Top 10 Books to Read in 2016

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2015 was a really good reading year for me! I read over 75 books in total which is the most I think I’ve ever read, so I’m looking forward to keeping my streak going and reading lots in 2016 too. There were, however, some books that I didn’t quite get to this year that are placed very highly on my To-Be-Read pile, AND there are books that are coming out in 2016 which I’m looking forward to reading when they’re released. So I’ve compiled a list of the top ten books I WILL be reading in 2016.

These books are in no particular order.

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The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke, tells the story of Laurel and her sister Faith. When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance but thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again… – from Goodreads.com 

As a fan of MTV’s Finding Carter, the subject of this book really intrigues me. I listened to The Face on the Milk Carton on audio book, and read Pretty Girl 13 this year, but neither of them quenched my thirst for a decent thriller. I hope The Lost and the Found steps up to the mark.

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, which is about Jude and her twin Noah who were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world. – from Goodreads.com

After reading The Sky is Everywhere, I am so excited to delve into another Jandy Nelson book. My copy was bought for me by the lovely, charming GracieActually

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which narrates a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill. – from Goodreads.com

Crime. Elite Private School. Moral complexities. Exactly my cup of tea!

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, that chronicles when a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, and it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger… – from Goodreads.com 

Once again. Crime. JK Rowling. Who could ask for anything more?

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Winter by Marissa Meyer, which is the last and fourth installment of the Lunar Chronicles. Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. – from Goodreads.com 

I became completely captivated by the Lunar Chronicles in 2015, and although I don’t want the series to end, I can’t wait to find out what happens!

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The Merciless by Danielle Vega, which tells the story of Brooklyn Stevens, as she sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed. Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls… unless she wants to be next… – from Goodreads.com 

I’m not really a fan of horror, but after seeing The Sisterhood of the Night, this is another plot that really intrigues me.

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The Program by Suzanne Young, which narrates the story of Sloane, who knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories. – from Goodreads.com

Having suffered with depression, I’d like to see how Suzanne Young intertwines that with a dystopian society, another of my favourite plot devices.

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Hate List by Jennifer Brown, which is about Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, who five monthes ago opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets. – from Goodreads.com 

After reading Nineteen Minutes and watching that episode of One Tree Hill, this is another subject that really interests me.

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Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige, which is the final installment of the Dorothy Must Die series, where Amy Gumm’s mission to take down Dorothy Gale is not going according to plan. Dorothy has found a way to bridge the worlds of Oz and Kansas, and if the power-hungry dictator of Oz has her way, Kansas will be destroyed forever. Now, Amy has to team up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to save her home, restore the balance between the magic and non-magic worlds, maybe get the guy—and kill that not-so-sweet Kansas farm girl once and for all. – from Goodreads.com

I’m really looking forward to the final piece of the Dorothy Must Die puzzle. I’m a little apprehensive that the story takes place back in Kansas and not Oz but on reflection, I think it’s good that the series is coming full circle.

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 Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius, which is a retelling of two of the most famous Tudor Kings and Queens. Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student body president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of his brother, the pressure for Henry to be perfect has doubled. And now he’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who isn’t Tudor-approved. Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life. – from Goodreads.com

One of my favourite eras of history is The Tudors, and I love that authors are writing retellings of such interesting historical figures.

This concludes my top ten list of books I want to read in 2016, which will probably end up being a top fifty once more books are announced and released, but for now, these are ones I’m excited for.

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