Top 10 Tuesday — Best of 2016

27 Dec

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!

unknown2Annabel Lee

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.

41jklpz8chl-_sx322_bo1204203200_The Raven 

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.


14 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Best of 2016”

  1. Christa Allan December 27, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Thank you! I’m in such esteemed company. It’s an honor.

    • rbclibrary December 27, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      You are welcome. Thanks for a great story!

  2. policeartist December 27, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    Thank you! I am so honored!
    Carrie Stuart Parks

    • rbclibrary December 27, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      You are so welcome! Love Gwen and looking forward to more great books.

  3. Barbara H. December 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    I’m hoping to compile my top books for the year later this week. I have Though Waters Roar and hope to get to it. If I could just schedule a vacation for reading, that would be lovely. 🙂 Love all of Sarah Sundin’s. I’ve read a few of some of the authors listed here and want to read more.

    • rbclibrary December 27, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

      Ahhh … A reading vacation! 😀

  4. heatherdaygilbert December 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    VERY honored to see Forest Child on your list, Beckie–I know you read and review SO many books each year! And I’m especially thrilled to see so many indie authors on your list! 🙂

    • rbclibrary December 28, 2016 at 8:21 am #

      Love Indie authors! I’m especially excited the Inspys will be including them this year.

  5. English Lady December 28, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    Forest Child was great wasn’t it? I have all six of the continuations of Pelelope Wilock’s Hawk and Dove Series, including Day and A Life. I hope to blitz them nexy year.

    • rbclibrary December 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

      I missed a couple of the books in Wilcock’s series. Not sure how. I have to go back and read them. And yes, Forest Child was great!

  6. Karen Collier December 29, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    Great list! I especially like your idea to include 10 of each in contemporary and historical. I see several on your list that I loved too, and several I’ve been wanting to read. 🙂

    • rbclibrary January 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

      I couldn’t narrow them down this year, hence the 2 lists! 😉 I liked your audiobook list too. Happy reading in the New Year!

  7. Rissi January 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    LOTS of these are books I haven’t read, but I do spy a couple favorites from that historical section. 🙂 So many great releases in 2016, and I’ve got all good feelings that 2017 will be just as amazing.

    • rbclibrary January 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

      Rissi, I think you are right about 2017!

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