Best Books of 2016

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I’ve finally checked off the elusive letter “Y” on my full review list. That means I’ve read and reviewed something by an author whose last name starts with anything except “X”! When I first started this blog in 2013, I had no idea I’d be able to keep something up for so long. I’m proud to say that there hasn’t been a month without activity.

2016 has been quite a year, so I thought it would be fun to highlight my favourite books of the year. They made me laugh, cry, or otherwise stood out due to some special characteristic. You can also read full reviews on the “all reviews” tab. In the order I read them this year, here’s my top 10!

  1. The Year We Fell Apart – Emily Martin (Harper, you owe Declan and all of us for what you put us through.)
  2. Love and Other Theories – Alexis Bass (Aubrey is truly a bad b***h.)
  3. Suffer Love – Ashley Herring Blake (I forgot how much I liked physical paper books until I got this ARC in the mail.)
  4. The Loose Ends List – Carrie Firestone (Coolest. Grandma. Ever.)
  5. Cherry – Lindsey Rosin (The Chat gives me life.)
  6. Never Stop Falling – Ashley Drew (This could’ve easily been a harrowing tale.)
  7. Kiss Cam – Kiara London (I can’t believe you’re MY AGE.)
  8. This Adventure Ends – Emma Mills (I want twins like Vera and Gabe in my life.)
  9. Somewhere in Between – Melissa de la Cruz (I am so sorry your first vote turned out this way, Ms Cruz.)
  10. Places No One Knows – Brenna Yovanoff (I’d trade insomnia for Marshall Holt.)
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New Review Style

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I think it’s time for a style refresh — rather than starting off with a Goodreads synopsis, I’ll start off with a mini-blurb from my review. I realized that people who see my blog for the first time and don’t click-through each post (to “see more”) might not realize that there’s some original content.

So… yay! Time to mix things up after 3.5 years. I’m proud of myself for keeping this going so long!

What am I currently reading? [TBR]

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I sometimes wind up reading multiple books at once on several different platforms (Kobo, laptop, print…). This is one of those times, so I thought I might as well share what I’m reading right now:

  • Driftwood – Elizabeth Dutton (about a 27 year-old woman on a road trip set out by her deceased celebrity father)
  • What Every Body Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed Reading People – Joe Navarro (a book about nonverbal intelligence)
  • The War Nerd Dispatches – Gary Brecher (news editorials from PandoDaily writer)

Actually, considering I used to read six or seven books at once, this is really not that bad! I have a bunch more on my TBR pile though, uh oh.

Liebster Award Take Two

Imagine that, I’ve been nominated for another Liebster Award! Big thanks to Tara for the nomination. Check out her blog, because it’s really cool with lots of different types of posts.

The Questions

1. What is the one book that every human should read before they die? The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. That stuff is important.

2. If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would you pick and why? To be honest, I’d love to meet Sarah Dessen. I’d love to hear about her several unpublished stories and maybe find out a thing or two about her latest project.

3. What’s the one thing that will automatically turn you off from a book? Witches. I’ve always had an irrational fear of them. And yes, that means I still haven’t read Harry Potter (yet).

4. Who is your fictional doppleganger (what fictional character would be you if you were from a book)? Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I feel you, girl. I think in my review, I even mentioned that “I AM HER.” And yes, that does mean I’m super excited for

5. Where is your favorite place to read and why? I used to love curling up in my bed at home propped up on a long tofu-shaped pillow near a halogen lamp. I would always sneakily read late at night, and something about that was so cozy, warm, and serene. I definitely need to find a new book nook here at my university.

6. If you were to write a memoir about some aspect of your life, what would you call it? Writing a Memoir to Procrastinate on Everything Else: A Memoir. I swear, procrastinating is how I get everything else done. Alternatively, I would love to write a travel memoir of the little things and people I meet on the road. I’d probably call it, “100 Places, 100 Faces: A Memoir.”

Now for the non-book questions!

7. What flavor of ice cream would you be, and why? Birthday cake. Everyone loves birthdays. And Cake. Duh.

8. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was a child, I was so determined to become a teacher/author (teacher during the school year and writer during long summer vacations). It’s sad to realize that’s no longer part of my career trajectory.

9. What’s your Patronus memory (the happiest memory you can think of)? THIS IS REALLY HARD, because I’ve been blessed with so many incredibly happy memories over the years. One that sticks out in my mind right now is a road trip through California with my family when I was ~10 years old. I listened to a lot of pop-punk with my brother, ate a lot of good food (we followed “Rachael Ray’s $40 a Day” suggestions), joked about Forrest Gump (which we had all recently seen), and experienced a little bit of everything (swimming, sand, sweater weather, amusement parks, crossword puzzles, grocery shopping, lavish meals out, and more).

10. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be? I am still not sick of Clarity by Zedd. I don’t know why.

11. What superpower would you want to have and why? I would love to be able to see into people’s minds and truly know how they feel (but I’d also love to have the ability to TURN THAT POWER OFF as I so choose).


This was fun! Thanks for the tag. My Canadian-Thanksgiving resolution (I made that up just now) is to get more involved in the book blog community, so hopefully I’ll have a better idea of who to tag sometime soon.