2016 Wrap Up And GIVEAWAY!

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR GUYS! 2016 wrap up in which, I contest to my utter failure as a reader.

reading-challenge-failure

Wow, I’ve only read 38 books this year. Not even in the forties! This is a long way down from the 55 books I read last year. Though on the bright side, almost all of the ones I did read were good.

Favorites Published in 2016 that Everyone Should Read No Matter Your Age and/or Hogwarts House

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The two books that stole my life and killed my soul and broke my little heart that gets way too attached to book characters: 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2)
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (Ember in the Ashes #2)

~O~o~O~o~O~

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Awesome introduction to a new series that I’ve already started to fall in love with:

And I Darken by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Dark Artifices #1)

Great conclusion to a series I am in love with:

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #4)

~O~o~O~o~O~

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Diverse romance with genuine and witty main characters:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Transgender POC main character + magical realism + beautiful writing:

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

~O~o~O~o~O~

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Introduction to series with a lot of potential:

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #1)
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Passenger #1)

~O~o~O~o~O~

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A cute, touching holiday read: 

What Light by Jay Asher

Heartfelt story about friendship and loyalty and what it means to be different:

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

 ~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~~O~o~O~o~O~

Favorites I Read This Year Not Published in 2016 But Go Read Them Anyway Because THEY’RE AWESOME

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Coming out stories that made me want to hug the characters and never let go (also known as two of the longest titles in YA):

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjami Alire Saenz
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

~O~o~O~o~O~

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Heartbreaking LGBT stories:

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

~O~o~O~o~O~

15-16

Based on A Thousand and One Arabian Nights that have similar premises but distinct characters and writing styles:

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
A Thousand Night by E.K Johnson

~O~o~O~o~O~

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Magical realism that is strange and beautiful: 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Love, loss and the importance of mental health: 

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Dragons at its finest: 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

 ~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~~O~o~O~o~O~

My first Giveaway!!

giveaway

What better time to give away books than the end of the year?

Rules:

1. United States ONLY! (Sorry to everyone living in the foreign lands!)

2. Choose ONE of the following books. I repeat ONE of the following:

What Light by Jay Asher
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

**Keep in mind the copies I’m giving away are ARC copies. There may be slight evidence of wear since I’ve read them first.

3. I will contact the winner with the e-mail address provided. If the winner does not reply within two days, someone else will be chosen.

Link to Giveaway

 ~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~o~O~~O~o~O~o~O~

What was your favorite book you read this year? What book are you most excited to read next year?

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31 thoughts on “2016 Wrap Up And GIVEAWAY!

  1. 38 books is a good number! Especially considering how many amazing books you read years. Like seriously, I 100% approve of the ones you listed. Some of my favorite books are on there as well! You have amazing taste in books ❤
    I won't enter the giveaway because I already have 2/3 books, but good luck to everyone else! And I hope you have a great reading year in 2017.

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    1. THANK YOU!! I guess we both have amazing taste in books then 😀 38 isn’t horrible but I was expecting to read a lot more this year. (It’s mostly due to the countless hours I spent watching TV). I hope so too! I’ll have to make a come back. Thanks for stopping by!!

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        1. Haha, thanks for making me feel better. I’ve been obsessed with all the Arrowverse shows (Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl). I just caught up with all the episodes though so hopefully, that’s enough motivation for my mind to get some reading done.

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  2. Six of Crows, my baby! Lady Midnight and And I Darken were both so amazing. Plus fierce, strong leading ladies? YES! I loved those books so much.I’m excited to see where The Trials of Apollo and Passenger go too. The former is like a five book series (I think it should just be a trilogy, but…?) and the latter is only a duology, but I’m still so excited. I need to read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Aristotle and Dante. Everyone has said those books are amazing, but I still haven’t read them yet. *cries*

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    1. Six of Crows is MY baby! (I guess we can share custody though). Fierce and loyal ladies are the absolute best! I agree, I would rather Trials of Apollo be a trilogy because five books sound a bit much (though Solangelo is my other baby and I love them so much!).

      Both Simon and Ari and Dante are wonderful books! You’re going to love them!

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  3. There’s nothing wrong with 38 books this year! That’s great! I’ve read 89 books this year so far… which isn’t my goal of 100, but that’s alright. I’ve been super busy the last few months. My favorite read this year was probably The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I just loved that book! I’m looking forward to Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth coming out in January!! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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    1. You read 89 books?? HOW??!! That’s amazing! I just looked up Nightingale and it sounds really good, I added it to my tbr shelf! I’m excited for Carve the Mark too! I hope I like it more than the Divergent series which overall I wasn’t a huge fan of. Thanks for stopping by Megan!

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      1. Last year I read 100, so I was hoping to meet that goal again, but ah well. Yes, you should definitely read The Nightingale. It’s such a beautiful story. And I haven’t read Divergent or watched the movies yet, but I still wanna read Carve the Mark… the cover is just so awesome!

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  4. Don’t be too hard on yourself for not making your goal. It happens! You read more than 1 book, so I’d say you’re good to go! Haha. There’s nothing wrong with 38!

    One of the best books I read this year would be The Lost Girls by Heather Young. It was my first glimpse into historical fiction, but it wasn’t like old-timey kind of thing. It was a duo perspective: a niece and a great aunt. So really, it was just one generation that separate them. But it was such a good story; I loved it!!!

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    1. Aww, thanks. Hopefully I can read two more by the time the year ends so I can at least bring it up to 40. “The Lost Girls” sounds amazing, thank you for the recommendation! I’m trying to read more historical fiction so I’ll check it out.

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  5. Ah, all these books you mentioned are on my TBR list! Wrath of the Dawn – torch against the night… I’m glad you enjoyed them thought. And don’t worry about not hitting your reading goals – I didn’t hit mine either, but I loved most of the books I did read. Besides, there is always next year 🙂

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  6. Ahh sorry you didn’t read as much as you’d like to, but it’s quality over quantity right? 😛 I love soooo many books you put on this list, mostly Crooked Kingdom, Ari & Dante, Simon VS, TWATD, The Raven King, and The Hidden Oracle 😀 also I’ve been wanting to read When the Moon Was Ours for months and I’m going to buy it by the end of the year! Hope 2017 will be a better reading year for us all ❤

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    1. Yup, quality is always preferred than quantity! When the Moon Was Ours was SO GOOD!! I think you’ll love it! With a new year comes new hope! Good luck to us both for 2017! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Congrats to reading 38 books! Your excuse is, some books were just extremely long that’s all.. hehe.. I have only read Six of Crows and An Ember in the Ashes and I liked both of them a lot. Can’t wait to read book 2 of each series. How do you get the physical ARCs? That’s neat. Thanks for sharing! My favorite book I read this year is A List of Cages as you know hehe.. and I’m excited to read book 2 of each series I mentioned earlier hehe..

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    1. They were pretty long, weren’t they? I’ll need to use that as my excuse. Six of Crows is my little baby!! You’re going to love both Crooked Kingdom and A Torch Against the Night! (What I mean is, you better like those books or I’ll come for you) :D. I’m still getting ARCs from winning the B-Fest competition at Barnes and Nobles back in June. I believe they will stop mailing them on May. I’ll let you know if they do B-Fest again this year! Hehe, you may have mentioned List of Cages a few times 🙂 .

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      1. That’s a very cool win from Barnes and Noble. I also love Gilded Cage if you have not read yet. I like the way you do the giveaway. Those rafflecopters required too much and I often don’t join it. 😊

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