Today's Top Ten Tuesday topics is all about the best books of 2016, and I'm here to tell you this is so friggin hard!! Making this list took for-freakin-EVER, because here's what my actual favorite books list looks like:
Especially considering I've got favorite YA, adult and comic books. So it's hard to choose. Fortunately, I managed to cut down the list to just eleven books. I just couldn't stop at ten, guys, it was too hard. Anyway, here's the books I loved most this year:
- And I Darken by Kiersten White - I think I've said this to anybody who'll listen, but this is by far my favorite book of the year. If you want to know why, read my review here.
- Ruined by Amy Tintera - It's not often that I read a story from the anti-hero's perspective, from what you can actually see as the villain. So it was a really good surprise to not only enjoy, but love Em's story. Now I'm very curious to see what happens next. Also, her sister is insane and I love it!
- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - I enjoyed the second book of the Grisha trilogy immensely.
Granted, I have yet to read the last book, because I'm a chicken, but that's a different story.Besides Nikolai, I loved this book because it shows the corruption that power can cause, on even the best of the best people. I feel like Alina is slowly becoming a female version of the Darkling, only it's heartbreaking to watch because she knows it and she's fighting it with everything she's got. I hope she wins that battle.
- Firstlife by Gena Showalter - Behind the big theme of life after death, there's a wealth of themes worth talking about in this book, but the biggest one is parent-child relationships, and it's one of the reasons why I loved this book so much. Read my review here.
- Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes - This year was a big one for books that talked about mental health, and I couldn't be happier for that. GATU is a book that beautifully explores mental health, but also accurately describes the role of a psychologist, without making that figure look like a wizard with a magic wand, that makes all the problems go "poof". Read my review here.
- Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven - Another book that explores mental health, this book was full of hope and I personally loved it. Read my review here.
- Love And Let Die by Lexi Blake - A story of redemption, second chances, and forgiveness, this book has it all, plus some sexy times. If you're in love with Ian Taggart, like me, then you'll probably love this book.
- The Bookshop On The Corner by Jenny Colgan - This book shows that if you have a dream, no matter how crazy it may seem, you can fulfill it. I loved this story so much, and I hope some of you will give it a try. Read my review here.
- First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones - I finally read this book this year, and let me tell you, I'm mad at myself for waiting this long. I cannot wait to find some free time next year to binge read this entire series. It's funny, sexy, and it features a sassy Grim Reaper.
- Promise The Moon by Hailey Edwards - Probably not surprising that a Hailey Edwards book is in this list, but I have to tell you, this book was fantastic. I loved the fact that it showed a different take on werewolves, and I also loved the fact that it explored the aspect of the roles a werewolf has within the pack, and how that affects their behavior and that of their packmates, but also what happens when some of those roles are reversed. Read my review here.
That's it *phew* There are a few books that I could mention in the "honorable mentions" section, like ACOTAR and The Raven Boys, but there are too many that would fit that description, so I won't. What about you? What are ten (or more) best books of this year?