Let’s be honest: 2016 has been a shit year.  Between losing all our heros and awfully world events, there was no shortage of suffering.   Thankfully, we had books to insulate is from the pain and to dry up all our tears.  So without further ado, we give you our Top 10 Books of 2016 after the jump.

YAWednesdays  2016 Top 10

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

How do you end a four book series about a teen obsessed with finding a dead Welsh King, another who’s Irish Catholic with a penchant for racing cars, a mechanic’s son with an angry streak, someone who’s there and now they’re gone and Blue Saergent, the Queen?  Like this, Maggie, just like this.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

What happens when aliens grant you the power to either save the world or let it be destroyed? Would you press the button to save it?  Gorgeously and realistically written, We Are the Ants is a book about love, loving, mental illness, sexuality, family, bullying and hope.

We Are The Ants

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

The hysterical speculative fiction about the nine days of Lady Jane Grey’s rule of England DOES contain horse jokes. We guarantee you will laugh, you will cry and then you’ll laugh some more.

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Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy) by Sally Green

The conclusion to Sally Green’s Half Bad trilogy was a poignant wrap-up to Nathan’s struggle with the White Witches and with the blackness in his soul.  The ultimate clash of Good versus Evil will leave you breathless and incandescently, beautifully  heartbroken.

Half bad trilogy

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

We say YES to a gender-swap Dracula and to a spectacular character study that wasn’t action-packed in the traditional sense, but in the emotional unpacking of a lifetime of political strife can cause a brother, sister and their best friend.  Leaves you breathless and wanting so much more!

And I Darken

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows left us breathless and Crooked Kingdom provides the absolutely perfect conclusion to this heist set in her Grishaverse.  The crew is back, the stakes are higher and you’ll be on the edge of your seat until the stunning conclusion.

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

The discovery of the hand of a giant statue leads to one of the greatest (and most secret) scientific discoveries in the history of humanity.  The interpersonal drama of the scientists, politicians and military involved could upend humanity. Told through a series of interrogations, Sleeping Giants unfolds as one of 2016’s best science fiction novels.


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

Set in 1970’s Alaska, this story of 4 teenagers whose lives knit together in unlikely ways is equal parts tragedy and triumph. Hitchcock seamlessly weaves the stories together, laying down the foundations for connections that feel fated instead of forced.


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The Call by  Peadar Ó Guilín

The Call is simultaneously seeped in folklore and utterly original. A dystopia (think Hunger Games meets 28 Days Later with fairies instead of zombies) that is by no means trite, this brutal book is the perfect post-November 8th read.


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Timekeeper by Tara Sim

“Two o’clock was missing.” Timekeeper by Tara Sim starts at what should be 2 pm, but the hour is literally gone. Vanished for the face of the clock. From the first line we know we’ve entered a world where time doesn’t necessarily play by the rules. Welcome to the world of Timekeeper, an alternate Victorian London where you can fall in love with time itself.


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Happy New Year and see you in 2017!

~Ann & Carmen