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December 27: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)

I’m doing my ten favorites of books I read in 2016. This one is tough, but I reserve the right to change my mind. 🙂


1. Breakout; Ann Aguirre. A space station prison, and a truly desperate need to escape before they all die.


2. Betrayals; Kelley Armstrong. A strange, fey little town, with a whole bunch of clever liars, and one woman who has to decide what she wants–and how hard she’ll fight for it.

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3. Magic Binds; Ilona Andrews. Kick-butt magic-user/ mercenary with some serious daddy issues. (He wants to destroy everything.)

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4. Marked in Flesh; Anne Bishop. The humans decided to steal the Others (supernatural beings) territory, and the Others fight back.

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5. Fire Touched; Patricia Briggs. Mercy Thompson, mechanic and mate to an alpha werewolf. She takes no sh!t.


6. Wake of Vultures; Lila Bowen. A supernatural western, and a sudden ability to see the monsters hiding as humans.

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7. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen; Lois McMaster Bujold. The story of a wife and mother after she loses her husband–a tough woman finding a new life path.

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8. Sorcerer to the Crown; Zen Cho. Having magic can be difficult, but two outsiders make an effort. Excellent world building in this one!


9. Once Broken Faith; Seanan McGuire. One of my favorite urban fantasy series. Deadly sidhe, wicked magic, and a King of Cats in tight leather pants.

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10. Raven King; Maggie Stiefvater. The last book in a series with magic, love, prophecy, and a sleeping king.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

15 responses »

  1. Lilyn G says:

    I haven’t read a single book on this list. I remember thinking I wanted to get Gentleman Jole at one point, but I kept forgetting about it every time I was actually looking for books. Bother! The space prison breakout one looks good! My Best Sci-Fi & Scary Novels of 2016

    • This is why I make book lists. Also, I am a list nerd, but you know, it helps. 😉
      I recommend the space prison trilogy– the first one is Perdition. There are some deeply flawed characters, interesting species interactions, and very scary space station prison.

  2. Dang. I still need to read The Raven King. At least it made your list, so I know it’s good! 🙂
    My TTT.

  3. tiareleine says:

    I’ve been meaning to read something by Patricia Briggs for a few years now, but it’s hard to find the first book in either of her series anywhere!

    Great list! 🙂

  4. A new series by Ann Aguirre? This is intriguing news indeed… 🙂

  5. wcs53 says:

    Nice list. As you said, it is tough to come up with a list. After I posted mine I thought of a couple of others that could have been on my list.

  6. I have heard so many good things about Zen Cho’s book. I hope to read it soon! You have some great books on your list. 🙂

  7. I read the entire Raven Cycle this year for the first time. Blue Lily, Lily Blue was definitely my favorite in the series! Great list 🙂

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