Top 10 reads of 2016!

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

Cheating a bit, since it’s two books, but both from the beautiful world created so far by V.E. Schwab. Bring on Book 3! Reviews for both are here (#1) and here (#2).

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.


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