Ten Books to Watch For This Spring (2016)

March 15, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 27

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that asks bloggers to create Top Ten lists on a variety of bookish topics. This week’s topic is Ten Books On My Spring TBR.  

I’ve focused on new releases…and this is by no means a comprehensive list of all the books I’m looking forward to this spring. I didn’t include spring releases that I’d already shared on my Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016 and Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I’m Anticipating lists, so check those out for even more spring picks.

Ten Books to Watch for this spring 2016

As Close to Us As Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner (March 15, Lee Boudreaux Books)
Ever since I loved Tender from the new Lee Boudreaux Books imprint, I’ve been looking forward to this multi-generational family saga (I’m a sucker for these!).

A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer by “a wonderful talent [who] should be read widely”

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (March 22, Ecco)
This debut novel is getting a lot of buzz and hits my dysfunctional families hot button.

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein (March 29, Harper)
As a mother of a young daughter, this book piques my interest/scares me.

A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times best-selling author of books like Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Orenstein spoke to psychologists, academics, and other experts in the field and yes, 70 young women, to offer an in-depth picture of “girls and sex” today.


Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly (April 5, Touchstone)
Yet more of my reading hot buttons (eccentric families, 1990’s NYC) in this debut!

The Middlesteins meets The Virgin Suicides in this arresting family love story about the eccentric yet tight knit Simone family, coping with tragedy during 90s New York, struggling to reconnect with each other and heal.

Ladivine by Marie NDiaye (April 26, Knopf)
I’ve had good luck with Knopf in the past…plus, secrets and double lives.

The first Tuesday of every month, Clarisse Rivière leaves her husband and young daughter to take the train to Bordeaux and visit her mother, Ladivine. Clarisse has concealed nearly every aspect of her adult life from this woman whom she dreads and despises but also pities, and who knows her as Malinka. But after twenty-five years, the idyllic life she has built from scratch cannot survive the walls she’s put up to protect it.


The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest (May 3, Bloomsbury USA)
One of those books where you’re confused about what it’s actually about even after reading the blurb, but I’m intrigued.

Explores a cross-section of contemporary urban life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us intimate stories of hidden lives, and showing us that good intentions don’t always lead to the right decisions.

Zero K by Don DeLillo (May 3, Scribner)
I’ve never read DeLillo, but he’s been on my TBR list for awhile. 

Don DeLillo’s seductive, spectacularly observed and brilliant new novel weighs the darkness of the world—terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague—against the beauty and humanity of everyday life; love, awe, “the intimate touch of earth and sun.”

The After Party by Anton Disclafani (May 17, Riverhead)
This one reminds me of a cross between The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Big Rich (i.e. wealthy people behaving badly).

From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all.

Happy Family by Tracy Barone (May 26, Lee Boudreaux Books)
After Tender, I’m pretty much excited about anything from Lee Boudreaux Books.

In Tracy Barone’s mordantly funny debut, a fiercely independent woman is forced to come to terms with the family who raised her, the one who gave her away and the one she desperately wants.

June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (May 31, Crown)
Bittersweet, Beverly-Whittemore’s 2014 novel, is one of my top beach read recommendations, so I was excited to hear she had a new book coming out.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever.

Including healthy doses of family dysfunction, secrets, and socialites.

27 Responses to “Ten Books to Watch For This Spring (2016)”

  1. Kay

    THE NEST and THE AFTER PARTY are both on my list. I was attracted to the Houston setting in THE AFTER PARTY. We’ll see if I ever get around to it.

    • admin

      Texas oil money is always fascinating to me – such odd behavior that goes along with it…makes for great reading!

  2. Rachel Writes Things

    I haven’t heard of any of these books BUT it just means I have a lot more to add to my list. I really need to read more adult books and this will be the perfect place to start. Good luck with your reading 🙂

  3. Amanda

    June!!!!! I’m definitely going to look forward to your opinion of the After Party. I’m kind of tired of rich people behaving badly – unless its really well done.

    • admin

      You know, it’s traditionally been one of my favorite reading categories (as you know!!). But lately I find it’s more and more rare that it’s done well. I’ve gotten burned a couple times in the past few years. But, I did love Bittersweet, so I’m hopeful about June!

  4. Kathy @ Kathy Reads Fiction

    I think I removed The Nest from my holds list at the library because I lost interest in it, which surprised me because it was one of my anticipated books to read this year. June looks really enticing, and Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday is on my “on the fence” wish list.

    • admin

      It took me awhile to get excited about The Nest…too much hype, but I finally came around. We’ll see if it pans out.

    • admin

      It’s so pretty, right?! Let’s hope what’s inside the cover lives up to the hype!

    • admin

      Thank you 🙂 And with you on loving a good scandal…especially if wittily (is that a word?!) commentated!

  5. Athira

    The Nest is on my list. So is Girls and Sex. All others are new to me. They sound pretty good though so I will have to check them out.

  6. Deb

    I’m glad to hear Peggy Orenstein has a new book coming out. I talk about Cinderella Ate My Daughter all the time (and I don’t even have kids).

    • admin

      I haven’t read that one, but possibly should! My eyes are certainly being opened through Girls & Sex…a lot has changed since I was in high school/college apparently!

  7. Donna @ OnDBookshelf

    Another great list, I can always count on you to find some great upcoming reads! I already had The Nest, The After Party, and June on my radar, but adding in Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday to my ever growing list!

    • admin

      I’m really looking forward to Sunday/Monday and am planning to start it soon!

    • admin

      I can’t believe I haven’t read DeLillo yet. Remedying that soon! And – dude – Girls & Sex is clueing me into the fact that times have totally changed since I was in high school! The definition of the bases has even changed!!!

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