As far as reading for entertainment goes, this year has been my most productive year ever! As I'm going back and looking at all the books I absolutely loved, many of the ones that have stood out in my mind are graphic novels! Graphic novels are continuing to push the boundaries of what literature can be; and I think this genre is retaining its' popularity among kids and young adults alike.
Without further ado, here are my top ten books that I read in 2016, in no particular order:
#10 - Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
I'll probably get some wide-eyes over this one, but this year was the first time I read any of Karma Wilson's "Bear" books! I used this one for a bear themed storytime and it quickly found a place in my heart!
#9 - The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
This book is so good! I love Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women", and this book has a similar charm in a modern format that today's children will be able to relate to.
#8 - Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
Magic? Check. Assassins? Check. A strong female heroine? Double check! This book is the perfect set-up for the many books that follow after it, and hits all the right notes for a story I love. I don't think any of the sequels have managed to make my heart swoon as much as this one has, but this is a good fantasy series for older teens looking for a new fantasy.
#7 - The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
A story told from four different perspectives, The Candymakers is a thick book for strong elementary and middle grade readers. Wendy Mass expertly weaves a tale with jaw-dropping secrets and mystery.
#6 - Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
A graphic novel for elementary children, Phoebe and Her Unicorn is filled with witty humor that fans of Calvin and Hobbs will adore! And I am a sucker for books with unicorns!
#5 - I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Two childhood friends join together and create comic strips of their imaginary Princess X and her adventures. When one friend dies in a mysterious accident, the other is left trying to pick her life back up from the pieces left behind. Until one day, when she finds out that Princess X has been revived through an underground web-comic, I am Princess X. All the comics were destroyed after the accident, so who is writing these comics? Teens will love how Priest melds her story with art in this suspenseful thriller.
#4 - Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Fans of Raina Telgemeier's books will love Roller Girl! This coming of age story is great for middle-grade kids looking for advise on what to do when you and your friends are growing older and growing apart!
#3 - Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs
This teen novel hasn't been getting the recognition it deserves! I normally can't stand books that revolve around time travel, but I loved this book! Stop reading this and find yourself a copy right now!
#2 - Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Noelle Stevenson is an amazing artist and storyteller. While I love The Lumberjanes dearly, Nimona earns it's top ten spot through it's powerful story and hilarious running gags.
#1 - I am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton
Who doesn't love Pusheen the Cat? Now, you can enjoy Pusheen's antics without getting on the internet with this book!