This was a little bit tricky, as I didn’t know whether to focus on books I’d read this year, or books that came out this year. In the end, I went for books I’ve posted a review of this year, so not all of them were released in 2016.
Also these are in no particular order, because it’s impossible to decide!
It was a brilliant year again for YA and children’s fiction, and an especially excellent year for Irish young adult and children’s fiction. We had debuts from Dave Rudden and Eilis Barrett, as well as another tour de force from Claire Hennessy, among others.
Roll on 2017!
1. What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
The conclusion(ish) to the Spinster trilogy, my review is here.
2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Steampunky, grungy, snowy, and characters that absolutely kill, in every way. Review here!
3. Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy
Irish YA at its best. Review here.
4. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
This one has won prizes all over the place, and rightly so. A rich and haunting world. See my review here.
5. Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden
The brilliant debut from another Irish writer. Winner of Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior). Review can be found here!
6. A Darker Shade of Magic/A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
7. The Otherlife by Julia Gray
I joined NetGalley this year, and this was one of the standout reads of the year. You can read what I thought of it here.
8. The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
Emma Wunsch’s debut is a powerful depiction of a family affected by mental health issues. I reviewed it here.
9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
One from last year, but only got to it this year, and what a great read.
10. Unboxed by Non Pratt
The only novella on the list, and an absolute smash. My review here.