The Book Corner: 2016 Favourites and Challenges

My 2016 reading has been exceptional, so good in fact that I raced through my Goodreads challenge a few months early (October) and ended up reading 68 books in total. Yeah for me! Rather than recapping on all the books I read this year I thought I’d share my favourite books of the year, before checking in on how my other 2016 reading challenge went. So first up, my favourite books of 2016!

Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series – This series is phenomenal, it’s got the most brilliant heroine that is complicated, flawed, strong and full of heart and it races along at a mile a minute. I thought the first two books were good and then books three and four went off on a completely different tangent and it’s incredible. definitely a must read series for all.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kalling – I’m not a big non-fiction reader but this book has converted me. It’s so good! I found myself snort-laughing throughout it and falling a little bit in love with Mindy Kalling. It’s great!

One by Sarah Crossan – This book is heartbreaking and wonderful all at once and it’s possibly my favourite book of the year. It’s written in verse and I raced through it in less than a day.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – I’ve been told to read Patrick Ness’s books for years and never got round to it, but this year I finally read this so that I could read it before watching the upcoming film. Spoiler: it’s so good. It’s uplifting and sad and beautifully written and wonderful. Read. It.

Vendetta, Inferno and Mafiosa by Cat Doyle – This series is amazing – it sucks you in and spits you out so you feel like you’ve gone through the ringer. It’s a total guilty pelasure with characters you can’t help but root for.

Room by Emma Donoghue – I’m late to the party on this one I know and again I finally got round to reading it because the film was imminent. Having assumed it would be depressing I was surprised by how uplifting and life-affirming this book was and I’m in love with Jack.

The Muse by Jessie Burton – I raced through this book on holiday and adored everything about it. The characters, the historical aspects, how literary it was but how easy it was to read and the way the two stories wove together into one coherent story.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – This book is amazing and I’m clamouring for the second book in the duology – Lau have you read it yet? It’s got an amazing cast of characters who have lots of hidden agendas and secrets that you begin to uncover as they take part in a heist. Despite it’s epic length I raced through it in no time at all – a sure sign of an amazing book if you ask me!

And now it’s time to look at how my 2016 book challenge went. Well um, not great. In fact I’ve not managed to complete it. Of the 12 types of books that I wanted to read this year I’ve managed to complete just eight of them. So only two types of book has been ticked off since I discussed the challenge originally. The two that I’ve managed to tick off are the ‘book chosen for your sibling’, which Lau helpfully recommended anything by Patrick Ness and so had me reading both A Monster Calls and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Spoiler both books were brilliant and I now need to read everything he’s ever written. And the ‘book you’ve already read at least once’, yeah for the Harry Potter reread. But still to be read are the following types of books – oopsy. I think I’ll carry those over to 2017 and try and read different types of books in 2017 and not just my usual YA or crime novels!

a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller

a book you should have read in school

a book that was banned at some point

a book that intimidates you

So there we go, my final bookish post of 2016, if you’re interested in perusing my 2016 book shelf then head to my Goodreads Challenge page. Have you read any of the same books or do you have any I should read in 2017?

-Fi x