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 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
I 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 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!