Top 3 Thursday: Books That Made Me Cry

This is going to be a fun little post. I’m not a huge crier. Sure, it’s not uncommon for me to shed a tear or two, but actual crying? Not that frequent. But there are still a few books that have made me legit sob. For the list today, I’ve picked two of my recent reads and one that just stands out for me when it comes to the books that have made me cry.

 

1. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Huchinson

23677341Finished this just a few days ago. I’m behind on my reviews though, so it’s not on the blog.  It’s about a guy who has a sucky life, made worse by the fact that he frequently gets abducted by aliens. Then the aliens tell him that the world will end 144 days but there’s a big red button he can press to save it, if he wants to. So he’s trying to decide whether the world is worth saving and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever read. It’s also completely heartbreaking a lot of the time, which somehow makes it even better. I love this book. It will make your cry but it’ll be worth it.

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2. The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

28006096I feel like I bring up Uncle Rick a lot. It’s just that… I love his books so much. He has the best characters and the most entertaining books. They’re so fun; which is ironic considering the title of this post. But that’s why he’s probably my favourite author. This book is fun. It also made me cry for 30 minutes. Hands down the saddest book in the series. Actually, saddest book by the author. And the worst part is that I knew something terrible was going to happen because Uncle Rick freaking told us before the books even came out. Rick Riordan is kind of evil.

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3. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

6547258Speaking of ‘knowing something terrible was going to happen’, something goes down in this book. Something really bad. And you see it coming from a mile away because the author keeps hinting at it. But when it happened, I still had to put the books down so I could sob for 20 minutes. It was bad. And the reason it stands out is because the book wasn’t even trying. There was not emotional prose or anything. It just hurt. It still hurts. And it always will. Oh, the joys of reading…

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And that’s it for this list of sadness. Shoutout to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, for being the first book to make me cry, many years ago. And to Making Faces by Amy Harmon, because it’s another book that will always hurt.

Leave a comment about a book that made you cry. Everyone has at least one, right? And you can check out the post by this T3T’s creator, Acosyreader here.

 

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Top 3 Thursday: Coming of Age Books I Loved

I’ve missed the last few Top 3 Thursday posts. One week, I was out-of-town; afterwards, it just kept slipping my mind. I’ll try to be more consistent, even when I don’t have the best answers.

That’s the case now, by the way. It’s not that I haven’t read any coming-of-age novels, or that I didn’t like any. The problem is that in lists like these, I prefer to include books that I constantly think about or, more importantly, ones that I enjoy rereading. And coming-of-age books can often be of a heavy nature. Hence why I don’t reread them. So I wasn’t sure which books to include. Except for the first one, which was a no-brainer.

 

1. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856At this point, I don’t think anyone should be surprised to see me mention this book. I adored it when I first read it in 2016 and I just finished rereading it today and fell in love all over again. This is one of the cutest books I’ve read, while also being heartfelt and thought-provoking. I’m definitely going to be writing another review in the coming week, in which I will tell everyone that I think they should read it.

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2. The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

23252517This one feels like a strange choice because it’s not exactly YA. It also has paranormal elements. But it still fits because it reads very much like a contemporary novel and because it’s about Moses trying to find himself. It’s set in two separate points in Moses’s life. First is when he’s a teenager and is in a very bad place. Second is him as an adult. It’s a beautiful story with gorgeous prose. Highly recommend.

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3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

20820994Pretty cover!
…And pretty writing too. But I just have to mention the cover; it’s really cool. But more important, the book is beautiful. It tells the story of a pair of twins who were very close, until stuff happened. This is also set at two points in their lives (ages 14 and 16). The best part is definitely how well-written the characters are, even if they’re not always likable. It’s a slow read, and an emotional one.

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And that’s it for this kinda-recommendations list. I’m open to any suggestions of coming of age books that you love because I haven’t read many. Though maybe don’t recommend ones that are really heavy (emotionally). They make me sad and since I’m not fond of being sad, I don’t read such books too frequently.

Top 3 Thursday: Books I Recommend

Even before I started the blog, the plan was always to incorporate more than just book review. I mean, those you can just post on Goodreads and Amazon, right? But I haven’t quite managed it. Mainly because I’m lazy. Then on Instagram, I saw that A Cosy Reading Blog started a ‘Top 3 Thursday’ thing and it seemed simple yet interesting, so I’m going with it. This time, it’s top three books I recommend to people.

 

1. Making Faces by Amy Harmon

27237358I don’t think I talk about this book enough on the blog. I read it a long time ago (I’m rereading it right now) and it was amazing. It still stands as one of the best books I’ve ever read. The story is absolutely beautiful, heartwarming and heart wrenching. I don’t technically have a favourite book but whenever I’m asked, this is the one that comes to mind and the one that I answer with. Whenever I’m asked for a must-read book, this is it, because I think everyone should read it. It’s a breathtaking romance about overcoming loss.

 

2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856If Making Faces is a book with heavy emotion, this might be the opposite. It’s a very light, fun and cute read but also very meaningful. That’s a combination that’s difficult to achieve but somehow, Becky did it. I read this one over two years ago and it was my favourite reads of the year. It’s the kind of book that makes you happy and makes you think at the same time. It’s exactly my kind of book and about as perfect as it can get. I don’t think any sane person could ever dislike it, same as with Making Faces.

 

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

3Last but never least, Harry Potter. Of course this was coming, even though recommending this series is complicated because most people have read it. Still, whenever some wants to delve into reading, my suggestion is always to “read Harry Potter” because it’s magical. That’s the only word I have for it. I mean, reading this series is practically a rite-of-passage at this point. You have to do it. And soon because the world is rife with spoilers since it seems that HP spoilers don’t even count as spoilers.

 

And those were the three books I recommend most often. The first is a personal, and amazing, favourite, the second is too likable to resist and the third is just important. That covers all the recommendation bases, don’t you think?

Finally, as a little bonus, I just have to mention Percy Jackson. It’s one of my favourite series, it’s fun, fast paced and action packed, and it’s hilarious. It’s also about Greek mythology (always a plus) and, most importantly, it has Percy in it, who is my favourite character (of all time and all forms of media).

And that concludes the list. Be sure to check out A Cosy Reader‘s post, and leave a comment about some of the books you find yourself recommending most often.

My Worst 10 Reads of 2017

Almost decided to forgo this list. I love the Top 10 lists but with this one, I feel like it doesn’t have much of a purpose. Though I did enjoy reading all my negative reviews. They’re fun. And I already had the names narrowed down so why not? No dishonourable mentions. Just jumping in.

 

10. No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

23288804Such a pretty cover, isn’t it? And Kate Evangelista that isn’t a bad writer. But this is definitely a bad book. The plot is very generic: rich player meets poor girl who’s not-like-other-girls. Bit of a manic pixie dream girl really. And it seems like barely any effort was put into the book. The romance was forced, the characters nothing special and it was utterly forgettable. Like, I had to read my review multiple times because I barely remember anything about it.

 

9. Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett

29814654Another rich-boy-meets-poor-girl. Not as forgettable but still very bad. Most of the information about what it means to be really rich or poor, as well as the sports aspect, seems to have come from a quick google search. The writing’s bad, the characters are stereotypical (complete with snobby mother and bitchy ex), the romance is unconvincing and it’s very cliché. And yes, clichés work sometimes. That was not the case here.

 

8. Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

27872890This is one of those romances that relies heavily on overblown prose that tells the reader that there’s an instant and intense connection between the two characters. Because God forbid that two people get to know each other via conversations. Who needs that when you can fall in love via stares. All this was made worse by cheap “twist” in the middle of the book and the amount of cheating, that no one seems to mind.

 

7. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

31952703This book’s on the list just because of how fucking ridiculous the plot is. Girl loves her BFF. Her family’s leaving town so she writes him a letter. For the next three years, she ignores all his attempts at staying friends because he didn’t mention the letter and not once does it occur to her to ask if he even read the fucking thing. And it doesn’t get better from there. Also, the writing’s bad and the characters are really fucking stupid.

 

6. Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

24500775The best-written book. On this list. And yet it’s so high up. You can attribute that to the very unhealthy relationship. The female protagonist was obsessed with the male protagonist. Not from the beginning but pretty soon after. Her every though started and ended with him. Also, every single aspect of the novel was a plot device for the romance. Like, the protagonist’s mother could get hit by a bus and it wouldn’t be about how it affects her, but how it affects her relationship. And this shit is supposed to be romantic…

 

5. Bait & Switch by Kendall Ryan

27175281Imma tell you what the worst part is by simply giving you a few lines from my review.
Nolan’s big conundrum is that he wants to be with Lacey (female MC) but he has to help out his roommate by sleeping with her, and he’s having difficulty making a decision. Yes, his life is so difficult because he has to have kinky sex with his roommate and doesn’t want to hurt her by ending things. My heart bleeds for Nolan’s poor soul.
Need I say more?

 

4. How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae

32148697Why would you write a book about nerds when your knowledge of nerds and nerdy things doesn’t extend far beyond what you see in crappy tv shows? Stereotypes and jokes make not a cute romance. Also, explain to me how this is a good kissing scene.
“Oh yes, yes, yes. He’s the best kisser in the whole freaking world! Even with the frenching, it’s not sloppy or gross, it’s just so flippin’ fantastic!”
Just… it’s so bad.

 

3. Groupie by Susan Daugherty

33236624A book about groupies that just insulted groupies the whole time. Going as far as to call them, and I’m paraphrasing here, a cycle of disposable bimbos. We also have a complete and utter bitch for a female protagonist, as asshole for a male protagonist and the insinuation that if a guy practically got molested, it was his fault because his songs have lewd lyrics. At this point I’m wondering if I should put it higher on the list.

 

2. A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson

32939643My least favourite writing on this list can be found in this book. In my review, I described it as a romantic comedy directed by Zack Snyder. The book’s lifeless. The writing is repetitive and tedious. Also, both the main characters suck. The guy has anger management issues and solves most problems with his fists while his friends defend him by saying he simply has a big heart. It was also really fucking boring. Probably the only romance novel that almost put me to sleep. Barely got through it.

 

1. Snow and Mistletoe by Alexa Riley

28175159One of the worst books I’ve ever had the misfortune of reading. It’s a novella and after reading it, I sat there, staring off into space in horror, wondering if there’s any hope left for humanity. But dramatics aside, we have a guy who’s hella creepy and a stalker, and a girl who doesn’t mind it. Thinks that it’s sweet that he cares enough to be a creepy stalker. I’m sure it’ll be even more adorable when you dump him and start receiving letters written in blood and videos of him jerking off while smelling your shoe or something. Yes, he’s that messed up. This book is downright disturbing. And what’s worse? It’s sold as cheesy. The fuck!

 

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And that’s the end of that. Glad I got it over with. Now I never have to think about these books ever again. And you know, given the amount of romances on the list (basically, all of them), I almost wondered if I should quit the genre. But then I remembered all the amazing romances I read and how much I love romances, and I’m good.

What were some of your worst reads of the year? Or better yet, what were some of your best reads of the year? Those are always more fun to talk about. Who cares about the terrible ones, right?

My Top 10 Reads of 2017

I did it! And I survived doing to too! And by “it”, I mean making an ordered list of my favourite reads of last year. It was so hard. I don’t remember it being this difficult the last time. I actually had to hold a little tournament, well multiple tournaments. Each subsequent novel was one step lower on the ladder.

But that doesn’t matter. With each book, there was one feature that stood out for me, the thing that told me that it was the one. And it’s that one aspect that I’ll be mentioning for each item. But before I start, I want to, like last time, give a few books that were almost on the list but, in the end, weren’t because a top ten only has ten items. Shocker, right? Here are the honorable mentions (in no particular order):

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All the above books are awesome. Hell, I’m looking at them and thinking that if these are the honorable mentions, what’s on the list? And I made the list. But before I get to it, I just wanna say that the list is very much subjective. I don’t give two shits about what critics have to say about them, or what anyone else feels about them. These were the books that left most of an impact on me. If you don’t like them, that’s fine. I’m not saying you have to. Now, before I go into a rant about opinions, let’s get started.

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10. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

7619057This one is here for the narrative. I love this book but I also know that it’s kinda corny, despite the logic given behind the corny-ness. The narrative, though, is so freaking great. The book starts with “I am dead, but it’s not so bad. I’ve learned to live with it.” and only gets better from there. It’s from the point of view of a zombie, for Gods’s sake! Also the concept of a romance set during a literal zombie apocalypse, between a human and a zombie? How could you not love that?!

 

9. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

30312891As promised, I’m only talking about the highlight. And as much as I love the world that Cassie has created, which only grows with each book, for me, it’s always been the characters. In this series, Julian Blackthorn is my favourite. He’s the most interesting character. But with this book in particular, Diana Wrayburn. Her arc was unexpected and amazing. I can’t say enough about how much I loved it, even though I can’t talk about what it was. It’s the reason this book is on the list.

 

8. The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen

22701480I know I have a rule about random shirtless dudes on my blog, but this is the ‘top 10 of the year’ list. I’m making an exception.
What sold me for this book were just a few lines. Lines that showed you how scarred, and scared, one of the protagonists was of someone finding out his sexuality. They helped understand him, and they hurt. Here are the lines:
“I’d made it to age twenty-one without ordering a cappuccino. Because at some point during my ignorant youth, I’d heard somebody say that it was a girly drink.”

 

7. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

29939230Series endings suck. If it’s a bad ending, it sucks. It’s an awesome ending, you want more so it still sucks. In this case, it’s awesome and we’re getting a spin-off. Yes!
But that’s beside the point. Because the point is something I can’t talk about; because it’s a spoiler for those who haven’t read the second book. Just know that it’s a fabulous arc about a male character no one expected to like. It should be pretty obvious from that.

 

6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

23437156Kaz Brekker!
He’s such a clever bastard. I fucking love him. But… he’s not the only reason. I love all the characters. Especially Inej. But really, it’s the concept. I love the ‘gang of misfits united for a common cause’ trope. I love when books have a bunch of different character, all well-developed. And I love smart people and heists. There’s a reason I’m currently watching White Collar (again) and it ain’t for the paintings. Side-note, Six of Crows on number six! Total coincidence.

 

5. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

32075662The surprise entry. I mean, I loved it when I read it but I didn’t think it would have such a lasting impact. This series has a unique concept and a dark tone, it pulls you in. And there was such astounding characters development, not to mention the story and the pace. This novel is, in a word, gorgeous. This was the last book of the duology and I’m really hoping for a spin-off. This world is so full of potential. I need more from it.

 

4. Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

17158532Another series ending. This has been a great year for series endings. And you might have noticed a pattern; I’m all about the characters. Here’s another one. Laurent. I can’t resist smart people and Laurent would give Kaz Brekker a run for his money. He’s also got restraint and composure like I’ve never seen. Not that Damen, with his determination and nobility, is any less. The two of them are a formidable team, and one of my favourite couples.

 

3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

11Probably the strangest book I’ve ever read. And that’s not even considering the fact that it went from being a book I wasn’t even sure I would finish, to one of my top reads of the year. And I have no clue how. I just know that I found myself think and talking about it probably more than any other book. And that it’s genius and makes a lot of sense in a way that makes no sense. The friggin’ whale and the fish and the dolphin… there are so many gems to find, and this is just the first book. I can’t wait to see what the others will bring.

 

2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

28954189One of the most though-provoking reads of the year, I loved this novel from the very beginning. It pulls you right in with the concept of a perfect world, one without natural death, and then watches evilly from the sidelines as you witness the imperfections of this world with horror. Seriously, it’s so interesting and it really makes you think. But the shit that the characters, one in particular, go through… let’s just say that as much as I want to read the sequel (it’s out next week), I’m also terrified of what will happen.

 

1. Elle Kennedy

Before you accuse me of cheating, this is a personal tradition of mine. First place is almost always an author, a series, or even a character, without whom the year would not have been the same. Last year, it was Brandon Sanderson. This year, it’s Elle Kennedy.

I read almost two dozen of her books. That’s a lot of fucking books by one author. And I love her work. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and is currently the only author whose erotic romance novels I’m willing to read. I love her writing and her characters. The Him duology (co-written with Sarina Bowen) and The Deal would have definitely been on the list (maybe even a book from her Killer Instincts series). Isn’t it simpler to just put her on here? Then there’s my ongoing mission to read everything she’s ever written… This was the only easy choice on this list.

 

10 Books I Want to Read in 2018

Happy 2018! And I hope you have a happy 2018.

I’m aware that most people are doing lists for the most anticipated books of the year, but I wasn’t really feeling that one. Making that list just makes the wait that much more difficult and the disappointment that much heavier if the book turns out to not be great.

This list is more me. I have a bunch of books that I really need to read and putting them on a list gives me a task to complete. I work well with task lists. Some of the books are classics, of the read-before-you-die variety, while others are on my personal list for one reason or the other. All the covers are linked to the Goodreads pages. The books are in no particular order. Let’s go.

 

1. The Shining

11588This book has some major hype. It’s a classic and it’s on my personal list. It’s supposed to be one of Stephen King‘s best novels, not to mention one the best horror novels of all time. I don’t know what it’s about because I don’t want to risk spoilers.  But between the memes from the movie and how well-loved it is, I’m very eager. I’m planning a Stephen King month (March or April) and this will definitely be one of the reads.

 

2. The Way of Kings

7235533I love Brandon Sanderson. He’s a master when it comes to fantasy. I’ve loved every single one of his works and this is supposed to be his best one. It’s fucking huge, which is especially intimidating for someone who hasn’t been able to read big books for months. But I trust that this will be amazing. There are two books I need to read beforehand. This is a standalone, though the other books are part of the same universe (Cosmere).

 

3. Trick

26594092Trick is by Natalia Jaster and has been on my radar for, I think, two years. It’s a young-adult, fantasy romance about a court jester and it intrigues me a lot. It’s basically been on the top of my TBR list ever since I heard about it, but I never got around to reading it. That will change this year. This month, even. I’ve read an excerpt and it sounds great. Beautiful writing. And I’m so ready to read it.

 

4. A Tale of Two Cities

1953I actually tried reading this one a few of years back. But the writing was dense and I couldn’t get into the story. I’m still determined to read it, if only to understand what all the fuss is about. Like, you can’t think of classics without this book popping up. But I’ll probably read a few others by Dickens beforehand. I’m currently read Great Expectations, which is a lot more approachable. A couple more and maybe I’ll be ready to take this one on.

 

5. Making Faces

27237358This is a reread. But I have a good reason for adding it to the list. This is a romance novel and one of the best books I’ve ever read. But I’ve only read it once. And it was at least three years ago. There are things I don’t remember and things I dread revisiting because they broke me the first time. I’m also afraid it won’t be as good as I remember it being. But enough is enough. No more stalling. The not-knowing is killing me and it’s time to change that. Also, I trust Amy Harmon.

 

6. Lord of the Rings

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Pretty obvious, if you ask me. I love fantasy but haven’t read Lord of the Rings? It’s horrible!
But if you want a better reason, I can say that this is the ultimate nerd book. It’s a vast world with lots of characters. You can truly immerse yourself in it to the point that, when you’re discussing it, people might think you’re talking in code or something. I want that. And it pisses me off that I’m missing out!

 

7. Room

7937843Another one that’s been on my TBR list for a long time. And I’m not sure why. I just know that I heard, a while ago, that this was a really amazing book with a vague synopsis and, since then, I’ve avoided any and all information about it like the plague. I didn’t watch the movie trailer, much less the whole movie. I’m not even sure what genre it is. Just that I want to read it. And this year, I will.

 

8. To Kill a Mockingbird

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I’ll be honest, I took this one off a list of ‘Books to Read Before You Die’. But it’s not just that. This has to be one of the most popular book that America highschool students are forced to read and I want to know why. Also, it’s on my shelf, I once started reading it (only a few pages), and unfinished business grates on me. Those are good enough reasons, right? Also, I really like the name and I wanna know what it means.

 

9. Pride and Prejudice

1885Another reread. Though to be fair, I skipped the last few chapters the last time. Meaning I never finished it. I’d just watched the movie (the one with Kiera Knightly) and while I loved Elizabeth, I didn’t like Mr Darcy at all. The whole time I couldn’t figure out why everyone was in love with guy. It’s almost as bad as it is with Ryan Gosling. He’s a brilliant actor but why he seems to star in the wet dreams of most of the female population… no clue. Anyway, movie Darcy may have coloured my perspective a little so I took some time off. It’s time to revisit.

 

10. The Red Pyramid

7090447Rick Riordan is one of my favourite authors. I’ve read every single one of his books, except this series and the companion stories. Which bugs the hell out of me. Like, I can never say I’ve read everything he’s written because I haven’t! And it doesn’t help that many people say that this isn’t that good or whatever. And I don’t know anything about Egyptian mythology. So I’ve been putting it off for ages. It has to stop. And it will

 

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That was my list. These were mostly off the top of my head, which makes sense because if I have to look for a book, I probably don’t want to read it that badly. Now I’m off to binge a few more episodes of White Collar, after which I have to make the top and worst 10 read of the year lists. That ought to be fun. Not.

My Top 10 Read of 2016

First of all… Happy New Year!

I know I’m a tad late but I started the year off with extreme laziness and a cold. Not a good combination at all. But I’m determined to turn things around because my new year’s resolution is to stick to the schedules I make by not being lazy. And that’s what I’m gonna do.

I’ve already posted my worst 10 reads of 2016 if you wanna check that out. Now it’s time for my best reads (no rereads). This list was so much harder to make than the other one because I read so many great books last year. And that’s why, before I start the countdown to the top (is that an oxymoron?), I’m going to make some honourable mentions. There are books that I really liked and that stuck with me, but couldn’t make it on the list.

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I’ve linked the reviews to the thumbnails so… let’s get onto the list. One last thing though, this list is one for my top reads, not the top reads. And it’s not about being objective. These are simply the books that I loved the most irrespective of how I rated them. This is not a review.

Not that that’s out-of-the-way, I can finally stop screwing around.

 

10. Only Between Us by Mila Ferrera

18216464Out of all the books I’m listing, this was the one I was most determined to put in the top 10. When I first read it, it took me by surprise with its emotional depth and how different it was from most romance novels. I really liked it.

But it was when I read it a second time that I loved it. It just seemed better the second time ’round. The characters and their story definitely stuck with me. It’s not a perfect novel, but that doesn’t matter to me. It’s really good and I loved it.

 

9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

3236307One of the best YA novels I’ve read. And not just because it’s a high fantasy standalone, something that’s difficult to find. No, it’s also because the book has a staggering lack of angst. The characters are so sensible, strong and likable. It was a breath of fresh air.

The graceling world is a very interesting one and this book was definitely one of my highlights.

 

8. Sustained by Emma Chase

22926485Hands down, one of the funniest books I’ve read. Ever. Emma Chase is already brilliant at writing humor, especially from the male perspective. Add in six very troublesome kids and you get a hell of an entertaining ride.

Honestly, if it wasn’t for that one scene where Jake first sees Chelsea and thinks she’s the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen (very cheesy), this book would’ve been higher on the list.

 

7. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

13638125So much coolness in one book!

Seriously, this book is so freaking cool, with the powers and the villains and the anti-heroes. No textbook hero present, but I’m okay with that. Anti-heroes are more interesting anyway. And Eli, the protagonist, is one of the best. I really want his powers/abilities.

This novel was a complete surprise and I’m dying for sequel.

 

6. Every Day and Another Day by David Levithan

1326278318459855Now, some might say that it’s cheating to put two books in one spot. To which I would reply that I don’t care. And that these are technically both telling the same story from different perspectives. “Technically” because they’re actually quite different.

And the reason they’re here is because of how much depth these two books have and how they make you think about people and perspectives. David Levithan did an absolutely fantastic job write these two book and I need the concluding novel. Now.

 

5. White Cat by Holly Black

6087756Holly Black, I believe, is a highly underrated and overlooked author. She’s one of the only YA authors who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. And in this book, she’s created a captivating world and given us a brilliant protagonist. This novel is so intriguing and original. Why don’t more people know about it?

Seriously, all anyone cares about is angst and pretty dresses. It’s such a shame, because this book is also super freaking cool.

 

4. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856Introducing… my first read of 2016! And I still remember how adorable it was because this book is a bundle of cuteness and joy with the cutest oreo-loving protagonist ever.

While reading it, I could just tell that the author put all her heart into writing it and getting it right. And she definitely succeeded. This novel tells a well-written, heartwarming story that just makes you really happy. Loved it.

 

3. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

26252859This was my most anticipated read of the year because:
a) Rick Riordan wrote it,
b) it’s about Apollo becoming human, as punishment from Zeus, and
c) a certain someone makes an appearance very early on in the novel.

And despite my high expectation, this book very much delivered. Everything from the characters (mainly Apollo), the writing (which was hilarious) and the chapter titles, brilliant. All the things I love about Rick Riordan are in this novel.

 

2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

186074It was really hard chosing between this one and The Hidden Oracle. The reason this one came on top isn’t just because I’m a sucker for smart characters and poetic writing that actually works, it’s also because the odds were completely against it.

It’s quite a big book that has a slow pace and is told in freaking flashbacks. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s flashbacks. And yet I loved every second of reading this book. It’s kind of unbelievable that I even finished it, much less loved it as much as I did. This book was amazing.

 

1. Brandon Sanderson

Yeah… this is totally cheating. But guess what? I still don’t care. Besides, this is my list. So if I want to name an author instead of a book, Imma do it.

Brandon Sanderson was like my “disovery” of 2016 (2015’s was Percy Jackson). “Discovery”, in this case, means some author or book series I’ve come across and then wondered, Why did I not know about this before?!

Brandon Sanderson is an amazing author. Some people say he’s the king of world-building and I would have to agree with them. I read four books by him last year (The Emperor’s Soul, Elantris, The Final Empire and The Well of Ascension), and I loved all of them. Though if I had to pick a favourite, if would be The Emperor’s Soul, because creating a world, a magic system, giving us two wonderfully complex characters and a complete story in only 160 pages, while keeping us fully engaged and without a single info-dump scene… I wouldn’t think it was possible if I hadn’t read it.

And that’s why Brandon Sanderson tops this list. And this is how this post concludes.

 

What were some of your favourite reads of 2016? Did you make a list? Even if you didn’t, I would love to know which books, read in 2016, were the most memorable for you.

My Worst Ten Reads of 2016

In the year of 2016, I read a lot of books. And by “a lot”, I mean that I can’t believe I read that many (184 and counting). So when it came to listing my least favourites, I had loads of options. Which is why this list barely covers the books that I felt were unimpressive. There were many bad reads for me this year and this list is just the tip of the shitberg.

And personally, I wanted to start off with my favourite books of the year, but since I’m still read a book that I’m pretty sure will make that list, I got this one done first. Took me a while to arrange these and I have a feeling that I’m gonna be regretting a book placement or two in a few days. But obsessing over the stupid thing is giving me a headache so I’m just gonna get it out there and accept that I’ll have to live with my regret.

Before I get started though, I want to put the obligatory this-is-just-my-opinion thing out there. Though if you liked the bottom (or top, whatever) three, I am genuinely curious as to how that happened. Off we go then!

 

10. Badd Motherf*cker by Jasinda Wilder

covThis book is one that exists only so that it can set up the next seven books in the series. Yes, seven. Because there are eight brothers and all of them will be getting their own novels.

There’s very little substance to be found here. All the parts that aren’t a set-up are sex. Who cares about the actual romance in a romance novel when you can read sex scenes with the promise of future sex scenes in seven other books? That’s sarcasm, if you haven’t guessed.

 

9. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

18692431This is probably the most popular book on this list and an unpopular opinion on my part for sure. I spent a lot of time alternating between this one and the previous one.

This one won because it’s badly written, has insta-love, poorly developed characters and a plot that had so much potential but turned ridiculous. It lacked depth and sense. I don’t understand the hype surrounding the novel.

 

8. Jack and Djinn by Jasinda Wilder

22397906This is the novel that made me wonder what the hell Jasinda Wilder is doing. I mean, how do you take Djinn, the topic of abusive relationships and the writing chops that I know Wilder had, and then completely screw it up.

There was nothing of the genie myth mentioned, no explanations given and the characterizations were done badly. The book was poorly planned and executed and it felt like Wilder didn’t even try. Such a disappointment.

 

7. The Wedding Game by Amy Matayo

18811266This was a fairly short read for me. But that didn’t make it any less annoying to get through. It had a bad pace and a thin plot. The characters were either underdeveloped or unlikable, or both. The female protagonist, I hated.

But what made everything even worse is that the romance basically didn’t exist. Both the main characters were constantly arguing and there was no connection between them. Not good at all.

 

6. Fangs for Freaks by Serena Robar

18194538The review I’ve linked above is of the first book in the series, Braced to Bite, because I didn’t write a full review for this one. Didn’t feel necessary.

This book is what happens when you write a sequel to a mildly entertaining book (that doesn’t actually need a sequel), try to create tension between the protagonist and her romantic interesting by turning her into a bitchy idiot, and suck out the entertainment that made the first book work. You get a disaster, that’s what happens.

 

5. Waking in Time by Angie Stanton

27919161This book has yet to come out. I read it a Netgalley ARC a few months ago and let me tell you, this book is a mess.

It takes time travel, an interesting premise and a pretty cover, then delivers nothing. It doesn’t seem like the author did any reasearch about the times she was writing about. Nor did she bother to provide any answers to all the questions that a reader would have. The protagonist was “a whiny idiot with a short fuse” (from my review) and book was simply dumb.

 

4. The Tycoon’s Revenge by Melody Anne

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A book with a recycled premise of a poor boy, rich girl, misunderstanding, separation, followed by boy getting rich and wanting revenge. With a kid added to the mix.

But this was made way worse than it needed to be because the misunderstanding was not only dumb, it was also stretched to death because the main characters manages to avoid having a very important, and obvious, conversation due to the stupidest reasons. I was banging my head a against a wall because this book was an exercise in patience.

 

3. The Nanny with the Skull Tattoo by Elizabeth Barone

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As far as messes go, this is one of epic proportions. To quote my own review:

My God, this book is a mess! An inconsistent, poorly written, poorly planned mess with characters lacking a personality and a plot that I doubt even the author had a clear idea of.

Is there anything else left to be said?

 

2. Madame X by Jasinda Wilder

25065523This book is plain wrong. It’s supposed to tell the story of a woman who’s been suppressed finally breaking free. But instead gives us a truly weak protagonist who willingly sleeps with a guy (multiple times) after he tries to strangle her. Because he’s hot.

The writing doesn’t work and the story is inconsistent, sending a very wrong message. It’s also incredibly shallow since our protagonist only wants to distance herself from her abuser after a hotter guy shows up. I find this book to be offensive.

 

 1. She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla

30208416This was the easiest pick. I knew even before I started making the list that this book would be number one. Why? Because it sucks.

Honestly, I have nothing positive to say about the novel. It’s badly written, has one-dimensional characters, a plot that’s all over the place, no structure whatsoever and the worst female protagonist I’ve ever come across. The worst!

This is a horrible book that I absolutely hate. I swear, all the positive reviews on Goodreads are just because it was part of a giveaway.

 

…And that’s a wrap for this post. Now I can put these terrible reads behind me and hope I have much better luck next year. Though I had pretty good luck this year as well, which you will find out from my ‘Top Ten Reads of 2016’ list that I’ll post in a few days.

I really hope I didn’t offend anyone by this list. It was a list of my worst reads, not the worst reads.

Speaking of the list, I noticed that Jasinda Wilder showed up three times. I had to pick 10 books out of 184 and she wrote three of them. If that’s not a sign that I should give up on Wilder, then I don’t know what is. Alas, I remain hopeful. Maybe someday I’ll learn.

…Or Wilder will write another great book. *shakes head at self*

Anyway, I see that I’m rambling now, so I’ll stop. Instead I’ll ask what your least favourite read of 2016 were. Everyone has a few bad ones, I’m sure.