My Favorite Books of 2016

best-books-of-2016Did you read my last post about the most disappointing books of 2016? Here’s the counterpart; my favorites! I’ve already talked about these plenty of times on my blog, but hey, some of you might be new here. 

Without further ado… 


13600168Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This book is stunning. It’s beautiful. The writing and the world-building blew my mind. I know some people have found it confusing but I thought it was wonderfully complex in just the right way. I’ve also read the second book and loved that one a lot as well. I haven’t gotten around to the last one yet.

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20603758Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’d heard so many good things about this and it didn’t disappoint at all. Sure, some of the 80s references went over my head, but that didn’t matter. Everything about this is great. If you love video games you should definitely check this out.

 

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17623143Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. Now this is the kind of YA crime thriller I want in my life. I loved it so much. It’s about a group of teenagers vacationing on Aruba, having a lot of fun, until Elise is found brutally murdered. Her best friend Anna is soon accused of having done it, but has she? UGH. It’s so good. Read it. I can’t wait to read Dangerous Boys by the same author. 

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
by Matthew Quick. This book isn’t for the faint-hearted as it’s so incredibly depressing. It’s about a teenage boy who suffers from depression and he’s planning on killing this other teenage boy and then himself. Leonard Peacock is one of the loneliest characters I’ve read, with one of the worst mothers, and you just can’t stop reading so you can find out if he goes through with it or not.

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. This book is amazing satire about a group of teen pageant queens who get stranded on an island, Lost-style. It challenges the beauty industry, sexism, racism, gender sterotypes, and so much more, and it does it all in an hilarious and spot-on way. It’s serious and ridiculously funny at the same time. 

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17675462The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This is probably my very favorite book this year. It caught me completely off guard, I didn’t think it would be this good, much because of the cheesy synopsis as well as the cheesy cover. BOY, was I wrong. Just like Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the writing is stunning. The characters are stunning (!!!). Everything is stunning. I want to tattoo this book on my eyeballs so I can read it forever. 

Can you believe I still haven’t continued the series? I need to get on that. Maybe someone wants to do a buddy read with me???


What’s the best book you read this year?

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19 thoughts on “My Favorite Books of 2016

    • Anette Reads says:

      That’s what I’ve heard so I’m so excited! I think I read the first 50 pages or so of the sequel, but then I had to focus on finishing some library books so I never got around to continuing. I’ll make sure it’s the first book I read after the one I’m reading now! 😀

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  1. Eve Messenger says:

    Ready Player One and The Raven Boys are so good! Libba Bray is an amazing writer, but I was kind of on the fence about Beauty Queens. Not anymore! Oo, now I’m also curious about Dangerous Girls:

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    • Anette Reads says:

      I’m sorry to hear you were on the fence about it! I can see why not everyone would love it, it’s a bit weird, but I thought it was hilarious and a great piece of social commentary. I definitely recommend Dangerous Girls!

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    • Anette Reads says:

      It’s definitely underrated! But it’s not really new anymore either so that’s probably also part of the reason not many people talk about it (anymore). I really have to finish DOSAB as well, I only have one book left!

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  2. Diana says:

    Great list.I have Daughter of Smoke and Bone.Not a genre that I usually read but I’m excited about this one.Dangerous Girls looks like a book of like too.I hope 2017 is filled with many more wonderful books.

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    • Anette Reads says:

      It was really great, the writing style is beautiful. I know that the plot is not for everyone, but I hope you’ll like it. Dangerous Girls was an A+ read, I’d definitely recommend it. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Donna says:

    Ready Player One is among the books I need to read for my sci-fi challenge, I heard so many great things about it! The Raven Boys. Love that book, I can’t say I’m completely satisfied by the other books, though.

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