Bibliophile Friday: Top 5 books of 2016


December 30, 2016 by Zoë

Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane

This is basically just going to be a list of my favorite authors who had new books come out in 2016. First up, Diane Duane. New Young Wizards book!

Every eleven years, Earth’s senior wizards hold the Invitational: an intensive three-week event where the planet’s newest, sharpest young wizards show off their best and hottest spells. Wizardly partners Kit Rodriguez and Nita Callahan, and Nita’s sister, former wizard-prodigy Dairine Callahan, are drafted in to mentor two brilliant and difficult cases: for Nita and Kit, there’s Penn Shao-Feng, a would-be sun technician with a dangerous new take on managing solar weather; and for Dairine, there’s shy young Mehrnaz Farrahi, an Iranian wizard-girl trying to specialize in defusing earthquakes while struggling with a toxic extended wizardly family that demands she perform to their expectations.

Together they’re plunged into a whirlwind of cutthroat competition and ruthless judging. Penn’s egotistical attitude toward his mentors complicates matters as the pair tries to negotiate their burgeoning romance. Meanwhile, Dairine struggles to stabilize her hero-worshipping, insecure protégée against the interference of powerful relatives using her to further their own tangled agendas. When both candidates make it through to the finals stage on the dark side of the Moon, they and their mentors are flung into a final conflict that could change the solar system for the better . . .

or damage Earth beyond even wizardly repair.

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Up next, Garth Nix’s new Old Kingdom book. I liked the expanded world and I’m always happy to re-visit old characters.

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

I mentioned Zen Cho in my new-to-me authors post as well, but I liked Sorcerer to the Crown so much that I’m mentioning it again. Fantasy, Malaya, diversity, etc.

Front Lines by Michael Grant

I constantly talk about Michael Grant, K. A. Applegate, diversity, and all sorts of that stuff, but here’s another plug for Front Lines. I’m excited to see where this new series goes.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I also mentioned Nicola Yoon in my new-to-me authors post, but I decided to include The Sun is Also a Star here too. To be honest, the bottom book in this list was a toss-up, but Yoon’s prose is just so good that I picked this book in particular.


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