Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is favorite releases of 2016. So far, it’s been a pretty great year of reading and I’m excited to share the books I’ve loved this year.
1. TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
Ever since I read the extended preview on NetGalley last year, I knew this was going to be a hit. This book reminded me why I fell in love with YA fantasy genre in the first place. It had everything I could have asked for and more: adventure, romance, fighting, sea battles, magic, family drama, epic friendships, amazing world building and so much more.
2. THE DARK DAYS CLUB by Alison Goodman
This book was a complete and total surprise, in the very best way possible. It’s Regency romance meets paranormal fantasy, and it could have gone wrong in so many ways, but instead Alison Goodman’s execution of mixing the two genres was done is a way that only the very best of authors could have done. I loved the writing, I loved the storyline, I loved the characters. I cannot wait for the second one!
3. JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye
I went into this never having read Jane Eyre before and only being slightly familiar with the plot. However, I absolutely adore this book. Lyndsay Faye’s writing was amazing. The tone and feel of the book was like reading something of Austen or Brontë. It was intriguing, smart, and witty. Now that I have read Jane Eyre since then, I can appreciate it much more and its allusions to the original novel.
4. A GATHERING OF SHADOWS by V.E. Schwab
A great second book in the Shades of Magic series. The world building continues to be amazing, as does the character developments and magical aspects. The writing is fantastic still and the new characters introduced were a perfect addition. My only complaint: that cliffhanger!
5. THE WINNER’S KISS by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner’s Trilogy is one of my favorite series ever. This book was the last and it was perfect. It was a beautiful, tragic, amazing, exquisite ending and I loved every minute of it!
6. WOLF BY WOLF* by Ryan Graudin
This was another great example of a mixing of genres that shouldn’t work, but do. A World War II historical fiction novel with a small science fiction twist. I was thoroughly entertained the whole time I was reading it. The main character, Yael, has to be one of the best favorite female protagonists that I’ve read in a long time. I need the sequel more than I need air.
7. PAPER PRINCESS by Erin Watt
I wasn’t expecting a whole lot going into this so I’m glad I was proven wrong. Honestly, it’s full of cliches and nothing new in the YA/NA contemporary genre, but it was completely entertaining. I stayed up for hours and read the whole thing in one sitting. The next two in the series come out later this year and I’m hoping they’re as good as the first!
8. CALL TO JUNO by Elisabeth Storrs
History doesn’t change, no matter how much I wanted it to while reading this book! This was the final installment of the Tales of Ancient Rome series, and although I knew going into it what fate eventually befalls the characters, it didn’t make it any less heartbreaking. An amazing, yet bittersweet, ending to a fantastic series.
9. THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER by Renee Ahdieh
Yet another ending to a great series (well, duology)! The Wrath and The Dawn was a big hit for me last year and I was really looking forward to the release of this book. Needless to say, I was not disappointed!
10. THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER by Jennifer L. Armentrout
It’s no secret that I love (almost) every book that I’ve read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. She’s one of the only auto-buy authors I have and I was not disappointed by this book! It was raw and emotional and real and absolutely perfect.
*I realize that Wolf By Wolf is not a 2016 release, but when I was making my list I forgot that small detail and so it got included because I was too lazy to go back and change it (and also because it’s just so good).
Comment and tell me what your favorite reads of 2016 have been so far!