My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s 2016 Wrap Up


2016 may have been a dumpster fire of a year, but it did mark the first time since 2013 that I was able to hit my reading goal of 100 books. Champagne pops. Confetti falls from ceiling. Cue sparklers.

Not only that, but it was also the first year I participated in and crushed all five of my reading challenges — more on that in another post later this week.

For now, you can check out a visual list of all the books I read in 2016 over on GoodReads, and for my favorite and most disappointing reads of the year, head below the jump!

New Favorites:


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
A Hades and Persephone retelling, ACOMAF has tons more world building than book one, even more amazing characters and a beautiful slow burn romance. Book three now please!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
I read this incredibly inventive novel about parallel dimension from cover to cover in two days and only stopped when I absolutely had to.

An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Full of twists, turns, morally grey areas, fully fleshed out characters and some damn good world building, this series inspired by ancient Rome is a must read.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Beautifully penned and bizarrely plotted, this novella explores what happens to children after they return from falling down rabbit holes and wandering through wardrobes.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
From magic to intrigue, disguises, secret romances, fancy parties and a sinister plot, AGOS has everything, including one hell of a cliffhanger. Not to mention the element Olympics.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Part love story, part horror novel, all science fiction, Illuminae is an epistolary young adult novel featuring a romance set in space … space … space … space …


The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Stories within stories. Time travel. Parallel dimensions. Romance. This novel had everything, including diversity, wormholes and one hell of an ending.

Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Set in 1988, the first arc of this new series follows four 12-year-old paper girls as they fight for survival against seemingly alien forces.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
This beautifully moving poetry collection divided into four portions is part memoir, part feminist tale and part motivational speech. Get ready to underline EVERYTHING.

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
From romance and action to humor to twists and turns and some amazing back stories, this beautifully written duology will rip your still-beating heart from your chest.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This coming of age and coming out story follows hilarious introvert and drama nerd Simon Spier, who is slowly falling in love with someone he only speaks to online. It’s adorable.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Set before, during and after a flu decimates the world’s population, this story follows three different groups, including a post-apocalyptic acting troupe who performs Shakespeare.


This is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Part thriller, part romance, all WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU KIDS WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING!?!, This is Our Story will have you guessing whodunnit until the very end.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Ballerinas, prisoners, time travelers, unreliable narrators and ghosts cross paths in this highly original supernatural horror novel.

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Filled with horribly exciting twists at every turn, the second book in The Winner’s Trilogy is the perfect continuation of Kestrel and Arin’s epic star-crossed love story.

Winning by Lara Deloza
From fourth wall breaking to teen movie makeovers and epic betrayals, Winning is the guilty pleasure read to end all guilty pleasure reads.

Wolf by Wolf and Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
Set in an alternate timeline where the Nazis and their allies won WWII, shapeshifter Yael is given a simple mission by the resistance: kill Hitler. What could go wrong?

Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta
Meet your new favorite magical girl squad, four friends who defeat evil by harnessing the powers of their respective zodiac symbols along with the ultimate power: friendship!

Biggest Disappointments:


The Crown by Kiera Cass
A painful read full of children pretending to be adults and adults behaving like bizarre children. Do not recommend.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
I found the beginning of the play to be enjoyable, but by the second half I was tired of the shenanigans and ridiculous dialogue. Acceptable fan fiction, yes, but not Harry Potter.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Full of characters I could care less about, too much action, and dialogue that tried a little too hard, this is one fractured fairy tale a had a lot of problems with.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
Alec and Magnus are now raising a baby, which turns everyone around them into infant-obsessed idiots. WHY!?!

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
I wanted to love this contemporary novel about a school shooting, but the characters were poorly developed and it didn’t really open up a dialogue about, well, anything.

Winky Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
While Tucholke writes magical realism beautifully, the plot is severely lacking, and there were several points in the story I couldn’t help but wonder: where is this even going?

2 thoughts on “My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s 2016 Wrap Up

  1. I’m glad to see several of my 2017 must reads in your new favorites list! I already texted you this but I just got Dark Matter and Every Heart a Doorway! And in your last post I commented about how I am definitely going to read Station Eleven this year! I had also been anticipating Wink Poppy Midnight but it had such mixed reviews that I ended up cancelling my preorder. Looks like that was a good choice!

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