When I had the idea to write a post about my Year in Books, I thought I would have a more impressive lot of books to talk about. Then I remembered that bascially for the first half of the year I couldn’t focus enough to get past the first chapter of anything. And not through lack of trying. Life and work and procrastination are probably to blame, so this will be more of a “Here are the easy-read, Young-Adult novels I read this year.” Hope you enjoy!

  1. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (14/05/2016)  ★★★☆☆

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The Dream Theives is the second book of The Raven Cycle series about a psychic girl, 4 magic boys (one of which is dead) and a magic forest. Okay so they are about more than that but that’s the gist of it. I really enjoyed the first one (The Raven Boys) as it was an introduction into all the characters. This book delves more into the character of Ronan – the dream thief. He has the power to manifest his dreams into reality.

To be honest these books are silly and the logic behind the magic is confusing at the best of times. But the relationships between the characters is great. Maggie Stiefvater doesn’t forget to make these characters real people with real problems. A nice break from all the magical forest stuff.

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (17/05/2016) ★★★★★

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I am that person who wil scramble to read a book if the movie is about to come out. I went into this without know much about it, just as much as the movie trailer told me. Let me tell you, I was blown away.This book absolutely destroyed me! I remember after reading it I was in such a strange mood for days. It’s about a girl, Lou, who begins working for a man who is wheelchair bound after an accident. He is bossy and rude and closed off but Lou refuses to treat him with kids gloves and soon his happiness means more to him than she expected.

It’s such a lovely book, to watch them both help each other through hard times. It also deals with some pretty heavy subjects. I would 100% recommend this to anyone who is a fan of a good love story.

3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (04/07/2016) ★★★☆☆

Much like the previous book from the series, the magic is getting more and more confusing. With the introduction of sleeping demons and magical undergroud caves it’s hard to keep up. I had to read up what this book was about as it completely left my mind. I was more interested in the characters personal stories again with Adam taking his father to court for abuse and Ronan having to deal with realising he didn’t know his late father as well as he thought. There are a lot of nice moments when the group of friends all pull through and support each other.

4.The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater (21/08/2016) ★★★☆☆

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Surprise, surprise. Not much change from the last 2. Final book of the series with an ending so abrupt it feels like the author just ran out of paper. One minute you are reading about this great battle between magic trees and demons, Then you turn the page and it’s happily ever after. Oh, okay then. All in all I enjoyed these books for what they were.

If you are into fantasy YA novels then this is right up your street. They helped me get my reading groove back so for that I’m grateful!

5. After You by Jojo Moyes (24/09/2016) ★★★★☆

Sequal to Me Before You. I can’t really say much about this without giving away major plot points from the first one. I can say that I really enjoyed it. It deals with different topics and is very emotional. With the introduction of some new characters it’s a really nice book. Though I did much prefer the first.

6. How Not to Travel the World: Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker by Lauren Juliff (06/10/2016) ★★★★☆

I came across this book in one of the travel facebook groups I am a part of. Someone spoke about how they read it and loved it. After looking into it I found out it’s a travel memoire written by Lauren Juliff, a fellow travel blogger over at Never Ending Footsteps. It tells of her misadventures and blunders while on a world backpacking trip. She is so relateable and likeable that I couldn’t put it down!

Honestly, it spoke to me! It’s nice to know that not everyone that manages to travel the world does so with ease. From Laurens Website: “How Not to Travel the World is an inspirational read on how travel can change your life. It was forcing myself out of my comfort zone that gave me my much-needed life experience and helped my panic attacks fade away. It was following my dreams that led to my transformation into a brave and confident traveller.”

7. Nod by Adiran Barnes (17/10/2016) ★★★★★

Honestly the strangest book I have ever read. But also one of the best. As you can probably tell from above, I am partial to the love story, YA novel or Travel book. Nod, however, is something entirely other. It starts with a new day and no one has slept a wink. Well, almost no one. The small few that can still sleep all share the same mysterious dream of a gold shining light, while the rest of the population are slowly losing their minds to sleep deprivation. Global panic ensues. A medical fact: after six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis sets in. After four weeks, the body dies. In the interim, a bizarre new world arises and swallows the old one whole. A world called Nod.

Reading this on the bus to work in the morning definitely set an odd tone to the day. It’s a dark, sometimes gruesome book. But for whatever reason, I was captivated. A goodreads reviewer puts it best “To steal a line from the book “Life’s a scab, and it’s our nature to pick at it until it bleeds.” Nod is very much the same; once you begin picking at its narrative, it will mark you forever”

8. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (12/12/2016) ★★★☆☆

I rarely ever read books by celebrities. And by rarely I mean this is the first. But I love Anna Kendrick and I was intrigued. Honestly, I have actually really liked reading it. It’s funny, sarcastic, honest. Bascialy what you would expect it to be. Obviously not for everyone, but if you like a candid look into someones life so vastly different (but not that different it turns out) from your own then give it a go.

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Well that’s it. Not as extensiive of a list as it normally is, but that just gives me more of a challenge for 2017! I have two full shelves of books to work through, but can always do with more! Any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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35 thoughts on “2016: Books I Have Read This Year”

  1. That NOD book looks interesting. Kind of a Children of Men vibe. I’ll try to find it.
    I also like this idea of reviewing all the books I’ve read this year! Mind if I use this idea?

  2. Those are some interesting books! I read a lot – almost 25 books back in 2014 – the most ever in one year for me but then we got a car last year and I no longer had that time to read on the bus. This year I don’t even think I accomplished reading 1 book and I tried to read many books! But like you, I couldn’t get back the first few chapters! #WanderfulWednesday

  3. Great idea to share your book list – I’ve joined a travel book club this year, and have loved getting through so many books (on my favourite subject!!). I really want to read How Not To Travel the World – and Nod sounds interesting too! Top list – also bookmarked 🙂

  4. I have heard about some of the books in here but not about others. I saw the “Me Before You” movie and liked it a lot (not sure how the book compares to the movie). My husband would never see a movie like that with me, so, I was lucky when they were playing it in a 12 hour flight I took from Munich to LA. I would like to read Lauren’s book too. #wanderfulwednesday

  5. I too have not read as much as normal this year – I blame starting up my blog! No-one said it would take all my time! I am reading The Road to Little Dribbling at the moment by Bill Bryson and it is hilarious! I also want to read Lauren’s book! Off to check it out! Thanks for the list #farawayfiles

  6. You wont be surprised to learn that I have read a lot of blogs this year! So many talented writers and so little time to finish the 25 book challenge I set myself for the year. I started well with Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend and the follow up novels but it rapidly went bad from there. From your list I like the look of Nod! Thanks for joining us this year on #FarawayFiles Chiera. Merry Christmas!

    1. I very ambitiously set myself a target of 50 books! 50! haa. I didn’t even make 10. But still, I got my groove back towards the end of the year!
      Thanks so much for this link up! I have discovered some amazing blogs and people through it! 🙂

  7. I love to read but, like many others have said in your comments, I haven’t had a lot of time this year – I also blame blogging lol. It appears that my book reading times have been replaced by travel-reading which I don’t mind at all, I get to learn so much from other people – including posts like this which have opened me up to new authors which is always a good thing. Thank you for taking the time to compile this review, I will be sure to look up Me Before You – that one seemed to be calling me! #WanderfulWednesday

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one! Blogging is definitely a full time job! I have enjoyed discovering the world of travel blogs this year, but I never put together that that is what may have been affecting my book reading!
      Me Before You is a lovely book 🙂 Let me know what you think x

  8. Oh no… I’ve never even heard of any of these books before – maybe I’m already living in the land of Nod? (That one sounds particularly interesting!) My reading list in 2016 has comprised of mostly nature and travel books; I should probably throw a bit more fiction into the mix for sake of balance. Good luck for hitting your targets in 2017!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing these, Chiera. I love looking back at all the books I’ve read over the year. My favourite this year was Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. I’ve not read any on your list but like, so many of your other commenters, think Nod sounds fascinating. I’ll have to take a look! #FarawayFiles

  10. Interesting list of books. One thing that irks me about Anna Kendrick’s book is that she basically tells men that they aren’t allowed to like her book. She has replied to several guys on Twitter stating so. She may be joking, but the language and lack of sarcastic subtleties make me think she’s totally serious.

    1. Hmm that’s intersting. I’ve not seen her twitter but I don’t get that vibe from the book. She doesn’t seem to be speaking directly to women, it feels pretty inclusive. But yea, bad marketing if she’s tweeting that, but she also seems like the most sarcastic person alive haa so maybe (hopefully) she’s kidding.

  11. Interesting list. Have to admit that I only read one book from the 8 you mentioned here – Me Before You. Very touching and eye-opening. Would love to read more again, but somehow it’s getting more and more difficult to make time for books when blogging takes up all the time. 🙂

  12. Omg hello fellow book-lover!!!! Loved reading the list! I haven’t read any of them but I’ve taken notes of a couple on there! I reread all the Harry Potter books this year so that kind of kept me busy! 🙂 Thanks for joining #FlyAwayFriday and always following the rules – we love having you! xo

  13. So glad you shared your list! I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but love reading and we seem to have the same style of books! Nod is high on my list along with How not to travel the world. Love this list! #farawayfiles

  14. Thanks for sharing this great list with #FarawayFiles! I participate in a book share group where we read whatever we want, then we bring our favorites once a month to a gathering and then we can “borrow” from others! My favorite this year was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. So good! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  15. I love this!!! Me Before You has been on my list FOREVER!! I’ve heard so many good things about it!! And I’m like you, I rarely read celebrities books. I’ve read a few of Chelsea Handler’s and thats about it! Thanks for sharing, I now have a reading list!!

  16. I’ve seen mixed reviews about How Not to Travel the World so have been hesitant to buy it, although I’ll admit that I am intrigued. Your review may have swayed me! Nod also sounds super interesting, I may have to give it a go!

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