Top 10 Reads of 2016!
Seeing as I read so many great books in 2016, I thought I'd do a post on my top 10. This was actually surprisingly difficult to sort out, so I sort of used my Goodreads and picked the 10 books/series that I gave the highest rating to.
I will have a post up about 10 books/series I want to read in 2017 also to go along with this, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that.
Anyway, let's get into my 'Top 10 Reads of 2016!'
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(2), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (3) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (4) by J.K. Rowling
This year I started the Harry Potter series for the first time and managed to read the first 4 books. I'm completely in love with this series already and I can't wait to finish it in 2017.
I've decided that I'm going to try and take my time with this series and not rush straight through it, hence why I only read 4 of the books throughout the year.
I've really enjoyed reading this series and I'm really excited to carry on.
Rate (s) - 4.5-5/5 GR -https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3.Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone?ac=1&from_search=true BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Harry-Potter-Philosophers-Stone/9781408855652
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
This is the first book of the Spinster Club series, of which I read two books from this year. I read this early on in the year and absolutely fell in love with the story and Holly's writing.
I did also read the second book called How Hard Can Love Be? and loved it as well, but AINY? just sticks with me a bit more.
The story is one that features hardship and the journey that the main character, Evie, has to face as she tries to battle with her OCD and return back to "normal" or whatever "normal" is.
I absolutely loved the two books from this series that I've read and am really looking forward to reading more of Holly's works.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23592235-am-i-normal-yet?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Am-I-Normal-Yet-/9781409590309
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
This year I read the first three books of The Mortal Instruments after wanting to for a really long time.
I love what I've read of this series so far and am really excited to delve a bit further into the Shadowhunter world by continuing on with the Mortal Instruments and beginning the Infernal Devices.
Most people have read this series, or at least know of it. However, here is the synopsis for City of Bones, the first book: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/256683.City_of_Bones?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Mortal-Instruments-1-City-of-Bones-Cassandr-Clare/9781406307627?ref=grid-view
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
This is one of the 2016 World Book Day books that was on sale this year. I picked it up after previously reading both Fangirl and Eleanor & Park as I loved both of them.
This did not disappoint.
Here is the synopsis: 'Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.'
'Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?'
If you broke Elena's heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she's expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she's not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26365537-kindred-spirits?ac=1&from_search=true
Amazon (UK) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Kindred-Spirits-World-Book-2016/1509820833/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484770886&sr=8-1&keywords=Kindred+Spirits+by+Rainbow+Rowell
Spot the Difference by Juno Dawson
This is another one of the World Book Day books that were released last year. I'd heard a lot about Juno's other books, so when I saw this I knew I had to pick it up and see for myself just how good they were.
I ended up loving this and thought the story held such an important message and included things that teenagers alike may be able to relate to.
Here is the synopsis: Avery has always suffered at the hands of the bullies, so when she’s given a seemingly-miraculous opportunity to join the ‘A-list’ she grabs at it with both hands. But appearances can be deceiving, and soon Avery’s not so sure she likes this new version of herself. And it’s only by overcoming her fears that she can learn the true meaning of being comfortable in your own skin.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27268882-spot-the-difference?ac=1&from_search=true
AMAZON (UK) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spot-Difference-2016-World-Book-x/dp/1471405672/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484771348&sr=8-1&keywords=spot+the+difference+by+juno+dawson
7 Days by Eve Ainsworth
Early on in the year I went to Eve's signing with Holly Bourne and got my books signed.
I decided to go into this book without knowing anything and I think that was the best thing for me to do.
Just like the other books mentioned on this post, I loved this one. Some things in the plot were guessable, but that didn't take anything away from the enjoyment I got from this book.
The book included problems surrounding family and bullying and I think they were dealt with very well and in a way that people may be able to relate to things going on in their own lives.
Here's the synopsis: This bold, compelling and topical story about bullying is told from the perspective of the bully and the bullied. You won't be able put it down until you've reached the conclusion. Jess's life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her – it’s turning school from a safe place into a nightmare. Kez has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess - or so she thinks. A hard-hitting and even-handed look at bullying and the issues facing teenagers today.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18679049-seven-days?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Seven-Days-Eve-Ainsworth/9781407146911
The Rest Of Us Just Live by Patrick Ness
This was the first book that I read in 2016 and I ended up loving it. I was a bit nervous before starting it as I had tried previously to read a Patrick Ness book and had ended up DNF-ing it.
However, this book was one of the best things I'd read in a long time. It was funny and I loved how each of the main characters had a "flaw" or their own "issues". It was just an amazing story and I'm really intrigued in reading Patrick Ness' other books.
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions...
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22910900-the-rest-of-us-just-live-here?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Rest-of-Us-Just-Live-Here--Signed-Edition-/9780062435026
Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards
I found the series box set for this series at a local charity shop for a pound or two.
I just thought they'd look good tohgether with some of the other mass market paperbacks I had on my shelves. I didn't really think I'd enjoy them, as I know a bit about Doctor Who as my brothers used to watch it, but I'd never properly got into it.
Anyway, I decided to give the first one a go and I absolutely fell in love with it and that's why it's in this post. I loved every bit of it and surprisingly loved it enough to put it in this post.
I haven't yet continued on with the other books, but hopefully they'll be just as good as this one.
Here's the synopsis:
In 1920s London the Doctor and Rose find themselves caught up in the hunt for a mysterious murderer. But not everything is what it seems. Secrets lie behind locked doors and inhuman killers roam the streets.
Who is the Painted Lady and why is she so interested in the Doctor? How can a cat return from the dead? Can anyone be trusted to tell - or even to know - the truth?
With the faceless killers closings in, the Doctor and Rose must solve the mystery of the Clockwise Man before London itself is destroyed...
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/678074.Doctor_Who?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Doctor-Who--The-Clockwise-Man/9781849905442
Rhodi's Light (The Rhodi Saga #1) by Megan Linksi
I read this for review as part of a blog tour and I did go into it with quite high expectations. It sounded like something I'd love and I knew as long as the writing and pacing was good then I'd love it.
Well, I ended up loving it. Well obviously I did otherwise it wouldn't be here, but I did genuinely love it.
This book did feature a character who self harms and there is a scene or two where it goes a bit in depth into it, so if you get easily upset or it wouldn't be suitable, then I'd recommend giving this a miss.
I do have a review where I talk a bit more about what the book features, so I'll link it at the end, so you can get more of an idea.
Here's the synopsis - Flight. Hyperspeed. Clairvoyance.
These are some of the powers gifted to the Rhodi, an ancient sect of assassins who defend Crescentia, a dystopian world with a dying hope.
Dyliana Fairsson is one of them. After losing her parents to a suspicious accident, she and her twin brother, Devin, join the Rhodi to avoid starvation. Under the direction of her master, Dylan struggles to learn the strength of her magic …as well as hide the growing scars on her wrists. Can Dylan become the warrior, the hero, she’s destined to be? Or is she fated to fall from the light into the darkness?
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31835951-rhodi-s-light?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Rhodis-Light-Megan-Linski/9781535329767
REVIEW - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-rhodis-light-by-megan-linski
Super Awkward by Beth Garrod
I picked this up on a whim because I liked the sound of the synopsis. As most of you will know, I'm a huge fan of the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale.
When reading this synopsis, it sounded like the same sort of YA contemporary style as that series, so I knew that I had to give it a go.
I did end up really enjoying it and by the end I'd fell in love with the main character Bella.
Here's the synopsis:
I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life.
1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket.
2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn't impressed.
3. I'm a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.
So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I'm doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box.
(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.)
Now I've got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain... What could go wrong?
Oh yeah, that's right. Absolutely everything.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29554546-super-awkward?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Super-Awkward/9781407166407
Anyway, that was my top 10 reads of 2016! Let me know your favourite reads of the year below in the comments!
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