Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite books of 2016

I know, I’m a little late on this whole wrap up thing. But, the end of 2016 really sneaked up on me and the beginning of 2017 has been a whirlwind. So, I still wanted to have a chance to compile this list. 2016 was a great reading year for me and I really enjoyed a lot of books. Below are my top 10 books I read in 2016. These are in no particular order because how can I possible choose my favorite baby?

 

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  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • This book had everything I could want in a book and then some. The crew in this book and the interactions between them really made this book something special. Bardugo’s writing is incredible and I am obsessed with her Grisha world.

 

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  •  The Sun is Also a Star  by Nicola Yoon
    • During the summer of 2016 I read Everything, Everything  by Nicola Yoon. I enjoyed her writing but didn’t completely fall in love with the story. (Check out my review here.) So, I was excited to read The Sun is Also a Star with our Thrice Read book club. This book made me fall in love. This story was poignant but still adorable. It tackled tough issues in a way that felt very realistic and true to life. The characters were engrossing. I adored it. If you would like to see all of our thoughts go read our discussion post here.

 

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  • A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
    • I had zero expectations for this book. I hadn’t seen any reviews on it before diving into it. That being said this book was exactly what I was needing without even knowing it myself. This psychological thriller/detective story was completely captivating. The world and the characters felt gritty yet endearing. I need a second book to come out for this book. So, if you haven’t read it make sure you pick it up! You can see our discussion post for it here.

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  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
    • Tahereh Mafi did it again. Mafi is a beautiful storyteller the way she develops characters is like no other. This book was a middle-grade novel and it really highlighted how great middle-grade literature can be. It is accessible to younger readers without compromising the integrity of the story or the writing. We also did a discussion post on it here.

 

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  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    • This was another middle-grade novel that really blew my mind last year. This book tells the story of a shadow child. A shadow child is a child who was born illegally. There is a population law in place in the story that prohibits families from having more than two stories. This book is short and quick but powerful. I read this book with my 6th grade students and it had a huge impact on them. I would definitely recommend this book.

 

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  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
    • Realistically this place could go to multiple books in the Raven Cycle. However, I really loved The Dream Thieves. it was a book that gave reader a real insight into Ronan and I greatly appreciated that. The second book in this series was my favorite of all of them. So, it had to be included on this list.

 

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  • The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
    • This year I made it a point to attempt to read more diversely. In making that a goal I read some really incredible novels about people of color by authors of color. This book was a great example of this. Ahdieh’s novel is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights but it is so much more than that. Ahdieh takes the story and makes it her own. It is fully flushed out and the world is vibrant. I loved this book. I haven’t had a chance to read The Rose & the Dagger but I am highly anticipating it. You can check out our discussion about it here.

 

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  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
    • Do I even need to explain this choice? Seriously this book was amazing.The characters, world-building, and relationships (especially the friendships) were incredible. Maas is an author that builds immense worlds that do not feel overwhelming and it is really impressive.

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  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
    • I happened to pick up this book by chance. I previously read Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin and really enjoyed it. However, I hadn’t heard of The Walled City. I just so happened to find it at Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, SC (Graudin’s hometown) This book was amazing. It was intricate while keeping a fast pace which is extremely difficult to do. If you want my full review you can check it out here.

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  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    • This is a book that I had on my shelves for what felt like forever. I finally broke down and started reading it. I loved this world and I can’t wait to continue with the Chaos Walking trilogy. I’m hoping to complete it in the next couple of weeks. My reading of this book just so happened to coincided with the release of the A Monster Calls movie. (Another book I need to read) It has made me move that book up on my TBR list.

 

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite books of 2016

  1. I read “The Knife of Never Letting Go” in one of my college classes, and I want to re-read it now. I definitely want to check out “Among The Hidden” now. Thanks for sharing!

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