Hello everyone! ♥
I can’t believe that 2016 will be over in 4 days! Is it just me or time really goes faster as we grow older? 😛 this has been such a roller coaster year, a lot of good as well as bad stuffs had happened to me, but more about that on my monthly recap. Today we’ll be talking about BOOKS, obviously.
2016 has been an awesome reading year for me. I read wayyy more than the past three years combined the thing is I was too busy to read during my university years that I only managed to finish 2-3 books each month. This year, however, was more laid back because I had no more credits to take and only had to work on my thesis. Now let’s take a look at my year in books!
Alright, 87 might not be a lot for some of you but it is for me! It’s 47 more books than my reading goal and I feel pretty accomplished for that 😛 also according to my year in books, my average rating was 4.0, which means that I’ve read a lot of great books this year ♥ I can count on my hands the books that I ended up hating.
And now I’m going to present you a list of MY FAVORITE BOOKS published in 2016. Not all of them are 5 stars and some of my 5-star reads didn’t even make the list 😛 I’m confusing like that. I’m also linking this post to Top Ten Tuesday, even though it is OBVIOUSLY more than ten.
CROOKED KINGDOM. This is easily my #1 favorite book this year Crooked Kingdom is EVERYTHING. It has the most genius plot, the most surprising & unpredictable twist, the most incredible group of characters, so many emotions, and some amazing diverse representations. Click here for full review.
THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER. I am long overdue for freaking out over this book!! I mean, remember that time when I featured this book on every TTT of ever? 😛 I have no regrets because this is just SO GOOD. The Rose & the Dagger has it all, from snarky sense of humor to unconditional love. It’s such a beautiful ending
THE WINNER’S KISS. I love this series so so so much! ♥ I know this is a hit or miss for most people but I stand by this book forever 😛 I admit, The Winner’s Kiss wasn’t as fantastic as I expected, especially compared to the glorious The Winner’s Crime, but it was still an amazing conclusion to this incredible trilogy.
GEMINA. I admit, Gemina was a 4-star because to me it wasn’t as good as Illuminae. HOWEVER, Gemina has a better and more complicated plot and SO. MUCH. FEELS. and it is a fabulous, mind blowing sequel to one of the best science fiction series I’ve ever read. Click here for full review.
A GATHERING OF SHADOWS. The pace of this book was a lot slower than I expected, but it was still extremely page turning. It was so character driven and I LOVE THE CHARACTERS ♥ Also the plot, the twists, and the ending were very very very cruel and I seriously need book 3 like yesterday. Click here for full review.
THE HIDDEN ORACLE. This is my current favorite book of Rick Riordan so far! It’s so hilarious and refreshing and for any of you who’s tired of or simply need a break from Riordan’s teenage MC, this book is PERFECT! Apollo is the greek equivalent of Gilderoy Lockhart
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THE SERPENT KING. I’ve been trying to sell this book to you for quite sometimes and while I usually use the ‘feel’ angle, I’m going to sell you on the characters right now 😛 There are three incredible main characters in this book. One is a blogger (!!!), one is a fantasy book nerd (!!!), and one is a musician (!!!). Their personality is amazing and their dynamic is even more so. I promise you’re going to love it! Click here for full review.
TELL ME THREE THINGS. This book took me by surprise because I thought it was gonna be sad and focus on grief. But nope, this book is downright adorable and as sweet as chocolate cake There’s mysterious love interest that will leave you guessing the whole time!
P.S. I LIKE YOU. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I am a real Westie and proud of it 😛 This book was EVERYTHING I love from a contemporary! There’s mysterious love interest, love/hate relationship, fantastic female friendship, relatable characters, and amazing family dynamic!
HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR. This book was so simple yet so memorable. I love the characters and the dynamic between them. The nerdiness level is STRONG and also amazingly accurate mental illness representation. Despite its summary, Whaley showed us that mental illness doesn’t always need to be cured and sometimes the best way to deal with it is just to let it be ♥ Click here for full review.
I am saddened by the fact that I only read a few local books this year 😦 however, those I read I loved and I just ordered a bunch of new local books so this problem will be fixed soon 😛
INTELEGENSI EMBUN PAGI. The sixth and final book to my favorite local series of ever, Supernova. The first five books tell the stories of each characters (and some crossovers) while this book brought the conclusion to it all. It was mind blowing. All the stars and thumbs up in the world for Inteligensi Embun Pagi! This series has been translated to English and you can buy it from Amazon here ♣
BAJAK LAUT & PURNAMA TERAKHIR. Confession time, I honestly haven’t finished reading this book but well… I love what I’ve read so far and I have to post this tonight anyway hahaha this is a humor // historical fiction and written by one of my favorite author. His previous book Sabtu Bersama Bapak instantly stole my heart so I’m confident I’m gonna love this book just as much
THE ARCHITECTURE OF LOVE. If you’re even remotely following the publishing world in Indonesia, then you’ll know there was a HUGE hype about this book. Thank God it lived up to the hype. It’s a heartbreaking AND heartwarming love story that you need to read
YAYYY those are my favorite 2016 releases so far! I said so far because there are A LOT of books that I haven’t read yet, my TBR is as high as the mountain peak and I could never keep up Now let’s chat! How was your 2016 reading-wise? Has it been a satisfying year or the opposite? And don’t forget to tell me your favorite 2016 release! ♥
Anyway, I’m going on a holiday trip with my family until the new year’s eve and I’m not bringing my laptop. That means I won’t be able to reply to your comments or blog hop until I’m back home 😦 I have my next post on schedule though 😛 but don’t worry I would get back to all you as soon as I’m back home! Happy holiday to you all ♥♥
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