2016 Reading Wrap up!

2016 is probably my most memorable and most significant reading year. One because it’s this year that I finished the entire Harry Potter series and I probably don’t need to say how awesome and life-changing it was to have read those books. But aside from Harry Potter, here is a quick rundown of several other books that left a great impression on me and might make the same impression on you.


Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: Because a band of teenage thieves who would risk their lives on a common goal that is to steal? Hells to the yes!

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch: Regaining a kingdom is a common theme to fantasy books but if you’re looking for one with a bad-ass, funny, heroine, fast-paced plot, non-annoying love triangle. You’re looking at the right title.

A School for Unusual Girls and Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin: A fun historical-romance/fantasy/steampunk series called “Stranje House” where girls have these unique abilities and are trained to become some sort of spies. 😉

Historical/Literary Fiction/Magical-Realism

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: War stories are always ugly and hurtful but although these qualities are existent in this book, it still managed to make a beautiful and inspiring story about women and her place in society.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood: Icky subject matters could be really icky but not when written in such wonderful, evocatively mind-changing manner.

Burning Eddy by Scot Gardner: Some books will make you ugly cry, this one made me beautifully cry. 😉

One-Lane Bridge by Dan Krzyzkowski: one of a kind novel that combines literary elements and magical-realism to evoke a beautiful, inspiring and touching story about love, self-discovery and about how certain lives are meant to be interwoven for one to finally find meaning and purpose.

The Strange of Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton: Has the most beautiful, most evocative writing that will helplessly pull you in.

New Adult/Romance/General Fiction

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: A very significant New Adult novel that delves on abusive relationships. It totally deserves the Goodreads award for 2016’s best romance. 😉

November 9 by Colleen Hoover: One of those NAs that really sucked and that pissed the hell out of me but still managed to convince me to like it in the end. Lol.

How to Love by Katie Cotugno: Please refer to description of November 9.

Butterfly Dreams by A. Meredith Walters: It’s not often that you find uncanny similarities with a character in a book but I saw so much of me in the girl character of this novel.

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes: Really heartbreaking but a really, really cute family story. Loved it!

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: My favorite from Rainbow Rowell. Some think the story is creepy but I think it’s really cute.

YA Mystery/Paranormal

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin Highly addictive, amusing, creepy and swoon-worthy.

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout: -see description for Unbecoming of Mara Dyer-

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg: because how often will you read about a dead main character telling her own story?

YA Contemporary

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: This has possibly become one of my favorite YA contemporaries of all time!

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven: JUST.READ.IT!

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway: Surprisingly good with a great dose of mystery. Loved the humor and the narrative.

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta: Already considered a classic YA contemporary but still very relatable and very touching.

Everything Unexpected by Morgan Matson: Because it’s everything unexpected! 😉




Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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