It’s that time of the year again. The time where I draw up this list over and over AND OVER again, trying to whittle down the great books I’ve read into one small one.
As I type this I’m surrounded by 5 or 6 different attempts, and I’ve decided that because 13 is my lucky number, I’m recommending 13 great books from those I have read this year. And for good measure, I’m putting in two books at the end from 2017 that you all need to watch out for!!!
The drawback about listing books, is that I know for a fact I have some absolute standout books from 2016 on my TBR shelves, but I haven’t gotten around to reading them, yet… And also it’s SO hard to choose and not everyone will be happy! But at the end of the day this is personal preference, books that have been great for me.
This is almost a list of two halves. There is a certain publisher who consistently releases excellent books, so needless to say, they feature heavily. I’ve also got a couple of book series thrown in because I’m not doing two separate posts this year like I did in 2015! If you want to see them, the links are below:
My Top Ten Books & Series of 2015 Part 1!!!
My Top Ten Books & Series of 2015 Part 2!!!
Anyway, as usual, I digress!!!
Onto my TOP 13 BOOKS OF 2016 (in no particular order, with review links under the photos)…
Dodgers by Bill Beverly
I read this at the right time. It was everything I was looking for, and I absolutely loved it. I still think about East, months later.
The Constant Soldier by William Ryan
This book broke me. I sobbed as I finished it, I just couldn’t comprehend the beauty of this book. It was utterly breathtaking.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Nevernight took me weeks to read, I just didn’t “get it” immediately, so I left it and came back. I was hooked when I picked it up again. Amazing storytelling, magical prose and a kick-ass heroine, it is a superb starting point for a series.
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
Menacing book this one! Slow deliberate prose that will make the hairs on your neck stand on end. Unputdownable, gripping and eloquent!
Pendulum by Adam Hamdy
Best action thriller of the year for me I think! Pendulum was fast-paced, cinematic and super fun (not for the characters obvs, but I loved it!).
The Deviants by C J Skuse
Another one that broke me. A YA book so full of heart with great characters. Bawled!!!!
Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson
This man can do no wrong in my eyes. In my top books last year, and here we are again. Highlight of my year was meeting Ragnar. #epicfangirl
Dead Is Better by Jo Perry
Dead is Best by Jo Perry
These books are all kinds of awesome. Charlie and Rose are dead and they are two of my favourite characters in fiction this year.
Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen
Another beautiful Scandi crime novel makes the list. This one was special. Well worth reading!
The Defence by Steve Cavanagh
The Plea by Steve Cavanagh
Eddie Flynn is another of my favourite characters this year. Steve Cavanagh writes legal thrillers, and they are just perfection. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment!
Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus
This book! This one. Unexpected, odd, and absolutely wonderful. Read it, you’ll thank me later!
There you have it, my Top 13 Books of 2016. Here are the two I think you all should keep an eye out for in 2017 and that will more than likely be on this list next year for me…
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
A PROPER serial killer thriller. Edge of your seat amazing, great characters and a twisted antagonist. What more could you want?
Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
LOVED this one! Haunting and threatening. It freaked me out more than once. Superb writing style, razor sharp. You’ll want to read it!
And so it ends. These books have been my favourites this year, by a mile. They have made me cry (which rarely happens with books!!!!), made me laugh, given me hope and filled me with excitement.
Have you read any of these? Would you? Do let me know in the comments…