Books of 2016

Hey guys!! In this post, I’ll be sharing with you all, the books I read in 2016, and talking about a few stats from this year. I hope you all had an amazing 2016, and read some fabulous books this year. If not, there’s always 2017!! (And if you need help finding some good books, comment and I’ll be more than happy to help, I’ve read some awesome books this year!!)

Anyone who knows me will not be surprised in the least that fantasy makes up more than 50% of the books I read this year. 🙂 And so without further ado, here are my books of 2016!

Fantasy (52 books)

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones: The Little Book of Quotes by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Breenan and Maureen Johnson
The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Trylle: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver
Out of the Past by Kalinda Vazquez
The Siren by Kiera Cass
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (read twice)

Dystopian/Science Fiction (17 books)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Elite by Kiera Cass
The One by Kiera Cass
The Heir by Kiera Cass
The Crown by Kiera Cass
Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass (read twice)
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Mind Games by Teri Terry
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Nightfall by Jake Halpern

Contemporary (11 books)

Pan’s Whisper by Sue Lawson
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Room by Emma Donohue
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachael Cohn and David Leviathan
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Mystery (7 books)

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Black by Fleur Ferris
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
Book of Lies by Teri Terry

Autobiography (1 book)

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Classics (2 books)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

DNFs (5 books)

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

Stats (Note: these stats are from Goodreads)

Books Read: 90 completed and 5 DNFs (out of a goal of 80)
Shortest Book: Out of the Past by Kalinda Vasquez – 112 pages
Longest Book: Trylle: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking – 1,001 pages
Pages Read: 37, 155 pages
Average Length of Books: 404 pages
My Average Rating: 4.5
Highest Rated Book: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – 4.74 average rating
Most Popular Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 4, 781, 668 people also read.
Least Popular Book: Black by Fleur Ferris – 384 people also read.
Most Read Authors: Cassandra Clare (11 books)
J.K. Rowling (9 books)
Sarah J. Maas and Kiera Cass (7 books)

I hope you have all had a fabulous year, and have an amazing 2017! I’ll be back early next year with some of my most anticipated 2017 releases! I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you all next time!

Byeeeeee ❤

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My Bookish Christmas

I hope that you all had a VERY merry Christmas today! (Or a merry Christmas tomorrow).

In this post, I’ll be sharing with you the many gifts that made my day a book lovers dream.

I received many books this year. (In fact, I received almost nothing else! 🙂 )

I also reorganised all of my books (of course!) and now I have almost no space left. Twenty books tops would fit in the space I have left. (sad face). Oh well! Guess I’ll just have to get a nice big bookcase! 🙂

And now onto the books that I’ve gotten today!

Fantasy

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Kanin: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

 

Dystopian/Science Fiction

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Invaded by Melissa Landers

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

 

Contemporary

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

After You by Jojo Moyes

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

 

Autobiography

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

 

Other Things I Received That Weren’t Books

A Newt Scamander Notebook

Newt Scamander pop!vinyl

Ronald Weasley pop!vinyl

A box of Maltesers

$50 (that I will surely spend on books!)

 

Let me know if you’ve read some of the books I’ve gotten, and what you think of them. I’d love to hear your thoughts. And tell me how your Christmas has been!! I hope that your days have all been as fabulous as mine!! 🙂 (I’m also preparing a post on my books of 2016, which will be posted by January 2nd or 3rd at the latest, so keep your eyes out for that!)

Byeeeeee ❤

Between Shades of Gray Review: Spoilers!

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Rating: 5/5

Between Shades of Gray is an incredibly moving story that I devoured in mere hours, and I know Lina’s story will stay with me for a long time.

This novel is a story of courage, of hope, and of never changing who you are or backing down.

“Was it harder to die, or harder to be the one who survived? I was sixteen, an orphan in Siberia, but I knew. It was the only thing I never questioned. I wanted to live. I wanted to see my brother grow up. I wanted to see Lithuania again. I wanted to see Joana. I wanted to smell the lily of the valley on the breeze beneath my window. I wanted to paint in the fields. I wanted to see Andrius with my drawings. There were only two possible outcomes in Siberia. Success meant survival. Failure meant death. I wanted life. I want to survive.”

I had so many questions throughout this book. Will they survive? Will they see their father again? Will they ever go home? Will anyone ever know what happened to them? This questions pinged back and forth around my mind for hours, but thankfully, most of my questions were answered.

“It couldn’t end like this. It couldn’t. What was life asking of me? How could I respond when I didn’t know the answer?”

Our protagonist Lina is a strong, individual, and oftentimes stubborn, character. She got into a few tight spots, but she always managed to squeeze her way out of them. She tried her hardest to care for her mother, Elena, and for her younger brother, Jonas.

Jonas was an incredibly strong character, and I often forgot he was a boy of merely eleven years of age. (Ten at the beginning of the novel). He worked so hard, and sometimes stole, so that his family would have food. This particular part made my heart melt:

“Sir,” said Jonas, leaning around me. He held out his little ruler from school. The old woman who had gasped at my nightgown began to cry.”

Andrius was a complicated character, and many people’s feelings about him were all jumbled about. Not mine. From the moment we met him on that little train car, Andrius held a place in my heart, there was just something about him. He was a friend to Jonas, a friend to Lina (in the end, after she stopped trying to hate him), and he tried so hard to help his mother.

“No, you have no idea. You have no idea how much I hate myself for putting my mother through this, how every day I think of ending my life so she can be free. But instead, my mother and I are using our misfortune to keep others alive. But you wouldn’t understand that, would you? You’re too selfish and self-centred. Poor you, digging all day long. You’re just a spoiled kid.” He turned and walked away.”

Kertzsky. From the minute he appeared in this novel, I have had nothing but sympathy for him. He was a child playing soldiers. He didn’t enjoy tormenting the prisoners as the other guards did, and when he could, he helped them get food or wood. Many would argue he’s a bad person, but I see him differently. He could refuse to be a soldier, and be unable to help anyone, or he can remain a soldier and help people were possible.

“” Dr Samodurov, how did you find us?” I asked. “Nikolai Kertzsky,” was all he said.”

The plot was intense. There was always something to keep me reading, something to make me think of the book when I couldn’t continue reading it, something to keep me awake at night imagining what could possibly happen next. And that ending. The ending was amazing. I loved it. I love that we know Lina survived, we know Jonas survived, we know how long they were trapped and we know Lina and Andrius found each other. I don’t like that we never found out the fate of Lina’s father, Kostas. However, I do understand that it was to make us keep thinking of the book even after it had ended. It definitely did its job well, as even now, an hour after I finished reading it, I am sitting here writing this review, and thinking of nothing but this book. I would have liked to have read of Lina and Adrius finally finding each other, as that would definitely have been a beautiful moment to capture.

Overall, this was such a beautiful and captivating story that will stay with me for years to come. I recommend this book to everyone, be you young or old, male or female, this book is sure to strike a chord within your soul.

 “Safe in the arms of hell.”

Find this review on my Goodreads

Byeeeeee ❤