2016 Top Tens: Books

This was a year full of good books! I had a difficult time narrowing it down to just ten. As always these are books that may have been published before 2016, but I read them for the first time in 2016. (Also, these are just from my print and ebook reads, because I usually forget to keep track of my audiobook reads. Oops.) If you want to see other books I read this year, check out this Pinterest board.

10.) Storming by K.M. Weiland
Dieselpunk is a new genre for me, but I’d read some of K.M. Weiland’s books before and love her writing blog, so I gave this one a try. I really liked it! The characters were interesting, and I loved the historical elements with the blend of scifi. Very cool.

9.) Symphony For the City of the Dead by M. T. Anderson
I read a lot of nonfiction this year, mostly in the form of audiobooks, but this one caught my eye at the library because of its vivid cover. It was an interesting look at Russia during WWII, and I learned quite a few things I didn’t know.

8.) The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
This one was an interesting historical fantasy that I’d heard about through different book blogs and decided to try. Love the cover, and I’m eager to see where the next book takes the story. And that ending.

7.) Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
This was a really good story that has been on my shelf for years that I finally decided to read. It’s a quick read, but intriguing.

6.) The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
My only experience with this one prior to reading it was the Tom Cruise movie of the same name. Which I hated. But I picked this one up because the cover was cool. I was caught up in the story from the first page and curious to see how it would unfold.

5.) Heartless by Marissa Meyer
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I liked Marissa Meyer’s take on Wonderland, with its quirky characters and wild environments. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Lunar Chronicles, I still liked it. (And Jest has one of the coolest character introductions I’ve ever read.)

4.) The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf
I picked this one up at the library without knowing anything about it except what was on the cover. I fell in love with the writing and the structure, and how the formatting was used in the storytelling as well.

3.) Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
I liked this whole series a lot, but the first book is my favorite. I loved the characters and the plot twists, and the whole idea of superpowered people not quite being what everyone expected. It’s an interesting read with tons of sarcasm. And terrible metaphors.

2.) Masque by W. R. Gingell
I got this one because I loved the cover and also because it was pitched as murder mystery-meets-fairy tale retelling. It was so good! I had predicted who the villain was pretty early in the story, but I still enjoyed seeing just how the investigation would wrap up.

1.) Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
This book was such a lovely addition to the TLC series. I loved all the short stories that expanded the universe as well as the characters’ stories. And the wedding was so perfect. This book made me very happy.

What were your favorite books of 2016?


  1. Nice! I too really enjoyed Stars Above, and I'm about to start Heartless soon! So, hopefully I will enjoy it as well. :D Masque also sounds really interesting, though I've never heard of it before. I'll have to check it out. :)

    1. I'd love to know what you think of Heartless!

      Masque is one I think I found through the Kindle free book section? It's a fun take on the fairy tale and kind of different than most other retellings I've read. :)

  2. What a fun list of books! I really, really want to read Storming sometime. It sounds so fun!

    Tuck Everlasting is a cute book! It's literally been probably over 10 years since I've read it, but I do remember loving it when I was little. I ought to reread it sometime.

    HEARTLESS. I got it for Christmas and I simply cannot wait to read it! I really hope I like it.
    But STARS ABOVE. Wasn't it just the cutest, most wonderful collection of stories?? GAH. I just love all things Lunar Chronicles!

    I found Steelheart for super cheap the other day and I was so excited, because I've really been wanting to read it. I can't wait to get to it!

    Thanks for sharing with us. I hope you read some amazing books in 2017!!

    1. Storming is a good one!

      I'd love to hear your thoughts about Heartless! It's quite different from TLC. And Stars Above. *swoons* It was just so cute!

      Ooh, Steelheart is cool! I'd love to hear what you think of it as well. :)

  3. Heartless.
    Wow. That book was emotional. My friend read it a month ago and I think she would cry if she watched Alice in Wonderland or saw a pumpkin.


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