5 Favorite Books of 2016 (so far)

#FiveOnFriday 6-24-16

#FiveOnFriday is an original, weekly feature on NightOwlReader.com.  Each week I talk about favorite books, anticipated reads, and other bookish topics.  Enjoy!


This week, I am taking a cue from The Broke and the Bookish’s Top 10 Tuesday.  Their topic this week was favorite books of the year so far and I thought I would do the same for my top 5 favorites.  Since the year is half-over already, it’s the perfect time to do it!

Here are my 5 Favorite Books of 2016 (so far), in no particular order:

[ezcol_1third]The Bird and the Sword[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon


My Rating: 5 stars

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The Bird and the Sword is truly a beautiful story and completely transcends genre.  It has elements of romance, fantasy, and suspense, but what makes it so lovely is Amy Harmon’s poetic words.  There are so many lines and paragraphs that are begging to be highlighted and absorbed time and time again.  In a word, it’s magical.

Amazon  |  Paperback  |  Kobo  |  iBooks  |  Nook  |  Goodreads



Forever Pucked by Helena Hunting[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Forever Pucked by Helena Hunting

Contemporary/Sports Romance

My Rating: 5 stars

I am currently ‘re-reading’ the Pucked audiobook and it is reminding me of how much I love this series.  I mean, I never really forgot, but hearing the characters speak the words makes me feel like I’m falling in love with them all over again.  Forever Pucked is the second book about Violet and Alex (4th in the series) and shows how they are growing together as a couple.  It took everything I love about this series and amplified it–it made me laugh, for sure, but it also made me cry, which I wasn’t expecting.  Seeing Violet and Alex married was the best ending after everything they went through in this book.

Amazon  |  Paperback  |  Kobo  |  iBooks  |  Nook  |  Goodreads



Paper Princess by Erin Watt[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Mature YA

My Rating: 5 stars

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I rarely read YA, but this one was written by Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy, so I thought I would give it a chance.  Good lord was I in for a surprise.  This book is so addictive and so drama-filled, I felt like I was back in high school, racing to the TV to watch General Hospital the minute I got home.  Not to mention the killer cliffhanger!  I just finished the second book of the series, Broken Prince, and I am dying for the third book to give me answers.

Amazon  |  Paperback  |  Kobo  |  iBooks  |  Nook  |  Goodreads


[ezcol_1third]The Enforcer by Kele Moon[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]Enforcer by Kele Moon

Mafia Romance

My Rating: 5 stars

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This series was highly recommended by my friend, Lana, at Dirty Girl Romance.  She kept raving about the awesome characters and fantastic writing, so when I had a chance to review this book, I jumped on it.  I’m so glad I did.  This is an epic story about a mafia enforcer and how he came to be one.  It is raw and gritty and I bawled my eyes out for the main character.  It’s not a book for every reader, but if you like darker romances or mafia-themed books, this one is a guaranteed winner.

Amazon  |  Kobo  |  iBooks  |  Nook  |  Goodreads


[ezcol_1third]the wall of winnipeg and me[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_2third_end]The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Contemporary/Sports Romance

My Rating: 5 stars

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I have raved on and on about Mariana Zapata and my love for her writing and her characters, so I am not going to say much here. (seriously, go here, here, here, and here to see how much I talk about her!)  What I will say, is that Wall of Winnipeg has some of the best banter and the best slow-burning romance around.  The characters don’t even ‘hook up’ until about 97% into the story, but after reading that 97%, you feel like they (and you) have earned the right to see them together and happy.  It wouldn’t have been as hard-earned or as sweet if it happened earlier.  Trust me, it makes sense when you read it.

Amazon  |  Paperback  |  Goodreads


So, now I’m curious.  What are your favorite reads of 2016 so far? Let me know in the comments below!




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