Top 16 of 2016: Favorite Books

Posted December 30, 2016 by Kim in Top 16 of 2016 / 6 Comments

For the last few years, I’ve been doing one of these “best of” the year series of posts as a way to tip my hat to the best of the best of the past year … and begin looking forward to the new year, as well. I love looking back and picking out my favorites and thought it would be fun to open it up for others to join. So … I’ll be doing that from now until the end of December. Interested in joining? Check out the sign-up post.

Why did I do this to myself? Sixteen favorite books… for the entire year? Not cool, past Kim. Not cool. I read over 200 books for the year and, truth be told, I had a damn good reading year. (For the most part anyhow.) To make this easier on myself, I’m excluding re-reads from my top 16. I’m also reserving the right to post about books in a series together, rather than separately. My post, my rules. (Insert evil laugh here.)

  

I just can’t pick a favorite from Chanel’s Wild Aces series. You can’t make me. Each of these books touched my heart in some way — or many ways — and the characters and their stories left a mark on me. I refuse to split them up.

Speaking of books that left a mark. All in Pieces did just that. (Which, you know, I should come to expect from Suzanne’s books.) This one has the honor of being THE ONLY young adult book on my “best of” list this year. It was a special one.

I think I’ve mentioned a time or two just how much I loved American Queen. This one isn’t for everyone — menage and all — but it was definitely for me. It utterly captivated me from the very first page. I can’t wait for the rest of the series. Like, ASAP, please.

I am SO GLAD I decided to read this book. When it was pitched to me as “Anna and the French Kiss with sex” I suspected it had my name written all over it. It totally did. I loved it from the start. It was charming and swoony and awkward and AMAZING. It was also sexy. *wink wink* LOVED. This is a book I’ll re-read for years to come.

  

Everything Sarina writes is gold. The True North series is especially shiny. Maybe it’s the country setting. Maybe it’s the burly, bearded men. Maybe it’s the stories of second chances and fresh starts. (It’s all of these… and more.) I was hopelessly addicted to this series and can’t help but hope there’s more to come in 2017.

 

To think, this time two years ago, I’d never read an Elle Kennedy book. Now she’s one of my favorite, must-read, go to authors. This Outlaws series is unreal. Erotic dystopian? Yes, please. Don’t ever let it end.

 

So these aren’t *exactly* from the same series, but Good Boy is a spinoff from Us. Just go with it, ok. 🙂 I fell in love with Wes and Jamie last year and that love only deepened this year with Us. And, right before Christmas, I got a review copy of Good Boy — aka the wedding book — which wrapped up their story in SUCH an amazing way, even though they’re not the main characters in this book. That honor goes to Blake (ALL THE HEART EYES) and Jess, who met in Us. (Bow chicka wow wow!)

TL;DR — I fucking love Sarina and Elle.

This book was just flat-out gorgeous. What an incredible story of healing and second chances. My feels have feels just thinking about it.

Do I have to say anything more than “Penny Reid wrote this.” for you to understand why I loved it? The humor, the heart, the awkwardness and, of course, the romance… Penny brings it. I loved Cletus and Jen.

To think I almost didn’t read this book because the original cover made me think it was a love triangle. What a mistake that would have been! If you’re looking for a fresh voice in new adult romance, look no further. Put this one on your list for 2017.

If you read M/M books and you’ve NOT read Strong Signal yet, I’m not sure what you’re doing with your life. I loved this book hard. Megan and Santino make magic together. I’ll read anything they write.

Hallowed Ground was one of the first books I read in 2016 and it still remains one of my favorites. Rebecca’s Flight & Glory series is absolute perfection — the writing, the characters, the story, the feels… it just doesn’t get any better. This was a perfect conclusion to it.

Y’all know I love Tessa’s books. And second chance romances. This one? SO MANY FEELS. Vaughn is pretty much the most perfect book boyfriend ever. I’m so overdue a re-read of this one.

Have I mentioned a time or two that I LOVE Lauren’s books? I so enjoyed bingeing her Stiletto and Oxford series this year. Lincoln’s story was the one I’d waited on the longest and the payoff was HUGE. Totally worth the wait. I’m glad this series isn’t over just yet.

  

What’s that? Another amazing series from Lisa Kleypas? You betcha. (Even if I didn’t finish the entire series. Which, I need to do something about.) I loved that this one started with a favorite secondary character from another favorite series by this author. Of course, cameos from my Wallflowers favorites didn’t hurt any either… even if I found new characters to adore in this one.

 

Ok I am totally cheating here. These aren’t from the same series, but they’re both epilogue novellas from series I absolutely love and there’s no way I could leave either of them off my list.

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6 responses to “Top 16 of 2016: Favorite Books

  1. Bhaha…that’s the perk of having your own meme! I pretty much was grouping series in mine, too. I loved all of the Bowen books I read this year – so hard to pick ONE favorite. It was really hard to narrow the list down!!

  2. Undecided by Julianna Keyes was on my favorite list. Sarina Bowen was another 2016 discovery. Lisa Kleypas is my favorite HR writer. I just added Fly with me to my TBR shelf for 2017!
    Happy New Year in advance.

  3. Into the Blue was amazing! I really loved On Broken Wings (but prefer Into the Blue). Keepsake has to be my fave of the series! Zach was way too swoony and amazing. Undecided was great and one of my faves! Someone Like You is totally an all time fave. It was beyond wonderful and unforgettable.