Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite 2016 Releases So Far This Year


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is favourite 2016 releases so far, which is one of my favourite things to post about. I love recommending books and I’ve rated all of these either 4.5 or 5 stars. These are in no particular order and my full reviews are linked.

1. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

This was my most recent 5 star reads. I absolutely loved everything about it. It’s a beautiful historical fiction novel set in the 1970s in Alaska, following four teens who are each dealing with personal struggles and how their stories collide. I’ll have a full review up on Thursday.

2. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is one of my favourite authors. She’s an auto-buy author of mine because she writes the most beautiful and relatable summery contemporaries. The Unexpected Everything was amazing and I loved the characters soooo much!

3. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

This was my first John Corey Whaley book and it didn’t disappoint. Featuring an agoraphobic and a wannabe psychologist, this book was moving, powerful and absolutely beautiful. The friendships and relationships in this book are GOALS.

4. Frankie by Shivaun Plozza

This debut novel absolutely blew my mind. Frankie was full of spunk, attitude and just screamed Melbourne and Australia to me. The novel made me laugh and cry and it was just such an experience.

5. A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty

This is the third and final book of Jaclyn Moriarty’s A Colour of Madeleine trilogy. It was mindblowingly good and wrapped up the series so beautifully. There were so many twists and turns and my heart was just beating out of my chest the entire time. If you want something magical and whimsical, this series will give you exactly that.

6. Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali

I love my WWII historical fiction and Max is the standout WWII novel that I’ve read this year. It’s translated from French and has such an interesting premise. It follows Max, a product of the Lebensborn program in Germany, from before he was born until the end of WWII. It was amazing and more people need to read this because it’s so underrated.

7. The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard

This book broke my heart and mended it at the same time. It was so beautifully written and had such wonderful relationships. The relationship between Alice and her brother, Joey, made me cry for ages during and after my read. It’s a must-read in my opinion.

8. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Another series finale, The Raven King is the fourth and final book of The Raven Cycle. It wasn’t everything that I expected it to be but what Maggie Stiefvater did give us was absolutely brilliant anyway. The characters are definitely the standout and I’ve enjoyed their journey immensely.

9. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I loved this new Shadowhunters book so much!! It was an awesome start to a new series. It wasn’t quite as good as Clockwork Angel for me but I thought it was a superb first book with some really diverse and interesting characters.

10. The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Another amazing Aus YA book released this year. I really loved The Sidekicks, which is a story about three boys who are each dealing with grief in their own ways and what happens when they lean on each other.

These are just some of my favourite 2016 releases that I’ve read so far this year. I’m sure there will be many more amazing releases to come. What have been your favourite 2016 releases or 2016 reads?


45 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

  1. Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks says:

    I need to get to The Raven King like YESTERDAY. I can’t believe I still haven’t read it. I pre-ordered it, and it showed up on the DAY of the release, and it’s just been chilling on my shelf for 2 months. -.-
    Lady Midnight was so good. I can’t believe I ended up enjoying it as much as I did. And I’ve seen that Morgan Matson book on EVERY list I’ve seen. I might need to order it. :3

    Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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  2. Rissi says:

    Reading “The Unexpected Everything” needs to be a summer 2016 priority. It looks like summer and I really enjoyed ‘Roger and Amy’ by Morgan, so I’m anxious to read another of her novels. 🙂

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  3. Holly says:

    Last month I finally read Blue Lily, Lily Blue, so I should probably read The Raven King soon while the series is still fresh in my mind. I’ve heard awesome things about it, so fingers crossed that it lives up to my expectations!

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  4. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    Yes for Highly Illogical Behaviour! I loved that book — it was also my first John Corey Whaley, but I thought it was very well-written, funny, and so full of heart. It absolutely blew me away with how enjoyable and heart-warming it is. ❤

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  5. Milka Väinämö says:

    The Smell of Other People’s Houses was SO GOOD – I am happy to see it on quite few lists this week because I feel like it hasn’t gotten the kind of buzz it deserves within the blogosphere.
    The Unexpected Everything was also pretty much perfection 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these and HAPPY READING! 🙂

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  6. mgracewhite says:

    SO MUCH LOVE for the Unexpected Everything! It was fantastic and made it on my list as well! I STILL haven’t read The Raven King by some incredible force of will (I just don’t want the series to end). I will definitely have to check out The Colors of Madeline series; it sounds so good!
    -Monica @ Tomes Project

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I can’t believe The Raven Cycle is over now! I need more Blue and Gansey in my life!!! It doesn’t feel like it’s over T_T. I absolutely love The Colours of Madeleine series and everything else that Jaclyn Moriarty has written! She just has the most creative ideas and really wonderful characters.


  7. bookloversalliance says:

    I loved The Raven King! I was expecting a little more out of the ending but overall I thought it was a great conclusion! Also I loved Lady Midnight!! I agree, I didn’t like it as much as TID but it was definitely a great start to a new series! Great list 😀

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      TID is a bit hard to top but I thought Lady Midnight was wonderful as a series starter. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would since I didn’t really like Emma and Julian when we met them in City of Heavenly Fire. They turned out to be wonderful characters and I love their relationship so much!


  8. Lois says:

    I have been on a huge history kick this year so Max is an automatic add to my list of must reads. 2016 has definitely been a good year for books and it’s so hard to keep track of them all. My favourite 2016 release has to be A Gathering of Shadows and The Raven King. I still can’t quite accept that we’ve reached the end of The Raven Cycle. I need more.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Max is just the most wonderful WWII historical fiction novel. It’s so unique and Max’s voice is so distinctive! I loved it so much ❤ I still really need to read A Gathering of Shadows. I brought it with me when I travelled to Florida in May but I didn't get a chance to read it. I'll definitely try to get to it in July!

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  9. Zoe says:

    So many people have mentioned The Unexpected Everything and The Raven King as two of their favorite books of the year so far, so I’m definitely going to have to pick them up and see what all the hype is about. 😉 Thanks for sharing Jenna and, as always, fabulous choices! ❤

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Those two books are definitely worthy of the hype! The Unexpected Everything is just the perfect contemporary and the romance in it is so adorable!! As are all the dogs in the book ❤ I hope you give them a go and love them as much as I do, Zoe!


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