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I think it’s safe to say that we both didn’t read as many books in 2016 as we had originally planned but of course that didn’t keep us from adding lots of new releases to our TBR or even buy them already so that we have still quite a lot to catch up on. Since a huge part of our TBRs looks exactly the same we decided to alter this week’s topic a little bit and turned „Top Ten 2016 releases we meant to read but didn’t get to (but totally plan to)“ into a post about intended buddy reads we didn’t find the time to do, that’s why there will be comments from both of us on each book on this list. Enjoy! 😉
Gemina – Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Maraia: I had very low expectations for Illuminae but ended up loving it, and I’m hoping the same thing happens here. Also, Sebastian’s excitement was contagious when we buddy read the first book, so that should help this time as well.
Sebastian: I was definitely more excited for Illuminae than Maraia was and I’m glad that it didn’t disappoint, that’s why the sequel is an absolute must-read for me and I hope that it can live up to my expectations as well!
A Fever of the Blood – Oscar de Muriel
Maraia: I enjoyed buddy reading (the second half of) The Strings of Murder with Sebastian last year and even bought A Fever of the Blood so we could read it right away, but…that didn’t happen. Not only does this series have great characters and an interesting mystery, but it’s also written by a really friendly author and has the most gorgeous (and soft!) covers. I know January is a lost cause, but my goal is to read A Fever of the Blood in February.
Sebastian: It’s not a secret that I’m an absolute sucker for Victorian murder mysteries and so I had a lot of fun reading The Strings of Murder due to it’s thrilling plot and the snarky characters. Now that the third book in this series is almost out it’s definitely time to finally tackle the second one!
Epiphany Jones – Michael Grothaus
Maraia: As soon as Sebastian showed me this book, I knew we needed to buddy read it. But I have to admit, the cover creeps me out. XD
Sebastian: There were two reasons that made me want to read this book: 1) the amazing cover (shark!) and 2) that the female protagonist was compared to Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander. Also the story sounds pretty dark and since the (few) ratings for this book are quite good I’m definitely having high expectations for this one.
Totenfang – Simon Beckett
Maraia: After Sebastian recommended this series to me, I binged the first three books in a single week and then impatiently waited for two months to buddy listen to the fourth book. Yes, the series is that addictive. Even though I didn’t like the third and fourth books quite as much as the first two, Johannes Steck’s narration is great, and I’m still looking forward to listening to the next book. The last one ended with a cliffhanger, of course, so hopefully we can continue before I forget what happened.
Sebastian: While I enjoyed Beckett’s David Hunter thrillers I wouldn’t say that I’m a super fan, especially since books 3 and 4 were not as thrilling as the first ones. BUT those books are one of the few thrillers that are narrated by Johannes Steck and that makes the audiobooks a must-read (or must-listen?^^) for me!
The Wolf Road – Beth Lewis
Maraia: I don’t even remember what the book is about, but I don’t care. Major cover love!
Sebastian: Definitely joining Maraia in not having a clue about the story anymore but I want to hold this pretty books in my hands so I guess I should better read it soon XD
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil – Melina Marchetta
Maraia: Melina Marchetta is one of my all-time favorite authors, but since she writes YA contemporary and fantasy, I know I won’t have much luck convincing Sebastian to read one of them with me. So when I saw that Marchetta was releasing an adult mystery, I was even more excited! Normally I would have read a book like this as soon as it came out, but I think Sebastian’s reading one of my favorite authors is worth the wait. 😉 I am nervous that it won’t live up to her other novels, but my parents and aunt have all already read and enjoyed it.
Sebastian: I’m telling the truth: I totally forgot what this book is about – shame on me. But I’m completely relying on Maraia’s judgement when it comes to Melina Marchetta and that’s good enough for me.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Maraia: I actually don’t want to read this. I’m perfectly content pretending it’s a bunch of really bad fanfiction. Chances are, Sebastian will be able to convince me to read it with him, though.
Sebastian: I wasn’t very excited when this script book was published but I’m not denying that I actually am looking forward to reading it. Definitely not regarding it as the eighth Harry Potter book but it’s an official Harry Potter story written by J.K. Rowling, so I just can’t ignore it for the rest of my life 😀
Time Siege – Wesley Chu
Maraia: I picked up Time Salvager after seeing Tory and Rinn’s reviews, never having heard of the author before. I’ve now read four of Wesley Chu’s books and met him at a book signing, but I’ve yet to finish this series. Fortunately, I have extra motivation, now that Sebastian has also read the first book. We buddy (re)read it for Sci-Fi Month last year, so, like all the other series on our massive list, I hope we can continue it before we’ve forgotten everything. 😛
Sebastian: I’m glad that Time Salvager was a successful recommendation by Maraia and while it didn’t blow me away it was definitely good enough to also make me want to read the sequel. Compared to the first book I’m now hoping for a bit more mindfucking time travel since I found the science behind it a bit too simple in Time Salvager.
Hex – Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Maraia: This is definitely not a book I’d pick out myself, but even Crini thought it was creepy, so I have a feeling it will be a fun buddy read. I’m not sure I want to read it alone at night, though.
Sebastian: I’m always looking for good and scary horror novels and since Stephen King himself praised the book for being creepy I really hope that Hex won’t disappoint me.
Nil On Fire – Lynne Matson
Maraia: When Sebastian told me back in May that he wanted to reread Nil, the first book in this series, in preparation for Nil on Fire’s release, we decided that it would be an entertaining buddy read. Although it will never be my favorite series and I wouldn’t read it on my own, I was definitely one our best buddy reads. We had lots of fun laughing about the instalove and all the swooning going on in the book, so I’m looking forward to the next two. Not surprisingly, though, we didn’t actually manage to continue the series as planned. We had better do it soon, because I don’t think I can bring myself to read Nil a second time (or Sebastian a third). XD
Sebastian: I really can’t say that Nil was one of my favorite books but I’m having a hard time thinking of a more entertaining buddy read than Maraia and I had with this first book in Lynne Matson’s trilogy. It just had the perfect ingredients for buddy reading: ridiculous cheesy and swoony parts that were definitely begging for making fun of them but also a quite exciting story that was addictive enough to make it through the book without getting too annoyed by the romantic parts. If the rest of the trilogy is like the first book than there’s definitely a lot of fun waiting for us in the future 😀