2016 Wrap Up And GIVEAWAY!

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR GUYS! 2016 wrap up in which, I contest to my utter failure as a reader.


Wow, I’ve only read 38 books this year. Not even in the forties! This is a long way down from the 55 books I read last year. Though on the bright side, almost all of the ones I did read were good.

Favorites Published in 2016 that Everyone Should Read No Matter Your Age and/or Hogwarts House


The two books that stole my life and killed my soul and broke my little heart that gets way too attached to book characters: 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2)
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (Ember in the Ashes #2)



Awesome introduction to a new series that I’ve already started to fall in love with:

And I Darken by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Dark Artifices #1)

Great conclusion to a series I am in love with:

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #4)



Diverse romance with genuine and witty main characters:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Transgender POC main character + magical realism + beautiful writing:

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore



Introduction to series with a lot of potential:

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #1)
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Passenger #1)



A cute, touching holiday read: 

What Light by Jay Asher

Heartfelt story about friendship and loyalty and what it means to be different:

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold


Favorites I Read This Year Not Published in 2016 But Go Read Them Anyway Because THEY’RE AWESOME


Coming out stories that made me want to hug the characters and never let go (also known as two of the longest titles in YA):

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjami Alire Saenz
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli



Heartbreaking LGBT stories:

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera



Based on A Thousand and One Arabian Nights that have similar premises but distinct characters and writing styles:

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
A Thousand Night by E.K Johnson



Magical realism that is strange and beautiful: 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Love, loss and the importance of mental health: 

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Dragons at its finest: 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


My first Giveaway!!


What better time to give away books than the end of the year?


1. United States ONLY! (Sorry to everyone living in the foreign lands!)

2. Choose ONE of the following books. I repeat ONE of the following:

What Light by Jay Asher
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

**Keep in mind the copies I’m giving away are ARC copies. There may be slight evidence of wear since I’ve read them first.

3. I will contact the winner with the e-mail address provided. If the winner does not reply within two days, someone else will be chosen.

Link to Giveaway


What was your favorite book you read this year? What book are you most excited to read next year?