5 after 5: Best Books of 2016 (So Far)

I'm joining the 5 after 5 linkup to share the top five favorite books I've read in 2016 (so far). | NewberyandBeyond.com

I’m joining the 5 after 5 linkup to share my favorite books of 2016 (at least, so far). I’ve read some awesome books, so it was difficult to narrow it down, but after a lot of pondering, I think I can say that these were the best of the best for me.

  1. The Passenger. I’m not normally into thrillers, but this one kept me glued to the pages until I finished it. (Literally, I didn’t even put it down for dinner.) The character was likable, and the suspense was kept up to the very end of the book. Totally worth reading, even if (like me) thrillers aren’t usually your thing.
  2. Come, Thou Tortoise. I’ve had this book on my TBR list for so long that I forgot how it got there or why I thought it sounded interesting. But a copy ended up in my hands this month, and I absolutely adored it. The writing style is quirky, the characters are relatable, and there’s a lot of fun wordplay throughout a pretty sad story about loss and family and moving on.
  3. Untangled. I just reviewed this one on the blog in a wonderful roundup of ARCs about women. This book was insightful, interesting, and useful, especially if you work with or have teenage girls. I’m saving this one for future reference.
  4. The Secret Adversary. Gosh, I love Tommy and Tuppence. They’re such a sweet, fun couple (and a pretty progressive one for the time). This is, I believe, the first Tommy and Tuppence book Agatha Christie wrote, and it is wonderful. It’s more an adventure/spy story than the murder mystery Christie usually writes, but Tommy and Tuppence can pull it off. This story takes place when the pair are quite young, before they are married, and they take out an ad looking for work. Tuppence jokingly expects to be hired for criminal work, but to their surprise, she and Tommy are contacted by the government and are soon wrapped up in a dangerous, important undercover mission. I didn’t want this story to end!
  5. The Last Dragonslayer. I have yet to review this fun, sometimes hilarious look at modern-day magic, but I very much enjoyed it. It’s a quick YA read about a teenage girl who works at a magical business (despite not being able to do magic herself) and who finds herself called upon when the last known dragon appears to be dying. This book is touted as a great follow up for Harry Potter lovers, but it has a totally different feel from that series. I say that because I want you to enjoy this book on its own merits–it’s a really fun read. Can’t wait to read the rest of this series!


What books are your favorites from 2016 so far?

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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