Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines the fun of making lists with our love of books.
This week’s prompt was Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year and let’s just say it was not hard to narrow down my top ten.
While I wish I had even more 2016 books under my belt to choose from, so far I’ve read a pretty respectable 17 new releases this year. Keep going for the ten best!
1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I’m calling it now, A Court of Mist and Fury is going to be my favorite book of 2016. This Hades and Persephone retelling is lushly written, deftly plotted, full of amazing characters, and has the most perfect slow burn romance I have ever read!
2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
The second book in the Shades of Magic series is even more thrilling than the first! In addition to a stellar cast of characters, Schwab’s historical fantasy series takes place in several parallel Londons, including magical Red London and war-torn White London.
3. Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin
Set in an alternate timeline where Germany won World War II, Iron to Iron is a prequel to Wolf by Wolf (which you should really read first) that follows motorcycle racers Luka and Adele and reveals just what happened during the 1955 Axis Tour.
4. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Even though The Winner’s Crime was my favorite book in the trilogy, The Winner’s Kiss was the perfect conclusion to Kestrel and Arin’s epic star-crossed love story. While I could have used less war stuff, the final 100 pages and that shocking twist were everything.
5. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Full of action, adventure, heartbreaking moments and bad ass ladies, The Rose and the Dagger was a satisfying conclusion to The Wrath and the Dawn duology. Sure it could have used more romance (because obviously), but that’s my only real complaint.
6. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
This time-traveling pirate romance stars violin prodigy Etta as she works her way across time (but definitely not space) to save her family from a group of time mobsters, all with the help of a charmingly handsome pirate named Nicholas.
7. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
In addition to a gorgeous cover, The Loves That Split the World has everything from stories within stories to time travel to parallel dimensions, best friends and wormholes. While the religious aspects were off-putting, the overarching story is anything but.
8. Paper Princess by Erin Watt
Called “cracktastic” by its two authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick), this is one of those guilty pleasure books that you know is terrible but you can’t put down. Let’s just say, I loved this super frothy break from reality.
9. Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Described as a modern re-imaging of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Exit, Pursued by a Bear follows cheerleader Hermione Winters through her senior year of high school following a rape she cannot remember. So. Many. Feelings.
10. The Fireman by Joe Hill
Set in a crumbling world where those infected with a spore known as Draco Incendia Trychophyton are prone to spontaneous combustion, Joe Hill’s latest tome The Fireman is a hard to describe mix of psychological horror, action, adventure and humor.