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 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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!