My Top 16 Reads of 2016

After weeks of trying to narrow this list down I’ve finally come up with my top reads of the year. It was really hard, as of today I’ve read 268 books so picking a handful of my absolute favorites was difficult for me. Originally I had planned on choosing a top ten, but I was really struggling so I decided to do a top 16 of 2016 and I STILL had a tough time. These are the books that I feel should not be missed, they are all standouts for me, for a variety of reasons. I also want to point out a few to watch for in 2017 as well. 

(In no particular order) 


I was totally blown away by this book. It touched me deeply and I still find myself thinking about Andy.


God this book was so compelling, it had one of my very favorite endings ever.


The plot twist in My Girl was insane and I loved every minute of this dark and twisted tale. 


This was such a powerful and important read. I’m sure most of you have read it by now, but if not get cracking!

This had one of the BEST plot twists that I’ve ever read, totally gasp worthy. 

I love domestic suspense and this one delivered on all levels.


Another amazing book from Orenda Books makes my list and this atmospheric psychological thriller was unlike anything I’ve ever read.


Yet another one with a brilliant plot twist, this one totally fascinated me.


This had everything I want in a psychological thriller and it kept me up late at night, I HAD to find out how it all would end.

This debut novel was unique and McDaniel’s lyrical prose was so moving.

My favorite character of the year comes from this one. If you’ve read this then I’m sure you’ll guess that I’m talking about Manny. 


This was one of the best YA novels I read all year and the friendships here were beautiful.

This was a warm and heartfelt story of family and I still think about Nina today.

I had a hard time picking between this one and Jensen’s debut, The Sister but ultimately this one really grabbed me a tiny bit more.


I’ve become a huge Buchanan fan and this is my favorite of hers thus far. It had a fantastic twist that I loved.


This is the latest installment in my absolutely favorite series, so I had to add it. If you’re looking for a really well written and compelling new series to read, check out this one.
Books to watch in 2017: 


This was a provocative thriller that kept me guessing, amazingly fun read.

I totally loved this one, but now that I’ve discussed it with some others who have read it as well, I see that not everyone was as satisfied with it as I was. It is definitely a wholly unique type of book and it was very unexpected in many ways. 


This one was gorgeous and I think it will be huge next year. 
What do you think of my picks? Are they any that you agree with? Disagree with? What are your top reads of the year? If you have a post link me so I don’t miss it! 

66 thoughts on “My Top 16 Reads of 2016

  1. rashthedoctor says:

    I have been looking around these lists by every blogger I follow to get more books for my TBR and your list made me realise that I had already added these books on my TBR after reading your reviews 😁😁

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  2. Renee says:

    I haven’t read many of your picks! I’m definitely getting to The Survivor’s Guide to Happiness and Everything You Want Me to Be as soon as my new reading glasses get here:) Daisy in Chains is making my list as well. I hope to have it up Friday

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  3. Anzel van der Westhuizen says:

    Impressive list! I’ll be adding quite a few of these to my own reading list – especially looking forward to reading The Summer That Melted Everything.

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  4. Melissa @ BookNerdMomo says:

    It Ends With Us was definitely a top read for me this year as well. It was so good, heartbreaking, and just all around an important read. I haven’t read any of the others on your list but I’m really excited for Caraval. I hope you have a fantastic New Years and 2017, Amy!! β™₯😊

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  5. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    I’m so happy to see The Summer That Melted Everything on this list!! It was one of my top books as well.

    I have a few of these on my TBR already. I actually have a signed copy of It Ends With Us, but have yet to pick it up… I have never read a CoHo book ((hides under rock))

    Excellent post Amy! I cannot wait to read these books πŸ™‚

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