\\ Favorite Books of 2016 (So Far) \\

We're more than halfway through the year, and I thought there'd be nothing better to do than do a round-up post of all my top reads so far for 2016. I hope you enjoy, and maybe even find a few new books to add to your tbr. ^-^

{all books are linked to goodreads or my reviews :))}

After having my heart ripped out by both of these books, I have vowed to read anything and everything Shaun David Hutchinson writes from here on out. Both books are incredibly deep contemporaries, and I kind of, maybe, perhaps, cried a little???
I'm definitely a reader that prefers characters over plot, and while both books were fantastic on each end, the characters were just so real and intricate, and were my favorite part of the books. Not to mention that Hutchinson has a really raw way of writing; he never skims on anything, and tends to say stuff as it is, no matter how dark/depressing it may be, and that's something I love, and haven't been able to find often in books I've read this year. 

The finale to one of my favorite series, The Raven Cycle, came out in April, and although it was quite different from the end I expected, I adored the last edition of this series. The pynch scenes made my heart dance with joy + the recurring theme of the line, "depending on where you began the story--" was one of my favorite bookish quirks ever. I miss my little raven boys & blue so much, but the story was such a work of art and I firmly believe that Stiefvater couldn't have written anything more magnificent than this ending.

Come on, you knew it was coming. I've mentioned this book 4 (?) times in a row so far these past months, and I don't regret a thing, because it's my favorite and I'm obsessed. It has consumed me, and it's my #1 book of the year. 
(Empire of Storms is yet to come out, but still. THIS. BOOK.)

Because hello hi yes I just really love this woman and her red hair and her gorgeous feels inducing books. I've yet to read Vicious this year (that's next on the list) but from all that I've read of Victoria's works, I can safely say that she is a.) a magician with words, and b.) one of the most terrific authors out there. All of her books are definitely my top favorites for the year. <3 

You guys have no idea how long I avoided reading this. It's been sitting on my shelf for almost a year, and I could just never pick it up. The hype for it is out of this world, and to be honest, that scared me to death. But Crooked Kingdom comes out soon, and I finally figured that I better read it before then aND NOW HERE I AM, WITH SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK + IT'S CHARACTERS.
Six of Crows was such a mind-blowing book. It's a heist book at its basis, and it's a really smart one at that. The plot was absolutely insane, and I wish I had half of Kaz Brekker's brains. honestly i just wish i had kaz brekker   There were so many plot twists that left me flailing, and the connection between all of the characters + their banter was phenomenal. I could go on for daaaaays about this book.

((Also, Leigh Bardugo is a total sweetheart, and her instagram stories + her excitedness give me life. She's so terrific, and just makes me so much happier about her books.))

How to know when you've written a good book: when you can make the most unfeeling girl of ever (*cough*me*cough*) cry over a damn computer. I went into this book expecting to hate it, and I came out of it with tears and the inability to breathe + function normally. This was so freaking good, and like Six of Crows, was one of those 2015 releases I kept pushing off because I was afraid of the hype. 
Note to self: stop doing that.

And, I mean, of course, these aren't ALL of my favorites for the year so far, but I figured I could only ramble for so long. ;) 
That being said, here are a few more. 

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli// The Serpent King- Jeff Zentner// The Foxhole Court- Nora Sakavic// The Infernal Devices Trilogy- Cassandra Clare// Symptoms of Being Human- Jeff Garvin//

And there we go! Those are my favorites books of 2016 so far! I hope you enjoyed, and that you're having a lovely time, wherever you are. ^-^

CHAT WITH ME. Have you had a good reading year so far? What are your favorites? Favorite series? Favorite stand-alone? Have you read any of the books on my list? Tell me everything! 


  1. I completely agree with most these books! The foxhole court was just a honorable mention? Whaaaat?

    - Edie

    1. i did honorable mention only because i can't restrain myself to just writing tiny paragraphs about it xD
      xx a

  2. I think I've had a good reading year? I'm very, very stingy with my stars when I review, and I reserve five stars for the books I find zero flaws in. (I think I've had two, mayyyyybe three so far this year?) So although I tend to rate books lower than most people I did still enjoy a lot of them.

    SIMON VS. WAS PERFECT, YES. Literally the only thing I didn't like was the dog's name. That was it. The only thing I didn't like.

    (And, okay, as we started narrowing down whom Blue could be I found myself shipping him with Simon less and less? Like with Cal I was like "AGH OMG THE SHIPS", and with Martin I was like "You know, I didn't think I would ship this, but I really do???" and with Bram I was like "I ship it, sort of, but not as much." So I guess for that reason I'd give it more like 4.5 stars than 5.)

    Have you ever read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick? If you haven't, I think it's exactly the kind of thing you would like. It's about a depressed teen on the day he plans to commit suicide, and it's a pretty short read, but it's oh-so gritty and real. Leonard pulls no punches - he's a tell it like it is narrator. I think it's one of the only contemporary YA books I've ever read that comes close to describing something that I feel could actually happen to me or someone I know. Anyway, it's an excellent book, and I highly recommend it. :)

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. meanwhile i'm over here handing out five stars like candy. xD
      no but honestly i'm really picky about the stuff i read so i tend to pick up stuff i KNOW i'll like.

      SIMON VS. IS SO ADORABLE I LOVE IT. i legit can't remember the dog's name oml.

      ((i know exactly what you mean. i wasn't totally invested in the ship; more just in the cute story and all of simon's antics.))

      I HAVE NOT BUT I LITERALLY JUST ORDERED IT AND I AM EXCITED TO READ IT. it sounds exactly like something i'll love. ^-^

      xx a

  3. i've been rereading the ranger's apprentice series, simply because it was one of my favorites as a kid and i was feeling nostalgic at the beginning of this year. my favorite read so far has definitely been radio silence by alice oseman - if you haven't read it, i think it's something you really might like.
    ahhhh is that a viola? do you play?
    we are the ants is one of those that has been sitting on my tbr pile forever. maybe i'll finally kick into gear and get it read this month :)

    evelyn clickman @ if these stars shall fall

    1. i've never read those + i always hear people mentioning that series! if i ever have the time one day i want to pick it up just for kicks. ;)
      i haven't read that-- i'll definitely be adding it to my tbr list though, thank you for the rec!
      it is a viola! i played for about four years and haven't picked it up for about the past two years but i really want to get back into it soon. ^-^
      oh, i hope you like it! it's what really got me into branching out from fantasy and reading more contemporary books. <3
      xx a

  4. GAHHH SO MANY GOOD BOOKS!! I need to read We Are The Ants and This Savage Song ASAP. My favorites? Oh Harry Potter, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Girl Against the Universe... <3 AGAIN SO MANY GOOD BOOKS!!

    anna | annaish

    1. this savage song was perfection. if i could loan you my copy i totally would. it's terrific. <3
      harry potter is always so wonderful. ^-^
      xx a

  5. Illuminae and Six of Crows were two of my favorite books of 2015, so I'm SO excited to see them on your list. :) And I've heard so many great things about We Are Ants and This Savage Song. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    1. They are so fantastic; I love them both to bits. <3
      thank you for always leaving such sweet comments, zoe! ^-^
      xx a

  6. I absolutely ADORED The Raven King - it wasn't exactly what I expected, but I was still very satisfied with it. I'm a little afraid of the Ronnan trilogy, though, OF COURSE, I'm also unbelievably excited about it! Illuminae was also one magnificent book - so unique and emotional and awww that ending gave me all the feels.
    Wonderful list! :)
    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

  7. Symptoms of Being Human sounds like something Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars would say. Just a little tidbit.


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