Top Ten Tuesday #105 – Top Books of 2016

Posted December 27, 2016 by Lillian in Features / 4 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

The countdown to 2017 continues today with a “Top Ten Best Books of 2016.” I read 156 books this year and of those rated 64 books 5. Of those 64, 45 came out this year. So narrowing down my list to only ten was a bit difficult. Either way here they are, in no particular order. As always, titles link to review and covers to Amazon (affiliate).

My Top Ten Twelve Books of 2016

Book Cover for "Assassin's Heart" by Sarah AhiersBook Cover for "The Crown" by Kiera CassBook Cover for "Glass Sword" by Victoria Aveyard

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie RutkoskiI binged read the entire series this fall and loved them all but the last book was my favorite. The author ended the series perfectly in my opinion. I love the characters and the transformation in them both throughout the series. If you enjoy high fantasy with a medieval feel, I highly recommend it.

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah AhiersThis is one of those books that I won’t soon forget. It was amazing! A twist on Romeo and Juliet, this fantasy dealt with assassins, revenge, and a tiny touch of romance. The suspense of the book kept my attention from page one and I couldn’t sit it down.

The Crown by Kiera CassA perfect end to a favorite series. I LOVED The Selection and I had a love/hate relationship with Eadlyn. But this book goes a long way in redeeming Eadlyn. Oh and my ship sailed away into the land of HEA 😀

Glass Sword by Victoria AveyardDark and twisted doesn’t even begin to cover the sequel to Red Queen. I adored this book! I held my breath, I cried and screamed with Mare, I loved every word. And that ending…..ugh!!!! I’m so glad February is almost here. I need King’s Cage!!

Book Cover for "The Crown's Game" by Evelyn SkyeBook Cover for "Rhapsodic" by Laura ThalassaBook Cover for "If We Were a Movie" by Kelly OramBook Cover for "Strain of Resistance" by Michelle Bryan

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn SkyeI loved this book! I can’t even really pinpoint a specific reason as to why. I loved the characters, I loved the fantasy elements, I loved the Russian setting. It was a magical read that I couldn’t get enough of. AND there’s a sequel coming in May so I can’t wait to revisit the series!

Rhapsodic by Laura ThalassaI’m a bit biased with this author. I have yet to read anything by her I do not like. And this one had me fangirling to the point my husband was laughing at me. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I squealed aloud when I realized the book was set in the same world as my favorite series The Unearthly or that I read the book in one sitting and immediately reread it. If you enjoy urban fantasy, this book is a must read!

If We Were a Movie by Kelly OramAnother favorite author that I have yet to find a book I didn’t enjoy. Have you ever read a book that left you with a big goofy grin on your face? A book that left you light-hearted and smiling ear to ear? That’s this book! I love Oram’s ability to tell a clean romance and make the characters feel so alive that they are real. If you enjoy romantic comedy, I highly recommend this one and anything by her!

Strain of Resistance by Michelle BryanI’m a sucker for dystopians and this book is amazing!!! It’s a new adult dystopian with a sci-fi/fantasy twist. I devoured it in one sitting and then immediately reread it. It is that good! And Bixby, the main character, is a new favorite of mine. She’s a bit hard to like in the beginning but she quickly grows on you.

Book Cover for "Strings" by David EstesBook Cover for "Crown of Cinders" by Rebecca EthingtonBook Cover for "Saven: Defiance" by Siobhan Davis

Relentless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy DeebsMy new vice, thanks to these ladies, is superheroes. I loved this duology. I read both books in a weekend and loved them. It was like a cross between a young adult fantasy and your favorite comic. It reminded me a little of Xmen, which was a good thing. I hope there will be more from this world!

Strings by David EstesA favorite author of mine tackled one of my favorite classics Pinocchio and combined it with his own twist of dystopian and sci-fi. Honestly I wasn’t sure what to think when I started this book, but I wound up loving it. It’s unique and the characters are unforgettable.

Crown of Cinders by Rebecca EthingtonThe Imdalind series came to an end this year and I was honestly dreading reading this book. I wasn’t sure who would survive (the author isn’t afraid to kill characters) and I am so attached to these characters I wasn’t sure I wanted to read the book. But even with my doubting I read it and loved it. Any fan of the series can see the thought and planning that went into these characters, the foreshadowing from book one to the very end is there and hints about what would/could happen. The ending was everything I could have asked for and more.

Saven: Defiance by Siobhan DavisI’m enjoying this sci-fi series! The third book is a favorite of mine in the series thus far. It answered many questions that had arisen through the series and builds to the finale in the next book. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store next!

Your turn! What books were your top reads in 2016? Share below


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4 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #105 – Top Books of 2016

  1. Ooh nice! Winner’s Kiss and Assassin’s Heart made my list too! I STILL need to read The Outliers and The Crown’s Game, but I am planning on binging the latter whenever the second book comes out! Still need to read Glass Sword too for that matter, but heard it had a cliffhanger, so I steered clear of that one for the time being. But I’ll likely fold next year! LOL! Loved Relentless too! Great picks!

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