Tuesday, 27 December 2016

2016 - My Reading Year in Review

At the start of the year I was in a major reading slump, I don't think I read anything until March when I decided to sign up to the Goodreads reading challenge to help motivate me into reading more. It definitely helped and I ended up reading a lot in 2016 and really found my love for reading again and I discovered the amazing book blogging community too and even attended YALC!

So here are all the books I read in 2016 and a one line review for each:

Harry Potter and the Philoshphers Stone by J.K Rowling - I decided to reread the Harry Potter series to help me find my love of books again. It worked. Harry Potter is amazing, we all know that. 4/5

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling - The second book in the Harry Potter series, equally as fabulous. After reading this I discovered book blogs and book tube so I branched out into other books rather than rereading the rest of the series. 4/5

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige - A book based in Oz several years after Dorothy's arrival when things have turned a bit wicked. A great fantasy book set in a universe most people will know. 4/5

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige - The sequel to Dorothy Must Die. Like most sequels this book is not as good as the first, but still an interesting read. 3/5

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige - The final book in the series. I felt like it had a few plot holes and didn't make sense in places, but I still really enjoyed it and thought it was a good conclusion to the series. 4/5

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella - I love the Shopaholic series as some great throw away chic lit but this entry into the series was awful. The plot was poor and it just wasn't as enjoyable as the rest of the series. 2/5

Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella - After the dissapointment of the last book I was apprehensive about reading this one but Sophie Kinsella was back on form and this book is a delight. Perfect easy reading chic lit. 4/5

Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison - The memoir of Holly Madison, star of Girls of the Playboy Mansion and Hugh Hefners former number 1 girlfriend. This book shines a light as to the less glamourous side of the mansion, the stuff we all know is going on but no one talks about publicly. Super trashy book but my gosh did I love it! 4/5

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella - This is Sophie Kinsellas first YA book and I think she did incredibly well. Audrey suffers with anxiety but meets a boy she likes. Read my full review here. 4/5

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - If you read my blog you will know how much I love this book. Following Cath as she leaves home for the first time to go to college this makes for a fantastic read and ended up in my top books I read this year list. Find my review here. 4/5

Vivian versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle - A book about a teenager who is left behind after the supposed rapture. A great and interesting read, it also looks at cults and how they affect people which I enjoyed. Review here. 4/5

London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning - Probably the book I disliked the most this year. I actually struggled to finish it because I disliked it so much. Super cliche and predictable with a main character who I really did not like. This just wasn't for me. 1/5

The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance - This is a YA thriller book about a teenager who receives a note saying her father has died and his girlfriend who like to meet her to talk about it. This is a great thriller book and not too deep so a good introduction to the genre. Review here. 4/5

The Boyfriend List by E.Lockhart - Ruby the main character looks back at all the boyfriends she has had and how she has ended up friendless as a result. E.Lockhart does YA contemporary well and this is no exception. A good read but not stand out. Review here. 3/5

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson - The first book I've read that looks at transgender teens. An eye opening read. Review here. 4/5

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - A book based on the story Cath writes fanfiction about in Fangirl. I found this book quite underwhelming and it read a lot like Harry Potter fanfiction. Review here. 3/5

A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern - Another contemporary YA. Unfortunately this had nothing in it that made it stand out and was quite predictable. It's redeeming feature is that one of the voices the book it told by has Autism so that made some parts of the book interesting. Review here. 3/5

The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill - This is a sweet fantasy book written using incredibly lovely descriptive language. I enjoyed this book but thought it was too long in places. Review here. 3/5

Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall - Focusing on a teenage girl with extreme OCD and agoraphobia who finds someone she likes and how she deals with it. This is a fantastic read and will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Review here. 5/5

One by Sarah Crossan - The story from one side of a conjoined twin. This book will break your heart into a million pieces. I also didn't realise until the end of the book that it was actually poetry. Something very different and would definitely recommend. 5/5

This Savage Song by V.E Schwab - This is the first book by Schwab I have read. Really enjoyed it. Focusing on monsters and how different people react to them. Looking forward to the sequel next year too. 4/5

Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne - The first book in the Spinster Club trilogy. The main character has OCD and has just started back at college after not being able to attend secondary school due to the OCD. A very compelling read which has amazing friendships in it. 5/5

How Hard Can Love Be by Holly Bourne - The second Spinster Club book. My least favorite of the series as Amber goes to America to work at a summer camp there. Also her mum is a total bitch and Amber comes across as bratty a lot of the time. 3/5

What's A Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne - The final book and it is fantastic. Huge focus on feminism in this one which I personally think is really important for teenagers to think about. 4/5

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab - An enjoyable fantasy book set across different versions of London. I love how well crafted the different London's are. 4/5

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab - The sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic. This book features a tournament with magic which I seriously enjoyed. The tournament itself had almost Night Circus vibes about it, although not as romantic. 4/5

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell - A YA horror book that starts off with a ouija board and involves creepy dolls. Very chilling and I really enjoyed this. 5/5

Sleepless by Lou Morgan - Another YA horror book about a group of teens who take some 'study aids' and how things go terrifyingly wrong. Very interesting concept but I found the book a little dry and quite often asked myself, why didn't they just call the police? 3/5

Flesh and Blood by Simon Cheshire - More YA horror. Sam is a budding journalist who's family has just moved into a new area that has a disturbing secret. Once again a very interesting concept and a good look at how money can rule a lot of things. 4/5

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp - One of my favorite books of the year. A spooky paranormal book which is incredibly well written. Review here. 5/5

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell - A short story that is very sweet about Star Wars fans camping out in a line. 4/5

The Assistants by Camille Perri - Another favorite book from this year. A very fun read about an assistant that accidentally embezzles from her company which turns into a big scheme. 5/5

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland - A YA book I seriously enjoyed. It deals with the heavy topic of death and will seriously pull at your heartstrings. Review here. 4/5

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn - Dash is trying to cheer up his girlfriend Lily before Christmas. I ready this one as I was feeling a bit grinchy and wanted to get in the Christmas spirit. Didn't work and I found this book quite dull and unrealistic. 2/5

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun - A book set in the 80's where two friends communicate by letter. The way the story is told is interesting but I had a couple of very major issues with this book. 2/5
Whew, super long post! But as you can see I smashed my challenge this year. I can't wait to read even more next year and hopefully diversify what I read a bit as well. 



  1. There are so many great books on this list, and so many I want to read! It looks like you've had a good reading year, that's for sure.
    Happy reading for 2017! :)

    1. Thank you lovely :) So excited to start fresh!


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