2016 Best of the Best: Part 2


In July I gave you my top ten picks from the first half of 2016.  Today I’m going to give you my top ten favorite books from the second half of the year.

Why do I do it this way?  Because there are too many good books!  I couldn’t narrow it down to just ten.  I’d be leaving out so many of my favorites.

So, lucky you, here’s my top ten favorite reads, July – December 2016!

#10- Disasterology 101 by Taylor V Donovan

DisasterologyWhy I loved it:
I love books with a wide variety of diverse characters, and that includes stories about people with disorders.  In Disasterology 101, one of the characters suffers from severe OCD, and fear of germs.  I wasn’t sure how it would translate into a romance novel, but I think the author balanced sexual intimacy with Cedric’s OCD in a believable way.

#9- Bear, Otter, and The Kid by TJ Klune

Bear Otter KidWhy I loved it:
I was so terrified of Bear, Otter, and The Kid.  After discovering my love for M/M romance I read so many glowing reviews about this book, and the more I read the more afraid I was that I wouldn’t like it.  I really really wanted to be a fan.  Oviously I am.  I’ve read others about older brother’s, and now I compare them all to Bear, Otter, and The Kid.

#8- Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

magic-bindsWhy I loved it:
Seriously, it’s Kate and Curran.  I love everything about this world, and now we’re in the last two books of the series things are really starting to heat up.  The situation with Roland is coming to the climax, and Kate has more on the line then ever before.  Add to that, I loved the addition of Julie and Derrek, and I’m excited to know it’s ongoing.

#7- Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

geminaWhy I loved it:
I love everything about this trilogy, my absolute favorite is probably the format Kristoff and Kaufman used to tell the story.  I said it in my review, but it really makes you feel like you’re on the spaceship.  The worst part of starting a series from the beginning is the long wait between books.  I read Gemina as soon as it came out, so now I wait.

#6- Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

tell-the-truthWhy I loved it:
I love Melina Marchetta.  Currently I’ve read everything in her backlog of books, and I loved all them to varying degrees.  Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is the first book Marchetta’s written in the adult classification.  I wasn’t sure if I’d like it as much, because she fits in a special YA niche.  It worked out.  This was a beautiful story.  I’d love more.

#5- Ready to Roll by Suzanne Brockmann

ready-to-rollWhy I loved it:
Troubleshooters!  I discovered this series late which meant I got to read them back to back.  Unfortunately it also meant I’d only just found it when Brockmann announced the series was over.  I prayed for it to not be true, and my prayers were answered.  Not only did I get an Izzy trilogy, she recently announced a continuation of the series!  YAY!

#4- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of CrowsWhy I loved it:
Kaz, Jasper, Wylan, Nina, Mathias, and Inej.  Honestly, that series was built on its characters.  I’m not trying to put down the plot, because that was an amazing foundation for these characters.  It wasn’t the biggest draw for me.  It was definitely all about the streetwise criminals that became our heroes.  Even when they were bad, they were good.  I loved them.

#3- Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

Carry the OceanWhy I loved it:
I already said it once, but it’s about those diverse characters.  In Carry the Ocean, Jeremey had debilitating anxiety which led to depression, and Emmett was Autistic.  They had a relationship that started out as friendship built on feeling alone, and it eventually developed into more.  It was one of the sweetest stories I’ve ever read.

#2- Wolfsong by TJ Klune

WolfsongWhy I loved it:
It’s like beating a dead horse, but Wolfsong is one of the best Urban Fantasy novels I’ve ever read.  It also has 0ne of the purest love stories.  I love TJ Klune’s comedy novels, but I definiately love his more serious stories too.  Joe and Ox were beautiful, and I’m so glad TJ Klune has decided to turn this book into a series.

#1- How To Be A Better Person by TJ Klunegold-268640_640

How to Be a Normal PersonWhy I loved it:
Call 2016 the year of TJ Klune, because there are three on this list and How to be a Normal Person is my #1 pick for the second half of 2016.  I loved that Gus and Casey showed their feelings with epic hugs.  I loved that Gus didn’t care how Casey identified, he only cared that he loved him.  I adored absolutely every second of this novel.

About Birdie

Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.

10 Responses

  1. I love how you’ve divided up they ear. I think that is important– I have forgotten so many great books I read earlier this year. Well, not forgotten, but, they aren’t as amazing in my mind as I want them to be. It’s sad, I know.
    This is a great list. I’m so glad that Gemina made the cut! I love that book.


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