Hello everyone! Lots of things have happened this year. Whether it be good or bad. — I’m not here to talk about what happened this year though. I’m here to talk about books because this book blog is one of my happy places.
Reading wise, there were a lot of firsts for me last year. For instance: I started reading YA Mystery. I don’t typically enjoy mystery. I find that I could tell who the Bad Guy was within the first few chapters of the story. Leading me to not enjoy the book(s) at all because the book(s) would be completely predictable. Yet when I started reading a few mystery books here and there, I was actually enjoying what I was reading. So even though I don’t normally read Mystery novels, the few that I have read are actually pretty good.
I managed to somehow fit in a ton of reading time. Although, all I really remember is being super busy, even when I wasn’t actually busy. Isn’t that weird? Am I the only one who thinks this? Anyway! I read 143 books this year! And I’ve got to say that even though I’m suuper behind on my book reviews,
I have them scheduled up until February 2017!! THIS IS CRAZINESS!! I have a few favourites from this year! You could either take this as a small-ish book recommendation post, or if you don’t like the kind of books I read, then you could definitely take these books as a Books-to-Avoid, kind of thing. Here are some of my favourite books that I read in 2016:
Midnight Thief, by Livia Blackburne — MT is part of a duology, and by the end of the second book, Daughter of Dusk, the story ending cleans the plot and where the story could go very nicely. (my review)
The Chaos of Stars, by Kierstin White — The Chaos of Stars is a standalone, which is great since there’s no waiting for the next book. What I liked most about this one is that there’s a cross over of different mythologies that are alive and well. Think of The Chaos of Stars as Mythology come to life in our modern world. (my review)
Winterspell, by Claire Legrand — Winterspell is a rendition on The Nutcracker, which is my favourite ballet. So not only did Legrand create a new kind of story, but she created a story that in my opinion, shines just as brightly as the ballet does. (my review)
A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas — I know I don’t have a review up for ACOMAF, or A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I loved A Court of Mist and Fury way more than I thought I could. I actually read for 10 straight hours, only to get up a few times to eat and have my bathroom breaks. I literally read so long that at one point I was not only dizzy from reading so long, but I couldn’t feel my legs!
It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover — I didn’t know what to expect with this novel. I don’t typically read the synopsis’ for Hoover’s books.So what little I knew about it came form a friend that said that this book is lowkey important, and that I should read It Ends With Us as soon as possible. And I’m glad I did read this book, because it is an important book. (my review)
Notes from Ghost Town, by Kate Ellison — Notes from Ghost Town breaks my heart every time I think of the book. Seriously, the way the story started, and how the story ends, breaks my heart over and over again. If you like Fantasy/Mystery novels, then I definitely recommend Notes from Ghost Town. (my review)
The Devil You Know, by Trish Doller — The Devil You Know managed to sweep me off my feet, frighten the bejesus out of me, and hope for the best all in one
freaking book! The Devil You Know is a mystery set in Florida. The Devil You Know was a quick read for me. I just had to know everything about this book, you know? I read it in one sitting and I am so glad that I did because that plot twist! And the ending! (my review)
Uprooted, by Naomi Novik — Uprooted is such a magical book. I want to re-read it ASAP! The story is pretty much how one girl doesn’t take no for an answer and how she defies her Master’s orders. She especially ignores these orders, or she finds a way around them, and then pretty much saves the day. I swear, there is so much that happened in this book, I can’t just tell you about one thing. People have said that Uprooted is pretty much a Russian fairytale book, and I’ve got to agree. Review to come sometime this year!
Touch of Frost, by Jennifer Estep — Touch of Frost was honestly the perfect book for me to read that got me out of a pretty serious reading slump. No book interested me at all, and when I stumbled across this book, the synopsis sounded great to me. Touch of Frost has that predictable trashiness that ends up ultimately a being a good novel. (my review)
Wicked, by Jennifer L. Armentrout — Wicked isn’t the first book I’ve read by Armentrout, and it definitely won’t be my last! I loved the characters in this novel. I enjoyed getting to know Ivy Morgan, Tink, and Ren Owens. The story that we read in Wicked is a crazy one, let me say that. I was both surprised and not very surprised at all, really, at the ending of Wicked. Which only means that the second book to Wicked will be even more of a whirlwind. (my review)
What are some of your favourite reads of 2016?