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!
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (★★★★★)
The conclusion to last year’s Wolf by Wolf exemplifies everything a finale should be! Exhilarating, heartbreaking and incredibly satisfying, you’d be remiss not to read this duology about a holocaust experiment turned shapeshifter named Yael, who lives in an alternate timeline where Germany won WWII. My heart still hurts after finishing this beautifully written story.
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★☆)
The penultimate book in the Throne of Glass series has arrived. Get ready for heartbreak, all the quips, plenty of reunions, so many questionable decisions and some brand new ships. All will finally be revealed, including some plot points that were a tad too reminiscent of both A Court of Mist and Fury and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for my tastes. Regardless, I cannot wait to see how the last book ties up all of the remaining loose threads.
Madly by Amy Alward (★★★★☆)
When Princess Evelyn misuses a love potion and accidentally falls in love with herself, the king calls for a wild hunt to find a cure. Set in a modern world with a very fantastical twist, Madly is one giant metaphor about small businesses and the corporations destroying them, as told through the lens of a family alchemy shop and the evil synthetic company slowly killing them. But with unicorns.
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And I’m gonna be honest, while September wasn’t my best showing, I have high hopes for October, AKA the best month of the year!
Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston (★★★★☆½)
Considered to be a modern re-imaging of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Exit, Pursued by a Bear follows cheerleader Hermione Winters through her senior year of high school following a rape she cannot remember. Beside her through it all is her best friend Polly, who is going through her own coming of age story. Get ready to feel lots of feelings!
Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin (★★★★★)
Set in an alternate timeline where Germany won WWII, this thrilling prequel to Wolf by Wolf gives readers a closer look at the Axis Tour that made Adele Wolfe a household name, paving the way for Yael’s mission to kill Hitler — all while revealing the complicated truth behind Adele and Luka’s love-hate relationship. Yes and yes.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (★★★★☆½)
I usually don’t take stock in blurb comparisons, but Tiny Pretty Things truly is Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars. Full of backstabbing ballerinas and even more backstabbing ballerinas, this drama-filled young adult novel (the first in a duology) takes a very dark look behind the curtain into the cutthroat ballet world.Read More »
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines the fun of making lists with our love of books.
This week’s prompt was Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year and let’s just say it was not hard to narrow down my top ten.
While I wish I had even more 2016 books under my belt to choose from, so far I’ve read a pretty respectable 17 new releases this year. Keep going for the ten best!