2016 in Review: My top 10!

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You know how everybody seems to be disappointed with 2016 in general? Yeah? Well, that’s how I’m feeling about it too and I just can’t wait for it to end! I’d say it’s not a very good year for me – save for the fact that I graduated from law school and I hurdled the bar exams this year! – the rest of 2016, though, was a total mess. And that includes the books I’ve read.

I honestly thought of not making a top 10 since I only read 27 books this year. I know, I know. Am I even a real book blogger, reading only 20 something books in 365 days? Like I said, it has been a rough year.

Anyway, this year was mostly dedicated to New Adult and a number of middle grade ones. Let’s get started!


10.

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There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure—a family man. And he’s pretty damn good at it.

Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy—but it finally feels like he’s got it together again….

So, of course something has to screw it all up. It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.

Tenth in my list is Emma Chase’s Sidebarred. If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you would know that Emma Chase is MY queen of New Adult! I love everything she writes about and I’d basically stop everything when she publishes a new book! Sidebarred is a novella for Appealed, the story of Jake and Chelsea and their lovely kids! If you are into lawyer-y kind of romance, and if you’re looking for a good laugh and heartwarming tale of love, this one is definitely for you!

9.

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What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

Although the title suggests that it’s totally going to be a smutty read, it was way more than that! It isn’t just your typical smut novel without a plot. Both Blake and Amanda has their own story to tell, plus author Karina Halle delved into what really goes in the minds of erotica authors and how they do it! It’s just that we have a twist here and that’s for you to find out if you haven’t read this!

8.

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From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.
These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 

The mystery. The characters. The plot. I can’t say anything else anymore, guys! I just need you to read Paper Princess and let me know when you get to the ending. Because a cliff hanger has never been done this good!

7.

18667779A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
 
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
 
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

You know you have a good novel in your hands when it speaks not only to your experiences but to your inner soul. It has the perfect formula of acceptance, hope, and self love. Nina LaCour also has a very poignant way of writing that every minor detail shouts a lot of meaning. I really enjoyed this book and I highly highly recommend it whether you’re trying to get over someone or just starting and hoping to find that one true love.

6.

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After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting-things don’t just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.

“The things is, a persons gets so few chances to really fix something, to make it right. When one of those opportunities comes along, you can’t overthink it. You’ve got to grab hold of it and cling to it with all your might, no matter how crazy it may seem.” – If you’re feeling down and lost and feels just you have nowhere to go, go get this one. It’s perfect.

5.

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More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

The Rithmatist is the first Sanderson book I’ve read and it just made me want to read everything BRANDON SANDERSON! It’s true what they say, you can never go wrong with Sanderson! Not only is this a middle grade fantasy, it also is a story of love, loss and getting back to your feet when everything just seems to be going against you. Definitely a must-read!

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She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cockycaptain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Remember when I told you that 2016 is mostly a year of NA’s? It’s actually The Deal that made me go back to NA without hesitation! After finishing this first installment, I knew I need to get into the rest of the series and I knew that whatever Elle Kennedy is publishing, I would get and read it. If you want a no-nonsense sexy story with perfectly lovable characters, you need to go grab this one!

3.

OneDaySoon-Amazon-683x1024He found me in blood and tears. 
I stayed with him through darkness and fire. 
We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth. 
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew. 
We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t. 
He ran away. 
I tried to move on. 
Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot. 

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever. 

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been. 

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted. 
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were. 
For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

One Day Soon shattered me to pieces. It was a tale of love, loss, pain and sacrifice. This is probably the heaviest book I’ve read in the past couple of years, emotionally speaking. It does not only talk about young love and finding it again after how many years in the future. It is not your usual New Adult book, and I’m not even sure if it should be classified under that genre. I totally recommend this one! I think words aren’t enough to describe all the realizations I’ve had after closing its last page!

2.

16151178Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

Just thinking about this one stirs something in me that I can’t even dare explain. It’s just perfect. The Sea of Tranquility is one beautiful piece of literature that I would even go on saying that books like this one is the reason why I read. So please please please if you haven’t picked this one up yet, plunge into it right now and don’t even think twice about it. I promise you, it’s going to be a perfectly wonderful experience!

1.

collared-williams-ebook-2When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.

When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.

When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.

When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.

I can’t ever imagine how my 2016 would be without having read Collared. I plunged into it without reading the back blurb and I was in awe with every page, with every word. I can’t stress enough how beautiful this book is and if there’s one title I would recommend over and over and over and over, it would be this!


Those are my top 10 of 2016, guys! I admit I didn’t read a lot and I wasn’t able to grab  many new releases and recently published ones, but I’m intending to fix that this year! Please leave a link of your 2016 review below, I can’t wait to see them!

Happy new year, everyone!

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32 thoughts on “2016 in Review: My top 10!

    • Thanks for dropping by, JM! 😀 I think Allie and I read it together in our little NA book club 😀 And yes, do check it out! It’s dark and mysterious and ahh, you’re going to love it! 🙂

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  1. Although I’m a “mostly YA” reader, some of the books you’ve listed caught my interest and I think I want to give it a try! Anyway, I’ve had a tough reading year too but I’m looking forward to this year!

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  2. What a great list! I binge read Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus series in a couple of days a couple of months ago. And they were really good reads.
    I’ve started to read more NA in the last couple of months, so added a couple of these to my list. Thanks for the post and stopping by on my blog.

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  3. Now, that’s a great list! We have the same dilemma! I have a very bad 2016 that I wanted it to be over. I am so thankful to have an awesome 2017 too! Wishing you to have a great beginning! And wow! You don’t know how I highly respect female lawyers! Good luck to your career! ❤

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  4. I’m here if you want/need to discuss Paper Princess. I have actually also read book 2 and it has a cliffhanger too, to prepare book 3 before starting that one.
    I’m also not able to read many new releases, but the important thing is that we read, it doesn’t matter when the book came out 🙂

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  5. Congratulations on law school, girl! 💕 Hope this means you have the allowance to read more this year, but no pressure.

    Tbh, all the books you’ve mentioned are completely unfamiliar to me. But I’ve been looking for some new NA to devour so maybe I should start here. 😂 Happy New Year!

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