Most people have already posted their “Best Books” posts, but I waited a bit so that I could really discern which were my favorites. But really I procrastinated because it was just too hard to pick!
So in no particular order, here are my top picks of 2016:
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
A new fresh peek into the Shadowhunter world. While Clare’s other series in this world are just okay, this series is looking to be a promising one.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
The second in the series, ACOMAF is the next part of Feyre’s journey in the Fae realm. If you’re looking for more characters and more world building, here you have it.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot is taking a train back to London when a murder takes place! After soon realizing that there was no way the for the murderer to sneak off the train, Poirot uses his detective skills to uncover the identity of the killer.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
An absolutely beautiful tale written about a woman who gets lost in time. Claire, while on holiday with her husband Frank, gets thrown back in time when she touches the magical stones at Craigh na Dun. Suddenly 200 years in the past she must figure out how to return to her own time before it’s too late.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Lib Wright, a Nightingale nurse, is charged with the task of observing the girl who has been become “the Fasting Girl,” a young girl who claims to not have eaten anything for months. Lib struggles to just observe the girl when she realizes that she can save a life.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
In a society that is separated, the haves and have-nots, a young woman uncovers the truth about herself and how she can use her skills to fight for those without.
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Keturah is known for her storytelling abilities, which she must use to escape Death. This a beautiful fairytale written about a girl that does everything she can to survive and learns the ultimate lesson about life and death.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid. She serves a family in the only way that they think she can, as a child-bearer. But she remembers before. She thinks often about her own child and her boyfriend and when she was free.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Being the son of the Chosen One isn’t always easy, especially when you’re different. Another tale of the Wizarding World following Harry Potter and his son, Albus, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is true to Rowling’s original theme of friendship and family.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
There are monsters in the world and not the kind that hide under the bed. These monsters are vicious and a threat to mankind. Kate’s father makes the citizen’s of his city pay a hefty price for his protection. August wants to be human, but isn’t. This is a great sci-fi/fantasy story that brings together two characters from opposing sides of a war so that they can make their city a safer place for all.
So here are the 10 best books that I read in 2016! Something that I read that deserves honorable mention is We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, but it’s more like an essay so I didn’t count it.
What were your favorite books of 2016? Any recommendations?