Happy Almost-New-Year, everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a lovely holiday season so far and that 2017 treats you well. Looking back at my year of reading has been interesting. This year, my goal was to read 70 books (10 up from 2015), and oh, there were just about 70 books I wanted to read that either came out this year or had been sitting on my shelf for too long. However, I definitely failed to get to that number thanks to all of the pretty horrible slumps I had over the months. I don’t know what caused so many slumps in one year, but I only reached a measly 48 (note: 48 isn’t a bad number. That’s great when compared to the average person. But for an avid reader and blogger it felt like not a lot). Because I only read 48 books, I almost wasn’t sure I would have a ten book long list. I almost just made it my top 5 instead, but the more I perused my Goodreads list, the more titles I wanted to include. So, without any more delay, these are the titles I read and enjoyed the most in 2016. *All except one were released this year.
10. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Published: November 1, 2016 | My Rating: 4.5/5 stars | Full Review
This is only one of two books on my list that aren’t fantasy. The other non-fantasy is quite high up on this list, but I think being a contemporary books is ultimately what has this one on the bottom. Contemporary just isn’t my genre. That being said, this was a fantastic, important novel that I think will be on many peoples’ lists this year. And rightfully so.
9. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Published: April 26, 2016 | My Rating: 4/5 stars
This book has such a gorgeous cover and intriguing synopsis, and that’s what first drew me in, and I have to say that the contents of the novel are just as beautiful. The writing, the mysterious plot, the characters…all lovely. The world-building and visuals in this novel are stunning. I enjoyed it immensely and can’t wait to read the companion novel. The main reason it’s at number nine is because I found myself a little confused at times.
8. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Published: March 29, 2016 | My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
The Winner’s Kiss is the third and final book in the Winner’s Trilogy, and it was definitely my favorite. It took me a long time to read because it was during a busy time at college, but it was worth it. It’s hard to do a conclusion well, and very few author’s pull it off, but I think Rutkoski did a fabulous job connecting loose ends and giving the protagonists satisfying endings. I highly recommend this trilogy.
7. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Published: April 1, 2012 | My Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the first book in a trilogy that re-surged in popularity recently. I had heard amazing things about these books, but I was still blown away by how much I ended up loving the first installment. I was hooked from start to finish, and I flew through it faster than most other books I was reading around that time. If you haven’t gotten around to this one yet, I definitely recommend getting to it asap!
6. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: April 26, 2016 | My Rating: 5/5 stars
I’m pretty sure The Raven King was everyone and their mothers’ most anticipated release of the first half of 2016. It may come as a surprise to those who saw my favorites list last year (where Maggie Stiefvater dominated my top 5) that this book is relatively low on my top 10, but it really wasn’t as fantastic as I was hoping it would be. I still really loved it and was satisfied with the ending, but it was just missing something. I feel like I’m betraying this series, but this was my least favorite of the four.
5. And I Darken by Kiersten White
Published: June 28, 2016 | My Rating: 5/5 stars
I bought this solely based on the cover (and somewhat based on the premise), but And I Darken turned out to be an incredibly unique take on Vlad the Impalor. This had great, complex characters, some fun twists I didn’t see coming, and a really fantastic ending. I cannot wait for the sequel to come out next year! This is definitely not one to miss if you love a good historical fiction and fantasy mix.
4. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Published: August 30, 2016 | My Rating: 5/5 stars | Full Review
I enjoyed Furthermore more than the Shatter Me trilogy. There, I said it. This adorable Middle Grade novel surprised me in the best way. It reminded me a lot of The Phantom Tollbooth, and I loved The Phantom Tollbooth. Therefore, I was head-over-heels for this novel. It was whimsical, smart, fun, and adventurous in all the right ways, and Tahereh’s flowery writing style fits so well with this age group and genre. More please, Tahereh? This was a gem.
3. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Published: July 5, 2016 | My Rating: 5/5 stars | Full Review
I had no interest in this for awhile, but when I finally decided to pick it up, I was hooked and finished the book in one sitting. I could not have had a better introduction to Victoria Schwab, and I’m not inclined to pick up all the rest of her novels right now! This story was so unique and brilliant, and the characters were some of my favorites. I am dying to read the sequel when it comes out next year!
2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Published: February 2, 2016 | My Rating: 5/5 stars | Full Review
Ugh. This. Book. This is the other non-fantasy book on my list, and it would easily be number one if not for a later release. I read this at the very beginning of 2016, yet it was one of the most memorable books of the year. I think I articulated my feelings for this novel better in my full review, so I highly encourage you to just read that, but this story is the kind that needs to be read by everyone. I can’t recommend it enough. It is beautifully told.
1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Published: September 20, 2016 | My Rating: 73746/5 stars?? | Full Review
Ooooh man. Crooked Kingdom, guys. The first book in this duology, Six of Crows, was my runner-up for favorite last year, I believe. But the sequel? This book has no flaws. Zip. Zero. Nada. It was utter perfection. I don’t think I stopped talking about it for weeks after I read it. Leigh Bardugo is a genius, this book is an utter masterpiece, and that’s all there is to say. Everyone needs to read this duology because it’s some of the absolute best of YA. Do yourself a favor and add it to your TBR pile for next year if you haven’t read these books yet. Nothing else even compared this year.
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These were my favorites of the year, but I’d love to know what books are on your list! Do we have any in common? Let me know below or drop me a link to your blog post!
Until next year,