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Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year
- End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy #3) by Stephen King- I just finished this and it was everything I wanted it to be. I was so looking forward to the mini-series based on the trilogy, but I’m so saddened by the death of actor Anton Yelchin, who was set to play Brady Hartsfield, that I’ve lost my enthusiasm for the project. Yelchin played in a lot of movies I’ve loved (I first really noticed him in Terminator: Salvation as a young Kyle Reese, but he was also Odd Thomas, one of my favorite literary characters).
- The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater- Another end of a series that was perfect and everything I wanted it to be (except I don’t want it to be over, ever). I can’t wait to read what Maggie has planned next!
- The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye- While this book isn’t really a Night Circus for the YA set, it’s still a gorgeous, magical read. I already want to do a re-read!
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald- I recently listened to this book on audio, and despite the fact that I have never, ever, ever thought of moving to Iowa… now I kind of want to. I fell in love with the characters and the town, so warm and cozy and a true bookworm’s delight!
- Find Her (Detective D.D. Warren #8) by Lisa Gardner- I swear I spend most of my life waiting for the latest Lisa Gardner thriller, and she has never disappointed me! I was rooting so hard for Flora that I almost broke something.
- It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble- a re-imagining of Tuck Everlasting, and while I might catch some flack on this, it was the version of Tuck Everlasting that I’ve always wanted.
- The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos- I loved Imogene, and I feel like she could be a Nancy Drew for a new generation.
- Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn- Quirky, funny, demented- this book was a whole bunch of my favorite things. Quinn’s usual darkness was tempered by humor, and I just loved it. Definitely going to make my top 10 of 2016 list!
- The Fireman by Joe Hill- Epic. I’ve been a fan of Hill’s since his short story collection, 20th Century Ghost, and then he blew me away with NOS4A2. His latest feels like an ode to his dad’s (Stephen King) book The Stand, with the soundtrack of Mary Poppins and lots of fire. It’s so good!
- With Malice by Eileen Cook- more than any other book on this list, this is the one I’m obsessed over. I can’t recommend this one enough, and I really want to talk about that ending with someone!!!