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