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My 2016 in books

It’s been a year full of books, books, a helluva lot more books and smashing my goodreads reading challenge. Hell to the yaaaas.

2016 Reading Challenge
Jessica has
completed her goal of reading
50 books in

As of this very moment according to Goodreads, my stats are as follows:

Total books read: 92
Pages read: 27,882
Longest Book: 693 pages, Empire of Storms by Sarah. J. Maas
Shortest Book: 3 pages, The Meeting by Richelle Mead
Average Book length: 324 pages
Average Rating: 4.3 stars
Are you prepared for my list of my best reads of 2016? As you will probably gather from my list below, I absolutely love being emotionally traumatised by everything I read. Whoever said books can’t make you feel alive is a liar. Nothing like a good stab in the metaphorical heart to get you up in the morning (or keep you reading all night).

My best reads of 2016

1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
I feel like I’ve been shouting about how great this book is and how much I love it for what feels like years on this blog and on social media in general. It was miles better than its predecessor (which was good but not this good). This book blew me away with it’s angst, its passion, its band of kickass high fae. I won’t be the first or the last to say Rhys is the book boyfriend to rule them all. A book god amongst men.
2. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
This woman is pretty much the reigning ‘Queen of YA High Fantasy’ in my eyes right now. I have absolutely loved everything she’s written and this book was honestly no different. I recall wanting to throw this particular book out the window – not because it was bad but because my heart was floundering on the ground somewhere by my feet. She got me so attached to these characters and now I’m extremely scared for what’s to come. I will say that I don’t wholeheartedly ship Aelin/Celeana with anyone in this series. I absolutely loved her with Chaol (my precious unicorn) and I like her with Rowan in the most part but a part of me likes her best when she’s alone.
3. A Bloody Kingdom by J.J. McAvoy.
I binge read this entire series in a matter of days and then had to painstakingly wait for my heart to get ripped out of my chest when the final book rolled around. Let me tell you, it hurt like a son of a bitch. You spend all that time getting yourself emotionally invested in your favs and their well being and then get sucker-punched in the face with a plot twist from hell. It was a good kind of pain though, I won’t lie. I will forever be in love with Melody Giovanni Callaghan and the hell that she rains down on anyone that steps in her way. All I want right now is the spin-off and no one will get hurt.
4. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover.
I have been such a huge fan of this woman for the last year and a half. Every bloody thing CoHo writes is like a giant punch to the gut (and I mean that in the nicest way possible, so please read her books even though you’ll probably cry). My entire heart sings and cries at the same time and I honestly love it. It Ends With Us is probably her most controversial in topic, and most heart-wrenching in how closely it mirrors Hoover’s own life growing up.

5. Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong.
I am ridiculously happy with my decision to pick up this series (well done, Past!Me), having never read any of Armstrong’s previous novels. It felt almost like a gamble to pick up a crime series from a writer that predominantly writes for the fantasy/young adult genre. I can safely say that I was pleasently surprised by just how good it was, and how invested I became. There is something about it that I can’t quite put my finger on that makes me want to treasure the final book in this series for the rest of my life. It’s quickly turned into a book that I will read, and read again, not for the plot but for the characters and their relationships with each other. I think that’s what draws me back more than anything else: the characters. A group of outcasts stepping out into the world to wreck havoc with a bit of retribution and a dash of assassination.
6. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
2016 has felt like the year of the Schwab and it all began when I stumbled across her ‘Shades of Magic’ series at the start of the year on Goodreads. I’ve always been extremely fussy in regards to the type of fantasy novels I pick up because I don’t want to waste my time only to be let down. I have yet to be let down by any Schwab book I have read this year. I absolutely loved the world building in this series especially the sass and the stabbing. No fantasy book should be without the sass and the stabbing. Delilah Bard is honest to god my fav in this series and if anything happens to her…
7. Vicious by V. E. Schwab.
Year of the Scwab strikes again with this delightful little book. A group of misfits, a convict, scientific experiments, the ability to never die… This was never the type of book I’d usually dive into but having read the reviews and some of Schwab’s newer releases, I couldn’t say no. I could go as far as saying this was my favourite Schwab book and that may just be because I absolutely loved Victor. Either that, or I related to it some morbid way (probably true). I am super pumped for the sequel so don’t let me down, Schwab.
8. Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon.
Oh, how I have missed reading new material from Samantha Shannon this year. Her last book, the Mime Order, was released in January 2015 and I never truly realised how much I missed this world until I dived back into Paige’s head in the Pale Dreamer. It was like coming home to a cosy fireplace and a cup of hot chocolate. But now I am stupidly excited for The Song Rising to be released in 2017. I need it, like, yesterday.


These following babies won’t be released until January 2017 but they are 50 shades of you need to read! All 3 have been marketed towards fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train because they’re apparently the only thrillers in the history of the world that anyone has ever read…
(but if you’ve read them then it’s 80% likely you’ll enjoy the below)

9. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. Read December 2016.
The hype around this book has been unreal and completely well deserved. This book was absolutely amazing. Touted as one of the most controversial and explosive debuts for 2017, this is seriously not a book you should miss. Dark and utterly twisted, our protagonist can be whoever she wants to be but her mother is a serial killer… and blood is thicker than water. I can’t even put into words how great this book is so whatever you do, read the damn book!
10. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Finborough. Read December 2016.
Another book to add to my ‘December Thriller Book Binge’. This books was trippy as fuq. Marketed as #WTFThatEnding they were not bullshitting you in the slightest. I still don’t know what the hell I read. Up until that 75% mark, this was an excellent, solid read that any thriller fan should find pleasing. A beautiful, perfect couple hidden behind a facade of secrets, a mistress, the roar of the past mingling with the present, it’s like a recipe for your modern thriller.
11. The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney. Read December 2016.
I absolutely loved this book. I put my little detective hat on trying to figure out who the killer was, and even though it became increasingly obvious and apparent who it was, I HAD MY HEART LEAPING INTO MY THROAT BECAUSE SHIT WENT DOWN. And the ladies!! Hello, talk about multifaceted and secret motives… Ahem, anyway, read this book, kay? Good.
Thanks for reading my extremely long and rambling blog post. Have you read any of the above or have you read something you can’t believe I missed? Let me know in the comments.

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