Top 5 Books I’ve Read in 2016

Happy Holidays, everyone!  I know I’ve been practically M.I.A. lately in regards to my posting, but I have not stopped reading!  Due to personal issues, I have been unable to keep up with this site as much as I would like to.

Due to the end of 2016 rapidly approaching, and since I do not have any current book reviews on deck, I decided the best thing to do was a Top 5 of the best overall books I’ve read in 2016!

5) Uprooted by Naomi Novik

There are many fantasy novels that focus on the “magic school” subgenre… but few of these novels are actually interesting, inspiring, and just plain incredible to read.  This one is certainly worth your time!

Original Review: “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik

4) A Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

A thriller with supernatural aspects, this book is one I simply could not put down.  Claire North’s writing is consistently both fascinating and fantastic. I haven’t read a novel by her I haven’t liked yet.  Keep ’em coming, Ms. North! Keep ’em coming!

Original review:  “The Sudden Appearance of Hope” by Claire North

3) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The second novel in the Court of Thorns and Roses series will simply blow you away!  Sarah J. Maas series revolving around love and war between humans and faeries is a masterpiece.  The third novel simply cannot arrive soon enough!

2) Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

Adult scifi series involving deep subject matter in slavery, racism, prejudice, politics, government, and war.  You will not make it out of this series emotionally unscathed.  Easily at the top of the best stories ever written list. 

Original Review: “Red Rising Trilogy” by Pierce Brown

1)  Fallen Kingdoms Series (Books 1-5) by Morgan Rhodes

Easily one of the most incredible fantasy series I’ve read in my life.  This series is full of twists, turns, love, hate, revenge, politics, and magic.  I am still deeply upset that there is still at least one more novel to this series, and it will not likely be released until December of 2017.  If you can stand to wait for the next novel to come out, I HIGHLY recommend picking this series up.

Fair warning – be prepared for character deaths that rival even George R.R. Martin!