As 2016 comes to a close, I thought this would be a good time to sum up my top 10 favorites for this year. Some were published during 2016, and some I just happened to read throughout the year. Since I read almost all genres, these run the gamut. They’re in no particular order, because how can you pick a favorite from your favorites?
How to Save a Life by Emma Scott: New Adult Romance with a bit of Paranormal mixed in, but the Paranormal feels so natural you don’t have to be a fan of that genre to love this story.
An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur: A Literary Fiction Saga that takes you on a journey through life, which isn’t always pretty. I have yet to meet a character of Ms. Laqueur’s I didn’t love, and this story is no exception.
Drawing Me In by Tracey Alvarez: Although part of the Due South series, like all books in the series this is a standalone. But the entire series is full of fantastic beach romances and family drama. You just may want to start at the beginning. (Hint: In Too Deep is the first book in the series, and it’s perma-free!)
Heckled by Valarie Kinney: A true look at the ugly side of depression in this dark drama, probably not for everyone, but it’s beautifully written.
Teach Your Heart by Tracey Alvarez: The latest in the Far North series, like Ms. Alvarez’s other series, this beach romance can be read as a standalone. But again, all the books in the series are entertaining, and book 1 can be found for free.
Dirty South Drug Wars by Jae Hood: A debut Young Adult novel packed with action and romance, drugs and betrayal.
Full Tilt by Emma Scott: A heartbreakingly beautiful story that will keep you reading until late in the night. Part of a duet, but it can be read on its own.
Noah by Cara Dee: A M/M forbidden romance that deals with overcoming grief and finding your place in life.
Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan: A sweet romance that just may make you believe in Appalachian Mountain Witches and the charms they cast.
The Ones That Got Away by Suanne Laqueur: This book is something else entirely, and the only one on the list that can’t be read as a standalone. Yet it’s worth including in the list because of the books it comes from. The Man I Love is probably my all-time favorite book, and it’s the first in The Fish Tales series. TMIL is a standalone within the series, and although it wasn’t part of my 2016 reading, I highly recommend it. Trust me, once you’ve started there, you’ll want to read the rest of the series and eventually end up at The Ones That Got Away.
What are your favorite books from 2016? Leave a comment and let me know!