My Favorite Reads in 2016

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2016 was a better year for me when it came to reading! I surpassed my small goal of 25 books for the year, ending at 28! I’m a pretty proud penguin for that accomplishment. I read two adult fiction books, poetry, and NA. I also explored diverse reads written by incredible #ownvoices authors. As for the books I read, I pretty much loved everything I got my hands on. I’m easily pleased so picking just 6 favorites was a challenge.

So, without further ado here are my favorite reads in 2016:

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My reading goal for 2017 is to read more #diversereads, to keep on stepping out of my comfort zone, and to explore all the wonder and imaginative worlds that are out there for the taking!

I’m going to push myself to read 50 books next year. The trouble is finding the right balance 😉

I hope you all had a great reading year! What are some of your favorite reads of 2016? Let me know in the comments below!

Much love always,

Emma

Victorian Nephilim

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release date: August 31, 2010

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SYNOPSIS

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them… — Goodreads

WHEN I First Read

I first read this in September 2011. It’s nearly been 5 years since I first started this series that took me worlds away. I read this after I had picked up City of Bones and LOVED it! I remember pre-ordering it at the library and waiting months after the release to get my hands on a copy.

WHAT I Remember

Tessa Gray arrives in London and her life takes a turn for the worst. She is held by women who are warlocks when a devilishly handsome boy helps her escape. She then learns that she is not human, but otherwordly. You see, Tessa is a shape changer. She can change into a person and know their thoughts. As far as anyone knows, Tessa is the only one in the world who can do such a thing. Tessa also begins to develop feelings for the boy who saved her. Will Herondale is sarcastic, brooding, and protective. He tries to push everyone away with reason. For he has a secret that he has never told anyone else. In the midst of all this, someone called The Magister wants Tessa and has a clockwork army at his beck and call.

WHY I Wanted To Re-Read

I really wanted to re-read this because it’s been ages since I last read this story that caused so many FEELS. This time around I was able to use sticky notes and put them in place where all my favorite scenes and quotes happened. I also needed a Cassandra Clare fix, seeing as her newest novel was pushed back till next year! #DREADFUL

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

I fell even more in love with the world after I finished the novel for the second time. I liked how I payed particular attention to certain aspects of the book that I never would have the first time around. I also loved the anticipation of knowing what was going to happen and waiting for it! Then, there are the characters who I absolutely adore. I love every single one (except the bad ones). I consider them my friends, you know? These characters are very dear to my heart and I wouldn’t want anything horrible to happen to them. As you can tell, I am emotionally invested. I love the world Cassie has created and I am looking forward to all that she has in store with this world and new characters I’m sure to love.

WOULD I Re-Read Again

Absolutely! There is not doubt in my mind that I will reread this book and the series for the rest of my life. It’s an amazing world to lose yourself in and after you’re done, well, it’s like someone just ripped your heart open. It’s a good feeling, I guess? Who wants to get their heart ripped open? But, it’s quite extraordinary.

Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014

Hello lovely people of the internet! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with friends and family and FOOD. One cannot forget food and the warmness it brings. I apologize for being absent the last…two weeks? I moved and have no internet! Even now as I write, I am borrowing Kevin’s laptop and catching up on all I’ve missed!

So it’s that time of year again, where I struggle to choose my most favorite books of the year. I would normally go with my top 10 books of the year, but seeing as I failed miserably in reading this year, I am making myself only choose 5.

I read a whopping 24 books for 2014. Most of the books I read this year are books I did love and adore so it makes it a wee bit harder to choose. But here I go…do you not hear the distant sounds of sad whale?

Favorite Means To An End

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Favorite Twists and Turns

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Favorite Adventure of a Lifetime

A Blind Spot For Boys by Justina Chen

Favorite Accidental Love Story

Favorite of the Year

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Even though I did not read a lot this year, I loved most of what I read. I did write small mini overall reviews on Goodreads for each of the books above, with the exception of To All The Boys I’ve Loved. I wrote a full review of that one here if you want to check it out!

Here is to a better book reading year! My goal for next year is to read 50 books part of the 50 Book Challenge hosted by Pretty Books! I am so looking forward to organizing my thoughts better and sharing my thoughts with you all on social media like Twitter and Tumblr.

I hope to write a few more posts before the year is over! Like one more Simply Sunday for 2014, and a favorites post for December. Oooh and maybe a review for Retribution! 🙂

What were your favorite books of 2014? Let me know down in the comments below! I’d loved to hear your thoughts 🙂

xx

Emma