Today’s topic is: Best books of 2016 – your choice. My choice = Top 10 books that I read in 2016
I read waaaaay more books this year than I’ve ever read before. I set myself a Goodreads goal of 50 books, thinking I would devote more time to blogging and writing and you know, life. But…somehow…I made that goal. And then surpassed that goal. And somehow (I really don’t know how) I read 74 books in 2016.
Of those 74, here are 10 of my highest rated books from this past year’s reading list. I rated each of these books 5 stars. There were more five star reads in my read-list, but for today’s list I’ve selected novels only, and chosen my absolute favourites. This year, I read a lot of balance YA, a lot of Fantasy and quite a bit of Historical fiction. This list reflects that.These books entertained me, amused me, made me laugh, made me cry.
This book. So beautiful. Probably some of the prettiest writing I have ever read. Read my review to see how much I loved it.
This book, though slightly confusing at points because of its complexity, is extraordinary. I thoroughly enjoyed the time travel, history, fantasy, and mystery of this book. Read my review to see what I mean. I can’t wait for the sequel, Wayfarer, to come out next month.
3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
The feels. THE FEELS. This book has so much in it. It might be my favourite book of the year. Or at least, tied very closely with Lyrebird. This book is exciting, painful, mysterious, sexy, intriguing, intense, snarky, and everything else you can imagine. The next book in the series, A Court of Wings and Ruin comes out in May 2017 and I may already be pacing my living room waiting for it to arrive.
4. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary J. Pearson
A the finale in a trio that began with a princess running away from her wedding, this book demonstrates very clearly how much a character can develop over the course of a series. I’ve loved watching Lia develop from girl to woman, princess to queen, child to warrior.
5. The Lake House by Kate Morton
Kate Morton is one of my favourite authors. The Lake House cemented this. It is a brilliant blend of contemporary and historical, with a delightful mystery.
6. Charades by Todd Foley
I can’t not mention this little bit of Canadiana. Set in Vancouver, this lovely novella is full of everyday interactions and seemingly insignificant moments. But Charades is full of twisty goodness that makes you raise your brows and wonder – just who are my neighbours?
7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The first thriller I read this year – and one that has stuck with me for 12 months. This book took me a while to get into (it is a unique style) but when it grabbed me, it latched onto my throat and would not let go. The different style and the intensity of the story make this a top pick for me and something that I would not have picked up if it wasn’t for other people recommending it.
8. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
I am always drawn to historical fiction set during World War Two. I’m also drawn to books about friendship between women. And this book was no exception – it steps up in both those categories. It is gripping and made me cry so many times. But it also reminded me of humanity’s incredible capacity for kindness. Read my review to understand why, and then pre-order it (it comes out in February 2017).
9. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
The conclusion of a series is always difficult. I rarely want to say goodbye to characters. Marissa Meyer understands. So when she released this collection of short stories about the characters of The Lunar Chronicles, I had to read it. It was such a fun read!
10.The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Apparently, I was drawn to circus books (see The Orphan’s Tale above). This book was…magical. I don’t think there are any other words to describe it. Everything about it is magical. The concept is so strange, yet so full of magic. The writing is not only beautiful, but…magical. I may need to reread this…soon.
What do all of these books have in common?
Let’s see… five are fantasy, three have historical elements, four are YA, and nine have at least some kind of romantic element to the story. I think that explains what I enjoy fairly succinctly.