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.

reading-challenge-failure

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

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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)

~O~o~O~o~O~

3-5

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)

~O~o~O~o~O~

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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

~O~o~O~o~O~

8-9

Introduction to series with a lot of potential:

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

~O~o~O~o~O~

10-10-5

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

 ~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~~O~o~O~o~O~

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

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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

~O~o~O~o~O~

13-14

Heartbreaking LGBT stories:

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

~O~o~O~o~O~

15-16

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

~O~o~O~o~O~

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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

 ~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~~O~o~O~o~O~

My first Giveaway!!

giveaway

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

Rules:

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

 ~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~~O~o~O~o~O~

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