Under My Radar | Provo City Library Best Books of 2016

My local library does a fun thing every year where they go over the best books that came out the previous year. A lot of the books that they talked about I’d already read (like Crooked Kingdom and The Lie Tree), some I’d just heard a ton about (like The Sun is Also a Star and The Crown’s Game), but then there were some that had totally slipped under my radar! So here are a few that I thought sounded really good, that I hadn’t really looked into before tonight (covers link to Goodreads).

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Wanderlost by Jen Malone – European cities and old people. I seriously love a good secondary cast of the elderly.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – I’ve seen this cover EVERYWHERE but I’d honestly never really looked into it. It was described as a “You’ve Got Mail” type story.

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier – I don’t think I’ve seen anyone talking about this one, but it sounds amazingly creepy. A boy moves from Australia to New York and is in charge of watching his 10-year-old sister who he suspects is a psychopath. (o.O)

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This is the Story of You by Beth Kephart – There’s a super storm and so now this girl has to survive with some other people and the few supplies that she has. The writing was described as being punchy and lyrical.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – This is another book where I’ve seen the cover floating around everywhere, but I hadn’t really looked into at all.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock – This is a book about teens in contemporary Alaska. That’s pretty much all I know, but the cover’s really pretty.

At the end of the evening they had four drawings for some of the books that they talked about during the presentation. There were five of us in the room. Guess who was the only one to leave without a book? That’s right, it was me. It’s alright though, I’M NOT BITTER. 😉

Have you guys heard of any of these or did they slip under your radar as well? If you have read some of them, what did you think? Which ones should move to the top of my TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday: New Releases That I Totally Meant to Get to in 2016 but Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is a freebie, so I decided to go with a topic that I think they had earlier this year that I didn’t get to: New releases that I meant to read in 2016, but didn’t.

Books that are literally sitting on my shelf right now:

They just sit on my shelf and mock me. Honestly, looking at some of these I’m genuinely surprised that they only came out last year–they seem older to me.

Other books I meant to read:


Are any of you guys in the same boat as me? Or am I alone? Which one of these am I totally missing out on and need to read ASAP?

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is a FREEBIE. I missed this topic a few weeks ago so I’m going back to get it now: Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don’t like typical ~beach reads~, ten authors who are my go-to for beach reads, etc.

So without further ado, here are the books that I would want in my beach bag this summer (all of these are 2016 releases).

Already Read

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
26 Kisses by Anna Michels


Summer Days & Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
The Crown by Kiera Cass
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood
The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
The Siren by Kiera Cass
The Possibility of Now by Kim Culbertson

Not Released Yet

P.S. I Like You

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite 2016 Releases So Far

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

So here they are in no particular order. As always, links are to Goodreads.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas – This book was so fun! We’re given a pretty tough heroine and some interesting characters. Sure, there’s a bit of a love triangle, but every book has its flaws, right?

Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor – This is historical fiction but I feel like it details a part of history that isn’t often talked about. Definitely different, definitely will make you feel something.

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy – This book was just plain fun to read because of all the variety even if the subject matter was a bit dark.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – Who hasn’t heard of this book by now? This is a book that deals with important topics in a really good way.

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey – This book is another fun one to read. It’s got the feal of a Jane Austen book but is a lot easier to read. I wish the heroine was a little more capable and didn’t need to be saved all the time, but I still liked it.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I still love, love, LOVE Morgan Matson and all of her books. This one didn’t disappoint! It’s a fun summer read and I love all of the different types of relationships that are depicted.

Whisper to Me by Nick Lake – This book was kind of strange, but I also liked it. We have kind of an unreliable narrator and an unnamed love interest, but overall I thought it was very interesting.

The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – The second book in the series and it’s a lot like the first one. I actually think I liked it a tad better even.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson – I love that this book is about smart people! The main character got on my nerves at times and she was just kind of mean throughout, but overall I liked I thought the book and other characters were good.

26 Kisses by Anna Michels – This book was a lot better than I thought it would be. I went in with very low expectations, but I think in the end the overall message is a good one.

Top Ten Tuesday: Late 2016 Releases

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year (links are to Goodreads)

1) This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – 7/5

2) Paper & Fire by Rachel Caine – 7/5 (second in a series)

3) Imprudence by Gail Carriger – 7/19 (second in a series)

4) P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – 7/26

5) The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson – 8/2 (third in a series)

6) The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – 8/30

7) Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – 9/20

8) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – 9/27

9) Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – 11/1 (second in a series)

10) Heartless by Marissa Meyer – 11/8

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Bookish Resolutions


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2016 (can be bookish, personal resolutions, “I resolve to finally read these 10 books, series I resolve to finish in 2015, etc.)

1) Read books because I want to read them, not because I feel like I should/have to read them.

2) Write reviews sooner after completing a book.

3) Only request books on NetGalley that I’m SUPER interested in.

4) Complete the Popsugar 2016 reading challenge.

5) Complete my Goodreads challenge (125 books).

6) Come up with a shelving system that really works.

7) Read at least 12 books already on my Kindle.

8) Check out more physical books from the library.

9) Schedule a time for reading every day.

10) Maintain my book journal.