I cannot believe 2016 is nearly over! This year has flown by, and so much has changed! What hasn’t changed, however, is my love of books. This has definitely been the year of middle grade for me–both in reading them, and writing them, so it should come as no surprise that ALL of my top five books are MG (I can’t help that 2016 had been such a stellar year for MG authors). Without further ado, here are my top five books (in no particular order).
1. Beetle Boy (The Battle of the Beetles #1) by M. G Leonard
This is just a magical, wonderful story that I have recommended countless times since I read it. It’s going to be a classic, and M. G. Leonard is a seriously talented writer. (ALSO, the second book in the trilogy, BEETLE QUEEN, comes out in 2017 and I am so excited!). Check out my review here.
2. Cogheart by Peter Bunzl
This book blew me away. It’s magical, and steampunk-y and the writing and world-building is beautiful. (ALSO, MOONLOCKET (the sequel to COGHEART) is out in 2017!!). See my review here.
3. The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
Natalie Lloyd is not only a extraordinarily (see what I did there) talented author, she’s also a complete sweetheart. Her debut, A SNICKER OF MAGIC, is permanently stitched onto my heart, and this follow-up does not disappoint. It’s a special book, with richly drawn characters and so much heart. My review is here.
4. The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
I’m such a big fan of witches in fiction. From THE WORST WITCH to Hermione Granger, witches are my thing. In this book, James has crafted a gorgeous story, with a fabulous heroine and a intriguing and beautifully constructed world. Read my review here.
5. The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White
This is a book that you think about long after you finish the final page. Laugh-out-loud funny, the plot is twisty and turn-y and the unique worldbuilding is so original. This is a spectacular debut, and I am very excited for its sequel.
So those are my top five books that were released in 2016! I hope you enjoyed my list and I would love to find out your top five books of the year–leave a comment below and tell me! 🙂