So far I’ve read 119 books this year.
This is because a) I’m a ferociously avid reader, and b) I have no life whatsoever, and c) occasionally I have my dog read aloud to me to help me speed through the gargantuan TBR. He’s not very good at this, of course, just like he’s hopeless at making me sandwiches. GOOD HELP IS HARD TO FIND SHEESH. That all aside, I’ve read a fair few 2016 releases that I’m quite fond of. Naturally I’ll smack you in the face with them.
Isn’t this going to be fun?!
Although I have to confess that I have a “best-of-2016” shelf on Goodreads…AND IT ONLY HAS 9 BOOKS ON IT. Am I getting pickier in my anciently old age? Yes, yes I am. #tragedy I also feel like 2016 hasn’t been particularly impressive? 50% of the books I’ve read have been 2016-releases…AND YET HERE I AM. SQUINTING SHIFTILY AND ASKING 2016 TO DO BETTER.
SO UM OF COURSE THE RAVEN KING IS ON HERE. I AM THE MOST WILD OF MAGGIE STIEFVATER FANS TO EVER STUMBLE BLINDLY AFTER BEING STABBED WITH FEELS UPON THIS EARTH. In fact, #hipstermoment, I was a rabid Stiefvaterfan before half the internet was. This makes my bond special. I cannot live without Stiefvater-books or I will combust.
Anyway. The Raven King is the fourth and finale book in the cycle and I LOVED IT. (Obviously. Let’s just establish that I love everything she writes.) It wasn’t what I expected??? But it still was everything to me and ‘scuse me I NEED A MOMENT TO SHRIEK.
Also if you have not read a Raven book yet — PLEASE RE-EVALUATE YOUR LIFE CHOICES. Your queen decrees it.
2. HALF LOST
I say this occasionally (aka, every second post) that Half Lost (the final Half Bad book) has a controversial ending. I also occasionally say: I FREAKING LOVED THAT BOOK. I like books that absolutely mess with my feels, give me bookhangovers, have me weeping in the streets, and reduce me to a dribbling puddle in the corner. I am Vulcan okay, peoples?! IF SOMETHING MAKES ME FEEL, I SAY IT’S BRILLIANT.
It took Arin and Kestrel basically three books and 900 combined pages over the trilogy to GET THEIR BRAINS FUNCTIONING. Yet they are one of my most favourite ships. I particularly loved the finale for this series because of so so many reasons, and I shall list them for you:
- Kestrel nearly died
- Arin nearly died
- Everyone nearly died dangit except for those who did actually die but I SPILL NO SPOILERS
- Roshar named his tiger Arin and proceeded to tell everyone tiger-Arin was better than human-Arin
- I like Roshar
- I like tiger-Arin
- There was so much stabby stabbings
- Good times for everyone, to be honest
- (EXCEPT FOR THOSE WHO DIED; I THINK THEY WERE A BIT PUT OUT)
Ugh, VE Schwab. Ugh.
Why am I saying “ugh” in the same sentence as one of my new favourite authors? BECAUSE I RATE ALL HER BOOKS 5-STARS AND THEY KILL ME EACH TIME. All these emotions — it’s unhealthy. I think I’m coming down with an acute case of humanity and we can’t have that. I must maliciously eat a planet to cure myself.
That aside, AGOS was amazing (although book 1 was better, but just by a smidge) and I officially love Kell and his moodiness and slightly violent but polite tendencies. I mean, I loved him from page 1 in the first book. But I’m confirming it here.
Also the cliffhanger WAS SO CRUEL. I AM IN ALL THE PAIN.
2016 has been very slack with producing wonderful Epic Fantasies. (Or else I’m just fussy because I’ve read some dashingly good adult ones and YA needs to raise its standards.) BUT ANYWAY. The Impostor Queen was flawlessly amazing. It’s like a violently vicious version of Disney’s Frozen. THAT SOUNDS AWESOME, AND YOU KNOW IT.
Also! I’m particularly pleased with this because I read Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine last year and thought it was decidedly BLEH. (I’m very eloquent. I know I know.) Yet The Impostor Queen is 5-stars??? And all the love???? Definite proof authors need second chances.
Oh oh another Epic Fantasy that managed to please me! Why? HIGH LEVELS OF SARCASM + CHEESE BUNS + HATE-TO-LOVE ROMANCE + STABBY STABBINGS = THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING. Read it for the sarcasm! Embrace the sarcasm!
And also there are people who have magical powers and can pull your spine out through your nose so #GoodTimes
See what I mean? UGH V.E. SCHWAB. MY FEEEEEELS.
This is a book about monsters. I love monsters. I adore monsters. Particularly cute polite monsters who suffer from sensory overload, play the violin, and also eat your soul. So delightful!
This is such a precious book about internet friendships and anxiety. IT’S SO STINKIN’ CUTE AND RELATABLE. I definitely recommend it for people (aka all of us) who value internet friendships. I mean, sure the person behind the screen could be a manic psychopath who keeps pet axes and bathes in the blood of virgins. BUT MORE OFTEN = internet people are super nice.
I am super nice, for instance. You obviously just have to trust me on this because a) you never see my face, and b) I often claim to be an evil overlord. BUT TRUST IS GOOD, HAVE TRUST.
Anyway. It is also an A+ representation of anxiety. Also. The author tweeted that my review made her bad day much better — SEE HOW NICE AND WONDERFUL I AM???? Muchly so.
I loved this book a lot, despite the title being total lies. No one goes around sniffing houses. I honestly envisioned a group of teenagers dashing across Alaska, busting through doors, and SNIFFING all the things. They did not.
But the writing is so beautiful and sensory (which is where the sniffing truly comes in: you can totally smell and taste the world because the writing is that fabulous) I WANTED TO DEVOUR IT AT DAWN. And I assure you that I did sniff it. Because obviously.
10. LADY MIDNIGHT
Do I love Cassandra Clare? JUST A LITTLE BIT. I only own a mild conglomeration of her books and they are all beautiful and I love everything. Plus Lady Midnight absolutely astounded me by mixing ALL OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS…aka murder, tragic boys, and intense sass. Such a good combination. All books should be this way.
Now I don’t mean to tell you how to live (#lies, I totally do) but THESE ARE EXCELLENT BOOKS AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM.
I did notice that A) none of these are debuts, and B) many of them are series finales. But these are the books that have stabbed my feels and totally owned me. I just want to extend the feels stabbing kindness to you. And let’s hope the rest of 2016 ups its game and BRINGS FORTH EXCELLENT PAPERY TORTURES FOR US TO CRY OVER AND LOVE.