My Favorite Books of 2016

The end of the year is upon us, so it is time for me to share my favorite books from 2016! I read quite a few less books this year than last year, so I had a bit less to choose from, but I still think I had some good picks this year.

the start of something new: favorite first in a series

One of the first books that really wow-ed me in 2016 was This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I loved the setting and the plot, and I can’t wait to see where the second book goes.

following through: favorite sequel or part of a series

Last year my very favorite book was Illuminae, and my favorite second book was Gemina. It was SO FANTASTIC. If you like science fiction and haven’t started this series… Well, you definitely should.

finest finale: favorite conclusion

A lot of my favorite series had conclusions this year, but I didn’t find myself loving any of them. Actually, even though I liked but didn’t absolutely love Six of Crows, the best conclusion I read this year was Crooked Kingdom.

single and proud: favorite standalone

You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour was everything I hoped it was and more from this amazing pair of authors. I can’t even describe it… It was so good and I read it in a day.

best dressed: favorite cover

I haven’t read it yet, but The Sun Is Also A Star has one of the prettiest covers I’ve seen. The colors are wonderful, and I just love the texture of the jacket.

fantastically fantastical: favorite fantasy

I’m going to cheat and say Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, because I read it this year, and technically the edition of it I read was published this year…

super science-y: favorite sci-fi

I was super happy when I learned the author of one of my favorite trilogies, SJ Kincaid, would be writing a new science fiction book! And the book, The Diabolic, was no disappointment.

dream team: book(s) with the best friendship/squad

For this category this year I couldn’t pick just one book, as I read two with very different, but extraordinary, groups of characters.

The first one was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. It was as sweet and heartbreaking as any other Matson book, and it also had one of the most realistic, and fun, group of teenage friends I’ve ever read about.

Another book with a great group of characters was The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson. I just loved how hilarious and great this group was.

ship ship ship: book with the best romantic relationship

I only read it recently but I loved the ship in The Secret of A Heart Note. Overall, just a really cute book.

standing ovation: favorite book of the year

Unlike last year, it took me a while to decide what my very favorite book from this year was. While I really liked a lot of what I’ve read, there weren’t many that surprised me or which I was unbelievably amazed by.

However, there was one book that I think was really of the highest calibre, and I know is one I will read again and again. A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro was a fresh and clever Sherlock Holmes retelling with great characters, an intriguing mystery, and a world with so many possibilities. I’m really hapy this is a book I read.

What were your favorite books from this year?

10 Replies to “My Favorite Books of 2016”

  1. I totally agree about Crooked Kingdom, it’s also my favorite finale of 2016! Everything was almost perfect, and I can’t believe the series is actually over! *sobs*

  2. I really need to read The Unexpected Everything, it sounds so good! I read Illuminae last year, and I just didn’t enjoy it. The writing style threw me off a bit, and I just couldn’t get invested in the story. But I’m not surprised Gemima is one of you’re favourites, everyone else seems to love the books!

  3. Yessss This Savage Song was so good! You NEED to read The Sun is Also A Star soon! It is amazing. I also enjoyed A Study in Charlotte. I can’t wait for the next one!

  4. I may have started humming the HSM song as soon as I read ‘the start of something new’ haha! I adore You Know Me Well too; it’s so lovely. It says something about my distractibility, I think, that A Study In Charlotte was one of my most anticipated reads in 2016 and yet I haven’t gotten around to it. xD As for my favourite books from 2016, I loved Vicious by V.E. Schwab, A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, as well as a couple of others!

    1. Oh my gosh, you need to read A Study In Charlotte!!! And honestly, the sequel (which I’ve already read) might be even better so you SERIOUSLY need to get on it. 😉 I also read Vicious this year; but I honestly didn’t like it as much as Schwab’s other books. Just a very different feel, I guess!

  5. Ahhh I’ve missed reading your blog! It’s so pretty plus you know the content is…awesome 😉 I really enjoyed This Savage Song also! I just traded for Crooked Kingdom so hopefully I’ll be able to read it soon! I have The Sun is Also a Star & The Diabolic on my TBR! Yessssss The Unexpected Everything. Also wasn’t the cover THE MOST ADORABLE THING EVER? Speaking of adorable…LOVED LOVED LOVED THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE! *squeals* Also yaaaaas A Study in Charlotte was AMAZING! Love your recs as always. Happy new year!

    1. Yes I totally would have put the TUE cover as my favorite but I didn’t want to have a double! And yes TSoAHN was just SO CUTE and I hope many more people read it!! Thanks Nori, happy new year to you too! I hope you enjoy Crooked Kingdom and The Diabolic! <3

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