2016 was a whirlwind of activity for my family. Several weddings, a couple of bucket list trips, and relocations led to a very busy year. Amid it all I did manage to read some great books — some new releases and some new to me. So, I am supposed to narrow my list to just 10. Hmm . . . can’t do it. 😉 So I have come up with two lists — Contemporary Fiction and Historical Fiction. No matter your preference of genre, there is something for you on these lists. To see what other bloggers consider their best of the best, please visit The Broke And The Bookish.
Top Contemporary Fiction of 2016
Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix
Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon
Seeing Things by Patti Hill
Since You’ve Been Gone by Christa Allan
Sister Dear by Laura McNeill
Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Water From My Heart by Charles Martin
When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks
The Witnesses by Robert Whitlow
Top Historical Fiction of 2016
Anchor in The Storm by Sarah Sundin
AD 30 by Ted Dekker
A Day And A Life by Penelope Wilcock
Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert
The Inheritance by Michael Phillips
The Lady And The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
Like A River From Its Course by Kelli Stuart
The Memoir of Johnny Devine by Camille Eide
Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin
Within The Veil by Brandy Valance
Best of The Best of 2106
There were two books that I gave Very Highly Recommended ratings to in 2016. Both were from author Mike Nappa. These are great books I would recommend to everyone!
Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden. That secret’s name is Annabel Lee Truckson, and even she doesn’t know why her mysterious uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He’s left her with a few German words, a barely-controlled guard dog, and a single command: “Don’t open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.”
Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic “Dr. Smith” know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first?
Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl–before it’s too late.
As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience’s pockets while they watch. It’s harmless fun — until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn’t seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his “personal assistants”, The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, “Nevermore”.
Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues — and their complicated feelings for each other — to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.