Saturday, June 25, 2016

Suze's Top 24 of 2016 & Giveaway

 
By Suze

Some of you might have noticed that I've read a lot of books during the first half of this year. I haven't counted exactly, but I know I've passed the 250 milestone already. I think it's a good time to share my favorites with you, which is why I'm posting my first top 24.
 

Some of these books made me laugh and others made me cry. I've chosen the stories that stayed with me and that I enjoyed so much that I'd be gladly reading them again. All of these books made me go through a lot of different emotions and I hope they will do the same for you.


I highly recommend these 24 brilliant novels.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will win $24 to spend on these titles. Good luck!
 
 
The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add withloveforbooks@gmail.com to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.

61 comments:

  1. my favourite has to be Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, by Caitlin Doughty! it's a beautiful, funny book. as someone who's terrified of death, it really made me understand it and maybe not fear it that much

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  2. wild man's curse by susannah sandlin because once i was immersed into teh story i couldn't stop the setting really made me feel like i was in the bayou with the characters and i want more of that group... it helped me escape when i needed it

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  3. The Girls By Emma Cline: This is not the story of the Summer of Evil. But you don't have to read too closely to see the tale of the Manson family emerge. Debut author Emma Cline crafts a thrilling coming-of-age novel imbued with an anxious urgency.

    As the drama builds and your eyes widen, it becomes ever more impossible to find a stopping point in this beautifully written book. For that reason: Plan to pick it up on a day when you have literally nothing else to do.

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  4. I enjoyed The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews.

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  5. My favourite book of 2016 is Graceling, by Kristin Cashore.
    (in spanish): Como busqué por todos lados este libro, y cuando al fin tuve en mis manos la trilogía completa, me la leí del tirón. La amé, principalmente el primer libro -Graceling- debido a la protagonista principal, Katsa: una fuerte mujer que no le teme a nada, y que luchará por lo que es correcto y justicia. :)

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  6. "Yellow Brick War" by Danielle Paige, love that series!

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  7. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell. I have read many great books this year, but that one really surprised and made me happy.

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  8. Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm. It was such an engaging and entertaining read, it's made me want to read more of the novels by Rebecca Raisin, featuring these delightful characters

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  9. I would say Gemina or A Court of Mist and Fury. Both were so good, and I was pulled into these incredible worlds.

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  10. I already read 100+ books and have many favorites. One of them was A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole. It was such an epic love story and it had me ugly crying many times.

    Betul E.

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  11. To be honest I haven't read any new releases this year yet but I am enjoying reading some of the Pretty Little Liars books which are very different to the tv show.

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  12. It is so hard to pick! So many!! I loved An Ember in the Ashes (read in 2016), Rebel of the Sands, Finders Keepers, Her One & Only, Jilted, Five Days in Sky, A Twist of Faith, Someone Like You, Saving Abby...just too many!

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  13. Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar! My fav book of 2016 thus far because it's a beautifully written realistic YA venturing into NA book not only about romance (though it does include a very sexy one!) but also about friendships and uni life and real issues people have to deal with.

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  14. Many of my favs so far have been suspense-The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick and No One Knows by J.T. Ellison.
    Love a suspense that can keep you engaged throughout the entire book.

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  15. Tell me three things by Julie Buxbaum because it's a wonderful mix of comedy and tragedy, love and loss and pain .


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  16. So far I love Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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  17. Its a toss up between Undercover-An Austen Noir by Cat Gardnier and Miss Darcy's Companion by Joana Starnes. Both are completely different expect for the Pride and Prejudice tie in but both were so unique and intriguing.

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  18. Elementals, by Michelle Madow. I just really have a soft spot for YA fantasy and this series also includes Olympian gods... I can´t get much better for me! :)

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  19. I love Girl Last Seen. I just liked how the book ended!!! The authors did a wonderful job making that ending.

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  20. Waiting for Wyatt . Love the storyline and the characters and that a great part of the story was about rescue dogs .

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  21. By far, the best book I read this year was The versions of us.

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  22. My favourite book has been When We Collided by Emery Lord. It was my first Emery Lord book and I just loved the writing and the story was fantastic.

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  23. I mostly read Indian authors & fave read of 2016 is Rukhsat by Sujeet Banerjee

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  24. my favorite book of the year so far is an anthology titled Clones. I was impressed that each of the stories took a unique take on the idea of clones to hold together thematically, while at the same time, were superlative short stories.

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  25. I loved "Jesus > Religion" by Jefferson Bethke. Such a good book!

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  26. My favorite so far is Breaking Bard (Guardians of Terath, Book #3). I loved the Guardians of Terath so much, it is a very under-rated series, and more people should check it out :)

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  27. You And Me, Always by Jill Mansell is a romantic and poignant read about love, loss and how nothing can stay hidden for ever...

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  28. I was very excited when I got A Court of Mist and Fury. I haven't read it yet but I will soon :):)

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  29. The Girl with the Gifts. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. Of all of the books I've read in 2016, And I Darken is the one that stayed with me the most and the book of the year for me. I usually stay away from books that focus on Vlad the Impaler, mostly because being raised with this historical figure as a national hero, most books or movies get it wrong and make me roll my eyes instead of want to explore the story more. And this book took me by surprise to be completely honest. I feel like the book can start a lot of conversations about Vlad and his brother, Radu, and I really loved that and I'm very curious about how the story will go on and how the transition from Vlada, the cruel girl, to Vlata the ruthless warrior will go.

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  31. That's a tough one...so many. I'll have to say, "The Heart Goes Last" by Atwood.

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  32. My favorite so far has been Karma by Donna Augustine :) It's the first in a paranormal series and I'm excited to read the rest; I like paranormal because I do believe in an afterlife and paranormal books bring it closer for me :)

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  33. Looking forward to read The Problem With Forever!

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  34. Looking forward to read The Problem With Forever!

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  35. Cathy Glass the silent cry, I love all her books and can't wait for more

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  36. My favorite book of 2016 so far is The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. It was so magical and beautiful and I know it will stick with me for years. It's the kind of book that I can't wait to read to my kids.

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  37. My favorite book of 2016 was The Beast by J.R. Ward. Excellent world building, complex characters, and fantastic story.

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  38. Just finished Alison Weir's Katherine of Aragon novel and enjoyed learning how the author perceived this momentous piece of history through the eyes of one of the women who caused the church in england to break from Rome xx

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  39. Definetly Paper Princes by Erin Watt. It has it all.

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  40. the abyss surrounds us for sure! great novel for a debut author, and it has pirates fighting monsters so, what's not to like?

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  41. My favorite book so far is Up In Flames by Abbi Glines. It's about time Nan get her own story.

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  42. The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn Because I believe It was The FUNNIEST BOOK I have ever read

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  43. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I discovered that I really enjoy steampunk genre with this book!

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  44. Haven't read many books so far this year, but I think The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

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  45. i'm reading the new Nick Bantock, The Pharos Gate: Griffin and Sabine's Lost Correspondence.
    CL Chin

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  46. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters - all her works are SO GOOD. :D

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  47. Truthwitch was amazing!!!! And I'm halfway through A Court of Mist and Fury and it's pretty awesome too.

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  48. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater! It was beautifully written like the rest of the series and one of the best conclusions I've ever read.

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  49. New to me this year, but been out a few years, Susan Hill's The Small Hand. Deliciously chilling and involving ghost story, very enjoyable.

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  50. The Name of The Wind is brilliant, I love the fantasy world in it :)

    - Ana M

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  51. I haven't read much this year so the last book(arc) that I read was pretty awesome. Origin by Rebecca Hamilton

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  52. It's difficult to pick one book! I haven't read it yet, but I think the new Harry Potter book will be my favorite of 2016. Simply because I've waited for another HP story for years!!
    Dianna

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  53. FIRSTS. I know I have been recommending this book since I read it, but I loved it! I mean, none of the books that I've read until now has touched my heart like this one and none of them has put a theme that people try to avoid so visible.

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  54. I can't pick just one, so I'm going to choose my last favorite and that's The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I just couldn't stop reading because I LOVED it. It has romance, action and really good twists. And greek gods. Jen is one of my favorite authors and I love her books. Though I'm going to read Ensnared by A. G. Howard this month and it probably will be my favorite of 2016. That one or A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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  55. Earth's End and Water's Wrath, the 3rd and 4th book of the Air Awakens series!! I just love this high fantasy series so much! Started reading late last year and I've been addicted ever since. Great worldbuilding, complex/realistic characters and epic romance! It's easily one of my favorite reads this year.

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  56. I dont have any 2016 fave. I am still in the classics.

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  57. It would be great to win $24 to spend
    on books from Suze’s top 24 of the first half of 2016.
    In response to your question of
    What's your book of 2016 so far and why?
    My book of 2016 so far is
    The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    because it has interesting characters and a great story line.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

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