KT’s Favorite Books of 2016 (So Far), and More GIMME Upcoming Releases
So far for 2016 I’ve read 50 books. On average I read 2 books a week or 10 books a month ranging from novella length to full length. The majority of these reads are in the romance genre and mainly contemporary romance. I’ve also been reading more romantic suspense this year and have cut back on paranormal romance. Also some books that are under the new adult category has lessened a great deal.
Usually by this time of the year I have read at least one book that has a good chance of going down as my favorite read of the year, including a top 10 list. I do have 5 books that will probably end up in my top 5 favorite books of the year, but a top 10 list is still undecided because I haven’t read 10 books as of August that has blown me away. I’m hoping this will change in the fall and winter season with some anticipated book releases I have on my radar.
Here are the 5 books I’ve read for the first half of 2016 that gave me all the feels, and ones I recommend you give a read. These books are ones I’ve reviewed her, and I’ve given a B+ grade or higher:
Why a top 5 pick? “If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo was a very hard to read because the pages would constantly blur from my unshed tears. My tears were of sadness, as well as joy for Amanda, a seventeen-year-old girl who goes to live with her divorced father in order to start at a new high school as a senior. Her father doesn’t understand Amanda, and Amanda feels responsible for her parents’ divorce. Amanda has been bullied her entire life, filled with confusion and fear to the point she tried to kill herself. The reason is because Amanda was once Andrew. She was born a boy but always felt she was a girl stuck in a boy’s body.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had such an emotional, visceral response to a book like If I Was Your Girl. We need more books like this, especially in the Young Adult genre, and for readers who are like Amanda. If I Was Your Girl is the must read book of 2016, and will most likely be my favorite book of this year.
Powerful, gut wrenching and just so wonderful with everything in between. If there is one book you read this year, it must be If I Was Your Girl.” (A Grade)
Why a top 5 pick? “The Rule Book (The Rule Breakers #1) by Jennifer Blackwood is a very cute contemporary romance that has a millennial feel to it, or close to a New Adult tone. The heroine, who has her Masters, is on her own in the world and at her first job that’s not all rainbows and roses. But her attitude and insight on herself and the world around her will really grab readers, especially by her loyalty for her mother who has cancer, and that of her work, especially when she develops an interesting relationship with the company’s owner who’s a stickler for the rules. The Rule Book is one book I recommend for adult and teens that has a very meet cute scenario between the hero and heroine. It also has the cross genre appeal for those who enjoy New Adult and Adult Contemporary Romance. Do pick this one up by Jennifer Blackwood if you wants some major laughs combined with a few awww’s.” (B+ Grade)
Why a top 5 pick? “Nancy Herkness really knows how to write a great contemporary romance featuring a millionaire hero and the hard working heroine. This trope has been used time and again in romance novels, but with The All-Star Antes Up (Wager of the Heart #2), it’s fresh, original and engaging. The All-Star Antes Up impressed me so much that it’s one of the first book I’ve read for 2016 that gave me the warm fuzzies and will probably go down as one of my favorite of this year.” (B+ Grade)
Why a top 5 pick? “A Promise of Fire by debut author, Amanda Bouchet should feed the appetite for those looking for an alternative world that has magic and romance, and a nice GRRM’s Game of Thrones feel, combined with Elizabeth Vaughan’s Warland Chronicles. The heroine is a spunky loner with incredible powers, and the hero is a Warlord who isn’t necessarily obsessed with fighting and going to war. The main couple clashes from the beginning, which is great foreplay for both as they have a grudging respect for one another, which transforms into full blown love, and a whole lot of lust (awesome steamy love scenes). A Promise of Fire had me hooked from the first chapter, and didn’t let up until the last page. This will be one of my top recommended reads for 2016.” (B+ Grade)
Why a top 5 pick? “Curious Minds (Knight and Moon #1) is different enough from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, that those readers who have fatigue about Stephanie, will get a big kick out of Curious Minds (those still on the Plum crack reading will love this book also), in what I hope will be the start of a great series. It’s a loopy, suspend your disbelief read, but oh what an entertaining and fun read it is! I couldn’t stop smiling and chuckling while I read. Curious Minds will be one of my top 10 favorite reads of 2016 because it a great piece of fiction you can lose yourself in for a few hours, where you’ll be left wanting more. Curious Minds is an adrenaline rush adventure novel with a great side of humor that hits all the sweet spots for this reader. Do pick it up!” (B+ Grade)
Possible picks for my top 10 of 2016:
Jockblocked by Jen Frederick (February)
Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh (June)
For the Win by Sara Rider (June)
Til I Kissed You by Laura Trentham (August)
Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole (August)
Upcoming releases for the second half of 2016 that makes me say, gimme!