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!
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!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.
Revealed Marion of the new book, “R and Julie aren’t alone anymore; they have each other, they have their friends, but they’re all living in a tiny corner of a mostly unknown world.”
“A lot of this story is about them stepping out from safety — the safety of home, the safety of a blank past — and facing the reality of who they are and what they have to do.”
The Burning World is currently scheduled for a February 7, 2017 release, followed by the third book in the series — The Living — which will hopefully be published in the near future.
We may be sick of zombies, but we’re definitely not sick of this franchise!
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.
San Diego Comic-Con 2016 is already over, but thanks to companies tiring of their footage being leaked, we have plenty of high-quality videos to enjoy from the event!
You can watch the trailers, teaser trailers and first looks below arranged in order of excitement.