Top 12 Books of 2016

It took a while for me to create this list but I’ve finally chosen my top 12 books of 2016 (I know top 10 sounds better but I really couldn’t choose!). I read over 90 books in 2016 — my original goal was 100 but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to reach it due to school stuff. Still, I’m very happy about the amount that I read. As usual, I did not read much non-fiction but I did read a lot more contemporary than usual. Actually, I think that in 2016, I read nearly as many contemporary books as fantasy ones, which is definitely super strange for me…yay for diversifying my reading (kinda). Also, I should mention that these are the top 12 books I books that I read in 2016 but there were some 2016 releases that I read in 2015 so they did not make this list. 

Without further ado, here are my top 12 books of 2016 in no particular order:



Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)  by Leigh Bardugo

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab

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



Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) by Jay Kristoff

The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy, #3) by Marie Rutkoski



Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)  by Victoria Schwab

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

What were your top books of 2016? Are any of them on this list?

6 thoughts on “Top 12 Books of 2016

  1. Crooked Kingdom is at the top of my list! I just finished ACOMAF though and OMG I can’t believe I held off this long! It was so good! I’m working on finishing up Queen of Shadows now so I can dive into Empire of Storms! I need to also catch up in the Winners trilogy I read and enjoyed book 1. Great list! My Top Ten

  2. I’m really happy to see some of these books on your “best of 2016” list since I have them on my TBR, haha. I’m hoping to get to My Lady Jane, This Savage Song, and The Female of the Species at some point this year. 🙂

  3. It makes me so happy to see so many of my own favorites on your list of top reads of 2016 – Crooked Kingdom, My Lady Jane, Nevernight, A Court of Mist and Fury, Empire of Storms, to name a few. I also really enjoyed This Savage Song, and loved how different it was from anything I’d read before. And of your list, A Criminal Magic is actually a book on my TBR, so I’m even more eager to get to it now!

  4. ohmygosh Sarah J. Maas is amazing!!! I absolutely adored ACOMAF & Empire of Storms, and cannot get enough of her books. I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom or Savage Song yet despite owning copies of both, so I’m glad you liked them. Great picks!!

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