Since it is the start of a new year I have decided a couple of kind of year wrap up posts, if that makes sense. So today I am going to be telling you all about my Top 15 Reads from 2016, and why I loved these ones so much. Letsa go!
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
This is a lovely story about grief, love and finding yourself. You follow twins Noah and Jude as they basically, figure out who they are and where they fit into the world. The story is told from alternative perspectives, but also from different times. Noah’s segments are all from when they where aged 13-14, and Jude’s are from age 16. This story is really beautiful and poignant but also funny and lovely. If you are after a beautiful YA contemporary, then this is the book for you, I didn’t want to put it down. Only downside, I listened to the audiobook of this, and it was read by the guy that did the Percy Jackson books, and it was very weird to begin with lol.
Dash And Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
if you are looking for a book that will make you smile, laugh and fall in love, then this is the one for you. The story revolves around two 16 year olds, Dash and Lily, who have never met, but share a lot in common. Set over the Christmas period, you watch as the pair communicate with each other through a little red notebook, filled with dares, and slowly fall for each other. I love this book. The characters are absolutely adorable, the story is incredible and several times I found myself laughing out loud on trains because of it.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
If you are a fan of Divergent and/or Hunger Games, then this is the trilogy for you. Set in an alternative USA, you are thrown into a world where love has been branded a contagious disease, and at 18, everyone is forced to have a procedure called ‘the Cure’. You follow 17 year old Lena as she nears the date of her procedure. For Lena, the cure is what she has longed for, ever since her mother died, that is until she meets Alex, and then it all changed. This brilliant dystopian trilogy is full of twists and turns, highs and lows, love and death. Everything that you could ever want in a book.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
This is an incredible book that tackles some really different topics in a very tactful and often funny way. In this lovely little book you follow a young teenage girl who is struggling with anxiety. As someone who suffers with this I love this book, due to how well it handles the topic and how accurately it portrays it. I absolutely love this book. I feel liked this is one of those books that everyone should read, because of how well it handles the topic.
The Martian by Andy Weirr
I don’t generally read sci-fi books, but after several people recommended it to me, I decided to give it a go and honestly this book is incredible. It is funny and dramatic and honestly brilliant. Set on Mars you follow astronaut Mark Watney as he struggles to survive on the planet and find a way home. This book is honestly hilarious, which is not something you would think upon hearing what it is about, but it really is. It opens with the line ‘Well, I’m pretty much fucked’ which sums up the feel of this book perfectly.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is a beautiful story about magic and love. Once you start this book, you wont want to put it down. The main story follows Celia and Marco, two magicians that have been bound to complete against each other in a game of magic. You follow them as they help to create ‘Le Cirque Des Reves’, a magical circus that will fill your dreams, compete and fall in love. With beautiful writing, intriguing storylines and stunning characters, this is a book that you cant help but fall in love with. You will want to read it in one sitting.
Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
If you are looking for a dystopian series that will completely pull you in, this is the one for you. This trilogy is truly incredible. Set in a future USA, you follow 16 year old Tris as she tries to navigate her way through the complex but restricting world in which she lives. You follow her as she discovers who she is, falls in love and saves the people that she loves, multiple times. This trilogy is incredibly well written and very gripping. You cant help but be pulled into the story. They are the perfect books to lose yourself in.
We Were Liars E Lockheart
Set on a private island, you follow Cadence as she slowly uncovers the events that scared her family. This young adult contemporary will break your heart. It grips you from page one, pulling you in. You will not be able to put it down. It is a truly stunning book with so many twists and turns it will leave you dizzy. This is one of my favourite reads of the year. (although word of warning, do not read any reviews before reading it. Just trust me on that one).
When We Collided by Emery Lord
This book is a stunning young adult contemporary. It follows two main characters, Jonah and Vivi as they spend their summer falling in love with each other. Vivi whirls into town, this vibrant, bundle of energy and turns Jonah’s life upside down. All is not as simple as it may seem though. Jonah is still grieving his father, dealing with his mothers break down and trying to play parent to his three young siblings and Vivi has plenty of demons herself. It is a beautiful story about love and loss, darkness and light. It is truly wonderful.
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Another brilliant trilogy by Rick Riordan. Featuring Egyptian gods, this is one of those series that you will want to read back to back. You just cant put them down.
Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green
I fell completely in love with this trilogy as soon as I picked up Half Bad and I honestly couldn’t put them down. You follow a young boy as he navigates his way through the dangerous world in which he lives. A world of magic. These books are so addictively good and very different from what you would expect them to be. These books have so much going on in them. Love, death, torture, magic, family, drama and so much more. If you are over 18, read these books.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I cannot even begin to describe the sheer range of emotions that I have for this book. I simultaneously loved and hated it. Moyes’ is an incredible author. The way in which she writes just feels so realistic that you find yourself being dragged into the story. This is why this book is so painful to read. You feel as if you are there, living it all. ‘Me Before You’ is such a heartbreaking story, about loss and love. Moyes’ characters are so lifelike that it is almost frightening. I know I say this quite a lot, but everybody should read this book. Yes it is harrowing and heartbreaking, and I cried my way through it, but it has such a poignant message to hit. Such a staggering plot. I loved it. And know you would too. If you are only going to read one book this year, make it ‘Me Before You’.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J K Rowling
I don’t really feel as if I need to say a lot about this one. Although this one isn’t set in summer time it is just a really lovely, easy read. Essentially this book, well play, is the eighth instalment in the Harry Potter series. It is set 19 years after Deathly Hallows and follows Harry’s youngest son, Albus. The play picks up at the epilogue from DH and follows Albus as he basically discovers who he really is. There are lots of twists and turns in the story, there is friendship and magic and I personally loved it. You will laugh, gasp and cry. There are also some life lessons in this, which is very J K. I read this book in a matter of hours. It is a very easy read.
Penryn And The End Of Days by Susan E E
I’m not going to say to much about this series as I have spoken about it so much already, but it is incredible. I absolutely love it. Set in a post apocalyptic world, where angles are ravaging the world. This book is full of loss and love, pain and glory. If you like books like The Hunger Games or Divergent, you need to read these incredible books.
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
This trilogy is just perfect. These books are just jam packed. There is always something going on. They are books that you can really sink your teeth in to. I love them. There is action and drama, love and betrayal, fighting and death. There is just so much going on in them. The trilogy is set in the 1870’s and follows Tessa, a 17 year old American girl, as she is thrown into a world that she never knew existed. You learn all about the shadow hunter world as she does. You discover who she is, fall in love as she does, make friends along side her and fight with her. These books really draw you in and keep you guessing throughout them. You never know what is around the corner. They are the perfect books to curl up with on a cold Sunday.
And there we have it, those are my top 15 reads of last year. Although, I will admit that I actually found it very hard to make this list because last year I loved so much of what I read. I read some truly incredible books and it was so hard to decide which ones I loved most, so I do just want to mention a couple that only just lost out on this list. So, here are a few honourable mentions.
The Girl Online Series by Zoe Sugg
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
What Light by Jay Asher
Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Summer Days and Summer Nights by Various
Fly On The Wall by E Lockhart
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
So yeah, as you can see it was very difficult for me to decide but anyway. I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.