Top Ten Tuesday – December 27, 2016: Ten Best Books of 2016


December 27, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was Top Ten Best Books of 2016

Usually choosing a “best of” list for the whole year is really hard… But I feel like 2016 was a little easier than most years! I don’t know if I’m being pickier or just read a number of books that I didn’t jive with but there were some clear winners of 2016 for me and then the rest sort of fell in line. Here are my 2016 choices for best books!


I totally fell in love with Emily Henry’s debut novel! It was interesting, beautifully written, involved a little time travel/world crossing, and had an epic love.

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THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson

I am a huuuuge Mistborn fan and I gobble these books up as soon as they’re released. Things picked up incredibly with the 6th book in the Mistborn world and I just loved the audio (as always).

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THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye

I was immediately whisked away by the magic of this book and the intense love for the characters shortly followed. This was one of my favorite debuts of 2016 and I can’t wait for its sequel!

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REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

REBEL OF THE SANDS was my other favorite 2016 debut and although it really wasn’t like SHADOW AND BONE at all, its tone and characters kind of reminded me of the spunk, confidence, and excellence of Leigh Bardugo’s characters. I can’t wait to get more of everything in this series!

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THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

I actually don’t think THE RAVEN KING is my favorite of the Raven Cycle (that honor probably goes to BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE) but this series favorite is in my top ten of 2016 list because I can’t get enough of these characters. Everything is amazing and I may have issues with series enders but I still loved THE RAVEN KING from start to finish!

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P.S. I LIKE YOU by Kasie West

Kasie West is one of my favorite Queens of Contemporary and PS I LIKE YOU almost took the top spot of Kasie West books in my line-up… But I think I still like ON THE FENCE just a bit more. This book was so darn cute, so much fun, and just a delight all around.

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GEMINA by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I waiting in line at BEA for three hours, give or take, for an ARC of GEMINA and it was totally. worth it. Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are pure geniuses with this series and I loved how it was a sequel and companion all at the same time, plus the mind-blowing twists and turns!

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I binge-read this trilogy on audio this year so I’m including all three books because I couldn’t get enough of them! I loved the worth, LOVED the characters, and LOVED the romance. It was sheer excellence.

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CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

What would a top ten list be without Leigh Barudgo? CROOKED KINGDOM was such an amazing follow-up to SIX OF CROWS and I loved the series closer in book two instead of it going on to a trilogy. These characters, this setting, the banter, the gang… it’s all utter perfection. Leigh Bardugo makes me laugh, cry, cheer, and shout!

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kerri maniscalco

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER appealed to me on a different level than some of the other books on my top ten list because it just had that overall feel of a book I connected with rather than pulling specific things out here and there. I just loved the mystery, the feel, the strong female character, the darkness, and the romance. Kerri Maniscalco is also a delight and such a wonderful author to chat and work with. I cannot wait for the continuation of adventures for these characters in the next book!

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Which books top your Best of 2016 list? Do we share any big favorites? Any surprises you saw and agree with?

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – December 27, 2016: Ten Best Books of 2016

  1. Lauren @ Bookmark Lit

    I still have to read so many of these!! I agree about TRK too.

    I was definitely pickier this year I think. It was a lot easier than usual to pick out favorites for the year, for some reason! I just didn’t have as many books really WOW me.

  2. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I really loved Crooked Kingdom too! I’ve been wanting to read The Crown’s Game since before its release, yet somehow haven’t gotten around to it yet. I must do it now, after seeing it on your list! The same goes for Stalking Jack the Ripper…

    Great list!


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