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Favorite Reads of 2016

First you get my top 10 of the year regardless of age category. Followed by that I have top 10 lists broken down by age.

These are purely and simply my favorite reads of the year. Not all books are 2016 releases. Links are to my reviews.

Top 10 Reads of 2016



The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne (adult; historical romance) Burn Baby Burnby Meg Medina (young adult, historical fiction)

Earth Boundby Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner (adult; historical romance) Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston (young adult; contemporary fiction)


The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford (middle grade; fantasy) A Little Taste of Poisonby R.J. Anderson (middle grade; fantasy)

Rose & Thornby Sarah Prineas (young adult; fantasy) Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire (middle grade; science-fiction/fantasy)

Some Kind of Happinessby Clarie Legrand  (middle grade; contemporary fiction) When I Was the Greatestby Jason Reynolds (young adult; contemporary fiction)
Top 10 Middle Grade

The Evil Wizard Smallboneby Delia Sh…

Quarterly Review Round-Up

It is time for the Quarterly Review Round-Up where I talk about the best of the best, the one's I couldn't finish, and the adult novels I'm reading that I don't review here.

The DNFs (links to my reasons why-if I shared them-on Goodreads):
I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You  by Ally Carter
School of the Deadby Avi

Adult Books (links to reviews on Goodreads):
The Catching Kind by Catie Quinn (contemporary romance)
The Courage of Eli Jackson by Kelly Hunter (contemporary romance)
The Engagement Game by Jenny Holiday (contemporary romance)
A Family for Christmasby Noelle Adams (contemporary romance)
Reunited with her Cowboy by Genevieve Turner (contemporary romance)
Round Midnight by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner (historical romance)
You Had Me At Christmasby Various (contemporary Christmas romance anthology)

The Best of the Best (the 4.5/5 star reads):


The Evil Wizard Smallboneby Delia Sherman  The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore 

A Little Taste of…

Shorter Musings YA

Here are some shorter musings on some recent reads.

Illuminaeby Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristof
I thoroughly enjoyed Ezra and Kady (particularly Ezra). They are fabulous main characters. I enjoyed their banter and how much the cared about each other even though that was often hard. The format of the book makes it rather easy and quick to read despite its bulk and I thought it was a clever way to tell the story. However, it still could have been about 200 pages shorter. It has a lot of humor and excellent themes. I'm going to keep reading the trilogy because I do want to find out how this all sorts itself out in the end.


The Kidney Hypotheticalby Lisa Yee
I looked forward to reading this for a while and was so disappointed. Higgs is an awful human being and Monarch is as stereotypical manic-pixie-dream girl as you can get. I kept waiting or Yee to subvert these characterizations and do something clever with the plot but that didn't happen. I'm personally disappointed, but am gla…

TTT: Books for Christmas

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week's TTT topic: Books for Christmas

Usually when I do this post, I only do books I'm giving the kids in my life for Christmas. This year I'm including four I desperately want at the end.

For Bit (age 12):

For LM (age 8):


For the Niece (age 4; ALMOST 5):



For Nephew (age 1):

 (Ummm...I THINK these are the ones I got him. Maybe? I wrapped them and mailed them a while ago so possibly they are different. But two from this series definitely.)

What I Want:

You know how they've been slowly redoing all of Diana Wynne Jones's books in the UK and they are amazing? Well they finally did the Dalemark Quartet and LOOK AT THEM. This series has needed amazing covers for a looooonnnnggg time. I love them all but especially Drowned Ammet and The Spellcoats. They are so beautiful.




What books are you gifting or longing for this holiday season?