My Top Ten Books of 2016

December 30, 2016

 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!

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