Hello, dear friends and fellow book lovers! This is probably the last Top Ten Tuesday post of 2016 so I thought that I shouldn’t miss this one!
If you don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, it’s a weekly feature which was started by the amazing ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s theme is.. Top Ten Books of 2016!
There were so many amazing releases this year and it was quite hard to decide on my Top 10 but after staring at my Goodreads “read” shelf for a bit too long, I have decided!
I know, I am awfully biased but my reading year won’t be complete without Sarah J. Maas’s books. Obviously, I had to include A Court of Mist and Fury and Empire of Storms to my Top 10 because they were both stunning and brilliant and I loved them both dearly.
The Sun is Also a Star by the incredibly talented Nicola Yoon is probably my favourite contemporary of the year because I fell in love with the way Daniel and Natasha’s story was written and it is a given fact that Nicola Yoon has a beautiful way of writing love stories.
Another contemporary book that really made me swoon and fall in love with its characters was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, whose books I discovered this year! The Unexpected Everything was just the perfect summer read. It has a swoony romance, strong friendships and adorable pooches!
This Savage Song was my first Schwab book and I was totally glued to the book. The book definitely made it’s way to my Top 10 because it had such a powerful, thought-provoking message underneath the creative exploration of the nature of monsters and the monstrosities of humans.
Crooked Kingdom. Where do I begin to express my love for the final book in the Six of Crows duology. I never expected to fall in love with the books and characters so deeply but I did. What started off as a book that I picked up based on my friends’ recommendations became a fully-fledged love affair with Leigh Bardugo’s clever plot developments and twists as well as her unforgettable characters’ flaws and personal battles.
The Forbidden Wish is the only Aladdin retelling I’ve come across and Jessica Khoury’s retelling of the original story was such a spellbinding twist. I loved that the relationship between Aladdin and Zahra was slow-burning romance and it gave me all the feels! Also, there’s magic involved. Who can say no to magic?
What else can I say about Tahereh Mafi’s incredibly colourful Furthermore, other than it being such a creative and whimsical book? I only started reading Tahereh Mafi’s YA books this year when I picked up Shatter Me in August and totally loved it. Furthermore was an entirely different breed of wonderful allegories and out-of-this-world metaphors!
One of the books that left me with the gooey, warm feeling inside of me and a heart soaring with happiness was Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. I loved that this book presented such a positive voice to its readers and it just gave me all the good vibes from reading Jack and Libby’s love story.
Another gem that I read this year was Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes that really stayed with me. A book that centres around tennis and a cute tennis player who’s the love interest of the protagonist? Yes, please. Aside from the sweet romance, Paula Stokes’s Girl Against the Universe deals with friendship, loss and acceptance.
So, guys. How was your 2016? Did you manage to read some amazing books this year? Let me know what made your Top 10!