Top 10 Books I Read in 2016


Hey, young bloods! 2016 was a pretty good reading year for me, as my book intake grew exponentially when I got a Goodreads in late July. (Then again, my TBR pile also grew exponentially, which is ALL KINDS OF STRESS.) That means there are almost way too many awesome books to choose from if I'm going to make a list of the best ones, but after forty-five minutes of hair-tearing-out, here are the very best books I read this year:

*links to those that have reviews*


10. Transit by Anna Seghers - I actually had to read this for school, but I really really enjoyed it. The writing style was just so beautiful and vivid; I aspire to be able to write like that someday.

9. The Peoples of Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien - Because I am most definitely not a nerd.

8. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia - Because mental illness representation done right! And the writing was so compelling and gripping, I almost can't believe this was Ms. Zappia's debut.

7. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli - This one is a recent read, but damn if I didn't cry like a baby at the end.



6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - I was kind of skeptical of Rainbow Rowell books for a while, but I eventually picked this up because of MAGIC and was so not disappointed.

5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - MY SMOL PRECIOUS GAY CHILDREN. #PROTECTPATROCLUS2k16.

4. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater - I actually wasn't expecting much from this book, as I had an overall "eh" experience with the rest of The Raven Cycle. BUT MAN WAS I WRONG.



3. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld - I FINALLY got around to reading the Leviathan Trilogy this year, and this installment far outshone the others. I was instantly drawn into the world of Istanbul and the rebellion, and Alek finally became a likable character.

2. The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands - I HAVE BEEN CRYING ABOUT THIS BOOK ALL YEAR AND I WILL CONTINUE TO CRY ABOUT IT UNTIL I DIE.

1. Merrick by Anne Rice - And I've died. RIP me, 2001-2016.

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So, let's chat! What books were your favorites this year? Have you read any on my list? What were your LEAST favorite books? Comment below, and remember that you are all extremely beautiful pickles. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

18 comments:

  1. I love The Raven King and I adore the Leviathan series. I own Carry On, but haven't read it yet. Great list Ellie!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you :)

      - Ellie

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  2. YOU FINALLY READ MAGGIE STIEFVATER, ELLIE. FINALLY.

    And Made You Up is totally fantastic, isn't it? I'm trying to decide if I want to keep trying to track is down in my favorite indie bookstores or cave and buy it off of Amazon, which I try not to do. And I'd kill for her next novel, which sounds equally fabulous plus I totally adore the cover.

    (Love your new blog design, btw)

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    1. AT LONG LAST, YES.

      Oooooh that's a tough one. I'd say try to track it down for the next couple months, and then buy it off Amazon if you still can't find it? AND YES IT LOOKS SO COOL AHHH.

      Thank you!

      - Ellie

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  3. I haven't read any of these books, and my TBR thanks you for this post! Made You Up looks awesome and sounds like a great read, and BTW your blog looks amazing!!☺

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    1. Ahhh thank you! And yesss it is.

      - Ellie

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  4. I haven't read any of these except Carry On, and it's one of my favourite books! It's nice to know what books you enjoyed this year ❤️
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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      - Ellie

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  5. Made You Up sounds absolutely AMAZING! I normally have a hard time with books about mental illness, but this one seems really interesting and I've seen so many great reviews about it. I also really want to read The Song of Achilles. I love anything ancient mythology-eque and this one just sounds wonderful. I've had Carry On on my shelf since JANUARY *cries*. So I really need to read that one, too. I enjoyed The Raven King, but I didn't like it as much as the other books in the series, sadly. :( My favorites were Salt to the Sea and Crooked Kingdom!

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    1. As do I - but Made You Up contains none of the harmful tropes, stigmas, or stereotypes that taint so many stories that contain mental illness. It also deals with schizophrenia, which is an illness I see so rarely represented in fiction.

      THE SONG OF ACHILLES IS WONDERFUL. But you'll end up sobbing at the end, 100% guaranteed. AND YOU MUST READ CARRY ON.

      Ahhh really? For me it was the opposite - BLLB and TRB really underwhelmed me, but TDT and TRK were really good. TRK was the only one I really felt deserved the hype, though. But to each their own!

      Ahhhh I really want to read Salt to the Sea!

      - Ellie

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  6. Great picks for this week. I loved both The Raven King and The Song of Achilles, though only The Raven King made it on my list this week (The Song of Achilles was just beaten out I think, it may have made number 11!).
    Also I really loved Carry On as well, I read it last year though if not it would likely be on my list for this year as well! :D

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      - Ellie

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  7. Ive never read any of these but Im for sure going to read "I Made You Up." because that sounds very interesting.

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  8. Aw man, I have had Made You Up on my wishlist for SO. LONG. I will great it in 2017 for sure!

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  9. I love Made You Up and The Raven King as well! Also, that cover is such a beauty, isn't it?! <3 I have The Song of Achilles on my TBR and I can't wait to finally buy and read it! I hope I enjoy it as much as everybody did haha hope 2017 will be an even better year for all of us! :D

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    1. YES MADE YOU UP HAS MY FAVORITE COVER OF 2016.

      I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

      - Ellie

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