Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by the folks at the Broke and the Bookish. Each week has a different theme where participants try to come up with ten things to fit the theme.

This week is Top Ten Best Books Of 2016. These are the books I read in 2016, not necessarily released in 2016. I’ve been reading a lot of series this year and I decided to group them together since choosing a favorite book in a series can feel like choosing a favorite child. And I felt like including multiple books from a series would just fill this list with books from two series. Without further ado, here are my ten favorite books/series of the year.

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Vicious

I think this might my favorite book of the year. It tells the story of two friends who discover the way to unlock superpowers and then turn against each other. The story jumps back and forth between present and past as it paints the characters’ motivations and their current machinations to outwit each other progresses.

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Secret History

Prior to the release of Arcanum Unbounded (which I’ve yet to read), this might be the most references about the Cosmere in a single work. The Cosmere being the “behind the scenes” world that ties most of Brandon Sanderson’s work together. It’s truly full of Easter eggs and fan services.

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Eleanor & Park

One of my first Rainbow Rowell books. Eleanor & Park tells the story of two teenage outcasts as they try to figure out their place in each other’s life and their own identity, set in 1980s Omaha. I feel that it really paints a nice picture of teenage life and a sense of budding romance of that age.

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Kindred Spirits

What’s better than Rainbow Rowell? Rainbow Rowell + Star Wars. Kindred Spirits tells the story of a Star Wars fan trying to experience the romance of fandom by camping outside a cinema days before the release of The Force Awakens. Things aren’t what she imagined as fandom has changed since the release of the last Star Wars film.

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Bands of Mourning

The latest novel entry to the Mistborn series. It’s now officially called Era 2 series, by the way. There was flip flopping between Era 1.5 and Era 2 before, but the latest State of the Sanderson cleared it up. The next book will be the last one in Era 2. Seems like it will be the next major project Sanderson tackles, planned for a Fall 2018 release. I’m excited to see what’s in store for Wax and Wayne and their companions.

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The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Blade

Winner of the 2015 Self Published Fantasy Blog Off and the only one in the top ten I’ve read. I planned to read all the top ten finalists. The 2016 top ten list is out. So I’m about 19 books behind schedule. *Sigh*. Trouble’s Braid tells the story of thief Amra Thetys as she exacts vengeance for her fallen friend and in the process get herself tangled in a mess of politics, gods and immortal assassins.

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The Raven Cycle

The Raven Cycle follows the story of Blue and the Raven Boys as they try to find the body of the last Welsh King Glendower and wake him up. Legend says that he will grant a wish to the person who wakes him up. The main characters encounter different challenges along the way, from phobias to difficult relationships with family members, and they deal with it and change in the process.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson and the Olympians follows the story of Percy Jackson as he and his friends take on different quests, often tied with the fate of Camp Half-Blood and the world. They battle against the Titans and their efforts to revive the Lord of Time, Kronos. It’s funny and choke full of references to Greek mythology, which I’m a big fan of.

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Lockwood & Co (1-3)

Lockwood & Co tells the story of the titular agency as they go ghost hunting. In each book, the trio deals with new cases but there is an overarching storyline that ties the books together, mostly focused on Lockwood’s past and a secret underground order that seems to be tied to the Problem. The Problem being ghost manifesting in said world. I think the series paints an interesting, contrasting picture of humor in a grim world.

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The Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles is a series of fairy tale retelling set in a futuristic setting where the author’s version of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White work together to bring down the evil step mother who so happens to be the Queen of Luna. By itself, the series is a good story, but what elevates it, in my opinion, is how the author interprets well known scenes and story beats from the fairy tales and put it in the world she created.

So those are the top ten books/series I’ve enjoyed this year. Have you read any of them? What did you think about it? What books/series did you read this year that you liked best? Let me know in the comments down below.

Sidenote: I’m taking a break, after today, for this week and next. (Not that you’ll probably notice, since I’ve not been that active lately anyway.) I’m just planning to set some time aside to kind of figure out what I want to do next year. And in the meantime, I’ll also try to finish up a few ARCs I currently have, plan out some blog post for next month and hopefully get back into the groove of regular blogging again.

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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

  1. Eleanor and Park is a wonderful book. I also enjoyed the Percy Jackson book as well, even though I haven’t read the rest of the series. The Jonathan Stroud series has been on my TBR forever and am looking forward to getting to it this year. This is a great list. Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

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    • It is a wonderful book! Hope you find the rest of the Percy Jackson series as enjoyable 🙂 And you should definitely read Lockwood & Co! I feel like it deserves more attention that it’s been getting. Thanks!

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  2. I hope you have a great relaxing time for the next weeks, Jamie. I’m sure you’ll be able to figure out everything and get back with more energy.
    The Raven King was one of my favorite books I read this year. I really love The Raven Cycle, along with the Percy Jackson books. I do miss these books, so I’ll try to re-read at least one other installment next year. I highly encourage you to pick up other books by Rick Riordan, especially the Magnus Chase series. They’re fantastic books with multiple diverse elements. And there’s only two books out, so I believe it will be less intimidating.
    Vicious sounds like a fantastic novel. I should pick it up as soon as possible! I’m also very excited about the following books on The Lunar Chronicles. I only read Cinder, but it was an instant 5/5 stars book for me.
    By the way, I hope you had a great Christmas! Have a great 2017!

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    • Thanks. I’m hoping that will be the case 🙂
      The Raven King is definitely a great book! It has been such a fun journey to read the Raven Cycle. I’ll try my best to get to the Magnus Chase series. I also have my eyes set on the Heroes of Olympus series and I’ll definitely be checking out all of Rick Riordan’s books. He’s such a great author 🙂
      I hope you do pick up Vicious soon 🙂 It’s just amazing. And definitely continue the Lunar Chronicles series. As most people have said, it gets better with each book.
      Thanks! I hope you had a great one too! And all the best for 2017!

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    • They are!! And you really need to read Vicious!! Haha.
      Thanks! I hope I’ll be able to come back energize and motivated to do more 🙂 A new year and a better outlook for blogging.

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    • It’s been quite a journey! Can’t wait for the last book for Era 2 to come out. Secret History is amazing if you love the lore behind the world. It’s set during Era 1, so there’s some familiar characters around. Definitely read it soon!

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  3. Great list! The Raven King, Percy Jackson and Cinder ❤ I'm really hoping to get to Vicious soon after loving A Darker Shade of Magic so much 🙂
    Have a great break Jamie, and a happy New Year!

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  4. I’ve read the Percy Jackson series a few times. Love them. Also enjoyed Cinder too. I haven’t gotten to The Raven Cycle but it’s on my tbr list. I would recommend Truthwitch. I’m enjoying it so far, of course, I also enjoyed her series Something Strange and Deadly. Hope you enjoy your break. 🙂

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  5. Vicious, Cinder and Percy Jackson are some of my favorite books as well, so I’m so glad to see them on your list. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ❤

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  6. So many books are on my TBR list here! The only one I have finished here is Percy, and I loved it! (been a while, so I am planning to re-read them to finish the Heroes of Olympus series). I reaaaaaly want to read Eleanor and Park, too!

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