Reader Favorites – Xandory’s (aka “Tessa”) Top Books for 2016

by Maryse on January 21, 2017 · 31 comments

in Book Recommendations

You guys!!!! We have a new fellow reader that has come out of the woodwork. :D !!!! I think Xandory is a lurker but OH EM GEE is she ever one of us!!! ;) Her favorites of the year will definitely speak to the potential book twin in many of us, and I can only hope Xandory comes out and joins us in our conversations and reading fun. *hint hint* ;) AND!! She aroooooooos!!!!

That said, I’m just thrilled she sent over her list. Thank you Xandory! This one’s great, and I love that you included your personal details as to why you picked each one of ‘em.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!!! Xandory = Tessa (who is well known and plenty-vocal in our group). LOL!!! Gah!! bev is SO astute. I keep saying it bev, and you keep proving it, time and time again.

bev: Wait. Are we sure this isn’t really Tessa?

Tessa: It is me. *blushes* It’s not Maryse’s fault though. I have my email set for my art stuff, and that always goes by Xandory. I’ve no clue how to change it. lol

Maryse: XANDORY!!!!!!! :? Er… I mean TESSA!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!! OMG that is hilarious!!! :lol: I even cross checked Xandory’s email address here in the member database to see if “Xandory” had comments, so I could properly “intro” her. And. She. Didn’t. LOL!!!!! OMG that is a funny blooper.

Xandory’s (er… I mean TESSA’s) Top Books for 2016

Marked In Flesh (A Novel of the Others Book 4) by Anne Bishop <— This was the action we’d all hope to see. Yet, also the heart of the characters was there, making the actions seem real and tense. Also, Aroooo!

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 2) by Sarah J Maas <— I had to choose between this and her other series. However, unlike Empire, Court kept me guessing, not knowing what’s happening next, or what I should be rooting for. In the end, this is her best book to date.

Forget (Changing Colors Book 1) and Blur (Changing Colors Book 2) by NA Alcorn <— I love my rock star, but I’m picky with them as well. This one just jerked my emotions everywhere. Not so much Forget, but Blur. Forget sets it up, but Blur just played with my emotions in all sorts of great ways.

Born of Legend: (The League: Nemesis Rising Series Book 9) by Sherrilyn Kenyon <— I know! A sci-fi, not fantasy, on my list. However, it’s always about the characters, and Sherrilyn Kenyon has outdone herself with this one.

Wait for It by Mariana Zapata <— Slooooow Burn, with side characters that you absolutely fall for. Pure classic Zapata

A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles Book 1) by Amanda Bouchet <— A different storyline that kept me intrigued. Griffin and Cat are hot, but it’s more of how she lives and who she is that kept me reading.

Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas <— The story is about who these characters are and what they do to “survive” in high school. However, it’s not typical in any way. What normally happens doesn’t here.

Playing with Monsters by Amelia Hutchins <— This is dark and exciting. This does take place in the Fae world, but Lucian is no Ryder. He’s darker, and the present and his past combine in this story to deliver something that took my breath away.

Kick, Push & Coast Duet: Includes Kick, Push and Coast by Jay McLean <— My heart! *clutches* This is a sweet story told by a teenage single dad and a girl who is a recluse. It’s emotional and raw, but so many sweet moments too. Also, you’ll adore his kid.

The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan <— Yep, a kid’s book. This is the Percy Jackson’s world, but it’s Apollo’s story. He’s stuck as a human and the humor in this is off the chart. The action is fun, but Apollo and his kids kept me on my toes. It’s different than his others with more humor and a bit of an adult thought process that isn’t normally there in his books.

One more to my list

Alright, I did really good at reducing to ten, but this book won’t leave my brain alone.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices Book 1) by Cassandra Clare <— Yeah, it’s a given by who the author is that I’m going to love it, but this one is more special to me. There is a kid in it with autism, though it’s never said throughout the story. The thing that makes it awesome is it’s real without trying to prove itself. Also, the H in this deserves a shout out. A kid raising his family without anyone realizing it just makes me love the story more. Anyone who loves Cassandra Clare should read this.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer January 21, 2017 at 7:37 PM

Great list! 6 of your picks are on my TBR list…I either haven’t gotten to them yet but know they will be great (Wait for It, Punk 57), or they are series I’m waiting to be complete before diving back in or continuing (Others, Thorns and Roses, and Kingmaker). Thanks for sharing.

bev January 21, 2017 at 8:01 PM

Are we sure this isn’t really Tessa?

Either way, lol, I have read 3.
I really am going to have to try Alcorn. I have my first Maas waiting in my library pile.

I love reading all of the different lists.
Thanks for sharing. :)

Tessa January 21, 2017 at 8:25 PM

It is me. *blushes* It’s not Maryse’s fault though. I have my email set for my art stuff, and that always goes by Xandory. I’ve no clue how to change it. lol

Bev, read Alcorn. It’s really good, though the real heart is the second book. :D

R. Renee January 21, 2017 at 8:46 PM

Maryse rocks. I love these lists so much!

Maryse January 21, 2017 at 8:51 PM

XANDORY!!!!!!! :?

Er… I mean TESSA!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!! OMG that is hilarious!!! :lol:

Maryse January 21, 2017 at 8:53 PM

I even cross checked Xandory’s email address here in the member database to see if “Xandory” had comments, so I could properly “intro” her.

And. She. Didn’t.

LOL!!!!! OMG that is a funny blooper.

Leslie M January 21, 2017 at 8:58 PM

I too need to read Forget & Blur!

Tessa January 21, 2017 at 9:16 PM

ROFL Yeah, I use the other email address for here. Two emails, but *shrugs* The one I sent to you is easier to use. :D

Leslie, read Forget and Blur! At pone point, he sings this song, and poof, my heart aches majorly.

Fabi January 21, 2017 at 9:48 PM

awww Tessa, you know I love so many of your favorites.

Hey, I’ve been curious, do we need to be finished with the previous series before reading Lady Midnight? I know it’s a spinoff and I’m still a book or away from finishing the earlier one.

Tessa January 21, 2017 at 9:52 PM

It introduces the characters in Lady Midnight and the backstory. I don’t think it’s needed, just is nice to know right off. They are randomly sprinkled throughout the series, but in the last book of the series is where you really get to know them.

Tessa January 21, 2017 at 9:53 PM

WAIT! Yes, you have to read all of Clary’s and Jace’s story or you will have spoilers in this series.

Fabi January 21, 2017 at 9:54 PM

ahhh! That’s what I was worried about. I think I’m a book and a half away from finishing. Thank you!!!

Tessa January 21, 2017 at 10:07 PM

:D You’re welcome.

Robyn January 21, 2017 at 10:17 PM

I’ve read six of your books Tessa! I had to get Push, Kick, Coast. That sounds heartbreaking and just marmy!

I think Alcorn wrote the Infamous series also. Those books were a hoot! I have never laughed so much. She’s a great author!

Great list Tessa

R. Renee January 21, 2017 at 10:19 PM

What?? Tessa!

bev January 21, 2017 at 10:45 PM

Tessa, you should of started writing on here as 2 people.

Tessa January 21, 2017 at 10:47 PM

ROFL I could, because I emailed Maryse on a separate email account than I use here.

Lisa January 22, 2017 at 3:58 AM

Love your list Tessa! Ive readits of Casandra Clare (clockwork series was my favorite) but not this one. And, like you, I love it when ASD is depicted realistically in a book. Did you read Rosie Project or The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night time? Thanks for your list. xx

Antonella January 22, 2017 at 4:23 AM

I loved Push, Kick and Coast. It was so emotional but still so sweet.
Think it’s time to get Mariana Zapata, her books keep coming up in lists.

Julie o January 22, 2017 at 6:18 AM

What was the name of the distopian book you mentioned you read recently? Had romance?

Fabi January 22, 2017 at 10:19 AM

Julie, it was Fate of Perfection by K.F. Breene

MichelleS January 22, 2017 at 11:09 AM

Court of Mist and Fury was AWESOME! I love both of her series, but this was a stand out, agreed. Kingmaker Chronicles Book 1 was on my favorite list too. I am such a sucker for Fantasy novels!

I am going to have to give Lady Midnight a try. I am a total sucker for books that include characters who have autism. Even if it’s just hinted at.

Tessa January 22, 2017 at 11:26 AM

You’ll really like it. The hints are how he thinks and how the H handles his little brother. I thought it was done quite intelligently. Also, I want the fidget the H made for him. :D

Carly January 22, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Ooh good list!

Punk 57, Wait for it and Kick, Push & Coast are definitely some of my top top top reads. Although I just remembered I technically haven’t finished Coast yet.*Sigh* It’s still gonna be a fave, I can tell. I’d love to be able to experience reading those for the first time again. Especially Wait For It. That gave me the jelly belly jiggles like crazy.

Cheryl January 22, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Wow Tessa somany I haven’t read. I have read two- Wait For It and Forget.

Tessa January 22, 2017 at 3:32 PM

Well, two of the four CR. :D I think you’d like Kick. Push and Coast. It’s pretty marmy-ish with the angst.

Jean January 22, 2017 at 7:56 PM

I’ve only read Punk 57, Blur and Forget. Great list Tessa! I love that you fooled Maryse with your name/email! Oh, and I did read Kick Push and loved it Forgot I had gotten Coast until seeing it here – I have to read that asap, moving it up TBR!

Tessa January 22, 2017 at 10:17 PM

Yes, read Coast. You’ll love the book and how the story turns out.

Julie o January 23, 2017 at 5:48 PM

Thanks so much!!
Will get to that one soon.

Fabi January 23, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Anytime Julie. Enjoy!

Grey January 23, 2017 at 7:55 PM

Great list Tessa, I must admit, I had quite the giggle reading Maryse’s story of trying to figure out who your alter-ego was. I’ve read Punk 57, Playing with Monsters, Forget and Blur. and all were top reads for me as well. I have a several others on my TBR…I know we have very similar tastes, so they’re definitely getting a boost to the top. Thank you!!

And thank you Maryse, you’re awesome!

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