Saturday, 31 December 2016

Updated Most Anticipated Fiction of 2016

So it's that time of year when people start to look back and look forward to the year ahead. 2016 has been an odd year. It's been a great year for my family as my older sister got married and my twin bought a house. However, I've felt the sting of job rejection more times than I really want to think about. Still, 2017 has to be my year. Plus, my life is hardly as bad as it could be. After all, with the political climate being so unstable it's going to be an interesting year that could go either way. But, instead of worrying about what's to come, I'm going to look back at what I've achieved. Which, in terms of reading, isn't that much. My only resolution last year was to read more but my grand total of reads was pathetic. I'm going to partially blame work and my sister's wedding for taking my time away from me. So, when I went back to look over my 'Most Anticipated Fiction of 2016' at the start of this month I realised I'd failed miserably. So, I've been frantically buying as many as possible in the hope I can read them in the coming weeks. So, I've updated the list. The titles in red are ones I haven't bought, orange are the ones I've bought but haven't read, and the limited number of greens are the titles I've read. It's hardly a mixed bunch.



2016 fiction releases I'm excited about
  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
    • It's on its way, I promise. I love Barnes' writing and am still excited to read his take on Stalin's Russia. I've only heard good things about this. 
  • What is not yours is not yours by Helen Oyeyemi
    • Still so keen to read this but haven't bought it yet because December has turned into quite an expensive month. I'll wait a bit and then indulge in this collection.
  • Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marias
    • Another one that comes down to money. When it comes to editions I want to wait for the one I like best and, as it happens, this one is the most expensive. I'll either wait for a cheaper copy or just relent and buy a digital copy. 
  • Nicotine by Nell Zink
    • To be honsest, I still haven't read Zink's first two books because I started them in the wrong mood. So, I've bought this but have been too afraid to start it. It keeps staring at me from the shelf though.
  • Blood Riders by Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski
    • I bought this on pre-order when the release date was still December. However, the date keeps being pushed back so I don't know when I'll get it. Good job Gary Oldman is worth waiting for. 
  • Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
    • So excited for this feminist rewriting of The Taming of the Shrew and it's currently on it's way. 
  • Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson
    • Bought the paperback and plan on reading it soon. I struggled to get started on Jacobson's J but am hoping this gets me into his writing so I can revist that book.
  • The Heart by Maylis deKerangal
    • Again, this comes down to me striving to get a specific edition that I can't justify buying. Plus, I've heard mixed things about the book. It sounds so good but I don't want to be disappointed. 
  • Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
    • From what I've heard since writing the list, I have a feeling I won't enjoy this book as much as I thought but I'm still wanting to give it a go. I'm sure I've mentioned it but I love the Gothic.
  • You Should Pity Us by Amy Gustine
    • I've dipped in and out of this since buying it a while ago. The great thing about short stories means you
  • The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajon
    • Don't know why I haven't bought this one. I've heard good things. I guess I just haven't been in the mood.
  • The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot
    • The last book I read in 2016. 
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
    • Every time I saw this book on Instagram or in a bookshop it took a lot of effort not to buy it. It's had good reviews. But it took me a while. I'll probably get on to this one next.
  • A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
    • Really want to read this one and I have no excuse for why I haven't. 
  • Letters to Kevin by Stephen Dixon
    • This looks short and silly so, once I finish the books I have on my TBR I'll get round to this one.
  • The Fat Artist and Other Stories by Benjamin Hale
    • On it's way. Come on postman.
  • Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens
    • Just arrived today. Souds like a great read.
  • Zero K by Don DeLillo
    • I've heard some dodgy things about this book so I've been put off buying it. It's a topic that could be great but it has to be done well. I'll probably buy this soon.
  • The Good Liar by Nichola Searle
  • Losing It by Emma Rathbone
    • The book I'm currently reading and, if I'm honest, I hate it. I'm not getting through it because it's so disappointing. I was hoping this would be a new insight into the idea of virginity in modern society. However, so far it's just been highlighting the need to have sex as soon as possible. It's not the message I want you people to read.
  • I Am No One by Patrick Flanery
    • Bought this for my Kindle when it was super cheap. I'll get round to it eventually. I've sort of fallen out of touch with my Kindle but I have shitloads of great reads waiting for me on their. 
  • How to set a fire and why by Jesse Ball
    • I have a feeling I did buy this but I can't find it. So I need to track it down or actually buy it. Don't you hate it when you buy so many books that you can no longer keep track of them.
  • Our Young Man by Edmund White
    • This probably solely comes down to money. I just need to stop spending so much on books and something got to give. 
  • The Storyteller: Tales Out of Loneliness by Walter Benjamin
    • Money money money. Money. 
  • Not Working by Lisa Owens
  • Ten Days by Gillian Slovo
    • Bought this in December. It's on the ever growing TBR list. I feel like I'm drowning.
  • Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
    • Another cheap Kindle purchase. Sounds adorable and easy. Not sure what I'll think of it though.
  • Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
    • After a self-imposed book buying ban this is on my wish list.

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