It’s nearing the end of December you know what that means, time to join in and write about my favourite books of the year. Granted this year I haven’t read as much as I have the past couple of years (mainly because I’m in my third year of university, so my life is basically just work) but I have still managed to read some pretty great books this year. Having a top 16 for 2016 is a bit much in terms of what I have read this year, so I’m going to do a top 6 instead. This is in kind of an order..I guess
Okay My Top 6 of 2016 are:
Six Of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
This would come as no surprise to people that know me. I read both these books back to back this year and they are literally MY LIFE. I hadn’t read anything by this author before but now she’s definitely an auto buy author for me. The characters and the world are just so great and I haven’t felt so connected with characters like this in a long time. I literally adore all of them, although I think if I had to pick one it would be Inej, I am the #1 The Wraith stan. When I finished these books it felt very bittersweet, I could read another 6 books with these characters, honestly. Highly recommend this book if you haven’t yet read them!
A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah J Maas.
After reading the first book A Court Of Thorns & Roses in 2015 (and liked it, it wasn’t my favourite though) I was anticipating ACOMAF to see where the story went. Oh boy, was I not expecting to love it as much as this. With a whole bunch of new characters introduced and being able to adventure into a whole new part of this world, of which I am literally obsessed with, The Night Court is everything. To me this book was a huge improvement on the first instalment and I can’t wait to see how the story progresses in A Court Of Wings & Ruin. psa: Yes i’m in love with Rhysand. I am practically feysand trash, that is all.
Am I Normal Yet? & How Hard Can Love Be? (The first two books in the Spinster Club Series) by Holly Bourne.
I had been meaning to start this (Companion series?) quite a while back, but as usual it took me a while to get to actually reading it, but I’m so glad I did, Holly Bourne’s writing is SO addictive, I literally zoomed through these. I also really appreciated the inclusion of mental health in the stories, specially because these books are targeted at more of the younger side of the YA spectrum. In The first book the main character has OCD and it was so interesting to read about her journey as I haven’t read about a character like this before and I felt like I learned a lot about a subject that I should know more about. I also really appreciated the female friendships in these books, they are all so hilarious and i’m so glad each book is a different perspective, I can’t recommend these books enough, they are so underrated! I can’t wait to read the final two books in the new year.
An Ember In The Ashes & A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir.
I read these books back to back in the middle of the year after I received an ARC for ATATN and These books completely took me by surprise, I was worried that they wouldn’t live up to the massive hype that they have online, but they completely did for me, I was 100% immersed in the story and the journey these characters went through. I loved the fact that in the second book we gained another perspective (Helene) that I felt the first book was missing. I loved hearing from her perspective, she’s one of my favourite characters from the series. Im so immersed in this world so i’m really excited that Sabaa is writing more books for this series! I wasn’t ready for it to end just yet. So I’m excited to read the next book as soon as it’s released!
Gemina by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Illuminae #2)
Having read the first book in this series in 2015 and it being one of my favourite books of that year, it’s fair to say I was anticipating this book, granted in my opinion it’s not as good as the first book, but is still pretty darn excellent. I loved the main character (Hannah’s) voice (no… not just because we share the same name) Gemina still shares the same badass action scenes and sarcastic humour the first instalment had and I couldn’t put this book down, I know you probably would have read/heard about this a lot but the format of the book (being told through security footage, emails etc) is truly unique and as someone who is studying graphic design, I really admire the way this book is designed, it adds a whole other element to the reading process, it’s really fun and interesting (and I hear the audiobooks are really great, need to get on those soon i recon) I Can’t wait to see where the next book takes the story!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Okay, so i’m seriously behind on the Marissa Meyer hype, (I’ve still only read the first book in this series but at least I’ve started it right?!) I read this book towards the beginning of the year and you know a book is a good when you can still remember the whole story all these months later. To be honest I haven’t read that much sci-fi, but I seriously loved this book, I really connected and felt with the main character Cinder and Marissa Meyers writing style is really great. I really hope to pick up the next book (Scarlet) early in the new year.
What are you’re favourite books you’ve read this year?
Happy holidays everyone!