Top Ten Books of 2016 (So Far)

Posted June 21, 2016 by Carlisa in Top Ten Tuesday / 28 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

Yaaaay for pushing favorite books, am I right? The prompt today is actually “Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far,” but I haven’t read enough 2016 releases for that to be a fair game. In fact, I’ve read 11 2016 releases so far…and I’m not about to leave that one extra alone. So I’m going to tell you the top books I’ve read so far in 2016. Sound good? Good.

me before you the start of me and you wolf by wolf a study in charlotte the madwoman upstairs

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I obviously read this book because of the movie. And I thought it was beautiful. I don’t necessarily agree morally with how it ends, but I love the characters and the story arc otherwise. It really makes you think and makes you empathize for people you might not’ve thought about otherwise.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

loved this book. Probably because I feel like I related to the main character 1238920138210%. I even listed a bunch of our similarities on my review of the book here. It was fun and quirky and nerdy and I just loved it.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

This one was awesome. It’s kind of an alternate-universe historical fiction—what would the world be like if the Axis powers won World War II? The characters were unique (can you tell character development is a huge deal for me?) and the world was intricate. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel! I reviewed this one here.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallero

Who didn’t get into Sherlock when the new BBC show came out? It became a hit sensation. And I was so, so very excited about this one coming out where Sherlock is a girl (who runs the world?). And I really enjoyed it! It’s not an all-time favorite by any means, but it was a fun, interesting read, and I’m excited for the sequels. And I interviewed Brittany, which was way fun!

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

This is the first book I accepted from a publisher upon their approaching me and not the other way around—so it will always hold a special place in my heart. Basically, it’s a modern-day story with some serious Jane Eyre vibes flowing. The main character is one of the only descendants of the Brontë family left, and the story is her attempting to find her inheritance. Sounds kind of boring how I just described it, but if you like any of the Brontë sisters, you’d enjoy this. Full review here.

you were here the girl from everywhere the night circus the rose and the dagger stars above

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

This book was so unique and was all about those character developments. So I loved it. I wrote a full review here, but my favorite part was the different chapter set-ups. The chapters were told in the different perspectives of the characters…and in the formats that best represent the characters. Like Mik, for instance, is a selective mute for much of the book. So his chapters are in graphic novel format. Which is a w e s o m e, in my humble and very correct opinion.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

I was surprised by this one, actually! I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did. But it mixed Hawaiian history with mythology with time travel with a biracial main character. And that all added up to a phenomenal book. Full review here!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This one’s kind of cheating because it was an audio re-read of an already all-time favorite book. I love the Night Circus. It holds a special place in my heart. It’s magical and enchanting and unique. (Did I mention the great characters?) It took me forever to get through the audiobook just because I’m awful at audiobooks and sitting down to listen to them. But I did it, and it was well worth it.

The Rose and the Dagger by Reneé Ahdieh

I didn’t like this one as much as the first book because I thought the first book was phenomenal and beautiful. And sequels sometimes have a hard time living up to that. But, despite that, it was still a great book and a great conclusion to this story.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

I got to meet Marissa on her tour for this book, and meeting an author always adds to the reading experience for me quite a bit. She was so quite and recited a fairy tale to us, and I loved every minute. And then this book just made my heart happy. I don’t often read short story compilations, but I couldn’t say no to this one. It was lovely.


What have been your favorite reads of 2016 so far? Let me know and link me to your TTT posts in the comments!


  • /Lauren Rebecca Hassan

    I haven’t read any of these, but I have most on my TBR! Happy reading 🙂

    • Thank you! I hope you read some of them 🙂

  • I started the Night Circus but DNF. I am wondering if I should try it again. My TTT

    • I really enjoyed it, but I’ve heard of people who it didn’t jive with…so that one’s up to you! I’d personally nudge you in the direction of a re-try though, haha. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Ali (@ thebandarblog)

    I hear you about not reading enough 2016 releases. I was thinking that there’s no way I’d read enough to “properly” do this prompt even if I were to do it! But you’ve definitely go some on there so go you!

    • There were more than I thought there’d be! Hahah, I “cheat” a lot on these TTTs so don’t ever feel super restricted 🙂

  • Bella

    I’m happy to see that you enjoyed You Were Here! I’ve seen it recommended so much today that I’m now excited to grab it myself. And wasn’t The Start of Me and You wonderful?! I loved the main character so much 🙂

    • Yesss, please grab it! It’s so fun and interesting and just unique. And yes, the MC in TSOMAY was wonderful. I loved it so much. Thanks for visiting, Bella 🙂

  • Bri

    I agree and I think that’s what I loved most about Me Before You. I didn’t necessarily have to agree with everything but that wasn’t the point and I loved how it started discussions about topics that otherwise weren’t being talked about. Have you read After You yet? I actually liked it more than I thought I would.

    • I haven’t read it because it makes me kind of nervous, haha. But you recommend it?

  • I haven’t read Stars Above yet, but I have it, and I’m definitely excited to get to it soon!! Also YES to Wolf By Wolf. I definitely have to give that series a try! Great list 🙂

    • Yes! You should read Stars Above! If you liked the Lunar Chronicles, these stories will warm your heart.

  • I did love Me Before You, but I understand what you mean with not agreeing with the ending morally for sure. I think that’s been a great source of controversy. But I do think in that case she did present two sides of that coin, even if one choice was more prominent than the other. I didn’t end up watching the movie though, I’m still not emotionally ready for it…

    • The movie does a pretty good job, although it’s a little more rushed than the book (like practically all movies ever). And I wasn’t as emotional as I thought I’d be? I mean, it was still so, so sad but I knew what was coming, which made the heartbreak a little easier.

  • Jo Elliott

    I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but a few of them are on my TBR.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/top-ten-tuesday-62/

    • I hope you read them! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Eeeep, I want to read The Rose and the Dagger and Stars Above SO SO BAD. I’m kind of ashamed of myself for not having read them yet tbh. hhaaha. Oh dear. My TBR is out of control. Ahem. AND OH OH I loved The Girl from Everywhere so much too! POCKET SIZED DRAGON AND KASH WAS AMAZING. And I actually was toying with the idea of listening to the Night Circus on audio…so that would be a good life decision?! ;D

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    • YES to reading TRATD and Stars Above. Yes yes yes. The stories in Stars Above would warm any Lunar Chronicles fan’s heart <3.

      YES YES to the Girl from Everywhere. Did you see the new cover and title of the sequel that she posted today?? BAH can it be 2017 already?

      AND YES YES YES to the audio of the Night Circus. It's kind of a slow-simmering story, so I can see how the audiobook wouldn't be as good for some people. It just depends on your personal tastes. But it's one of my all-time favorite books ever.

  • THE START OF ME AND YOU is such a good book – though Open Road Summer is my favorite Emery Lord novel, TSOMAY makes a good and close second 🙂
    Thanks for sharing these and HAPPY READING!

    • I just read Open Road Summer a few months ago and really enjoyed it! I think TSOMAY is still my favorite, though 🙂 Thanks for visiting Milka!

  • Ang ⚯͛ △⃒⃘

    I need to read The Night Circus. I’ve heard great things about it!

  • Vanessa Wiggins

    Me Before You is on my TBR list! And I LOVED The Rose and the Dagger. My favorite read this year has been A Court of Mist and Fury 🙂

    • I actually haven’t even started that series 😮 But I’ve read and loved the Throne of Glass, so I probably would like that one too!

  • Ali (@ thebandarblog)

    Just so you know (NO PRESSURE!), I nominated you for the Real Neat Blog Award (: https://thebandarblog.com/2016/06/26/blabbering-the-real-neat-blog-award/

    • I know I answered you on Twitter already, but you’re the best, and I’ll get on writing this hopefully tonight.

  • ‘Me Before You’ is on my list because I’d like to see the movie, and I read Emery’s last year. It’s definitely still one of my favorites, and now I’m eager to read her newest novel, which I recently bought. 🙂

    • I definitely like The Start of Me and You more than Emery’s latest novel. I just connected more with it. But When We Collided brings some important issues to light, which is…important lol.