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

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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!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Most Anticipated Releases in the First Half of 2017

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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 Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2017.

You can check out the 2017 January to June releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on (complete with official synopses) below!

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

Currently reading this crazy Harry Potter fan fiction. ⚡️

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Welcome to Bookstagram, a hashtag based portion of Instagram occasionally referred to as Instabook, where bibliophiles around the world take and share book photos.

Pretty self-explanatory stuff.

My November additions to Bookstagram marked the beginning of my love affair with my new iPhone and my hate affair with the lack of natural sunlight while I’m home.

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

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (★★★☆☆)

I went into the so-called eighth book in the Harry Potter series with very low expectations, which was definitely the right move. While I found the beginning of the play to be enjoyable, by the second half, I was tired of the shenanigans and the ridiculous dialogue. It was acceptable fan fiction, but it was no Harry Potter.

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt (★★★★)

The final book in the ridiculously over-the-top Royals series has arrived and it ended with a bang — albeit an extremely predictable one. From the Pretty Little Liars-esque cliffhanger in Broken Prince, to all the open-ended love stories, the duo calling themselves Erin Watt make sure to tie everything up in a nice little bow.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (★★★★½)

The second and last book in Leigh Bardugo’s amazing Six of Crows duology will break your heart in all the best ways! Get ready for romances, friendships and alliances to be tested and for your still-beating heart to be ripped from your chest. No one is safe from Bardugo’s clutches, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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

July 2016 Book Wrap Up

Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay (★★★★☆)

I have finally finished the Dexter book series — not to be confused with the once good turned very bad television series — and blessedly it did not end with Dexter running away and becoming a lumberjack. While I found this book to be weaker compared to the other novels (minus that bizarre demons are real one), it was still nice to return to the world of my favorite sardonically sassy serial-killer.

The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey (★★★★½)

The follow up to last year’s The Girl at Midnight, I found The Shadow Hour to be slightly stronger than its predecessor, although because of the mechanics of the plot there was a lot less world traveling and fewer light-hearted moments than in the first book. Regardless, Grey once again sucks readers into her fully realized fantasy world hidden slightly beneath our own, complete with magic, romance and a cast of amazing characters. [READ FULL REVIEW]

On Bowie by Rob Sheffield (★★★★½)

I’m going to be honest, this book destroyed me. I’m talking almost crying in public levels here. Part love letter to David Bowie, part biography, part music criticism, Sheffield’s book taught me even more about Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke and all the iterations of David Jones in a mere 200 pages. Get ready to binge on Bowie tunes after reading! You know, more than usual.

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