Welcome Back!!! I’ve read a total of 42 books this year and although I didn’t reach my goal of 55 books that doesn’t matter to me anymore as I read some fantastic books this year, new as well as rereads and as long as I enjoy reading and love the books I do read, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter about the number. I see people who read over 100 books in a year and I think to myself, do they really actually enjoy the reads if they are reading them so quickly? So although I didn’t reach my goal, I loved so many books I read this year, it was hard to narrow down a list.
(These are in no particular order because it was hard enough narrowing down the list, let alone ranking them from best to worst.)
My Top 5: the following books each received a 5/5 rating…
- Fat Dad Fat Kid by Shay & Gavin Butler – I’ve been watching the Shaytards on Youtube for about 5/6 years now and seen two of their kids be born, I just adore their family so when I heard the father and son were releasing a “weight loss” book I had to get my hands on it. But the thing is, it’s not just a weight loss book, it’s a book about their life, a motivation book and just a all round fantastic book. It taught me so many lessons and because I read it right at the beginning of 2016, it was the perfect read to help me start off the year right. I definitely want to reread this book in 2017.
- Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu – I also read this trilogy near the beginning of the year and I still remember key events that happened. I might not remember the entire story clearly but I know enough for this whole trilogy to reach my top books of 2016 and I can’t wait to read more of Marie Lu’s writing.
- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo – I LOVE the West End play of this story so I thought that 2016 was finally the year I was going to read the book. I just didn’t know how much it was going to effect me reading it rather than watching it. The story is slightly different but that’s understandable as they are told on two completely different platforms but each telling of the story got to me and it’s one of the very few books to make me cry.
- The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson – the first read of 2016 and my first ever read about LGBT characters and I still think about this book 12 months on. This book isn’t just one of favourites of 2016 but one of my all time favourite books.
- Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne – I can’t get over how good this book was. Mental illness, friendship, feminism, fantastic characters, brilliant writing, just an amazing book and if you only decide to read one of these books that I’ve mentioned today, let it be this one.
Honourable Mentions: books that didn’t quite reach that five star rating but I enjoyed so much I couldn’t not mention them…
- Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg – I read Girl Online, the first book, in 2015 and enjoyed it but I wasn’t overly bothered on reading on. However, one day I was in the mood to buy a new book and this book was only £3.75 in Tescos so I decided to buy it. It then sat on my bookshelf was months. Only this past month did I pick it up and it took me by surprise. I actually gave this book 5 stars because I loved it so much. The only reason it didn’t reach my “top 5” was because I wasn’t a massive fan of the first book.
- How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne – after finishing “Am I Normal Yet?” I had to continue on with this series and I loved this book. It follows a different main character and I really ended up loving where this story went but I don’t think anything can bet the first book in this series and how Holly spoke and wrote about mental illness.
- The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins – I haven’t really read many mystery thriller books, apart from Gone Girl and I ended up really enjoying this read. I never guessed the killer and it kept me on my seat for the entire read. It took a while to get into the action but after about 50 pages, I couldn’t put the book down.
- Just One Night by Gayle Foreman – I read Just One Day in 2014 and soon after picked up the sequel, Just One Year but I left it on my shelf for so long that when I picked it up I couldn’t get back into the story. However, in 2016 I decided to reread Just One Day and follow straight on with Just One Year. It was the best decision I made because I fell in love with the story and characters all over again and jumped right into the novella, Just One Night and I loved it even more than Just One Year because it just wrapped up everything so nicely. I don’t think I’ve ever read a better novella.
- Always With Love by Giovanna Fletcher – Giovanna Fletcher is an auto-buy author for me and I’ve been following her writing career since her very first book, Billy and Me. Always With Love is the sequel to her first book and Billy and Me is one of my favourite of hers so I had to pick up the sequel. I really enjoyed it but it wasn’t as good as Billy and Me.
So that’s it. Another year of reading is done and dusted and I’ve just looked over my reading stats for 2016 and none of my reads this year was rated below a 3 stars which just shows what an incredible year of reading I had. I can’t wait to see what 2017 bring me and my reading.
What were some of your favourite books of 2016? Do we have any of the same? Let’s chat in the comments.
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