Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Favourite 2016 Releases So Far.
I’ve actually read a lot more books released in 2016 than I originally thought. When I first saw this topic on The Broke and the Bookish blog I thought I’d struggle to find ten; but soon I had ten, fifteen, twenty books released this year that I’d read and loved. There are already more than a few competitors for my top read of 2016 and if the books that are due to be released in the second half of the year are even half as good as I think they will be then there will be a lot more favourites come the end of this year.
I loved Alexandra Bracken’s Darkest Minds series but for some reason Passenger didn’t make it onto my radar until after it was released. I picked it up because it was a time travel book and I love those, and found once I started I couldn’t put it down. Passenger was amazing from start to finish and now I cannot wait for the second book to be released.
This is another book that didn’t really make it onto my radar until after it was released. Even now I’m still not entirely sure what it was about The Love That Split the World that caught my attention, but whatever it was I’m glad it did. This was a beautiful written and moving love story that had me hooked from the first page till the last.
Another time travel book, there were more than a few released this year and this has become another favourite of mine, that I just had to pick up. The concept behind the travel in The Girl From Everywhere was unlike anything I’d read before; the ability the characters had to travel anywhere, even places of myth, as long as they had a map really made this book stand out from the rest.
Ever since I read The Archived, such a long time ago now, I have loved everything V.E. Schwab has released and A Gathering of Shadows was no exception. The Shades of Magic series is the best of the best, and A Gathering of Shadows was even better than the first book. I couldn’t put it down, and now I cannot wait for the release of the last book. I need to find out what happens next.
I had The Winner’s Trilogy on my to-read list for ages, but it was only after the last book was released that I picked up the series. I binge read all three books because once I started I couldn’t get enough of the story or of Kestrel and Arin’s romance. I was rooting for them from the start and felt The Winner’s Kiss was the perfect ending to their story and the battle they’d been fighting since The Winner’s Curse.
After discovering this book it shot to the top of my to-read list and the top of my most-anticipated-releases list as well. When I got my copy I jumped straight in and devoured the story. It was brilliant, a fast favourite of mine; I loved the characters and their story but above all I loved the world it was set in. There is a companion novel being released next year and it’s already high on my to-read list.
The Raven Cycle fast became one of my favourite series when I read the first three books back in January, then I began the torturous wait for the last book in the series. The Raven King became one of my most anticipated releases for this year, and luckily it more than lived up to every one of my expectations. It was the perfect ending to one of my favourite series.
This became another of my most anticipated releases for this year after I read, and loved, the first book last year. The Rose and the Dagger is a brilliant story, even better than The Wrath and the Dawn. The stakes were higher, both for Shahrzad and Khalid, but despite everything their relationship stayed strong. It was a wonderful conclusion to a brilliant story.
I jumped onto the Sarah J. Maas bandwagon really late, but since then I have read and loved all of her books. Her A Court of Thorns and Roses series is my favourite, and A Court of Mist and Fury was the best of the lot. I loved the development of the story, of Feyre’s character, and her relationships. After the way A Court of Mist and Fury ended I need the third book like I need air.
I finished this book earlier today and of course I loved it, it’s by V.E. Schwab after all so there’s no possible other reaction. I had high expectations and all of them were exceeded. The world-building and character development were masterfully done, and although the plot was a little slow to get going I didn’t notice because I was so involved in the characters and their individual stories.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what some of your favourite 2016 releases have been.