Hello, and welcome to Jo Fletcher Books’ first
Top Ten Tuesday!
It’s all *very* exciting. Starting today, we aim to post a different listicle (love that word) every Tuesday, to entertain, enthral and enrapture . . .
This week, as we’re both still relatively new, unknown and mysterious, Olivia and I thought we’d let you know a little bit more about our tastes – in the form of the books we are most looking forward to reading in 2016. The aim was to pick five books each, which turns out to be a whole lot harder than we imagined, especially when we have the whole year ahead of us. It took blood, sweat and tears (coffee, chocolate and flapjack) but we just about managed it.
So, here goes! In no particular order . . .
Eleanor by Jason Gurley (Harper Voyager)
I’m looking forward to this one for the cover alone. It might even make my top 10 favourite covers of all time (now that’s another Top 10 Tuesday . . .)
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (Titan Books)
This is sort of cheating because I haven’t actually read A Darker Shade of Magic yet – but it is actually on the top of my TBR pile and everyone I have ever met who has started this series says I’ll love it [Sam: She’ll love it]. So basically I’m pre-empting my desperation for this book
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Titan Books)
Even though this was published last week, I’m still ‘looking forward’ to it because I haven’t managed to get my grubby mitts on a copy, and the reviews have been wonderful! Plus I am loving that cover
Find Me by Lauren Van Den Berg (Del Ray)
I read about this in Fantasy Faction’s 2016 books post. It looks like it has everything I love (The Handmaid’s Tale AND Station Eleven?!)
The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle (Jo Fletcher Books)
Sam’s been good and has resisted choosing a JFB book but I’ve just finished reading this and loved it – I need to start talking about it! Think Holmes and Watson via Rivers of London meets Sally Lockhart – a fantastic start to a new series! [Sam: We also have some amazing paper cut illustrations for the book that I can’t wait to show you guys!]
The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch (Gollancz)
Ever since reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, all the way back in 2006 (wow, ten years!), I have loved this series. The books are smart, brilliantly funny and intricately put together. The latest instalment in the series, The Thorn of Emberlain, has been pushed back a few times, but that’s only made me anticipate it more.
Morning Star by Pierce Brown (Hodder and Stoughton)
If it’s not already obvious by now, I’m a huge sucker for a big fantasy series. The Red Rising trilogy is another of those, with the conclusion out REALLY SOON (9th Feb). I’ve heard whispers from the ether that it’s just as good as the previous books and even more emotionally crippling. I must get my hands on it. Like now.
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
Yet another series (I promise, I do read stand-alones occasionally). Brandon Sanderson never fails to please and his YA trilogy about a world where everyone who gains superpowers turns evil is no different. Its face-paced and fun and the world building and magic system are just as well thought-out and interesting as his bigger, more epic books.
Eleanor by Jason Gurly (Harper Voyager)
Damn you Olivia! We were supposed to choose different books. Oh well, at least it gives me an excuse to post the beautiful cover again – just look at it! I was also lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this when I worked at Goldsboro, so I can confirm that the story and the writing live up to the promise made by its appearance. It’s hauntingly beautiful.
The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley (Tor)
Wait, why are all my favourite series ending this year? What am I going to do after?! Someone help! -sobs quietly in a corner-. . . Anyway, I first read the series last year and immediately tweeted the author a big pile of love… AND HE TWEETED BACK. Back then I wasnt a big deal like I am now (shut up) and it made my day. Especially when he told me the next was out soon. Anyway, after the huge cliff-hanger at the end of the previous book, this is definitely very anticipated and I’m super excited to read it.
Saint’s Blood by Sebastien de Castell (Jo Fletcher Books) – okay, I was trying to be good, but after Olivia bent the rules I feel like I get to do the same. Saint’s Blood is the latest instalment in Sebastien de Castell’s Greatcoats series and it is seriously good. It comes out in April, so not long to wait! I only got around to reading the first two over Christmas, when I knew I would be working at JFB and I have no idea how I’d missed it before [Olivia: VAEWOIJRGAOIJHVEOISRITOHTISJBI THEY’RE SO GOOD!].
Honourable mention #2
City of Miracles by Robert Bennett Jackson (Jo Fletcher Books) – So apparently I’m not very good at sticking to ten – give me an inch and I take a mile. City of Miracles is still a long way off – we haven’t even got a first draft yet! We do however have a synopsis . . . let’s just say it sounds incredible.
Other honourable mentions
The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks, Peace Talks by Jim Butcher, Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb . . . I could go on and on . . . and on . . .
So there you have it – our first Top Twelve Ten Tuesday. We hope you enjoyed it. Why don’t you let us know what you’re looking forward to this year – you can find us on Twitter at @JoFletcherBooks.