26 December 2016

Best Books I've Read in 2016





Welcome to the "Top 10 of 2016"! "Top 10 of 2016" is a fun-filled week where we look back at some of the best of all things books of 2016 and look ahead to what we can’t wait for in 2017. This event is hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun, Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales!

Each day this week there will be a new Top 10 list, today's being "Best Books I've Read in 2016". I'm super excited to be participating this year--for the first time ever!



10. P.S. I Like You
Kasie West


Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…


Amazon | Goodreads





9. Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell


Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.


Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Amazon | Goodreads






8. Throne of Glass
Sarah J. Maas


After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Amazon | Goodreads





7. Illuminae
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Amazon | Goodreads





6. A Court of Thorn and Roses
Sarah J. Maas


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Amazon | Goodreads





5. A Court of Mist and Fury
Sarah J. Maas


Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Amazon | Goodreads








4. The Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum

Follow the yellow brick road!

Dorothy thinks she's lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival - will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?

Amazon | Goodreads





3. Drangonfly in Amber
Diana Gabaldon


For nearly twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time... and about Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart... in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

Amazon | Goodreads






2. Outlander
Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Amazon | Goodreads





1. Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

Amazon | Goodreads




Thanks for stopping by and if you have a second, let me know what you think of my list. Which ones have you read before? And leave me a link to your list if you have one!



20 comments:

  1. Great list. Withering Heights is probably my favourite book of all time. Great choices.

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    1. Thanks, Kayleigh! And, yes, Wuthering Heights is one I can read over and over!

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  2. So many great books. I really want to read ACOTAR and Outlander is one that has been on my TBr forever.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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    1. You need to read Outlander! It's just...ugh! :)

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  3. I'm glad to see Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber on your list. I have Voyager on mine! :D

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    1. I read Voyager also! It ALMOST made the list!! ;) I love Diana Gabaldon!

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  4. I love seeing so much SJM up there. I adore her books to pieces! And yay for Outlander! I so need to read Dragonfly soon.

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    1. The Outlander series is pretty fantastic! And, I LOVE SJM! I can't wait to read more from her!

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  5. We are on the same page, in terms of P.S. I Like You! I recently read By Your Side and really liked it. Have you read Gemina? It was excellent, as one would expect. :D Fantastic list, Christine! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I have NOT read "Gemina", but I have it coming to the library for me soon! I'll have to check out "By Your Side", too! Thanks, Alyssa!

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  6. Awesome list you have! I need to read some more Sarah J. Maas as soon as possible!

    Here’s my Top 10 Reads of 2016!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Yes! Sarah J. Maas will forever be a favorite of mine!

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  7. I read ACOTAR last year, but I haven't read the sequel yet. I've also read the first book books in the Throne of Glass series (and love them!) and I need to get caught up. I hope to read P.S. soon. Great list!

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  8. I've read half of these books, and I loved them, too. It makes me want to read the other half soon.
    Have a great day!

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  9. Illuminae is so good! I hope you love Gemina! And I need to read P.S. I Love You still, I usually always love Kasie West! Great list!

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  10. I absolutely love Illuminae and Throne of Glass! Not such a fan of ACOTAR and ACOMAF, though.

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    1. Those two were FABULOUS!! I need to get my hands on Gemini! :)

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