In no particular order, here are my top fiction reads this year, my personal best of the best. Not all published in 2016. Read more on Riffle
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This story lived up to the hype with a unique protagonist and magic system, plus a fairy tale feel based on fascinating Slavic folklore.
1 / 7
Vicious (Villains) by V. E. Schwab
This book also completely lived up to the hype, with fantastic world-building and an enjoyably complex antihero.
2 / 7
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
The slow-burn world building and a twist at the end that felt like a punch to the gut made this one an obvious choice for this list!
3 / 7
The Assistants by Camille Perri
This book was light and compulsively readable, but also smart and insightful. It had all the fun of a heist movie, but also managed to feel real and relatable. I loved the main character, the sidekicks, and the love interest
4 / 7
All the Missing Girls: A Novel by Ms. Megan Miranda
This felt fresh and surprising and kept my heart pounding the whole way through. One of my all-time favorite thrillers.
5 / 7
Why We Came to the City: A Novel by Kristopher Jansma
This book was so perfect - the writing, the author's ability to capture the feel of being a young professional, but mostly the writing. Definitely in my top five favorite books ever.
6 / 7
The Recruit: A Highland Guard Novel by Monica McCarty
I was dubious about this book, but it completely won me over, with the best plot, best sex scenes, and best love interest of any of the romances I picked up this February.
7 / 7