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.