With 2016 officially at an end I’ve been thinking long and hard about which books I considered my favourite of the year. It isn’t as easy as one may think, especially when you read 40 books (or more in some cases). These are the books I read this year that were imprinted on my mind, for better or worse, listed in no particular order.
Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab
2016 was the year I discovered the marvelous being that is Victoria Schwab. The Shades of Magic series is one that had been surrounded by praise from many different sources, but I kept avoiding it for fear that it was over-hyped. I’m so glad I was gifted the first book this year and finally picked it up because it’s forever going to be one of my favourite trilogies.
Vinyl by Sophia E. Hanson
Admittedly I got off to a rocky start with Vinyl but I attribute that to starting college and committing to too many projects/ responsibilities at once. However once I got into the groove of my new schedule and was able to fully immerse myself in the world Sophia created I was hooked. It had a small little plot twist that had me wanting to toss my Kindle across the room.. and I simply HAVE to get my hands on the sequel next year.
Vinyl is a self-published dystopian/ steampunk story that I highly recommend you read if you’re looking to support some up-and-coming new authors. The first in a trilogy that I have a feeling may climb the ranks as another overall favourite.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Again.. this is another book that received quite a lot of praise from almost everybody who read it last year. It wasn’t until a friend insisted I read it, claiming I wouldn’t regret it if I did. Illuminae is probably the most uniquely designed book I’ve ever read, and because of that it took me awhile to adjust to the format. But once I did I couldn’t stop turning pages, I simply had to know how it ended.
There were times where my heart was in my throat and scenes that admittedly had me a tad bit jumpy at sudden noises. Reading those moments at night in the silence of my house probably wasn’t the greatest idea.
A Court of Thorns a Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Along with Victoria Schwab 2016 was the year I finally started reading the works of Sarah J. Maas.. and boy was I missing out. Instantly you’re sucked into this world of Fae and magic, add a wide array of amazing characters and it’s so easy to see why this trilogy is widely loved. This year I read both ACOTAR and ACOMAF.. and now it’s just a matter of waiting for the third book to release in May 2017. I don’t think I can wait that long!
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Yes.. I have three SJM books as favourites! I told you 2016 was the year of Sarah J. Maas. I’ve only read up to Heir of Fire so far, but hands down the third book in this series is the best one yet. I was told before starting that it was a game changer in the series and truer words have never been spoken. After I finished this book I was so tempted to jumped right into Queen of Shadows but I wanted to save the rest for 2017.
If Heir of Fire was the only book in the series I may have liked this more.. but if I had to choose between the ACOTAR trilogy and the Throne of Glass series for an overall favourite I have to choose ACOTAR.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
It isn’t a secret that I’m a massive fan of Cassie Clare’s Shadowhunter books, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I have added her latest release to this list. I’m slowly dying inside waiting for the release of the sequel, and once again my fate rests in the hands of Father Time because I have to wait until May 2017.
I may have a team competing for favourite OTP with this trilogy.. Mark Blackthorn and Kieran. My dearest Mark stole the limelight in Lady Midnight and I simply need more of him in Lord of Shadows! (Don’t fret Malec you will always be my favourite OTP, I promise).
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Surprise! More Shadowhunter books haha. This was a reread and a much needed one at that. I didn’t realize just how much I missed these characters, specifically my babies Will and Jem. I loved returning to the London Institute, the antics of Will Herondale and the never ending calm of James Carstairs.
This trilogy has one of the best epilogues I’ve ever read and just like it did the first time my heart was left in pieces. I miss these character already and the only thing consoling me is the knowledge that they wait for me within the pages.
Of the 40 books I read in 2016 these 11 were my favourites. All in all I had a pretty fantastic reading year, and I look forward to what 2017 has up its sleeve in terms of good books!
What was your favourite read of 2016? I’d love to know.