The Ten Best Books of 2016

I can’t believe it’s already the end of 2016! It has been… quite a year. It was filled with books both good and bad, times up and down. But before the end of the year, I wanted to take the time to shine a spotlight on something positive: my favorite books of 2016. Only the books that truly have stayed with me (even months after reading them) have made it onto the list. These are the books I found to not only be good, but have that je ne sais quoi that really stuck with me.

[To be clear, these are not necessarily books published in 2016 (even though many of them, coincidentally, are), just books that I have read this year.]

To avoid prejudice (okay, really just to avoid having to agonize over the organization), I’ve organized my list by the date I read the book:

passengercoverPassenger by Alexandra Bracken

Every time I think of this book, this wonderful feeling of comfort watches over me. Something about Alexandra Bracken’s writing clicked with me, and the atmosphere she created within this book felt just right. I am so, so excited to dive back into this world with Wayfarer; it’s unreal. You can read my review here!2000px-4-5_stars-svg


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This book was a work of art, and so absolutely unique. The writing was breathtaking, and I kid you not, I sobbed at the end of this one.

Salt to the Sea featured such a diverse cast of characters, each with a unique voice and story to share. I cared about each and every one of them. Even if you’re not a Historical Fiction reader, I highly recommend you give this a read. Review here!2000px-5_stars-svg


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Believe it or not, this was assigned reading! Despite my usual distaste for anything I’m forced to read, I found such a beautiful story in this one. It was magical as well as relevent, innocent and juvenile as well as 100% serious.


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater17378508

I read the entirety of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys series in 2016, and suffice to say that I fell in love. Whimsical and magical and utterly confusing but wonderful, I’m so glad I decided to pick up this series. It’s definitely due for a reread in 2017.2000px-5_stars-svg



The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson writes the most perfect contemporaries of ever. She somehow managed to strike this absolutely perfect balance between fluffy and real, adorable and serious. If you want to hear my more in-depth thoughts, you can find my review here!2000px-5_stars-svg



A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This was quiet possibly my favorite book of the year. There was just.. It was just… Well, now you see why I never wrote a review for this one; I loved it so infinitely that I couldn’t possibly form my thoughts into words.2000px-5_stars-svg

23299512This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I read this 400-page book in two days. (For me, that’s impressive.) It’s full of gray areas and so-so morals, characters that are neither good nor bad, and I couldn’t help but become completely captivated by the world within. Another story on my to-reread list.2000px-5_stars-svg


It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

This was a complete and utter surprise in how much it impacted me. It dealt with real physical abuse, and was so unflinchingly honest and true.

For my full thoughts, you should read my review – it’s full of tears and, well… tears.2000px-5_stars-svg



Heartless by Marissa Meyer

While I didn’t think this novel was 100% perfect, Marissa Meyer has such a beautiful way with words. She really brought the story to life, with all of the magic and whimsy and romance that makes a true fairytale. Well… except for that ending. But that’s another story.2000px-4-5_stars-svg25893582

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

This one was such a wonderful surprise – don’t you love it when a book does that? I wasn’t expecting a lot from this story – perhaps a cute, fluffy, quick contemporary – but this ended up being so much more. It was so utterly smart and just real. I highly recommend you pick this one up.


The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

This book was so beautifully unique, the characters not defined by  the usual magical prowess and battle strength of your typical fantasy hero, but by intellect. The two main characters sparred in a game of whits and strategy, and it was nothing short of wonderful.2000px-5_stars-svg


Honorable Mentions go to:


And there you have it! The ten books that have earned themselves a spot in my favorites of the year. I hope you’ll consider giving any of these reads a go (and that you enjoy them as much as I did!). Happy 2017, and cheers to a new year filled with smiles and good books.


10 thoughts on “The Ten Best Books of 2016

  1. Iween says:

    Looks like a lot of great reads from 2016! 🙂 I’m going to start reading the Raven Cycle series this year, as well as Passenger (after Wayfarer comes out hehe). And I also had Heartless & This Savage Song on my favourite reads from 2016 – they are so, so good. I especially loved V.E. Schwab’s writing & the way Wonderland and its characters was portrayed in Heartless! Here’s to more good reads in 2017!

    With love, Iween. |


  2. Summer @ Xingsings says:

    Such a great selection of books! I recently finished Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys and LOVED it. I definitely have plans on giving a Salt to the Sea a try next. I love that Sepetys chooses to write about more obscure events in history. And have you read Schwab’s other series? I read A Gathering of Shadows (the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic) early 2016 and was so entertained by it. The world building in that one is also fabulous. XD


    • alittlebookworld says:

      Isn’t Sepetys so great?? I haven’t read anything else by her, but I hope to this year. And I have read Schwab’s other series! Or, at least… I’ve read the first book! I still need to get to the second, though 🙈


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