Top Ten Tuesday: The best books of 2016 . . . so far!

top ten tuesday                2016

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I couldn't fit them all. Cryingface.     

c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten

The Mirror King - Jodi Meadows 

The last in Meadows' duology was a heartwrenching, explosive, mindbending book that left me curled in a little ball of book hangover and wanting to reread both of them.  

And I Darken - Kiersten White 

Okay, technically it's not out quite yet, but besides being heavy enough to knock out your gym teacher, it's rich and lush and sweeping and it bites back.  

The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater 

I mean, duh.  It's hard to close out a series, especially one so fulll of wonder and awe, but Maggie totally rocks it, because of course she does, because she is made of black glitter and badassery.  

The Winner's Kiss - Marie Rutkowski 

God, 2016 is clearly the year of series closers.  I mean, are you kidding me?  Nostalgia aside, the last Winner's book is just as gorgeous and clever as the first two, with extra kissing and extra extra murderfun.  

Morning Star - Pierce Brown 

I hesitate to mention this, because I'm not sure my heart can take it.  I miss my Howlers.  Whimper.  Before I cry metaphorical tears because obviously I have no soul, I'll mention that this book is flabbergasting (it's a word now), deadly, devastating, and so damn perfect.  

The Steep and Thorny Way - Cat Winters 

If you want a break from the fantasy binge, Winters' Hamlet retelling, set in 1900s Oregon, is seriously under-talked about.  It stars a kickass girl navigating being mixed race in a time when that was dangerous, and also investigating the murder of her father while totally pissing off a lot of bigoted jerks. 
The Crown's Game - Evelyn Skye 

Skye's debut manages to be equal parts danger and whimsy, aka there are two enchanter's trying to kill each other but also making magical puppet shows and bespelled wardrobes.  It's pretty and fast-paced and THAT ENDING OMG WHY.  

The Girl From Everywhere - Heidi Heilig 

Time travel done right.  It's a story about growing up...on a magical pirate ship...that can time travel to any map...captained by your father...who wants to go back and save his wife...even if it means you might go poof.  Ultimate win.  
You Were Here - Cori McCarthy 

I'm gonna dip into contemporary to highlight this poignant genre-bending urban exploring adventure drama.  It's about grief and friendship and loss, and it's written in prose, word art poetry, and graphic novel pages.  So, um, read it, duh?  
Outrun the Moon - Stacey Lee 

And we're back in historical world, San Francisco, year of the devastating earthquake that levelled the city.  Our hero is a young Chinese girl who wheels and deals as good as any mobster, only she's trying to get herself into a high-class school and make a better life, not kill people.  


  1. Yes to so many of these! I loved The Raven King, The Winner's Kiss, The Crown's Game, and The Steep and Thorny Way. I still need to read Outrun the Moon. I'm currently reading And I Darken and am so into it. Not much has happened yet but it's still really good.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    1. The plot is a little slower in the beginning because it goes through so much time, but then things start happening and it's like WHOA.

  2. YES. I ADORED The Raven King. It was beautiful and perfect and OMG THE FEELS. I still need to read Winner's Curse, Crown Game, The Girl from Everywhere and Orphan Queen but they're all on my tbr shelf! I own Winner's Curse so that'll be soon :D Wonderful selection^^

    1. SO MANY FEELS. I nearly cracked in half. OMG I can't wait for you to read those. they're all insanely fabulous. Thank you!!

  3. Great list! Loved TRK so much and that made my list, too! I'm seeing You Were Here a lot today and I can't wait to read it

    my TTT

  4. I really need to stop putting off TRK and just read it xD And I hope to get into The Winner's Curse this year. Great list!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

  5. The Girl from Everywhere and You Were Here made my list too! Both of them were so unique, and I was surprised by how much I liked them.

  6. I've only read two of these, but they could easily make my list too (if I'd written one). The Crown's Game and The Mirror King were both FANTASTIC!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  7. I really enjoyed The Winner's Kiss and The Girl from Everywhere! There are so many fantastic books coming out this year!

  8. Whoa now. No one told me You Were Here was made up of prose, word art poetry and graphic novel pages. That's like, two of my favorite things. That's a high priority now.

    I'm glad you had good luck with fantasy! I was talking with friends and some of them were really not loving the fantasy this year. I have TGFE to read and I do want to eventually try And I Darken, The Raven Cycle and The Winner's Curse series. I really want to read The Steep and Thorny Way because I tend to like Shakespeare retellings (as far as movies have gone) and I love that it involves a girl who is mixed race! It's right up my alley.

    -YA Indulgences