that I get little “presents” throughout the year? Some might say I have a sickness, but I like to think that I’m helping the publishing industry. Also, in my defense, I generally only pre-order books  I know I’ll LOVE, either because they’re written by my favorite authors or I’ve heard enough positive buzz to take notice (and action – ha!). Even though I’ve only read an embarrassingly small amount of the books published in 2015, I’m still scoping out the books being released in 2016 and making my lists.

Here are the upcoming releases that I’m putting in my Amazon cart. Or, if my husband is reading this, I’ll be getting on the library wait list for these titles. I recommend you do the same!

A Book That’s Buzzing Now

The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee – This book is already on the shelves, as of January, and I keep hearing and seeing so much buzz about it. The story follows the lives of several American women living in an expat community in Hong Kong and how their lives connect. I enjoy books that look at the complicated interactions and relationships of women. Given the premise and reviews, I feel like this is going to be a book that I’m either going to love or absolutely hate, but my growing curiosity is forcing me to add this book to my must-read books of 2016.

Historical Fiction Coming Out Soon

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson – March 22, 2016 – The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the beautiful cover. Let’s face it, the cover matters! The premise of this novel sparked my interest: I love historical fiction set around the World Wars (this book takes place in England before World War I). Then I knew I had to add this book to my reading list when I realized the same author that wrote Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand wrote it. Of all the books, this is the one I’m most excited to read.

The Fox Was Ever the Hunter by Herta Muller, Translated by Philip Boehm – May 10, 2016 – I think trying to describe the premise of this book is above my pay grade. It sounds terrifying, because it’s based on horrible true things, and I’m thinking it’s just one of those books you need to dive into. In some ways, the premise reminds me of another book that I really enjoyed, A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead, so I feel hopeful that I’ll appreciate this book as well. It feels like one of those books that might teach me a lesson about life.

Some Inspiration For Later This Year

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist – August 9, 2016 – The theme of this book, choosing a less frantic lifestyle, has been an ongoing struggle in my life. Niequist always writes with such compassion and grace that I can’t wait to hear her thoughts and reflections on this subject.

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton – August 30, 2016 – I can’t even read the premise of this book without feeling tears well up in my eyes. This book dives into the real-life aftermath of the author’s husband’s infidelity confession and how, miraculously, they put the pieces of their marriage back together. I will be reading this book with a box of tissues nearby.

The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp – September 6, 2016 – OF COURSE I’m going to buy Ann Voskamp’s latest book! The subtitle says “a daring path into the abundant life” and I can’t wait to journey through this book. Her writing is so beautiful and lyrical. I’m sure it’s going to be a book to savor.

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore – September 20, 2016 – My all-time favorite Christian author and speaker, Beth Moore, has written her first fiction book and I’m beyond thrilled to read it. She’s describes how the novel came about in this cute video.

I’m sure I’ve missed several books and will have to add an addendum post later this year. But I think this is a good starter list. Also, if you’re doing the Reading Challenge, keep these books in mind for the November challenge.


Have you read or plan on reading any new releases this year? If so, please tell us in the comments.


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