Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about my favorite releases of 2016 so far. Out of the 82 books I have read in 2016, 18 were new releases (20, if you count new versions of old books). And there are even more 2016 releases on my TBR. (Check out last week’s post for the releases still to come that I’m really looking forward to). Of these ten, I read half as ARCs, which means I discovered a lot of great new books and authors. To be honest, the majority of these were unexpected favorites, books I wasn’t expecting to like that much, let alone love. I really enjoyed all the books below (obviously), and if you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend that you check them out. There are definitely some hidden gems in here.
- And Again by Jessica Chiarella. I really enjoyed this book, which is about five terminally ill patients who get a new start, and how they deal with it both individually and as a group. The story itself was really unique, and the characters were great. Full review here.
- Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Are you surprised? This might be one of my favorite books EVER, so obviously it had to be on this list. It was an epic and absolutely perfect end to one of my favorite series. LOVED it! You can read my review here.
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. This book completely blew me away! I’ve been leaning away from contemporary young adult books lately (I’m just growing out of them a bit), but this one, this one was amazing! I sobbed for hours. It was poignant and unique and really well written. Review here.
- A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. I really enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic last year, and this one was even better! V. E. Schwab’s writing is fantastic, and I loved the new story and characters in this book. Plus, the cliffhanger is seriously brutal. Almost worse than Jon Snow. Almost. Full review here.
- Practical Applications for Multiverse Theory by Nick Scott and Noa Gavin. This was one of those crazy, weird books that just made me laugh. It definitely exceeded my expectations, and was a lovely fresh take on young adult lit. If you’re looking for something super unique, give this one a shot. Review here.
- Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. This was a great debut novel, and a brilliant start to a new scifi series. I loved the combination of science and mythology! And it doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the most physically beautiful books I own. Full review here.
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. This was one of the most powerful books I’ve read all year. I can’t stop recommending it! It was a powerful memoir written by a brilliant man whose life was tragically cut short by cancer. I still haven’t stopped thinking about it. (I’m planning on having a review up soon!)
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. After reading Throne of Glass last year, I almost didn’t read this series. But I ended up binge reading A Court of Thorns and Roses and it’s sequel in about three days, and really enjoyed this book! Not an all-time favorite, but it was so fun, and it really exceeded my expectations.
- An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel. This was a surprise favorite for me, because I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to vampire fiction. And when I do read it, I like my vampires dark, and true to the original legends. This book is about an old-school, Dracula-esque vampire who wakes up after hundreds of years to discover the new, Twilight-like vampires have taken over. And he does not like it. This book was hilarious and original, and I really enjoyed it! Full review here.
- I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young. I actually just finished this one yesterday, and really enjoyed it! It’s a comic about a little girl who gets trapped in Fairyland for 27 years and gets a little bit violent (note the sarcasm). It’s kind of disturbing and gory, but really fun – the pages are full of bright, candy colors and murder.
What is your favorite 2016 release so far?