So far, I think I’ve read more five-star books in 2016 than I read in the entirety of 2015. Which is really, really great! And from what I can tell, it looks like the rest of 2016 AND 2017 will be rich with fantastic books, as well, which makes me kind of bubble up with a grand bookish joy. I WANT ALL THE FIVE STARS BOOKS, ‘KAY?
But for now, I will be talking about the grand favorites of this half of 2016. Sort of a prequel to last week’s TTT post.
THE RAVEN KING BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER
Because of course.
THIS SAVAGE SONG BY VICTORIA SCHWAB
While I think I like A Darker Shade of Magic a liiiittttlllleeee more, This Savage Song was still pretty dang awesome. It had everything; morally gray characters, monsters, music, and delightfully snarky characters. Plus, August is an adorable soul-eating monster whom I adore. Very much. I need more August in my life, like, now. (I have to admit, though, I do like the UK cover of the book better).
REBEL OF THE SANDS BY ALWYN HAMILTON
This book wasn’t what I expected it to be, but it was still full of deserty magicy amazingness, and I can’t believe this was the author’s debut. Also, look at that cover. Is that cover not the most gorgeous cover ever?
HALF LOST BY SALLY GREEN
MY POOR ADORABLE TORTURED LITTLE ANTIHERO WHOM I ADORE. Nathan was put through the wringer in this book and I felt so bad for him. I wasn’t (and still aren’t) team Gabriel or team Annalise. I’m team save-Nathan-from-his-author.
PAPER AND FIRE BY RACHEL CAINE
I got an eGalley of this and GOSH THE PAPERY FIREYNESS OF THIS BOOK. Basically all the things about this book are booky awesomeness. Plus, look at the cover. I want to buy the book in a physical format because of that cover. (also, funny story, you might have seen my review of this book and the photo with the burned paper. I maaaaay have had to blow dry the paper after I burned it because I had to shove it in the sink because it burned WAY FASTER than I thought it would).
TITANS BY VICTORIA SCOTT
This book is fully of truly great things: best friends and loveable giant robot horses who could kill you if you lost control of them. Sure, it had a very Scorpio Races type vibe to it, and it wasn’t the bestly (is that a word? I don’t think so) written book in the world, but I really enjoyed it because it was a super light read without being fluffy contemporary romance. WE NEED MORE LIGHT NON-CONTEMPORARY READS. Sure, I like my blood and guts and fighting in my urban fantasy/paranormal/whatever novels, but LETS READ A SUMMER ADVENTURE NOVEL WITH TWO MERMAIDS OR SOMETHING, HMMM?
RUINED BY AMY TINTERA
Basically all the stabby characters and sarcasticness and snarkyness and also food. And the longer you look at the cover the more things you see in it.
THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING BY MORGAN MATSON
I had to practically fistfight someone to get an ARC at this at my bookclub (not really, but I may have accidently elbowed someone [sorry]), and it’s the cutest book ever. Also, now that I’ve read Since You’ve Been Gone, I realize how many Since You’ve Been Gone references are in this book. I mean, Emily and Dawn show up in it! And that’s basically the greatest thing ever.
KINDRED SPIRITS BY RAINBOW ROWELL
Sure, this may be more novella length than an actual novel, but it’s the cutest thing ever and it’s about Star Wars and nerdiness and the length nerds will go to show their love for something. Such as camping out for a week in the winter to watch the opening night showing of The Force Awakens. (Thanks to Kat for sending it to me! //waves wildly)
UP TO THIS POINTE BY JENNIFER LONGO
I actually only picked up this book because I recognized the cover art as being by Noelle Stevenson. But it turned out to be a rather fantastic book about ballet and finding your place in the world and Antarctica and penguins. Yep. AND it’s by a local author which just adds another little check mark next to the “reasons why this book is awesome” list.
So! Favorite books of 2016 so far? Do our lists share anything? DO YOU AGREE THAT WE NEED MORE LIGHT NON-CONTEMPORARY BOOKS?