2016 Top Five


Dear Teen Peeps,

In years past, I have faithfully posted a Top Ten Books list. But this year, I haven’t read nearly as much YA as I wanted to/should have, due to number of tedious reasons, the main one being that I was was supes busy working on many other adult-ish writing/reviewing projects. (Adulting. So boring, yet so necessary. You’ll see what I mean soon enough.)  So here is a leaner, meaner list of my top five best YA reads of 2016. I mean, I could have dragged the list out to ten, but that would have taken away from the absolute awesomeness of these five, utterly top-notch books. Please note that there has been absolutely no attempt to balance this list by age, gender or genre. These are just my “from-the-gut” favorites of the books I read this year. (Also, The Underground Railroad was not published as a YA book, but is a book that in my opinion, all YAs should read) Click on the title to go right to the review.

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

3 Responses to “2016 Top Five”

  1. BJ Neary says:

    Oh I love your top 5 & the only one I have not read, but now want to, is The Underground Railroad, have a great 2017 and keep on reading!

  2. More books to add to my to read list! Except for The Sun is Also a Star which was also a favorite of mine.

  3. Mike Grimm says:

    My top five in no particular order: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier, Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, and Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. My wife enjoyed Salt to the Sea.

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