2016 is halfway over and as my “best books of 2016” goodreads shelf just hit ten books it is the absolute perfect time for this post! Today along with sharing these great books I’ll also be linking up with today’s top ten tuesday topic over on The Broke and the Bookish blog.
The Branderson Releases
These were bound to be talked about eventually, might as well get them out of the way to start with, right? So far I have managed to read 3 of the 5 (?) Brandon Sanderson books publishing this year. Unfortunately, unbelievably, one of the books, White Sand, managed to disappoint me so much that it didn’t end up anywhere near this list. Calamity also sort of disappointed me, in a completely different way, but I did love it so it’s still here. The Bands of Mourning just blew my mind, and was hilarious to boot. Elantris was not published this year, but I read the 10th Anniversary Edition (released in fall) this January and loved it, so I’m counting it.
A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro is amazing and the best Sherlock Holmes retelling I’ve ever read. I’m so super excited for the next book in this series. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig was a magical time travel story with great maps. Both Heilig and Cavallaro were debut authors this year and are wonderful people so I highly recommend their books if you have yet to read them.
I don’t love contemporary like some other genres so I find it a surprise that so far this year I have fallen absolutely in love with not one but TWO contemporary books! Granted, both had authors whose books I have previously adored…
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, was a great summery romance, and You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan (dream team!!) is a great dual-perspective book about two gay teens in San Fransisco.
The Sci-Fi Fantasy
I read Truthwitch FAR before 2016 started and I thought it was really great with an interesting (though not 100% unique) magic system. Gemina by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff was a great sequel to Illuminae, and This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab was imaginative and fantastic.