BEST Of 2016: TOP 5 Non Fiction

 

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Time for the final part of my best of 2016 series! I managed to read more non fiction stories than ever last year, so I thought it deserved its own top 5 list. These are all without doubt very interesting reads!


5. We’re All Mad Here (4 stars) by Claire Eastham

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4. Furiously Happy (4 stars) by Jenny Lawson

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3. When Breath Becomes Air (4,5 stars) by Paul Kalanithi

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2. Stealing Like An Artist (5 stars) by Austin Kleon

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1. The Honor Was Mine (5 stars) by Elizabeth Heaney

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Have you read any of these titles yourself? What were your favorite non fiction reads of 2016? Feel free to comment! 🙂

BEST OF 2016: TOP 5 YA

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Part five of my best of 2016 series already, and this time it’s all about YA. I tend to read a lot of Young Adult books of a variety of genres, and these five below were among the best. (And yes, I’m aware some of the books I have already mentioned in previous TOP 5 lists are YA as well…)


5. Every Last Word (4,5 stars) by Tamara Ireland Stone

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4. Extraordinary Means (4,5 stars) by Robyn Schneider

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3. The Art Of Being Normal (4,5 stars) by Lisa Williamson

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2. Tell Me Three Things (4,5 stars) by Julie Buxbaum

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1. The Conspiracy Of Us series by Maggie Hall: The Conspiracy Of Us (5 stars) and Map Of Fates (4,5 stars)

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Have you read any of these titles yourself? What were your favorite YA reads of 2016? Feel free to comment! 🙂

BEST OF 2016: TOP 5 Historical Fiction

 

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Today it’s time for part four of my best of 2016 series, and today it’s all about historical fiction novels. It’s one of my favorite genres, and I managed to read quite a few interesting stories this year. Below my five favorite of the bunch:


5. Homegoing (4 stars) by Yaa Gyasi

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4. The Nightingale (4 stars) by Kristin Hannah

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3. From Sand And Ash (4,5 stars) by Amy Harmon

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2. Out Of The Easy (4,5 stars) by Ruta Sepetys

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1. All The Light We Cannot See (5 stars) by Anthony Doerr

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Have you read any of these titles yourself? What were your favorite historical fiction reads of 2016? Feel free to comment! 🙂

BEST OF 2016: TOP 5 Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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This is already part three of my best of 2016 series, and this time it’s time to think about all those sci-fi and fantasy books I’ve read last year. There were quite a lot of excellent new discoveries, and these below are my absolute favorites.


5. The Girl With All The Gifts (4,5 stars) by M.R. Carey

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4. Neverwhere (5 stars) by Neil Gaiman

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3. This Savage Song (5 stars) by Victoria (V.E.) Schwab

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2. Dark Matter (5 stars) by Blake Crouch

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1. Shades Of Magic series by V.E. Schwab: A Darker Shade Of Magic (5 stars) and A Gathering Of Shadows (4,5 stars)

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Have you read any of these titles yourself? What were your favorite sci-fi/fantasy reads of 2016? Feel free to comment! 🙂

BEST OF 2016: TOP 5 Fiction

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Now 2016 is officially wrapped up, it’s time to think about those books I’ve read last year and highlight the best. Today it’s all about those fiction reads that really stood out for me. I will make a different post for other YA fiction reads and historical fiction novels, because yet again I had too many titles to choose from. I guess it’s a sign there were many excellent reads last year though. 😉


5. The Bitter Side Of Sweet (4,5 stars) by Tara Sullivan

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4. I’ll Meet You There (5 stars) by Heather Demetrios

3. It Ends With Us (5 stars) by Colleen Hoover

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2. A Man Called Ove (5 stars) by Fredrik Backman

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1. The Summer That Melted Everything (5 stars) by Tiffany McDaniel

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Have you read any of these titles yourself? What were your favorite fiction reads of 2016? Feel free to comment! 🙂

BEST OF 2016: TOP 5 Mystery/Thrillers

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First of all I want to wish everyone a very happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great time last night and I wish you all the best for 2017. ❤ ❤ ❤

With 2016 being officially over, I think it’s about time to start thinking about all those books I’ve read last year… And put those I enjoyed most into a well-deserved spotlight. I found it impossible to just select ten titles for a normal top 10, so I will be splitting them into different genres. Today it’s all about one of my favorite genres: mystery/thrillers. It was also one of the hardest genres to narrow down to just five titles! Because not only did I read a lot of books belonging to the genre last year, a lot of them were also excellent! But these would be my absolute favorites of the bunch:


5. The Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza: The Girl In The Ice (4 stars), The Night Stalker (4,5 stars) and Dark Water (3,5 stars)

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4. The Ice Twins (4 stars) and The Fire Child (4,5 stars) by S.K. Tremayne

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3. The Sister (4 stars) and The Gift (4,5 stars) by Louise Jensen

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2. The Girl From The Sea (4,5 stars) and The Best Friend (4,5 stars) by Shalini Boland

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1. All The Missing Girls (5 stars) by Megan Miranda

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Have you read any of these titles yourself? What are your favorite mystery/thrillers you read in 2016? Feel free to comment! 🙂

TOP 10 Favorite New Authors Discovered In 2016

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With this year almost coming to an end, I thought it was about time to look back at all those books I’ve read and all those amazing new authors I have discovered in 2016. Some of the authors on this list have published their debut this year, while others have been writing books for years and I’ve only started reading their work recently. But what all have in common is that they have written some pretty darn good books! ❤ ❤


1. VICTORIA (V.E.) SCHWAB

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There is simply no way I can talk about favorite new authors without mentioning this author and her work. I don’t know why I have started reading her books before 2016, but what I do know is that V.E. Schwab is now one of my all time favorite authors. Everything she writes is simply brilliant!! A Darker Shade Of Magic is still my absolute favorite, with This Savage Song coming in a close second. But both A Gathering Of Shadows and Vicious were excellent reads as well. I will be looking forward to the sequels that will be published in 2017!

2. FREDRIK BACKMAN

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Although this Swedish author has been publishing books for years, I’ve only recently found out about his work. Fredrik Backman has been all over the book blog community lately, and his work is worth all the hype around it. I read A Man Called Ove last month and completely fell in love with both the character, the prose and the humor used. Not many authors can make me laugh and cry with the same story, and he is without doubt one of my favorite new discoveries this year.

3. BLAKE CROUCH

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I was vaguely aware of this author and his Wayward Pines series, but with so many other pending series I never actually bought a copy of the first book. But then earlier this year suddenly Dark Matter was literally EVERYWHERE. I admit I don’t read a lot of science fiction; not because I don’t like the genre, but there are other genres I simply like better. But it was really hard to ignore this book after so many recommendations, and Dark Matter is definitely one of those books that is actually worth the hype. It was simply BRILLIANT.

4. SHALINI BOLAND

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I requested a Netgalley copy of The Girl From The Sea a few months back, and it turned out to be one of the best psychological thrillers I was able to read this year. Shalini Boland instantly made it to my new favorite authors list, so I was more than honored when she contacted me with the question if I wanted to read/review her newest book The Best Friend as well. it turned out to be yet another excellent psychological thriller, and I will definitely be looking forward to any new thriller titles.

5. MEGAN MIRANDA

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Megan Miranda is another author that became an instant favorite after reading a Netgalley ARC. All The Missing Girls is without doubt one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read and one I cannot recommend enough. I have just received a copy of The Perfect Stranger as well, which will be published next year, and words cannot describe how excited I am to be reading this book soon! 😀

6. TIFFANY MCDANIEL

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Did I mention already how happy I am that I finally signed up for Netgalley this year?! TIffany McDaniel is yet another Netgalley find, and it’s without doubt one of the most interesting and well written stories I’ve read this year. The Summer That Melted Everything is the author’s debut novel, and what a brilliant way to start!

7. ROBERT BRYNDZA

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned before the mystery/thriller genre is one of my favorites, and the books in DCI Erika Foster series always seem to deliver. And to be honest, I’m in awe with the pace Robert Bryndza is able to write and publish so many quality thrillers! The Girl In The Ice, The Night Stalker and Dark Water have all been published in 2016, and although the second book is my absolute favorite, I highly enjoyed all three of them. I will be looking forward to the next book of the series!

8. MAGGIE HALL

theconspiracyofusseriesTo be honest, I wasn’t to sure if this series was going to be for me…But besides the romance scenes I didn’t particularly care for, The Conspiracy Of Us is basically an example of what I would call a perfect read. A fast pace, easy-to-read prose, an interesting plot with just the right amount of plot twists, an international atmosphere, characters I can connect to… Check. Check. CHECK! I loved the first book so much I decided to read the sequel Map Of Fates straight away and trust me, that doesn’t happen often. The third book is one of my most anticipated 2017 releases… And Maggie Hall one of my new favorite authors.

9. HEATHER DEMETRIOS

I saw this book around a lot last year, but was afraid to read it because I thought it was going to be another sappy romance novel. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Heather Demetrios has made it to my new favorite author list with I’ll Meet You There, a well written story full of raw and honest emotions, flawed characters you cannot help but fall in love with and just the right dose of romance. I practically flew through this book and it’s without one of my favorite reads so far this year.

10. JULIE BUXBAUM

tellmethreethingsI always seem to be complaining about romance scenes I didn’t like, but there are authors that can make me forget I don’t actually like the genre all that much. Julie Buxbaum turned out to be one of them. Sure, Tell Me Three Things is in fact quite cheesy and even has the dreaded love triangle, but I fell in love with the story anyway. It’s the perfect ‘feel-good’ read and very very addicting.


I can’t believe how hard it was to narrow it down to just ten authors! I guess it’s a great sign I was able to read a LOT of excellent books this year though. 😉 Have you read any of these books? And what are your favorite new authors this year?