Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Wish I’d Read in 2016

Let’s face it – there are only so many hours in a day, and we only get to spend some of them reading. As much as I wish I’d been able to read every release from 2016 that popped up on my radar, it just wasn’t going to happen. But I lament some of those books I missed out on more than others. Below are ten books I really wish I’d had the chance to read in 2016.

his-royal-secret  10 His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace

I first discovered Lilah Pace when she knocked my socks off with Asking for It. I knew immediately her writing was something special. It takes a lot of consideration to write about a topic such as rape fantasy and handle it gracefully. But she managed it, and now everything with every new release, I’m sure to add her to my TBR pile. I’m sorry to have missed out on this one and look forward to reading it in 2017.

the-pursuit  9 The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Oh my word. This series is such a hoot, and I think why I like it so much is that Nick is nothing like any of the other heroes I read about. I have the audio from my library and I am listening right now. When I was putting this list together and was reminded that I missed out on this one, I knew it needed to be remedied right away.

the-hating-game  8 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Was there any book on Goodreads that got as much love as this one? I swear this was reviewed on every blog I visited, and it was a permanent fixture on my Goodreads feed for the latter part of the year. I am so excited to get to this one.

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Undecided by Julianna Keyes

So far I have read two books from Julianna Keyes. One was a hit, and one was a miss, but I am always excited when there’s no in between. A lukewarm book is the worst for me. Like The Hating Game, this was constantly popping up on my Goodreads feed. I need to find out what ll the fuss was about!

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The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne

OK, so I just finished this book yesterday, and let me tell you – I am so mad at myself for not reading this in 2016. This would have made my Top Ten for 2016 list hands down, and nothing makes me madder than when I miss a chance to pimp the hell out of a book I loved. If I could go back and add just one book to my 2016 reading year, this would be it.

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Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

I haven’t even gotten to this series yet, and already it haunts me. I can’t imagine what’s going to happen when I actually read it. Technically this was released in 2015, and its sequel in 2016. But that shows you how long I’ve been kicking myself in the ass about this one! I really need to bump this one up!

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Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

This cover is absolutely stunning. I love how everything is so neutral except for the woman’s dress. And I love the way they look to be holding each other and gazing at each other almost against their wills. If the words between these pages even come close to being as wonderful as this cover, I am in for one hell of a read.

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Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

It was actually Den of Wolves, the third book in this series, that was released in 2016. But the cover of that book made my eyes go ‘a-oooo-ga’ and sparked my interest in the series. I can’t wait to start this one. And bonus – Den of Wolves was the last in the series, so I can devour them back to back!

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Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

This book sounds like it’s so much fun, and I am a sucker for revenge sex going permanent. I am not a vindictive person, but the fictional idea of sticking it to the ex- by being happy, especially when it’s with someone who is so much better in bed, just makes me Grinch-smile.

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Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

Ummmm…the whole series, really. I am a huge Sarina Bowen fan, and I’ll read anything the woman writes whether she does it alone or decides to make magic with someone else. I am really kicking myself for not taking time for these. I already have the first audio, and it’s on my list to knock out ASAP. I can’t wait to see what goodness is in store for me.

So I am going to go one step further with this Top Ten and commit to reading all these books (that I have in ARCs) for the Blogger Shame challenge. Most of the time I love putting these Top Tens together, but when I’m reminded of the goodness I have likely missed out on, it just gets my goat. And with all the amazing 2017 releases on the way, I’m sure I’ll spend a chunk of 2018 kicking myself.

What about you? Are there any books from last year that you regret missing out on and want to read ASAP?

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  1. oh you have such a fabulous list here. The Highlander is fantastic, Kerrigan Byrne is amazing. His Royal Secret and The Hating Game are also on my list as well!! And I highly recommend Forbidden, Beverly Jenkins writes the best romances. You will love it.


    1. The reviews for the Juliet Marillier books are all over the place, so I’m glad to hear you say that. I’m going to give it a go soon.

      Yes – I am so excited to read The Hating Game! It has had such glowing reviews. Fingers crossed we both enjoy it!

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  2. So many pretties! I’m on hold at the library for that set from Evanovich. People need to listen to their audiobooks faster! lol

    The Sarina Bowen one looks amazing!


    1. Oh, yeah. Audio holds are the worst! I’m excited to get to the Sarina Bowen one. I have that in audio, so hopefully I’ll be able to fit it in soon. I’ll be looking for your review for the Evanovich series.


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