Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Top Ten Tuesday | Best Books of 2016

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This week's theme is 'Top Ten Best Books Of 2016'! Now as many of you may know, 2016 hasn't been a great reading year for me at all. I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a bit of a crap year in general, and unfortunately a busy job and generally feeling low have meant I haven't been reading as avidly as I'd like to. I read half the amount of books I read last year, and so many books were a lot more underwhelming or disappointing than I would have liked them to be, so I have a top eight rather than a top ten. I could have picked another two, but I decided just to go with the books that have actually stuck with me this year in some way or another!

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: This one's a re-read after I read it for the very first time last year, in fact I re-read it twice this year: I read the paperback and also listened to the audiobook and I loved every minute of it. It's still one of my all-time favourite books, and I'm confident I'll be reading it again in 2017, too.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig: This one was such a pleasant surprise. I loved the sound of the premise so I was sure I was going to like it, but I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I was going to. It was a real adventure, and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on The Ship Beyond Time.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: I think we all know by now that I adored Moreno-Garcia's debut Signal to Noise, so her second novel was my most anticipated read of this year and I really enjoyed it. It's the first vampire novel I've read in a while that felt fresh and new, and I can't wait for her next novel!

Soulless by Gail Carriger: I'm glad 2016 was the year I finally read some Gail Carriger and it was so much fun. I'm planning to finish this series and then I'm looking forward to reading Carriger's other work.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: This was a strange one in that I finished it I was a little disappointed with the ending, but I also haven't been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it and the more I think about it the more I appreciate just how brilliantly plotted it is. I didn't care for Flynn's debut, Sharp Objects, but I think this is a fantastic thriller.

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney: I had a very similar experience as Dark Places with this one, too. After I finished it I felt a bit underwhelmed, but like Dark Places I haven't been able to stop thinking about it and I think it's actually a really well put together novel and a perfect read for those cold winter months.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: Probably the best book I read this year. It's heartbreaking but it's so, so beautiful and another one that's plotted so well. I can't recommend it enough!

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik: One of the best adult contemporary novels I've read in a long time. This was so much fun to read but was also really thought-provoking in places and just a really good book. I'm looking forward to The Other Half of Happiness!

Which books made your list this week?


  1. I just bought the Goblin Emperor last month, which is so exciting to me now. I was looking forward to it already but after seeing that you re-read it twice this year I can't wait to read it.
    Great list!

    1. Oh yay, I hope you enjoy it! I think the way it's written can take a little getting used to at first, but once you're used to it it's such a brilliant, brilliant book. =)

  2. Omg why haven't I read any of these yet?? Shame on me! They all sound fantastic though.

  3. I really need to read Dark Places! :-)

  4. I have a feeling you're the person responsible for me picking up a copy of The Goblin Emperor this year! I still haven't read it, but I have a trip coming up and it may need to go in my suitcase. :) I'm so glad you're enjoying the Parasol Protectorate! I loved those books so much. I still need to read the Celeste Ng book too. Wishing you lots of excellent reading in 2017!

    Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

    1. Thanks Lisa! ^_^ Haha I'm very glad to hear you own a copy of TGE - I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! Yes, I'm loving Gail Carriger so far! It's such a fun series.

  5. Yes, The Girl from Everywhere is awesome! :)

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  6. BOTH The Goblin Emperor and Soulless are on my TBR shelf so I MUST get to them soon - especially after seeing them here^^ I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Jess and sorry for the late comment. I'm in the middle of an EPIC comment catch up bonanza LOL!