11 Favorites of 2016

Posted: December 29, 2016 in Book Tag, Booktalk
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Yo! I’m still on my two week holiday break from blogging (I meant to post my review of Marissa Meyer’s Winter by now, but, alas, the holidays! The food, the games! Next week, I promise), but I couldn’t resist writing the ubiquitous Best of 2016 list. I got to read such a great stretch of books near the end of 2016, and I found a couple of new to “go-to” authors throughout this year. That’s a good reason to come back from my break for a day, right? You know it!

I read something like 65 books this year (not counting rereads such as Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park audiobooks I enjoyed this Fall). Many were new releases, but, happily, I also managed to fit in some backlist reading! Most of my 11 favorites are books published pre-2016, but the best books published this year were smash hits. I grouped them all together, below, roughly in the order of favorites; but really? The books in the top two rows are basically all tied with each other, as are the bottom two. I just loved so many books this year! It’s been wonderful!

Favorites of 2016

  • Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone. Max Gladstone is one of those clever authors who subvert expectations constantly with humor and unique religious insight (this time about Mesoamerican ideas of sacrifice). Definitely one of my faves! Even though I enjoyed book I (Three Parts Dead) more than Two Serpents Rise, book II still earned a whopping 4.5/5 stars.
  • The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. This year has been a Sanderson Epoch for me! I read and loved the original Mistborn trilogy on audiobook. All in all, I will have read seven and started an eighth Sanderson book, all in the course of 2016.
  • The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. Because if a book makes me laugh this hard, it belongs in my favorites!
  • Waer by Meg CaddyA gorgeous YA travel fantasy by a debut Australian author. Told in the style of Juliet Marillier. Published in 2016.
  • Railhead by Philip Reeve. Sentient trains ship passengers throughout the galaxies. Great setup for a great series, I hope!
  • The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. I really enjoyed this YA Fantasy and would love to finish the series. Just bought book two with Christmas money!


2016 Runner-Ups

  • Ibenus (Valducan #3) by Seth Skorkowsky. I was really impressed with this gritty adult urban fantasy (published in 2016). If that’s your jam, you should definitely check out this series.
  • Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn. A literary Asian-influenced adult fantasy (2016). I really enjoyed this dark fantasy, much more so than the other book I’ve read by Hearn, The Nightingale Floor.

And that’s it! What a great year. What did you enjoy reading in 2016? Link your recap posts to mine so I can read them!

  1. Tammy says:

    Max Gladstone is always a favorite of mine! And I’m so happy to see Railhead on your list. I just ordered the sequel from The Book Depository and I’m so excited to read it!

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    • Christy Luis says:

      Yay, Blacklight Express!! I already demanded it for my birthday present, but I don’t know how I’m going to wait that long to get it!

      I’m so glad to hear that you’re a Gladstone fan, too! 🙂 He’s one of my favorite contemporary authors and I’m itching to catch up on the Craft Sequence #2017resolutions


  2. nikihawkes says:

    I added the McKinley book to my tbr because of your post – I own quite a few by her but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet… I’m thinking that should change. I LOVED Way of Kings and also appreciate that Way of Shadows made the list! Great lineup! 🙂

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    • Christy Luis says:

      Yay, thanks so much!! 😀 I’m so glad to hear about your interest in McKinley! The Blue Sword was one of the most immersive books I read this year. A kidnapping, swordplay competitions and just a touch of romance and magic, here and there…*sigh* Okay, enough fangirling, haha.

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  3. Always excited when I Sanderson on someone ‘best of list’ for a year. Though, I haven’t actually either of those two. And The Night Angle trilogy is fantastic! Hope you read the final two books 🙂

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    • Christy Luis says:

      I have been dying to finish the Night Angel Trilogy! I’m hoping sometime in March I may have the time to clock in the last two *crosses fingers*


  4. Railhead didn’t get a lot of coverage this year, but everyone I know who has read it and reviewed it has only good things to say. I should probably check it out! 🙂

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    • Christy Luis says:

      It’s probably my favorite YA sci-fi published recently. You can just tell that Reeve is such an experienced storyteller–and he’s experienced at YA specifically! It really shows in how he avoids a lot of the pitfalls common in the genre right now.


  5. Sanderson is high on my list of authors to sample, and every time I see some glowing reviews I keep reminding myself to grab one of his books and start reading. Two of his books on your favorites list sounds like the Universe is sending me a loud and clear message… 😀

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  6. Jen says:

    I love your list! And it’s a reminder that I didn’t get around to reading any books by Cinda Williams Chima or Brandon Sanderson lol! Hopefully in 2017! Enjoy the rest of your time off!

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