My 2016 in Books

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I know I already did a New Years-y round up post, but SURPRISE! Here’s another! I’ve seen a lot of top reads of 2016 stuff going around, and although I did talk a bit about books in my round up, I thought it would be cool to do one more in depth.

This year I read 107 books. (Well, at the time of writing. I’ll probably have read one or two more by the time this post actually rolls around.) I’m really happy that I managed to complete my Goodreads challenge; I think 100 books is about right for me. Although I actually read more books last year, I feel a lot better about my reading habits. I don’t have quite as much time as I used to because of school, but I do read a steady supply of books which is nice.

genres read

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I did a little analysis of the genres that I read this year, and I was really surprised at the number of contemporary and historical books in there! I have actually read quite a few non-fiction history books, as well as historical fiction. Fantasy still makes up just over a quarter of my reading, though. The ‘other’ genre encompasses a) books that were difficult to classify, or might come under ‘literary’ (e.g. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell) or b) genres I read so few of it wasn’t worth their own section such as thrillers. Or a combination of those two.

favourite books

These are the 10 books I’ve read this year which I feel I’ve enjoyed the most, and gained the most from, this year! I mean, I feel like I’ve probably forgotten a lot of great books here, and I found it really difficult to pick the ones I’ve liked most because I like books for different reasons… I sort of attempted to get a diverse pick from the different genres that I’ve read and the reasons I enjoyed each of these books. (Yes, some not-YA! I know!)

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I talk about Radio Silence ENDLESSLY to people, so it’ll come as no surprise to you that it made it onto my favourite books of this year list! I only just finished When the Moon Was Ours, but I enjoyed it so tremendously that I thought it should make it onto here. Ghostwritten is sort of a precursor to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, but in some ways I liked it more — I am endlessly amazed at his ability to make all the narrative voices in his books unique, even when there are so many characters.

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I was almost going to put This Savage Song by VE Schwab on here too, but I thought one Schwab book might be enough. I am pretty darn excited for A Conjuring of Light! the Goldfinch was slightly weird and emotionally draining. It gave me lots of weird feelings. (I don’t think the fact that I was reading it in an airport helped. AIRPORTS ARE REALLY WEIRD PLACES FOR ME.) The Lie Tree is kind of an MG book, but there is MYSTERY and GIRLS DOING SCIENCE and SLIGHT FANTASY and just quality times.

hidden gems

These books are lesser-known ones which I’d love to see people discussing more. They might also be books with new and exciting stuff that I haven’t otherwise seen much of!

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Carry Me Like Water by Benjamin Alire Saenz A lot of people have read or know about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by the same author, but his adult books don’t seem to be very well known. THEY’RE STILL SUPER COOL GUYS. They’re written so nicely and asdhjkl.

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz I was lucky enough to win this one in a giveaway, and although the premise seems a little crazy — and the whole book is a little crazy — it was such a satisfying and gripping read. (The writing is once again really nice.)

A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne I got this one for Christmas last year, and it was such a fun read! It’s basically ‘what if Ron killed Voldemort instead of Harry?’ except with more humour and kissing. I’m just going through the Goodreads page to find the cover, and a lot of people are saying it’s kind of fanfiction-y… It is kind of fanfiction-y, but for me as someone who liked fic, it takes the best fic tropes and does wonderful things with them.  Plus, the illustrations and cover are SO NICE.

The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke I barely hear Cat Clarke’s books mentioned, but she has been quietly writing cool queer YA thrillers for rather a long time. I absolutely raced through this tale of a returned sister, and I FEEL SO HAPPY BECAUSE QUEER PARENTS. QUEER OLDER PEOPLE. What a joy.

The Next Together by Lauren James This book was such a joy to read — I raced through it and was swept away by science! wit! reincarnation! history! mystery! blushing characters! It just had, like, so many things I love to read in books. This one is perhaps a little more well-known than the others here, but I haven’t seen it discussed that much within the book blogging community so I thought I’d chuck it in here anyways.

what were your top books of 2016? are any of your choices the same as mine? do you plan to read any of these in the future?

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28 thoughts on “My 2016 in Books

  1. Hmm one of my top books was probably Six of Crows (I haven’t quite finished Crooked Kingdom yet)
    The Lost and the Found sounds pretty cool too, might give that a go! Have a great new year!

  2. You read a lot of books this year! Six of Crows is probably one of my top reads, as is Eyes Like Stars. The Lost and the Found looks good, I’m might give that a try x Have a great new year!

    • I’m very glad that I managed to make time for reading among my schoolwork haha. Ooh I haven’t heard of Eyes Like Stars, but I’ve added it to my TBR now! If you do try any of these I hope you enjoy them, and happy new year to you as well 🙂

  3. I need to read all of the Hidden Gems ASAP. I keep forgetting that Benjamine Alire Saenz has written other books which is nOT OKAY and need to read all of them! And omg, A Hero At The End Of The World (well that’s a mouthful) seems so amazing. FANFIC-Y TROPES SOUND THE BEST.

    • YES I was so surprised and delighted to see he had a bunch of other books out?!? They are a little different to Ari & Dante but STILL SO GOOD. Yasss it is a lot of fun & the imprint/publisher/thing does original works by fic authors which I think is super cool!

  4. Radio Silence made my list too! It definitely had an impact on me and I got so invested in it, although I don’t think I quite gel with the writing style. I really love the U.S. cover…but I ordered the UK edition because I couldn’t wait

    • Yay, I’m so happy people have commented saying they enjoyed Radio Silence too! I think the writing style is quite particular though & I can see why it might not completely be to someone’s tastes. Yeah, I think I might even have to buy the US edition because the cover is SO BEAUTIFUL.

  5. AHH. I have Radio Silence as an e-ARC and need to read it before its US release date in March so I WILL be reading it soon! And let us not even mention the fact that I PRE-ORDERED When the Moon Was Ours and still haven’t read it yet. And that I own Six of Crows and still haven’t read it yet. This is why I am refraining from requesting ALL THE BOOKS in 2017 because I need to read the ones I have spent actual MONEY ON.

    I am so glad you ended up enjoying Teeth! I only found out about it because ONE blogger mentioned it one time, so it definitely flies under people’s radars. And it’s BI YA, WHY ARE PEOPLE NOT READING IT?

    I’m pretty surprised people don’t mention The Next Together series more? I mean, people love time travel/past lives stuff so ??? And the second book is about an f/f couple so double ???

    Anyway, it seems you did really great with finding awesome books in 2016! I hope that continues this year, Eve 😀

    • Aah yay, if you do I really hope you enjoy it! I talk about RS basically AAALL the time but I do love it a lot. I feel you, I have so many unread books on my bookshelf so obviously I need to go to the library and get more out. *sweats*
      It has quite a few Goodreads ratings but…I don’t see it mentioned? I DON’T KNOW. But yep, I enjoyed it a lot & it would be awesome to see people mentioning it!
      Yess The Next Together was so excellent! I actually picked it up after reading the synposis for the 2nd book which I thought seemed awesome. (And I still super need to read it.) Thanks, and hopefully it will! 🙂

  6. Crooked Kingdom and Salt to the Sea were both so emotional and so wonderfully written, weren’t they? I’m glad you enjoyed them as much as I did. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ❤

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