My 2016 Reading Round Up

 

2016 has been a great reading year for me. I’ve always been a reader but this has been the first year since leaving full time education that I’ve found my groove. I now know that fantasy fiction is my genre but that I also enjoy historical fiction, crime and YA. I’ve found it much easier to find new books to read since actively using Goodreads  and following more blogs/bookstagrams that enjoy reading similar works. I managed to read a total of 141 books this year which smashed my target of 52  and discovered several new series that I know I’ll reread and love for a very long time. Highlights include Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies; Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series; Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and Catherynne M Valente’s Deathless. Every single one of those books blew me away with excellently emotive writing and amazing characters and plots. Looking back I’m proud that my 2016 favourites have all been written by women and feature strong, independent and interesting female characters. I know how rare that can be in a genre dominated by men so I’m pleased to have found them. Luckily, I have a few more of Hobb’s works to devour and Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer comes out in March – can’t wait! I must give an honourable mention to Brandon Sanderson who continues to be one of my favourite authors after reading Warbreaker and Elantris this year. I’ve got his Stormlight Archive series ready and waiting on my bookshelves so I’m excited to delve into another world in his Cosmere universe, after which I can pick up his Arcanum Unbounded and discover some new facts about the Cosmere.

What have been your favourite reads of 2016? Have you got any recommendations based on what I’ve read? I’d love to hear them!

Happy New Year, I hope you have a great night and 2017 x

January

Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith
The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle (finished off)
A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham
The Lake District Murder by John Bude
Poison by Sarah Pinborough
Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders #1) by Robin Hobb
Charm by Sarah Pinborough
Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
Justice League, Volume 1 by Geoff Johns
Secret History (Mistborn #3.5) by Brandon Sanderson
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by VE Schwab
The Eleventh Metal (Mistborn #0.5) by Brandon Sanderson
Justice League, Volume 2: The Villain’s Journey by Geoff Johns
Superman/Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Power Couple by Charles Soule

February

By Light We Knew Our Names by Anne Valente
Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello
The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders #2) by Robin Hobb
Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders#3) by Robin Hobb
The Crown and The Arrow (The Wrath & the Dawn #0.5) by Renee Ahdieh

March

Fool’s Errand (Tawny Man #1) by Robin Hobb
The Golden Fool (Tawny Man #2) by Robin Hobb
Fool’s Fate (Tawny Man #3) by Robin Hobb
Rat Queens, Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J Weibe
Rat Queens, Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J Wiebe
The Inheritance by Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm

April

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
The Moth & The Flame (The Wrath & the Dawn #0.25) by Renee Ahdieh
The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
Happily Ever After (The Selection 0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 2.6) by Kiera Cass
Birds of Prey, Volume 1: Trouble in Mind by Duane Swierczynski
Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Rat Queens, Volume 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
PS I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo
The Mirror & the Maze (The Wrath &the Dawn #1.5) by Renee Ahdieh
The Rose and The Dagger (The Wrath and The Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

May

A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J Maas (Reread)
A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J Maas
The Bone Season (#1) by Samantha Shannon
The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon
Conspiracy (Bruno #5) by SJ Parris
The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by VE Schwab
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
On the Merits of Unnaturalness by Samantha Shannon
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

June

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by VE Schwab
Nevernight (Nevernight #1) by Jay Kristoff
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Wonder Woman, Volume 3: Iron by Brian Azzerello
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

July

A Classical Education by Caroline Taggart
Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Poison Study (the Chronicles of Ixia #1) by Maria V Snyder
Magic Study (the Chronicles of Ixia #2) by Maria V Snyder
Fire Study (the Chronicles of Ixia #3) by Maria V Snyder
Shadow Study (the Chronicles of Ixia #8) by Maria V Snyder
Night Study (the Chronicles of Ixia #9) by Maria V Snyder
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood and Starlight (Daught er of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
Receiver of Many by Rachel Alexander
Destroyer of Light by Rachel Alexander
Deathless by Catherynne M Valente
The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E Pearson
Wondrous Moment by Alexander Pushkin

August

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
And I Darken by Kiersten White
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J Maas (reread)
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Mass (reread)
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Maas (reread)
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Maas (reread)
Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes

September

Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes
Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes
The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
Miracles and Idolatry by Voltaire
The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J Maas
The Less Than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote by Dan Micklethwaite
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
The Magicians’ Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy #1) by Trudi Canavan
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
The Novice (The Black Magician Trilogy #2) by Trudi Canavan
Rusty Nailed (The Cocktail series #2) by Alice Clayton
Slave to Sensation (psy-changeling #1) by Nalini Singh
Angel’s Blood (Guild Hunter #1) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Kiss (Guild Hunter #2) by Nalini Singh
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

October

The Gifts of Reading by Robert Macfarlane
Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh
Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Baby Diaries by Helen Fielding
How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
How Not To Fall by Emily Foster
Roommates by Ashley Love
Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss
The List by Joanna Bolouri
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

November

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop
Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
We Were On A Break by Lindsey Kelk
I Remember You by Harriet Evans (reread)

December

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shanon
Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3) by Nalini Singh
From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and everything in between): Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Visions of Heat (Psy-changeling #2) by Nalini Singh
Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickinson
Steel and Lace by Adriane Leigh
Mystery in White: a Christmas Crime Story by J. Jefferson Farjeon
Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wilds Chronicles #1) by Robin Hobb

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13 thoughts on “My 2016 Reading Round Up

      1. Yeah. I know what you’re talking about. I love crime books and i read it very fast. But if i read anything else especially romance, will take like one week to finish the book because i can’t concentrate enough or i just feel like i don’t want to read. Haha

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  1. Oooh great post! I am definitely adding some of these to my ever growing tbr!! I highly recommend The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Fudoki by Kij Johnson, the Dandelion dynasty trilogy by Ken Liu… so many more but I’ll leave it at that 😄 have you read the Bear and the Nightingale? 💕

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    1. Yesss i’ve been eyeing those from your blog and instagram! I trust your judgement 😊 i haven’t read it yet no but I really need to!! I have v high expectations so i’m hoping it delivers! 💖

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      1. Oh well I hope you enjoy them if you read them! I know whether I see a new blog or bookstagram post from you I get excited to see what you’ve been reading! 😄 oh I’ve read it and I really liked it so I hope you enjoy it too! ❤

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        1. Ooh very exciting! I deffo recommend Deathless by Cat Valente if you haven’t already tried it. It’s literary/mythical/russian folklore. And historical at the end. Very good. I’ve since read bits and pieces from a Russian folklore anthology and found it so interesting to see the basis of a lot of current/newer stories 😊

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          1. Oh that sounds great! I’ll definitely check that out. I haven’t read a lot around Russian folklore but I want to read more! I swear my tbr is always growing! 😄 I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! 💕

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