I'm so happy with the number of books I've been able to read! I've read mostly adult fiction and YA books as well as a few comic books, graphic novels and a couple of non-fiction. Some of my favourite genres have been thrillers, mystery, YA or young adult and magical/quirky books. I've been lucky enough to work with some amazing publishers such as Pushkin Press, NoBrow, Penguin and Pan Macmillan.
Additionally, I joined Netgalley in 2016 which is a website that allows you to request and review new and upcoming books for free as e-books - I heard of it via booktube and I thought it was just available to North American youtubers, bloggers and reviewers but it's open to various countries including America, Canada, Australia and the UK so definitely check it out! Even though I was declined to review 40 books via Netgalley, I've been lucky enough to receive 58 free e-books, the majority of which I was able to read months and months before they were published.
It was so difficult to choose my favourite books as there are a lot to choose from but my choices are based on my star rating for each book and if the book, plot and characters have stuck with me since I read it and I've narrowed my selection down to 16 books from 2016, here they are in no particular order:
- Mort by Terry Pratchett: Wonderfully quirky & magical - ★★★★☆, 4/5
- The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid: Action packed sci-fi with romance - ★★★★☆, 4/5
- The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek: Eerie & suspenseful mystery/thriller - ★★★★☆, 4/5
- The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton: Historical mystery & adventure - ★★★★☆, 4/5
- The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K Rowling: Mystery with an endearing lead - ★★★★★, 5/5
- The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R Carey: Zombies, action & survival - ★★★★☆, 4/5
- Crane Pond by Richard Francis: Historial fiction with...witches? - ★★★★☆, 4/5
- Hero Born by Andy Livingstone: Swashbuckling coming of age adventure - ★★★★★, 5/5
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Magical & enchanting - ★★★★★, 5/5
- Harry Potter #1 by J.K Rowling: Does HP need any explanation! - ★★★★★, 5/5
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: Action, supernatural & amazing - ★★★★★, 5/5
- Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: Girl power, romance, friendship & magic - ★★★★★, 5/5
- The Women Who Made New York by Julie Scelfo: Inspiring & interesting - ★★★★★, 5/5
- Uprooted by Naomi Novak: Magic, romance and dark adventures - ★★★★☆, 4/5
- The Pendragon Legend by Antel Szerb: Folktales, mystery, legends - ★★★★☆, 4/5
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff: Bloody action, assassins & adventure - ★★★★☆, 4/5
I obviously recommend all of these books but if I had to choose just a few to recommend that everyone reads then I'd have to pick: Mort, The Night Circus, Harry Potter (obviously), The Bone Season (and the second book The Mime Order), Nevernight and The Women Who Made New York.
My reading goals for 2017 are to read more classics and non-fiction and to read at least 80 books in the year which I think is definitely achievable as I read 79 in 2016 but hopefully I'll be able to read much more! If you've read any of these then let me know what you thought in the comments below.
Have you read any of these? What have been your favourite books of 2016? What are you currently reading?