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Top Ten Tuesday | Best Books of 2016 (So Far)


Top Ten Tuesday
 
I like to make a fuss (in a good way) about the best books I read throughout the year with an annual end-of-the-year collective post that spotlights those novels. This is why I don’t take the time to make a list of the books best loved mid-year. But today an exception has been made.
 
Reason being? It’s what the Top Ten Tuesday ladies ordered with the June 21st prompt. 
 
 
The Broke and Bookish June 21st Topic 
 Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year  

There have (already) been some amazing novels this year. Yet in spite of this, I always hesitate sharing a “best of” list early in the year (or as is the case today, midway through). Regardless, I have enjoyed putting this list together because above all, we’re here to celebrate amazing fiction or books no matter the genre. In my case, that leaning is always towards fiction since I read very little non-fiction. 

Let’s have a look at some of the novels (stressing this because there are countless others I am not featuring down below. The remedy? I'll have to make a proper deal - which might involve virtual confetti, over  them in my end-of-year best of hullabaloo) that rank among my best novels in 2016.  
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1. Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown | I’ve been intending to read this one for a long time, and I finally read it this year. It was a lovely and charming WWI mystery about a heroine who is recruited to spy and the people she must keep at a distance because she doesn’t know who to trust! Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
2. Always Watching by Lynette Eason | This is a story I’ve discussed quite a lot and it’s still not enough. I read this one at the beginning of the year, and it’s stuck with me. In short, it’s contemporary-romantic-suspense dynamite.  Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
3. Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering | As a fan of all British mystery series (that I’ve seen – everything from Grantchester to ITV’s Marple), I’m a diehard supporter of the Drew Farthering mystery series (and fangirl of the #WeHeartDrew hashtag - which needs to be a thing) by this talented author. Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
4. The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert | What more can be said but this: beautiful. Amazon | Goodreads

 
 
5. Vendetta by Lisa Harris | So. Good. The question that remains? Where’s book two!? Amazon | Goodreads
 
6. I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones |  I know, this is another one that’s shown up a lot on my Top Ten Tuesday posts, but honestly, it deserves every one of those mentions. Seriously, this YALit novel is more than whimsical and charming (although it has that down to a science), it’s also has depth. I’m going to be straight with you: this one has already cemented its place on my end-of-the-year “best of” list, no matter what else comes around. Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
7. Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge | I read this one with two of my #BookBesties (Cassie and Courtney) in a read-along and OHMYGOSH! It’s so good. It’s the third and final novel in Hillary’s ‘Blue Doors’ series and though it took some turns I didn’t expect, it’s a wonderful end to an enchanting series. Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
8. The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan | Like Murdoch Mysteries? Or BBC’s Sherlock? Then reading this 1900s-set Toronto murder mystery is a must! It’s an easy read that’s sure to delight historical fiction aficionados. If you ask me, that makes it a must read. Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
9. Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey | This is the first novel in Dani’s new suspense series and I found myself loving it. Much as I loved the Alaskan set McKenna series, this shift in location and the new set of characters is as good if not better. Needless to say, I’m already anticipating Still Life (book two).  Amazon | Goodreads
 
10. Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh | This is my most recent read. I really enjoyed it and want to thank the author for kindly sending me a copy. It’s about a man who has quietly loved his best friend for years. The snag? She’s married to one of his best friends, an up-and-coming politician. Sound confusing? Perhaps the overview is a bit, but the story and its many layers is anything but. Review will be published later this week. Amazon | Goodreads
 

That’s it for today’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday. So far the bookish portion of 2016 has shaped up to be amazing. So many great reads, talented authors and uniquely enchanting stories among them. What are some of your favorite reads of this year? Hit the comments with your top picks, and if you’d like, share your Top Ten Tuesday links. I’d love to visit.  
Thank you for being a Finding Wonderland reader and visitor. 

29 comments

  1. Loved Cold Shot, Change of Heart, and I'll Be Yours! Making sure the others are on my to-read list... thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. *High Five* to shared favorites, Heidi. Hope you find some newbies to enjoy - and HAPPY READING! :)

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  2. I'll Be Yours sounds great! :-) These books look intriguing.

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    1. I'll Be Yours IS indeed great, Chrissi. :)

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  3. Dressed for Death - sounds intriguing. Adding this one to the to-read list!
    I've not read any of the books on your list. I've not heard of most of them but I really like the mix that you've got here. They sound fascinating!

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    1. YAY! I hope you enjoy Dressed for Death if/when you read it, Kate. If you like British mystery series, this fictional novel series is phenomenal. :) Thanks so much for visiting and I hope (perhaps) you found a new book or two.

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  4. I read the first Julianna Deering mystery a while back and liked it, but I haven't ready any since. I think she's on book 4 now? I need to check...

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    1. That's right, Greg. And she has TWO more in the works. I'm really enjoying them. :) Thanks so much for visiting.

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  5. Julie Cantrell's, The Feathered Bone. Oh my word! Two months later I still think about that story!! And I just finished Jolina Petersheim's The Alliance which I loved but I didn't know it was part of a series and now I'm not sure how i"m going to survive the next nine months until the second one! And I loved Hillary's as well :)

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    1. When you still think about a book over two months later, that IS indeed the sign of a good novel, Kara. I'll have to pick up a copy of The Feathered Bone. I'm always anxious for new recommendations. Hillary's is amazing, and I'm still looking very much forward to reading YOURS! So sorry I've not gotten around to read it yet. Much to my shame do I admit this. :/

      Thanks so much for visiting, Kara. It's always wonderful to chat with you. :)

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  6. Oh I totally don't even recognise a lot of these! SHAME ON ME. But I definitely recognise Velvet Undercover and I reeeally want to read that one. Because WWII? Spies? Epic women?!?! *signs self up immediately* Plus it has such a great cover and I'm a total cover-judger. heheh. SO YES. I want to read that one eventually! :D Here's my TTT!

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    1. I am a cover snob, Cait... and I frequently admit this. ;) Hope you enjoy Velvet Undercover. It's delightful. Happy reading - and thank you SO much for visiting. :)

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  7. Stop the clock! Why haven't I heard of Velvet Undercover!! I am addicted to WWII stories and bonus = spying and a heroine! I have got to get this soon. Like yesterday. My TTT

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    1. Velvet Undercover is really good, Sue. It's got lots of intrigue and I really like the heroine, Samantha. Hope you enjoy if/when you have a chance to read it. :) Glad you visited!

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  8. Great list Rissi! I loved The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder. Fun! Dressed for Death was another good one by Julianna Deering. Drew and his lovely bride are such a loving couple. :) Have a great summer! :)

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    1. Drew and Madeline are a lovely couple! I so enjoy them together and their fun sleuthing ways. As for 'Bachelor Girls,' I agree. Cannot wait to read Rachel's next books. :)

      You too! Happy Summer, Katie - and as always, thank you for visiting.

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  9. a bunch of these are high up on my TBR list, but I haven't gotten around to them yet! Especially velvet undercover and bachelor girls guide to murder. so I am happy to see that you loved them, it makes me want to get to them even more! great list :)
    here's my TTT!

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    1. Those that are high on your TBR are all wonderful! I hope you can read them soon, and if you do, let me know what you though of them. :)

      As always, thank you so much for visiting Finding Wonderland. Glad you stopped by.

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  10. I never seen any of these books before. What I like about TTT is that I get to find new books to add to my list!
    This is our TTT we did it a little different.
    My TTT.

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    1. That's part of the fun of Top Ten Tuesday, Mariela, I'd agree. Finding new novels to possibly add to our TBRs. If you're anything like me, usually, you do indeed walk away with some new titles to look into. :)

      Looking forward to see how your Top Ten Tuesday differed this week. Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  11. the one I've read - i completely agree with you!! The others I haven't read and need to! lol :)
    My TTT

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    1. the ONES i've read... there is more than one from this list haha!

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    2. SO many amazing books so far, right, Carrie!? Makes me confident the latter half of this year will be equally amazing. :) Thank you (as always) for visiting.

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  12. I am so happy Together at the Table made your list! I still think about that story all the time!

    Also, I read Change of Heart earlier this year, and it is so emotionally exhausting, but I mean that in the best way possible! I really loved that book!

    And I still need to check out Cold Shot! I can't believe I haven't read it yet!

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    1. It's SO good, Cassie and I've zero doubt it will make my end-of-year best of list too. It's just THAT good.

      Change of Heart: I know what you mean. It is emotionally tumultuous and yes, that is said in only the BEST sense. :)

      Enjoy Cold Shot. It's crazy good. :)

      (Apologies for the delay in this response. I guess I'm further behind on comments than I thought. *sigh*)

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  13. Drew is so pleased to be included on your list, though he informs me he's highly unlikely to be wheedled into wearing such foppish costumes ever again. Madeline says just wait and see. ;)

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    1. I don't doubt he will try and stick with that policy, DeAnna, but like Madeline seems to imply, I wonder how long he'll be able to! :)

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  14. Who's he kidding? He KNOWS Madeline always gets her way. ;)

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    1. How right you are! And we all know this. ;)

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