Priyanka's Top 3 Reads of 2016

by Priyanka Krishnan

The title of this post is a lie. As other, wiser editors have already mentioned, writing these lists is no easy task. Because damn it guys, there are SO MANY great books out there, and I want to give them all their due. So for this particular list, I decided to pick three* stellar reads across three very different categories. I have to hope that will suffice!


1.) GILDED CAGE by Vic James


I’m cheating because this book doesn’t come out until February 2017. But I have to mention it because I technically read it this year (#publishingperks), and it’s great.

Picture Downton Abbey. Then replace all the aristocrats with haughty, powerful magic-wielders (yes, some of them are sexy to boot). Then replace all the servants with normal humans forced into a ten-year period of slavery (okay, so the servant part is basically the same. And yes, some of them are also sexy to boot). Them’s the rules my friend, so too bad for you if you don’t have magical blood—but of course, when two particular families collide upstairs and downstairs, everything begins to fall apart in the best possible way.


2.) WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi


Disclaimer: this book will make you cry. It is the memoir of a young surgeon, Dr. Paul Kalanithi, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer at the age of 36. While at times a little rambling, his reflections on how we choose to live our lives, on how we treat our relationships, on transience and permanence and how we find fulfillment, peace and acceptance—ideas many of us struggle with–are deeply worth reading.


3.) MARRYING WINTERBORNE by Lisa Kleypas/FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Winterborne firststar

Okay, I’m cheating again. But it’s hard for me not to mention these together because they were the first two books I chased down editor extraordinaire Carrie Feron for when I started at Avon!

MARRYING WINTERBORNE is classic, fantastic Lisa Kleypas. Smart, romantic, gorgeous details, loveable secondary characters, and a hero who does strange and wonderful things to my heart. (No one can replace Matthew Swift for me, but damn it Rhys Winterborne, you come close. I think I have a thing for the self-made, successful-yet-lonely outsider.)

As for FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT…well, not to be redundant, but this is classic, fantastic Susan Elizabeth Phillips! It’s funny, it’s charming, and it’s so readable I breezed through it one sitting. I’m a sucker for a good enemies-to-lovers romance, and Susan hits it out of the park here (or whatever the football equivalent of that phrase is) with Piper and Cooper’s story.

*OK, technically my list is four books. #sorrynotsorry