THE BOOKS OF 2016, PART 3 OF ... ?

I'm listing all the books I read this year, 10 at a time. Here are books 21-30. (Find 11-20 here: THE BOOKS OF 2016, PART 2 OF ....?) πŸ’– for 5 stars, 😐 for 1 or 2 stars. And don't miss books 31-40 either! The Books of 2016! πŸ“š [Part 4 of 12 (ish)]
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    πŸ’– Morning Star by Pierce Brown
    Guys, this one is SO good. But you have to read the whole trilogy. Don't start here!! The worlds Brown creates are too fantastic to miss.
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    Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from my Italian Mother-in-Law by Katherine Wilson
    A fun memoir of an American woman who moved to Italy for an internship, but ended up falling in love.
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    A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum
    An excellent coming of age story/mystery, set in an Ohio steel town in the 1970s.
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    πŸ’– The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
    Nerdy, etymological heaven!
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    Hard Light by Elizabeth Hand
    A booze- and drug-fueled mystery involving prehistoric relics called thaumatropes.
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    Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
    Such a fun collection of short stories. One or two of the them dragged a bit for me (especially Winter's...), but I *loved* the last story.
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    Dead Wake by Erik Larson
    So good! But so sad. (As I referenced here: UGLY CRY READS)
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    Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
    Ian Rankin is such a great writer, and I love the Scottish flavor. I'm working on a list of Scottish words/expressions I picked up from this novel. (Just FYI this one is a crossover book; simultaneously the 19th book in the Rebus series & the 3rd book in the Fox series.)
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    😐 The Blue Bath by Mary Waters-Sayers
    This was *gorgeously* written, but the whole premise revolved around infidelity, which I dislike. And I thought the ending was a bit contrived.
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    Killer Deal by Sofie Sarenbrandt
    Not a bad Swedish mystery... In the style of Camilla LΓ€ckberg. BUT (slight spoiler alert), given that Detective Emma SkΓΆld seems awfully oblivious to everything going on in her family/personal life, I'm pretty sure she's probably a terrible judge of character (and thus not a terribly believable detective).