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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Empire of Storms: Mini Review + Quotes

Hey guys! I finished reading Empire of Storms last night, and so I’ll be posting my mini review here, in addition to quotes that I really liked. (by the way, I’ve been thinking maybe I could post quotes from books I like more often, what do you think? Tell me in comments please. 🙂 )

Mini Review
I think I speak for all of us, each and every SJM reader, when I say that this book should have been titled “A Book of Pain and Agony”. Alternatively, “Crusher of Souls, Hope and Everything Good in the World” may have worked too. Because that is exactly what reading this book does to you. It rips out your heart, and shreds it into tiny, tiny pieces.

Quotes (beware of spoilers)
“The world,” Aelin said, “will be saved and remade by the dreamers, Rolfe.”
“The world will be saved by the warriors, by the men and women who will spill their blood for it. Not for empty promises and gilded dreams.”

“The wind in the grasses died; the campfire far beyond their tent flickered, the people around it huddling closer together as the nighttime insects went silent and the small, furred creatures of the plains scampered into their burrows.”

“They could burn the entire world to ashes with it. He was hers and she was his, and they had found each other across centuries of bloodshed and loss, across oceans and kingdoms and war.”

“Despite herself, despite what she’d done, she decided she wanted Rowan to call her milady at least once every day.”

“Today her message would thunder across the realms.
She was not a rebel princess, shattering enemy castles and killing kings.
She was a force of nature. She was a calamity and a commander of immortal warriors of legend.”

“The core of his power yielded to her own, melted and became embers and wildfire. Became the molten heart of the earth, shaping the world and birthing new lands.”

“The pillar of flame began expanding, laced now with blue and turquoise. Flame that could melt bone, crack the earth.”

“The flame she would unleash would be so cold it burned, realized it was the cold of the stars, the cold of stolen light.
Not wildfire – but moonfire.”

“I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you, no time to need. Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.”

“And he wondered if Aelin was somehow watching the archipelago, and the seas, and the skies, as if she might never see them again.”

“Death smelled like salt and blood and wood and rot.
And it hurt.
Darkness embrace her, it hurt like hell. The Ancient Ones had lied that it cured all ills, if the slice of pain across her abdomen was any indication. Not to mention the pounding headache, the sheer dryness of her mouth, the burning sting in the other cut on her arm.
Perhaps the Darkness was another world, another realm. Perhaps she’d gone to the hell-realm the humans so feared.
She hated Death.
And Death could go to hell, too –”

“The world began and ended in fire.
A sea of fire with no room for air, for sound beyond the cascading molten earth. The true heart of fire – the tool of creation and destruction.
And she was drowning in it.”

“The Queen of Flame and Shadow, the Heir of Fire, Aelin of the Wildfire, Fireheart…”

“A court that wouldn’t just change the world. It would start the world over.
A court that could conquer this world, and any other it wished.”

“Now the dark queen’s flag vanished entirely, as Fae ships bearing the sliver banner of the House of Whitethorn opened fire upon their own armada.”

“Rowan wished his Fireheart were there to see it as the House of Whitethorn slammed into Maeve’s fleet, and ice and wind exploded across the waves.”

“Rowan surveyed his brother’s wound.” (literally squealed at this – brothers!!)

“The Queen of the Fae was exactly as Aelin remembered. Swirling dark robes, a beautiful pale face beneath onyx hair, red lips set in a faint smile… No crown adorned her head, for all who breathed, even the dead who slumbered, would know her for what she was.
Dreams and nightmares given form; the dark face of the moon.”

“Flame slammed outward, red and golden – just as a wall of darkness lashed for Aelin.
The impact shook the world.”

“Maeve and Aelin struck again.
Light and darkness.”

“Darkness devoured flame.”

“Aelin’s body hurt.
Everything hurt. Her blood, her breath, her bones.
There was no magic left. Nothing left to save her.”

“Time – she was grateful Elena had given her that stolen time.
Grateful she had met them all, that she had seen some small part of the world, had heard such lovely music, had danced and laughed and known true friendship. Grateful that she had found Rowan.”

“So Aelin Galathynius dried her tears.”

“I am going to find the Crochans. And I am going to raise an army with them. For Aelin Galathynius. And her people. And for ours.”

“And the road that now sprawled away before him, curving into unknown, awaiting shadow… it did not frighten him.”

“And then the general-prince stepped forward and embraced the king.”

And now for the amazing Aelin/Rowan quotes that made tears come to my eyes (and in the first, may I say, that I think we were all Elide):

“Rowan hissed, “Where is my wife?”
(…)
“Oh, gods,” Elide sobbed as she overheard, the words carrying the sound of Lorcan’s own fractured heart. “Oh, gods…”

“Rowan had married Aelin before dawn barely two days ago.”

“His Fireheart.
His equal, his friend, his lover. His wife.
His mate.”

“And he would not accept that he had found her, and she had found him, and they had survived such sorrow and pain and despair together, only to be cleaved apart. He would not accept the fate that had been dealt to her, would not accept that her life was the asking price for saving this world.”

“He would not accept it for one heartbeat.”

“Rowan shifted and soared high on a fast, wicked wind of his own making, the glimmering sea sprawling to his right, the marshes a green-and-gray tangle to his left. Chaining the wind to him, swiftly catching up to his companions now flying down the coast, he committed her scent to memory, committed that flicker in the bond to memory.
That flicker he could have sworn he felt in answer, like the fluttering heart of an ember.”

“Unleashing a cry that set the world trembling, Prince Rowan Whitethorn Galathynius, Consort of the Queen of Terrasen, began the hunt to find his wife.”

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Byeeeeee ❤