Top 10 Books of 2016


As of right now, I’ve read 198 books this year (trying to power through 2 more to reach my goal of 200!), so it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just ten favourites. But there were quite a few clear standouts on my list and here they are. If you would like to see other lists of my favourites from this year, I posted my top ten contemporary reads of 2016 on Happy Indulgence and was also a part of Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts’ 2016 Thinking Awards.

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

This novel took me completely by surprise. It was a highly anticipated book of mine but I had no idea that I would love it as much as I did. This book is set in Alaska in the 1970s and follows four different perspectives. I thought the writing was absolutely beautiful and there was a wonderful balance in themes. I also especially loved how the four perspectives came together and how seamlessly the book tied it all together.

9. Corruption by Jessica Shirvington

Corruption is the sequel to Disruption by Jessica Shirvington. While I really loved the first book in this Aussie YA duology, it was this sequel that completely took my breath away. It was packed full of action and omg the romance in this duology is just off the charts good. Maggie and Quentin are my OTP of the year! If you haven’t read this yet, you have to pick it up.

8. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I love the Shadowhunter books and Lady Midnight was no exception. In my opinion, it’s actually one of the better books from Cassie Clare. The Infernal Devices is still my favourite but Lady Midnight definitely surprised me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters when I first read about them as pre-teens in City of Heavenly Fire but I absolutely loved the whole cast of characters (yes, even Perfect Diego)!

7. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Trilogy was one of my favourite series that I read this year and The Winner’s Crime was definitely my favourite of the three books. While I really liked The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Kiss, I just thought that this second book had really great tension and political intrigue.

6. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

This book. THIS BOOK. It’s perfect for all fans of magical realism. It had a whimsical and enchanting world and I love Anna-Marie McLemore’s storytelling abilities. The characters were perfection and the themes and messages in the book came across to me so clearly. I thought it was brilliantly executed.

5. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This was my first Ruta Sepetys book and I have no idea why it took me so long to read one of her novels, since I’m a massive fan of WWII historical fiction. What I loved about this book was the research that Ruta Sepetys put into writing her novel. It was obvious from the very first page and I really enjoyed reading about a little-known event in history. This book also transcends time and marketing categories. Even though it’s a YA novel, I can see so many different people appreciating it and loving it.

4. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

This was one of my most anticipated sequels of this year after I read Wolf by Wolf earlier in the year and it didn’t disappoint at all. There was so much action and the plot twists were almost heart-stopping. There were a few plot points that I didn’t like (not because they were bad but because they hurt my heart) but this book definitely gets all the stars from me.

3. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

This is probably one of the books that I raved about the most this year. I highly, highly enjoyed this Romeo and Juliet-inspired story and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for months and months. In fact, I’m still thinking about it. I enjoyed it so much when I read it that I couldn’t bring myself to write a review for it. It’s absolutely beautiful and has a romance that had my heart out of control.

2. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

This is my favourite contemporary read of this year. It had been recommended to me multiple times by different bloggers, so I finally picked it up earlier this year. And it was so good! There was nothing that I didn’t like about this novel. The characters were perfection, the romance was perfection and the plot was perfection.

1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom is without a doubt my favourite book of this year. It was my most highly anticipated book of the year and it definitely lived up to all of my high expectations. It had everything that I wanted from this sequel and it wrapped up the duology in the most incredible way. I didn’t think that I could love it more than Six of Crows but it was absolutely amazing. If you haven’t read this duology yet, I honestly don’t know what you’re waiting for.

What was your favourite book of 2016? Stay tuned for my next post: 2016 End of Year Survey!


27 thoughts on “Top 10 Books of 2016

  1. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    Blood for Blood was astonishingly good. Ryan Graudin’s writing style is just so beautiful. I think that duology has to be one of the most intense reading experiences of my year. LOVED IT. And yeah, it totally made my heart hurt too.

    Also congrats on 198 books. That is seriously impressive.

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  2. Summer @ Xingsings says:

    Nearly 200 books? Wow. Forever jealous of your reading speed, Jenna! Of the titles on your list, I’ve read four and totally agree that they deserve the recognition. I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet despite having bought that one upon its release date. The shame.

    Congratulations on make your reading challenge (I know you’ll be able to get through the last two), and happy new year!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Argghhhh Summer!! You need to read Lady Midnight! It was so good! Please read it soon so we can gush over Lord of Shadows together in May!

      Hehe yes, I managed to get through my GR challenge but i am soooo sick of reading right now! Gonna just take it easy for a bit

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  3. Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts says:

    I don’t even know how I stopped reading CK at like 100+ pages in or wherever I’m at. I think it would have been top 5, if not top 3, favourite books of this year and perhaps ousting AGOS for the title if I had read it. Damn, I suck. (But also not impressed with coming across spoilers on Twitter -______-..)

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  4. thegrishalieutenant says:

    I’ve had The Weight of Feathers sitting on my shelf since the day it was released and somehow have yet to pick it up. You don’t really hear much about it, but I think you’ve just given me the push to pick it up.

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  5. Isis Taylor says:

    All of these books look amazing, and I LOVED Lady Midnight as well – looking forward to the next one. Thanks for all your amazing reviews, your probably my favourite review site, but I’ve been wondering… How do you get all the publicity?? Love to hear a few tips.

    Good luck on reading your two more books, because wow, 200 books is a lot!!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Oh thank you so much! That makes me sooo happy 🙂 I’ve been blogging for over a year now so I’ve built up a substantial readership but it took a few months for my blog to really take off. I guess it’s just all about posting consistently and publicizing on Twitter as well.

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  6. Ksenia says:

    I loved I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios too. Both The Smell of Other People’s Houses and Salt to the Sea are on my tbr-list and I’m looking forward to read it. I’ve recently started Marie Rutkoski’s Winner Trilogy. While I had some issues with The Winner’s Curse, I enjoyed the second book a lot. I haven’t been able to read the last installment yet. Great list, Jenna! I’ll check your top contemporary reads on Happy Indulgence.


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