Welcome to the June Edition of My Fav Books of 2016! We’re just coming to the end of the month, so we’re coming into the second half of the year, therefore that merrits that I share with you all the top 5 books I’ve read this year so far!
The Sleeper & The Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
I love Neil Gaiman’s writing, and I love Chris Riddell’s illustrations, so when they work together on a book, I think it’s nothing short of perfection. I loved The Sleeper and the Spindle. It’s a fairytale re-imagined. It combines Snow White and the Seven Dwarves with Sleeping Beauty, but with a twist, and it’s nothing short of amazing! It just works perfectly!
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
I loved that we got multiple perspectives in this book. The main two were from Safia and Iseult, who are the two main characters, and then we also got a third POV from one of the villains perspectives. This guy is a bloodwitch and he’s on the hunt for Iseult and Safia. There’s so much action and adventure in this book from page 1, I loved it because there were very little moments were characters were just sitting around, and even when they were, the progress made in the story was excellent.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
This book is perfect for fans of time travel adventures, where the adventure just doesn’t stop and you need to keep reading so you can find out just what’s going to happen next. There’s also a little romance in there for good measure–sure what good YA book doesn’t?!? loved Passenger and I loved how easy it was to delve into this book. To be honest when I actually got my hands on this book, I was a little intimidated by the size of it, but I was hooked, and before I knew it I had already devoured over a 100 pages. It was brilliant getting the different perspectives of both Etta and Nicholas, and it was great seeing how their stories intertwined with each other, and how their relationship grew as the book progressed. I found myself turning page after page, just waiting to find out what happened next. The revelations that are made in the book are absolutely fantastic, and if you were to describe to me the cliffhanger situation when I was only halfway through the book, I wouldn’t have believed you–just fantastic!
The Book of Learning by E. R. Murray
I loved that there was something constantly going on in this book. Each page you turned there was something else happening that just had you wanting to turn the next page to find out what was going to happen next. It was full of mysteries, clues to be solved, and adventure too. Who doesn’t love all those things?!? From cover to cover, this book is brimming with life, even up to the final few pages the author led this adventure magnificently to a close, while still leaving you on the edge of your seat in anticipation for the next installment of The Nine Lives Trilogy.
Caramel Hearts by E. R. Murray
It’s rare that I make a list/Top 5 where the author makes it into it twice–but as most of you know, E. R. Murray quickly became my favourite author recently, and I couldn’t not put both her books into this post! What I loved the most about Caramel Hearts was that it comes with some baking recipes for what are probably the tastiest damned baked goods you’ve ever tasted. Personally, the peanut-butter fudge stood out to me the most. I love fudge, and can’t wait to make these–actually, I didn’t even realise how easy it is to make fudge–guess who’ll be making their own fudge from here on in! (That’s me, by the way, just in case you didn’t pick up on that). There’s also a recipe in the book for the book’s namesake: Caramel Hearts. After the peanut butter fudge, they’ll be next on my to bake list. Yummy!
These have been my favourite book of 2016 so far–did any of these make it onto your list? What are your favourite books that you’ve read so far in 2016?
Also, I tried to make the books in the featured image into the shape of a love heart–can you see it?