#TopTenTuesday: Favorite Books I’ve Read in 2016 (So Far)

#TopTenTuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find a list of all TTT themes on their blog!

This week’s theme: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Well, I haven’t read a lot of new releases this year (I’m always SO behind on new books). So, I’ve decided my list will be Favorite Books I’ve Read in 2016 So Far. Some of them are 2016 releases and some are older. I’m also going to divide my list into two categories: novels and graphic novels. Here we go!

Graphic Novels

 

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

*shudders* What a delightfully creepy book. Through the Woods is a series of short, illustrated horror stories, and it’s utterly addicting. Plus, it has amazing illustrations.

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Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke A. Allen

My younger siblings are obsessed with these books, so I gave the first one a try and I loved it! It’s really adorable and laugh-out-loud funny, and it has wonderful character diversity. I still need to read the sequels!

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

I was lucky enough to see the musical adaptation of this book on Broadway a few months ago––but before I went to see it, I sat down and read the graphic novel first. And dang, it’s amazing. Somehow it manages to be both heart-crushing and darkly funny (as the tragicomic in the title implies). It’s some really powerful stuff.

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Daytripper by Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon

Wow, this book is mind-blowing and gorgeous in every way. It’s nearly impossible to describe what it’s about, but it’s a fascinating exploration of the relationship between life and death, and how each gives the other meaning. It’s surreal, moving, and utterly haunting.

Novels

 

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Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer

I was a little late getting around to reading this one––but when I finally got my hands on it, I could not put it down. If you haven’t read the series, don’t let the glittery covers fool you––this is some really awesome, hardcore sci-fi. It’s like … Star Wars meets fairytales. It has a truly lovable cast of characters, and the plotting is fantastic. Even though this book was over 800 pages long, I wanted it to keep going forever. I adored this book and the entire series!

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The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

This book is just so much fun. SEA MONSTERS. PIRATES. AHHHH. Also, awesome characters, cool world-building, and a cute romance between two ladies. ❤

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

*clutches chest* Oh my God, this book. This series. No words could ever capture my feelings. It’s one of the most unique and enchanting series I’ve ever read, and The Raven King is a beautiful conclusion. The characters and the relationships between them mean the world to me, and it’s an incredible story. I really don’t think there will ever be anything quite like these books.

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The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

You know, this book really surprised me. As much as I love Rick Riordan and his whole PJO/HoO universe, I didn’t have very high expectations for The Hidden Oracle. I was just going to read it for the heck of it (and because I was curious to see where the PJO/HoO characters had ended up), so I was a little shocked by how much I enjoyed it. In my opinion, it’s actually the best thing Rick Riordan has written in the past few years. It deviates slightly from his usual formula, and Apollo’s narration is fantastic.

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UnDivided (Unwind Dystology, #4) by Neal Shusterman

Another series I was a little slow to finish, but it was totally worth it! I finally finished this one, the last book in the series, last month––and wow, wow, wow. Neal Shusterman, how do you do it? This is definitely one of the greatest dystopian series I’ve ever read, and UnDivided is possibly the best of the whole “dystology”. It’s twisted, heart-stopping, and unsettlingly believable.

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Wildwood (Wildwood, #1) by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis

This was another pleasant surprise for me. I don’t read many middle-grade books, and I expected this to be “cute” more than anything. But it was actually quite dark and intense at times! I couldn’t put it down. It’s like a hipster-Narnia-fairytale with gorgeous illustrations, and it was right up my alley. I’m really excited to read the sequels!


How about you guys? 

  • Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think of them?
  • What are some of your favorite books you’ve read this year?
  • If you made a TTT post, please link me to it!
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