RT Editors’ Best Books of 2016 — Elissa’s Picks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — when we look back on all of the great books we’ve read over the past 12 months. As we head into the holidays, your RT web team is are sharing their favorite reads of 2016. Won’t you reminisce along with us? (Apologies to your TBR pile.) 

The Reader by Traci Chee — You know that feeling you get, when you open a book and the first page is full of such delicious, enticing prose you know you’re in for an amazing treat as chills run down your spine? That’s what happened when I read the opening pages of Chee’s debut, The Reader. As Sefia travels the jungle, learning the magic of words, we too experience the magic of reading. It’s a neat, not-to-missed experience. And the relationship Sefia develops along the way is so perfectly written, you’ll treasure each passage. A true winner. 
Grab It  (starting at $10.99): Amazon | BN.com | iTunes | Kobo | GooglePlay

One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz

Her Halloween Treat, Her Naughty Holiday, One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz — When I heard that Tiffany Reisz was going to be writing a holiday trilogy for Harlequin Blaze, well, I couldn’t one-click buy fast enough. I love her writing and I love category romance, so it was a holiday present just for me! These three stories, set in Mount Hood, Oregon, capture so much of the zany holidays — with lots of steaminess to help you through. There are passive aggressive mothers, ’80s-themed weddings, Thanksgiving screaming matches and more. Reisz tackles so many tropes: fake boyfriend, virgin heroine, childhood crushes, boss-employee and more. Honestly you should’ve bought these once I mentioned the ’80s wedding. Go, go, go! 
Grab It (starting at $4.49) — Her Halloween Treat: Amazon | BN.com | iTunes | Kobo | GooglePlay 
Grab It — Her Naughty Holiday: Amazon | BN.com | iTunes | Kobo | GooglePlay 
Grab It — One Hot December: Amazon | BN.com | iTunes | Kobo | GooglePlay 

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld — Having worked in publishing for so many years, I constantly get hit up for book recommendations. This year Sittenfeld’s amazing, wild, modern-day Pride Prejudice adaptation was the one I told friends to definitely read. I may have sent a few all-caps texts. I am passionate about my work. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read about Elizabeth Bennet on a reality show? It’s sounds kitschy I know and there are so many variations of this book out there, but trust me. If you read one Jane Austen adaptation in 2017, let it be Eligible
The Female of the Species by McGinnisGrab It (starting at $13.99): Amazon | BN.com | iTunes | Kobo | GooglePlay 

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis — I picked this astonishing YA up after hearing about it on Twitter — and then I didn’t put it down until I was done. McGinnis takes an unflinching look at rural poverty and at sexism in all its nefarious forms, and gives us three protagonists struggling so valiantly to do the right thing in a world that seems quite set against them ever thriving. A triumph. 
Grab It (starting at $9.99): Amazon | BN.com | iTunes | Kobo | GooglePlay 

The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn — I love YA, I love suspense and I love discovering new authors, so let’s just say I was pretty pumped to read Dunn’s The Darkest Lie. CeCe’s searching for answers about her mom’s death and it’s heartbreaking and terrible and wonderfully written and just give it a try, won’t you?
Grab It (starting at $7.99): Amazon | BN.com | iTunes | Kobo | GooglePlay  

What were your favorite books of 2016? Let us know!

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