A friend of mine gave me the idea of this list.
I’ll be posting three lists this month.
This one will include all of my 5 stars. One list for the top 10 (it will be hard to choose just 10 books) and a list about the ONE book that stood out from all the other 300+ books I’ve read this year. That’s a tall order.
I should mention something about my 5 star rating. I’m pretty picky about giving out the elusive 5 stars. Either it’s such a wower that I can’t stop myself. Like books I can’t stop raving about, like the Martian or Big Little Lies. It gets so bad that I’ll talk my friends ears off. Or the books, and those are the majority, that I’ll reread again, and again. I go so far, that as soon as I reread a book I HAVE to upgrade the rating to 5 stars.
Ok, here we go….
These are the 5 star books of 2016:
Breathing Room by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the books I reread every few years. The chemistry between the couple is fantastic. It’s hilarious. It plays in Italy. And it’s my sister’s favorite book by by SEP. Enough said!
The entire series (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher deserves 5 stars. I must have read the first book in October of 2015, but in January I finished the rest of the series in one swoop. All 5 books. I listened to the audiobooks for months. I was in such a happy place every time I got into my car. It’s the best sign if I’m sitting in the car, refusing to get out of it, because I’m not done listening yet. The world building is just AMAZING. And the characters blew me away. It was such a unique journey, and I felt bereaved when it was over. Of course there is always hope that sooner or later it will be made into a TV show.:-)
Of course each year I reread two entire series, the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh and Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. Both series are outstanding. And both need to be reread in anticipation of the newest book.
The (Guild Hunter #1)series is a paranormal world of angels and vampires. And it has the coolest vampire hunter, and the most alpha archangel ever. It’s always an immense pleasure to visit the gang each year. And Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter #9) was no difference.
(Kate Daniels #1) is the most amazing Urban Fantasy series out there. The writing is superb. Ilona and Andrew are outstanding writers. Their style and wit is unique and just the BEST. There is nothing to compare it with. And Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) highlighted just that.
The next series that deserved 5 stars was Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1) by C.S. Pacat. I have only recently started reading M/M books, but C.S. Pacat, wrote a masterpiece with Captive Prince. I was reading so fast. Almost too fast. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. In retrospect I did not appreciate it enough. I’ll have to rectify that ASAP. The world building was off the charts. It was like diving into a world that sucked me in and didn’t let go, even days after I still thought about it. And the drawings by the Japanese artist Chinatsu Kurahana were spot on.
Bear Meets Girl (Pride #7) by Shelly Laurenston is another of my favorites that I reread constantly. I can’t really say why this one is the ONE. It’s just the combination of hilarity, characters, and storyline that keeps me coming back.
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman was a change in pace but nevertheless extremely interesting and spoke to me in all kinds of ways.
To mix it up I reread a book by one of my favorite Western authors. Beautiful Bad Man (Sutton Family #1) by Ellen O’Connell started it all. At least it started my bottomless love for anything by Ellen O’Connell. I wish she would write faster. But since that’s not an option I have three books by her that are on my favorite book shelf to be taking out when I need something different.
One of this year’s surprise author was Michelle Diener. I somehow found her first (Class 5 #1) book in January and immediatly read the second right after. The third and last came out this summer. I adored this books. I have NOT read a great SciFi book in ages. Maybe since Ender’s Game. Class 5 books are stunning works. The AI in each book is unique and utterly fascinating. The romance is slow burn, but unique and real. The first book is still my favorite.:-)
Not my typical genre, but I fell in love with the first book in this series last year and couldn’t wait until The Angels’ Share (The Bourbon Kings #2) by J.R. Ward was finally resealed. It was as captivating and entertaining as the first one. I had to wait an entire year for it. Which sucked! But it was so worth it. It was such a soap opera. Gritty, pretentious, and so emotional. Murder, love, hate, it had it all. And so much more.
My second favorite author couple Krista Ritchie, and Becca Ritchie gave their fans the best gift ever. They wrote a 664 page epilogue. WHO DOES THAT?????? Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters #4.5) was the perfect ending to NINE books about the Calloway Sisters. I almost cried saying goodbye. My favorites will always be Rose and Connor. But the entire gang was so beloved. Their motto should have been “All for one, and one for all”. I have never read about such a tied knit group before.
One of the biggest 5 stars of 2016 was The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. It was sooooo good I read it twice already. 673 pages of the Wall.
The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1) by Sara Neywas a fun, sweet, college romance that was just perfect in my mind. Friends to lovers doesn’t usually do it for me, but I smiled the entire time reading The Studying Hours. It was the perfect read, to let go, have fun, and enjoy the ride.
My last and most recent 5 star review went to Womanizer (Manwhore #4) by Katy Evans. I loved pretty much everything about that book. The low drama, and angst. How sweet the H was. The chemistry between the couple. It was just PERFECT!!!