It has been an odd year, to say the least. It feels like it was the longest year ever because so much has happened. I’ve finished my honours degree, actually completed my mini-thesis, changed jobs and so much more…

The same goes for my reading habits. It has been one rollercoaster ride of reading slumps and reading highs. There were periods where I was DNFing every book I pick up because I just could not finish anything. And then there were periods where I was devouring every book I picked up.

This was also the year I realised that you can read too much fantasy and sometimes you need a palette cleanser. I discover my love for contemporary novels, although fantasy will always be my favourite genre.

I also made amazing friends on Bookstagram, friends I can fangirl with without feeling like a weirdo.

And I also featured on two YA podcasts thanks to the ladies from The Good, The Bad and The Book.

That being said, these are my favourite reads of 2016:

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I absolutely love this series. It is action packed, brutal, mind-blowing and romantic in its own right. You can check out my full review here.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This fantasy is set in a world inspired by the middle-east, it features a strong feminist lead and the cast of characters are diverse. I can’t wait for the sequel, Traitor to the Throne. I wrote a detailed review earlier this year. You can read it here.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

This novel took me completely by surprise. While I really enjoy Colleen Hoover’s work, it is not often that contemporary novels make my favourites list. I loved the concept of the novel, loved the plot twist and the characters were really relatable.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows was fantasy just the way I love it. It was multiple POV with each character having a distinct voice. The characters were complex and flawed and the world was intriguing.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

I have so many mixed feelings towards this series. Part of me loves this world, the plot and the characters and is fully invested. And then the other part of me doesn’t gel so well with certain things such as the romances, portrayal of relationships and the territorial Fae males… I did however, enjoy the novel for the most part and am waiting patiently for the conclusion of the series.

Let me know how your reading year went. Did you develop new reading habits? What were your favourite reads of 2016?

Reading Year in Review

2 thoughts on “Reading Year in Review

  • December 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I still need to get around to reading the Illuminae series! I’ve heard incredible things but for some reason I keep putting it off :/

    I am so thrilled for all you’ve managed to accomplish this year! And I’d love to know more about this podcast you’ve been involved with!!

    I hope 2017 will be a better reading year for you 🙂 x

    • January 4, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      You got to read Illuminae this year!!!

      The podcast is called The Good, The Bad and the Book and you can check it out over here:
      There should be at least 3 episodes. I had so much fun chatting to them about the Classics and retellings.


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