I read a lot of books this year, and I might have been a bit generous in giving a few of them 5 stars. However, my pick for top 10 are ones that surprised me with how much I liked them, mainly for the fact that they weren’t typically in a genre I read a lot (besides TRATD, and Salt to the Sea, those were just really great books!). [Click on the title of the books to get to Goodreads]
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
A beautifully told tale of a little known sea disaster. It is told beautifully.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A grumpy, curmudgeonly old man, who slowly warms up to his new neighbors. This is just a wonderfully written book!
The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
A great finish to the duology! It was everything I had been hoping for.
Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
I’m not usually into psychological thrillers. However, this book was so well written and gripping. I couldn’t put it down!
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
This book was so good! So dark and sinister and bloodthirsty. Kristoff has quickly become a favorite author, especially when he teams up with Amie Kauffman for the Illuminae Files!
And I Darken by Kiersten White
A gender twisting tale about Vlad the Impaler? Sign me up. It was a well researched, dark tale, and I loved every moment of it, even if there were parts that were gross and painful.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
This was such a good book, though hard to read. It takes a stark look into a relationship that starts out healthy (maybe?) and quickly becomes toxic.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
“Are you happy with your life?”
Those words immediately grip you and take you along on this crazy journey of science and adventure. This book was very readable for all the science talk that went on in it, and it had me hanging on to every word!
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
This was my first introduction to Margaret Atwood, and it just makes me want to read more of her books! I love this retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest!
the princess saves herself in this one by amanda lovelace
I’ve never really been attracted to poetry before; it was never something I could relate to. But this collection of poems is immensely readable and relatable—lovelace bares her soul in this collection and that’s what made this book a favorite of 2016 for me.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
This was my first Book of the Month Club read and it was one of my favorites this year! It was a great study in human character, and was beautifully written.