Favorite Books of 2016

I can’t believe another year has gone by! Do you know what that means? That means it’s time for another edition of my favorite books of the year! (Read last year’s edition here) I read quite a few books this year, and my favorite books of 2016 are quite diversified.

Looking for some books recommendation for the new year? Click through to find out what were my favorite books of 2016!

Somehow, I found it hard to find my favorite books this year. It’s all been a blur, and I can’t really remember what I read when. I thought this year had been a poor one book-wise, but after going through my Goodreads‘s reading challenge, I realized that I had indeed read some fantastic books this year! I read a grand total of 75 books (I’m reading book 75 right now!), and 12 made the list (that includes a few series and short stories as well). 

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter is the final novel in the Lunar Chronicles series, which I mentioned in a post before. It’s one of my all-time favorites YA series, and the last novel did not disappoint. It’s 800 pages of pure perfection. Honestly, if you still haven’t read this series, go do it now!!!

Read my review of this book on Goodreads

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite authors. I’ve been reading her books since I’ve been 15, and even now I still love them! She has crafted the wonderful world that is the Shadow World, and now I can’t live without it. She has written a few series set in that world, so when I heard that she came out with short stories solely based on Simon, I was eager to dive in. Not only is one of my favorite characters in The Mortal Instruments, but the audio versions of these short stories were famous male actors such as Sam Heughan (Outlander), Brett Dalton (Agents of SHIELD), Jack Falahee (How to Get Away With Murder), and many more! I loved reading things from Simon’s perspective. My personal favorites were Nothing but Shadows and Born to Endless Night.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallero

Anyone who knows me ought to know that I’m a fan of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve read all of the original novels and short stories, I’ve watched countless remakes and adaptations, and I’ve even had to do some college assignments on it! Needless to say that I was very excited to read yet another story starring the beloved character. This novel did not disappoint! I liked how, even if it happens in the modern era, you can still see the connections to the Sherlock Holmes original stories. The plot is intricate and sews together some of the most famous short stories of Sir Conan Doyle. The story had some amazing plot twists and kept me reading way past my bedtime. 😉

Read my review of this book on Goodreads!

Addicted to You series by Krista & Becca Ritchie

I’m usually not that much of a New Adult fan. I mean, I do read some books of the genre every once in a while, but that’s simply not what I normally go for. But I’d read a lot of positive review about this series, so I decided to dive in. I definitely did not regret it! I like how different this series is. This is not your typical NA series. It deals with deeper, more serious subjects, like addiction.

Read my review for Addicted to You on Goodreads!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Yet another series that I was sad to let go of. I had really high expectations for The Raven King (it was my most anticipated read of the year), and once again, I was not disappointed! The plot is intricately woven. Stiefvater made sure that every question she had left unanswered in the previous books was going to get this answer we had been waiting for. And how everything unfolds in the end… let me just say that Stiefvater did an amazing job at connecting every dot and creating an ending that satisfies the fans of this series.

Read my review of this book on Goodreads!

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

I’ve mentioned this book in my 5 Books to Read this Summer post, so I’m not going to talk too much about it. Let me just say that Morgan Matson is the queen of summer contemporary novels and that this book is no exception. Matson created an amazing ambiance that you can feel while reading the book. Trust me, you’ll love it.

Read my review of this book on Goodreads!

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

This book gave me a serious case of wanderlust. If you’ve read my Favorite Books of Summer 2015 post, you know just how much I’ve loved Just One Day, which is the beginning of this duology. Just like Just One Day, this book was everything I had hoped for… and more! What I love about this series is that it’s not only about love and relationships. While it takes a huge part of the story, it’s not what it focuses on. It’s about self-discovery and coming at terms with who you are. Honestly, this is a must-read! And now I cannot wait to read Just One Night, the novella that sums up this series!

Read my review of this book on Goodreads!

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

I had already started reading this series last year (I’d already read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight), but it’s only this year that I can 100% confirm that this is one of my favorite series. I absolutely love the characters Sarah J. Maas has created. Sarah J. Maas knows how to build up the pace of her books! Honestly, this series has it all!

Read my review for Throne of Glass on Goodreads!

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I was left changed from reading Eat, Pray, Love. I might have only been 17 when I read it, but this book resonated with me on a such a deep level! When I heard everyone raving about Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest book, I knew I had to dive into it.  If you didn’t know (honestly, where have you been?!), Big Magic is a book about creativity. The author writes about the topic and how you can incorporate it into your daily life. This book is a game changer, y’all. It’ll change your way of perceiving the creation process. I devoured this book in one sitting!

Bossypants by Tina Fey

This book had been standing on my TBR for what felt like forever. My teacher made us listen to a chapter of the audiobook in class, and I knew I had to read the entire thing eventually. Tina Fey writes about what it’s like being a woman in the workplace, motherhood, beauty, the media… basically, everything you could imagine. And all of that with her usual wit and humor, of course. I decided to listen to the audiobook, and it was the best decision I could have made. Tina Fey is as amazing a narrator as you would expect her to be.

The Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy

I didn’t think I would be adding this to my list, but now that I think about it, I cannot leave it behind. When I read The Deal, the first book in the series, I didn’t really understand why everyone what raving about. It’s your typical NA book, with the hate-turn-to-love story. There was some unnecessary drama, but, somehow, I found myself to be addicted. Weeks after I had finished reading it, I still thought about it. Not because it was life-changing or anything. Simply because I realized that it was that good. For once, I found the narrative to be funny. I found myself laughing at the characters’ remarks on more than one occasion and I could relate to them. Yes, it’s very predictable and cliché, but it’s done in a good way.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Yes, another book written by Cassandra Clare! What can I do, the woman is amazing! This is hands-down the best book she has written so far. I don’t know how she manages to write such amazing novels all set in the same world. You would think she would run out of ideas eventually… But, no. This book will leave you with your soul bare and your heart shattered.

Read my review for this book on Goodreads!

What were your favorite books you’ve read this year?

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  • Awesome post! I loved reading just you describing these books. I used to love reading, and I’ve fallen out but you have inspired me to read more now!!! Thank you!!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! Let me know if you end up reading any of these books! 🙂

  • Caitlin A

    I still need to read Bossypants! I’ve heard so much about it. I’ve really loved The Light Between Oceans and the Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.
    Happy New Year!
    Caitlin
    LemonadePressBlog.com

    • Bossypants is amazing! You NEED to listen to the audiobook. You won’t regret it!

  • Both of your NA book look so good! I’m a sucker for books with romances like that! Have you ever read Beautiful Disaster? I think you might like that series!

    Caitlyn | http://www.collegewithcaitlyn.com

    • I haven’t read that one yet, but I’ll check it out! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • These all sound so interesting! Winter and THrone of Glass have been on my to-read list, and I’m definitely going to have to check out Just One Year + Cassandra Clare’s books! :]!

    • I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!

  • Big Magic was great!

  • Lily

    Okay, I just found your blog and I am obsessed. I’ve probably read at least 20 posts, and I adore you already. 😀

    I share your love for Sherlock books, as I read every Sherlock book I found in my library when I was 12. Also, huge Netflix fan, or fan of every tv show. 😀
    That is probably my biggest chalenge.
    How to juggle between studying and watching all those shows I love. Sometimes is hard for me to study when I know that there is a new episode waiting for me. :/
    Thank you for your tips, I really enjoy reading your posts.

    • Girl, thank you so much for your kind words! You just made my day! You have no idea just how much this means to me. <3

      And I totally understand your struggle. Trust me, I've been there. Sometimes it can be hard to juggle everything. Most of the time, when I come home from work, I just don't feel like working on the blog (or studying). I just feel like crashing on my bed in front of Netflix. So sometimes I have to kick my own butt and get some actual work done. The only thing I can suggest is seeing Netflix as a reward. Keep Netflix as a treat after you've completed every other tasks on your to-do list for the day! If you have to, you can also schedule your Netflix time in! Just make sure you're not overlapping.

      Feel free to reach out via email or on social media if you want to talk some more! 🙂

      • Lily

        That is actually something that I would try. Thank you. 🙂

        And thanks for saying to feel free to reach out. I don’t know you, but reading your posts and this replay, you seem as such a nice person. 🙂

        I wish you all the best. 😀

        • I hope this will help you!

          And it’s my pleasure! I love talking to other people and getting to know them. 🙂

          I wish you all the best, too!