Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Best Books Of 2016.” I feel like I was a much harder reviewer in 2016 than I’ve been in the past. Of the 77 books I read this year, only seven earned five stars from me. I did have a lot of four-star reads, so it wasn’t a bad year of reading by any means. Here are my picks for my top ten reads. Small little shout out to my currently read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. I’ve only just started it, but I have a feeling it’s going to be one of my top reads of the year. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Can a duology be perfect because Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology is quite possibly the closest thing to perfection.
2. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – This books blew me away and I just want more. Why must this be a standalone?
3. Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin – One of my favorite books of all time. I will recommend it at every turn. Like right now, if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this one, do it!
4. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – Quite possibly my favorite series ever, the conclusion of the Raven Cycle made me laugh and cry and marvel.
5. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – I’m not gonna lie, there are a couple of things I didn’t love about this conclusion, but Kestrel remains one of my favorite literary female characters ever.
6. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – You know what you’re looking for a book to just draw you in? It wasn’t long before I fell headfirst into Hamilton’s world.
7. The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – This book killed me. Not only did it kill me with what what inside, but it killed me knowing it is the final book in the duology. I still can’t accept that. I just can’t.
8. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – I was very nitpicky with this one and that’s only because A Darker Shade of Magic blew me away so much. On any other day, this one would have received five stars from me instead of four because in a lot of ways it really is a five-star read.
9. Iron Cast by Desiny Soria – This is another book that was so close to getting a rare five-star stamp from me. I was so impressed with this debut: from the writing, the story, and the characters.
10. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – Another stunning four-star read and really you’d hear no argument from me if someone rated this five stars. Nicola Yoon is a force to bee reckoned with.
Have you read any of these amazing books? Which five-star book f 2016 surprised you the most? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.