Boy did 2016 pack a hard punch! My year was so hectic, I doubted I would be able to meet 2015’s 100 books. The fact that I made it to 99 makes me so proud of myself! Granted, a good percentage of the books are re-reads (The Lunar Chronicles minus Winter, the Mara Dyer trilogy minus Retribution, everything Shadowhunters, the Gone series and BZRK)- but hey, it’s still good! I read so many good books this year, it was such a headache choosing my favorites. So here I go- my favorite books that I read in 2016, not necessarily published in that year. So without further ado:
1) Solitaire by Alice Oseman: I have no idea how I stumbled upon this rare gem of a book, but I am so glad I did. Tori’s cynical view of life and school is shockingly relatable, and the portrayal of depression with the slight thriller element was amazing. Highly, highly recommend this book, especially to those struggling in school.
2) A Court of Thorns and Roses & A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: Faeries and magic and rich world building and biting-your-nails-till-they-bleed adventure? The novel inspired by Beauty and the Beast, Sarah J. Maas- author of the Throne of Glass series- has done it again. Her work only gets better and better as time goes.
3) The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: In the retelling of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, we are gifted with badass female characters, believable villains, beautiful scenery, heartwarming romance, and a unique magic system. Toss a generous dose of diversity in there, and there you have it: the perfect blend for a perfect novel.
4) Illuminae & Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: Wow. These books are absolute stand outs. Science fiction in SPACE, crazy artificial intelligence, and… actually, just read Kristoff’s review, he explains it better. The books are written in the form of files: Case files, chats, transcripts- it’s such a fun read. Although they’re large in size, the formatting makes it quick to breeze by. Best science fiction I’ve read this year, hands down.
5) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: This dual perspective novel is perhaps the most brilliantly written fantasy I’ve read this year. In this Rome inspired novel, we follow Laia- a slave, attempting to save her brother from the clutches of the Martial Empire- and Elias- a soldier at a brutal military academy struggling to succeed in whatever way possible. The action in this book is unbearable- Sabaa Tahir is, once again, simply brilliant.
6) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: And we finally got Lady Midnight! I have a feeling this series will be my favorite of them all, if I’m being honest. For those who are clueless about the latest Cassandra Clare book, it’s a spin-off sequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments series, following characters who fight demons in our regular world. Listen- it’s a hundred times cooler than it sounds. Trust me.
Honorable Mentions: The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, & Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
And there you have it folks- my 2016 wrap up! I hope you had the best year you could, and have an amazing 2017 filled with lots and lots of good books!
Until next time!