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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and The Bookish.

Yes, I am FINALLY doing a Top Ten Tuesday again. This topic was one I was excited about, so I decided, hey, why not? And here I am. I’m going to be talking about my favorite 2016 releases I’ve read this year. I’m keeping this list to all books published AND going to be published in 2016, since I’ve read some amazing ARCs coming out later this year. Besides, I sadly did not find ten books already published this year that I LOVED while scrolling through my Goodreads books. Wow. That’s sad. So instead I looked at ALL the books published in 2016 and came up with this list!

I could not order this list based on favorites because obviously I enjoyed them all, so instead they will be in order of release date, the books released at the beginning of 2016 at the top and so on. If I have written a review, the link will be in the title of the book.

1. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Release date: February 23rd 2016

My rating: 5/5 stars

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I will read and love anything V.E. Schwab writes, and this was no exception! There was no trace of middle-book-syndrome in AGOS, and I loved the development of these characters. I can’t wait for the next book, A Conjuring of Light, to release next year.

2. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Release date: March 8th 2016

My rating: 5/5 stars

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This is one of my favorite contemporaries ever. I love this story and these characters, and while it broke my heart, it also was a fantastic book that everyone should read.

3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Release date: March 8th 2016

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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Lady Midnight is the start to Cassandra Clare’s newest trilogy, The Dark Artifices, and I adored it. I’m excited to see where she takes it in the next books.

4. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Release date: April 26th 2016

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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This book was a (mostly) satisfying conclusion to a series I love with all my heart. These characters will stick with me forever and I can’t believe it’s OVER.

5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Release date: May 3rd 2016

My rating: 4/5 stars

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I’ve now read two Morgan Matson books, this one and Since You’ve Been Gone, and I enjoyed both of them! They are the perfect summer contemporary and I highly recommend them to both contemporary lovers and people wanting to get into the genre.

6. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Release date: May 3rd 2016

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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THIS BOOK. As I talked about in my review, I loved it so much and am dying for the final book to this trilogy. ACOMAF was so much better than the first, and I love these characters and this world.

7. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Release date: July 5th 2016

My rating: 5/5 stars

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This book was brilliant, as all books by Victoria Schwab are. Dark and haunting, this book immediately became one of my all time favorites.

8. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Release date: August 30th 2016

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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This was a FANTASTIC sequel to a book that I enjoyed. And it was so much better than the first, which is hard to believe. I adore these characters and this story and am desperately hoping for a third book. (which I think is happening, but am not sure. If you know, tell me!)

9. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Release date: August 9th 2016

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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Nevernight was fantastic. Bloody and gruesome, yes, but extremely bad*** with amazing characters and a well-built, interesting world.

10. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Release date: September 20th 2016

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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I received an ARC of this book at BEA and met the lovely author. When I picked it up, I flew through it and loved it! It was such a unique take on the Jack the Ripper story, and I loved the main character.

What are some of your favorite releases of 2016? Do our lists look similar? Are you wanting to read any of the books on my list?

Thanks for reading!

Ava

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28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

  1. I seriously can’t wait for Stalking Jack the Ripper to come out!! When it does I will wear my Stalking Jack the Ripper tattoo to celebrate and obviously buy the book!

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  2. YES! I was like number 20 and for whatever reason, that makes me extremely happy XD. Wow, you are so lucky 🙂 all of these books sound so amazing! AND NEVERNIGHT IS ON MY SUPER SUPER SUPER ANTICIPATED LIST 😀 SO SCORE! This Savage Song was haunting and dark alright O_O” it kind of gave me nightmares but it was so perfect, like seriously. A+++ to This Savage Song and A+++ to this list :D!
    So glad you read so many wonderful 2016 books 🙂
    On the other hand, I’ve read like one 2016 books O_O” (more like 10 but not as many as I thought I would’ve by now…)
    Lovely list 🙂

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  3. I really need to stop putting off the Raven King! I’m just not ready for the series to end… I stay away from The Serpent King because I’m afraid at snakes, and the cover seems very snake-y (I don’t know what it is about though!) And Nevernight just sounds really awesome. Really excited to read it.

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    1. Yes, you do! I wasn’t either but I HAD to find out what happened to these characters. When you read it, I hope you love it!! The Serpent King is NOT very snake-y at all, actually, despite the title. So you should pick it up soon! Or at least look it up on Goodreads to see if if sounds like something you’d like. Nevernight is SO badass, I just loved it.

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  4. I need to read A Gathering of Shadows so badly, but something always seems to keep getting in the way! I agree with The Raven King being mostly satisfying. I would have done only a couple of things different, but I was over all pretty happy with it.

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  5. I’ve seen The Unexpected Everything & A Gathering of Shadows on almost everyone’s list! I haven’t read any of these YET, but I will eventually xD Great list!

    -Jess @jbelkbooks

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  6. Oohhh we are twinning for some of these today! HUZZAH. I adored This Savage Song and A Gathering of Shadows (honestly can VE Schwab do no wrong?!??! Omg my feels are mangled and I just want more books from her. XD) AND YES SO MUCH LOVE FOR THE RAVEN EPIC KING. *sobs* I really hope Maggie Stiefvater announces more about her next book because I’m dyyyyying. I need something to obsess over now that my Raven boys are all off having their own private adventures WITHOUT ME. THE TRAGEDY. Ahem. *pulls self together*
    I can’t wait to read Nevernight and The Serpent King! 😀
    Here’s my TTT!

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    1. Every VE Schwab book is perfect, that’s A FACT. I love them all. I am still sad that the Raven cycle is over, I NEED MORE OF MY PRECIOUS BABIES. but yes I’m so excited for more of her books because they will be just as fantastic. The Serpent King is sooooooooo good, you must read it now! And Nevernight is so badass. I hope you love them!

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