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Top Ten Best Books of 2016
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. And who doesn't love a good list?
This week’s topic is our Top Ten Reads of the year. I've read 110 books this year so it took me a while to decided the ten best ones. The stories are all very different and unique (from different genres too) but somehow, they have all managed to stay with me during this eventful year. Here's my selection:
The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies. This was my first book by Dinah Jefferies and it won't be the last for sure. What an amazing and captivating story it was. I love the kind of books that transport you to another place, to another time (one you have no idea about) and make you part of it.
The Missing by C.L. Taylor. Another amazing psychological thriller from C.L. Taylor. It is so cleverly written and so absorbing that I completely forgot about everything else while reading it. Unmissable.
Our Song by Dani Atkins. An unmissable read. Heartbreaking but uplifting, it takes you on a journey where emotions play a big part. The four main characters are complex and layered. They feel so vivid, like they are part of your life.
In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings. For me, this was the psychological thriller of the year and definitely the author's best yet. It held me captive in its atmospheric pages for hours and I just kept telling myself one more chapter until the early hours of the morning.
My Map of You by Isabelle Broom. On her debut novel, Isabelle Broom takes us to the incredibly beautiful Greek island of Zakynthos. Only for this setting, you need to pick this book. And then, once you've picked it, you will discover one of the most well crafted stories you have ever read.
The Last Night by Cesca Major. I was completely blown away by Cesca Major's debut, The Silent Hours, so I started this book with really high expectations. I'm happy to report that it surpassed my expectations. The Last Night is an atmospheric read with so many layers and details. It captured me from the first page and kept me glued to it until the last word.
A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart. This story stole my heart. It has a lot of fun moments but it also portrays the difficulties and struggles that a family with an autistic child must face. I'm sure it'll be an eye-opener for many and will leave no one indifferent. Since finishing it, I have been recommending this book to anyone who will listen. Definitely worth a read.
The Plumberry School of Comfort Food by Cathy Bramley. I have reached the conclusion that Cathy Bramley cannot write a book I don't fall in love with. I have loved every single word this woman has written so far. With glorious food, lovable characters, a highly entertaining story, lots of surprises and such a fun setting, The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is the book you've been looking for.
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon. Paige Toon has done it again. What a marvelous and unexpected story! As soon as I heard that this story was about identical triplets, I knew we were in for a unique and fun story. But the actual story completely surpassed my expectations.
The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor. I found this story fascinating: Historical Fiction at its best, with captivating characters and a stunning setting. It's also a very well researched story with many layers that delivers a lot more than you might expect. A gem of a book.