Top 5 Books of 2016 (so far)

Apparently this has been the year of the re-read for me. I’ve picked up quite a number of books this year that I’ve already read at one point. However, I’ve also read some great new releases as well as oldies that had passed me by. Here are 5 books I’ve read this year that are my favorites thus far!

court of mist

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book…ohhh this book. I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to read it, at first. I enjoyed the first book, but I wasn’t really sure what direction this series was going in. I finally got my hands on this book and decided to invest my time in it and I’m SO GLAD that I did. Holy wow. This book was quite a ride! I don’t want to say too much, in case you haven’t read the first book, but let’s just say that it’s got everything – intrigue, adventure, romance, lots of romance, and witty comebacks. (Read my full review HERE!)

salt to the sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This beautiful book takes place during 1945, in the mix of World War II. Thousands of refugees flock to the sea in order to escape war-torn lands. We have four POV characters, all very different from each other. Sepetys is one of my favorite authors and she has a gift with historical fiction. The characters jump off the pages and the author’s words will make you feel all the feels. I gave this book 5 stars because it’s perfect. (Read my full review HERE!)

lady midnight

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

You guys…you guys…you guys. This book strapped me to a freaking rollercoaster and yelled Olly Olly Oxen-Free in my face. I cried. I laughed. I sighed. I got angry. And then I went through it all over again. I’m usually pretty good at figuring out where  story is headed, but Cassandra Clare always finds a way to totally throw me off track. Mission accomplished. This book adds to the Shadowhunter universe, expanding it even more. We see characters we know and love, and we fall in love with some new ones. So, so good. (Read my full review HERE!)

winners kiss

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

I know that some people gave up on this series after the first book and I honestly wouldn’t blame you. I thought the first book was good, but I wasn’t really dead set on finding out where the series was going. I finally picked up the second book and was like OK RUTKOSKI, I SEE YOU. The writing gets so much better and the story is so, so compelling. I honestly thought this third book in the trilogy had one of the best endings a series could have. Loose ends tied up, questions answered, major character development, and some realistic reactions. Love, love, love. (Read my full review HERE!)

echo

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I had a teacher moment with this book. One of my non-readers settled on this book for a literature circle assignment and I knew zero things about it. So I figured I’d read it over the weekend. No big deal, it’s only a million-ish pages long. I cranked it out, though. It was so dang good. This book is so unique. It’s made up of 3 individual stories that are connected by a magical harmonica. Yes, you read that correctly. I’d highly recommend the audiobook, too, because it brings in all the musical elements. (Read my full review HERE!)

What are you favorite books of the year (so far)? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

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