2016 in Books I Read

December 30, 2016 books, miscellaneous 15

One more day of 2016! I usually do the End of the Year book survey everyone does, but I need something short and sweet this year, so I’m making up my own questions that totally aren’t fitted to the books I read this year at all. Feel free to steal and link back if you haven’t done yours. My goodreads challenge says I finished 58 books this year, which I’m quite happy with. Some of those I skimmed and DNF’d and there were a lot of audiobooks, but with everything else going on this year, I think that’s a good number. Let’s take a look at the selection!

Favorite Books I read in 2016

a gathering of shadows book cover on reviews and cake

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I loved all of these books for various reasons, and I’m really excited to read the next book in the Shades of Magic series!

Best Sequel

a gathering of shadows book cover on reviews and cake

No surprise there! Go Set a Watchman is a really good sequel as well, but A Gathering of Shadows was just so much fun to read. I really liked A Darker Shade of Magic, but the series grew even more on me in the sequel.

Best Novella

I found this, because John Green recommended it in a video, and I thought ‘girl travels through space to attend university’ sounds fun. I can’t say it was what I expected, and it had it’s weak points, but mostly it was exquisitely weird, which I liked.

Best Start to a Series

the glittering court by richelle mead cover

This book could have done with some more editing to make it tighter, but I really enjoyed reading it. I loved the kickass girls, and I’m pretty sure my Hamilton-fueled interest in the founding days of the US helped as well. I’ll definitely be reading the sequel!

Slow Start, Great Ending

I admit I had very high expectations in this book. Everyone and their mom told me how great it is, so I was a little concerned when I struggled with it. A lot of the book was reaaaally slow for me, and while I liked it, I just wasn’t invested enough in the characters to breeze through it. The ending, however, was pretty damn epic. I’m not in a rush to read the sequel (though I might do it eventually), but I was glad I didn’t DNF this book, because it turned out to be a great read.

Most Tumblr

I feel like this book is the embodiment of tumblr. I liked it, but it also felt a little bleak to me for some reason. I appreciated the diverse representation and creativity.

Best Classic

I struggled a little in the beginning, but I was tearing up at the end. I’m not that spiritual, but I really liked the protagonist’s character development. I can understand why it’s a classic.

Should Be Read in Schools

I love the representation of friendship and diversity in Not Otherwise Specified. It’s a great coming of age story.

Most Pretentious

I just cannot with Normal Mailer’s writing style. I’m sure there’s something of value in this book, but I was too annoyed by the pretentious writing to find it. I got very, very frustrated with this book.

Out of My Comfort Zone

I may be a snob, but the cover doesn’t say quality fiction to me (not that I only read quality fiction, let’s be real). This really didn’t look like a book I’d enjoy, but I kept reading funny quotes on goodreads and it came highly recommended, so I decided to give it a try (it was also 99 cents on Kindle, so that helped). What can I say, I loved it. It’s absolutely horrible and chock-full of clichés, but somehow it’s also really fun. It reminded me of Greek, a TV show pretty much no one has ever heard of. It’s an incredibly easy read.

Best Random Buy

I bought this book in the bookstore next to university (did I already mention that having a bookstore on my regular route to class is making me poor(er)? about a thousand times? WELL IT’S STILL TRUE). I had never heard of it, but I liked the title. It’s a really good read – well executed and made me think. I can definitely recommend it!

And that’s it for 2016! Have you read any of these books? What were your favorites this year? What 2017 book are you most looking forward to?

15 Responses to “2016 in Books I Read”

  1. Bianca

    My favorite books that I read this year were probably The Martian by Andy Weir, The Kingdom by the Sea by Robert Westall and Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.
    I also really enjoyed Alexandra Bracken’s Passanger and am looking forward to the release of Wayfarer in a few days.
    And since you kind of forced me to read the first two books in the Shades of Magic series I am of course also looking forward to reading A Conjuring of Light in 2017.

    • Vlora


      I read all the Lunar Chronicles books this year as well. I think my favorites were Cinder and Cress! I hope you enjoy The Color Purple when you get around to reading it. :)
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