Top Ten Tuesday: Fave 2016 Releases So Far

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

I’ve only read about 27 books so far this year, so this list of just 2016 releases is kind of hard and I’m sure will be wildly different from a general “best of” list, but let’s give it a whirl. The topic this week is Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year.

Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel Jose Older – This was one of the first books I read this year, and the wait for the third book in the series is killing me.

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales – This book got SO much buzz around it’s release, so much so that I actually shelled out the $14 or whatever it was for the e-book on release day. Angry female assassins fit perfectly in my wheelhouse, but my favorite character wasn’t even human.


Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter – The audiobook and the physical copy are both phenomenal. The closest I’m going to get to seeing the play anytime soon.

The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu – This is a novella that ties into the Tao series, and it was so great. Chu has done a stellar job at some world-building. Hey, has anyone checked to see if Trump is in league with the Genjix?

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger – Surprise favorite of the year! Quirk sent me an ARC and it was such an awesome read. I’m really hoping for a sequel of some sort.

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn – This comes out on July 5th, but I was lucky enough to read an e-galley. Lady superheroes for the win! Even though I read the e-ARC, I went on Amazon and pre-ordered myself a finished copy:



There is a pretty solid chance I’ll be re-reading it later this summer.

Grunt by Mary Roach – I love how much Mary dives deep into topics you never gave much thought before, like penis transplants and hearing problems.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – Okay, so I’m actually halfway through this right now but I feel pretty confident sticking it on this list. It has been breaking my heart a little bit with each chapter, but it’s so great.

And because I couldn’t really make it to ten, let’s throw in two of my least favorite releases of 2016:

Maestra by L.S. Hinton – Premise of “50 Shades of Grey without the romance” is something I’m cool with, especially if there’s murder along the way. Cool premise, very poor execution.

The Fireman by Joe Hill – Alright, I did enjoy the book while I read it. But the more I think about it, the more little things are really bugging me – like how the title character is hardly in the book and how problematic of a character Harper seemed to be.

Alrighty kittens, that’s all I got. What have been your favorite (or least favorite) 2016 releases so far this year?




  1. I am reading Homegoing right now, as we speak! As a few people have pointed out, it’s more like a collection of interlinked short stories than a saga-novel, which is better for me, because while I don’t tend to like short stories, I almost never like family sagas. But this one, I’m loving. Gyasi’s writing is just so on point — there’s a line where one character declares that she wants to be her own nation, and it almost brought me to tears, just that line. Such a great book.


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