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My Top 5 Reads from 2016

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The Best Books I Read in 2016

And now for everyone’s favorite time of year, the classification of my top reads from 2016. I read some really great books this past year, but unless something pops in the next couple of weeks, I don’t feel as though I’ve read any 5-star-blow-my-socks-off books. Of course, that won’t stop me from recommending at least 5 books that I read in 2016 for you to check out for yourself. All of these, if I were to rate them on GoodReads, Amazon.com or BN.com would receive at least a 4 star rating today.

My Top 5 Reads from 2016

The Undays of Aralias Lyons

Author: K.L. Horvath
Published on: December 9, 2015
Pages: 334
Genres: time travel, action & adventure, romance, science fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

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A unique time travel novel that takes the issue of paradoxes and addresses it head on. I enjoyed the quirky characters and was happy to have K.V. Horvath In the Spotlight to chat more about Aralias Lyons.

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My Top 5 Reads from 2016

Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2)

Author: Rachel Caine
Published on: July 5, 2016
Pages: 368
Series: The Great Library #2
Genres: action & adventure, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
Also in this series: Ink and Bone

 

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This is the second book in The Great Library series which is in the same vein as the Harry Potter series. Caine continued the struggle between the Jess and the Library to new heights and left the story in a cliffhanger that makes me eager for the release of Ash & Quill in 2017.

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My Top 5 Reads from 2016

Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet

Author: H.P. Wood
Published on: June 7, 2016
Pages: 368
Genres: historical fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

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Drawn in by the cover on NetGalley, once I started reading I was entranced by life in Atlantic City at the turn of the century. Reflecting back on this book post election season, I am reminded of the wonderful story of how complete strangers, no matter their differences, can band together behind a worthy cause.

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My Top 5 Reads from 2016

Iron Hearted Violet

Author: Kelly Barnhill
Illustrator: Iacopo Bruno
Narrator: Simon Vance
Published on: October 9, 2012
Pages: 428
Length: 7 hours, 22 minutes
Genres: middle grade, fantasy
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

This was quite an audiobook find at Half Price Books. The narration captivated me and I found myself itching to highlight and write down quotes so I purchased a physical copy of the book. This amazing middle-grade fairy tale is studded with illustrations and conveys the creation of stories in a beautiful, memorable way. This book will delight children and adults alike.

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My Top 5 Reads from 2016

A Deadly Affection

Author: Cuyler Overholt
Published on: September 6, 2016
Pages: 448
Genres: mystery, adult, medical
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

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Fans of mysteries, medical history and strong female characters will enjoy Overholt’s debut novel. Full of unexpected twists and turns, you are kept guessing right up to end. I’m hoping to that there are more adventures with Dr. Genevieve Summerford in the future.

Another plus, Ms. Overholt kindly did a guest post about NYC and DC during the same time her novel was set!

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My Top 5 Reads from 2016

The Crescent Spy

Author: Michael Wallace
Published on: November 10, 2015
Pages: 325
Genres: historical fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Another historical fiction entry, this time set in Louisiana during the Civil War involving a female journalist turned spy with secrets of her own that could cost her dearly. The Crescent Spy is a good dose of American history, which I often find dry, and action with just a teeny-bit of romance.

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top 5 reads 2016

Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

Narrator: Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris , Michael Crouch
Published on: February 2, 2016
Pages: 393
Length: 8 hours, 50 minutes
Genres: historical fiction, young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

This is a gut-wrenching WWII novel based on a true event that happened to the Nazi Regime, which is why so few people know about it. Audiobook listeners are in for a treat as this story is told from five different points of view and there is a different narrator for each viewpoint.

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What are your top reads from 2016? What books are you most looking forward to in 2017?

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