The end of the year is upon us, so it is time for me to share my favorite books from 2016! I read quite a few less books this year than last year, so I had a bit less to choose from, but I still think I had some good picks this year.
the start of something new: favorite first in a series
One of the first books that really wow-ed me in 2016 was This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I loved the setting and the plot, and I can’t wait to see where the second book goes.
following through: favorite sequel or part of a series
Last year my very favorite book was Illuminae, and my favorite second book was Gemina. It was SO FANTASTIC. If you like science fiction and haven’t started this series… Well, you definitely should.
finest finale: favorite conclusion
A lot of my favorite series had conclusions this year, but I didn’t find myself loving any of them. Actually, even though I liked but didn’t absolutely love Six of Crows, the best conclusion I read this year was Crooked Kingdom.
single and proud: favorite standalone
You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour was everything I hoped it was and more from this amazing pair of authors. I can’t even describe it… It was so good and I read it in a day.
best dressed: favorite cover
I haven’t read it yet, but The Sun Is Also A Star has one of the prettiest covers I’ve seen. The colors are wonderful, and I just love the texture of the jacket.
fantastically fantastical: favorite fantasy
I’m going to cheat and say Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, because I read it this year, and technically the edition of it I read was published this year…
super science-y: favorite sci-fi
I was super happy when I learned the author of one of my favorite trilogies, SJ Kincaid, would be writing a new science fiction book! And the book, The Diabolic, was no disappointment.
dream team: book(s) with the best friendship/squad
For this category this year I couldn’t pick just one book, as I read two with very different, but extraordinary, groups of characters.
The first one was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. It was as sweet and heartbreaking as any other Matson book, and it also had one of the most realistic, and fun, group of teenage friends I’ve ever read about.
Another book with a great group of characters was The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson. I just loved how hilarious and great this group was.
ship ship ship: book with the best romantic relationship
I only read it recently but I loved the ship in The Secret of A Heart Note. Overall, just a really cute book.
standing ovation: favorite book of the year
Unlike last year, it took me a while to decide what my very favorite book from this year was. While I really liked a lot of what I’ve read, there weren’t many that surprised me or which I was unbelievably amazed by.
However, there was one book that I think was really of the highest calibre, and I know is one I will read again and again. A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro was a fresh and clever Sherlock Holmes retelling with great characters, an intriguing mystery, and a world with so many possibilities. I’m really hapy this is a book I read.