Hi there. A wild blog post on a seemingly defunct blog has appeared! I'll get to the reasons why another time, but for now, I thought I'd put out a (much delayed) best books of 2016 post. Initially this was going to be a Top 10 post, but then I went through what I actually read (thank you Record Keeping God, Goodreads) and realised that only five books were really worth me talking about. So here we go! (These are in no particular order, by the way).
A little slow on the uptake, it really amps up towards the end. I cannot wait to read the sequel, Godsgrave.
I actually did a full video review of this one on my BookTube channel, so if you wanna see it, just click here. But a definite must-read.
took me by surprise. After vowing to not read another Hardy for at least two years after Tess of The d'Urbervilles in 2015, you can imagine my
annoyance surprise when I got it in my head to read this one. I was a big fan of the Carey Mulligan film, and thought that since I knew what was going to happen, it wouldn't be as difficult to get through.
While I was sometimes wrong (the man loves to talk about farming), for the most part I adored this book. The first sentence was an absolute winner, and I loved that Bethsheba wasn't a girl of her time. She wasn't always likeable, she made mistakes, and on more than one occasion, I was bloody sick of her. It was a great exploration of character, and if you decide you want a bit of Hardy in your life, I can definitely recommend this one.
Intense, with some wonderful dialogue. I can't say enough good things about this book. For a more in-depth look at my feelings on the book, definitely go to my September 2016 Wrap-Up, around the 5:25 mark.
The world building was out of this world (hah!), and the depth of character created (especially for Feyre) was solid. I loved this book (which is great because I can't say as much for the last book, A Court of Wings and Ruin).
Definitely my favourite in the series.
The writing was stunning, and the story was provocative, and I feel like Colson Whitehead thought about every little thing. It was such an impactful read, and I can't recommend it enough.
If you want more of my thoughts on the book, definitely watch my Summer Reading Wrap-Up Part 1 video, around the 7:53 mark.
And we're done! Those are my top 5 reads of 2016. What do you think? Any agreements? Disagreements?
Hopefully (if I can learn to manage my time better), you'll be seeing me a bit more on this blog. It's fallen into disrepair because I haven't used it in so long, but I'm hoping to make it new and squeaky clean.
Expect some sort of general life update soon!