Best and Worst Reads of 2016

Hello lovelies! It feels so weird to actually be writing a bookish post after so long, but I’m excited to drive right in! Today I’m going to be highlighting some of my favourite, and least favourite, books I’ve read this year (you know, before the great five month reading slump began *sighs*). I’m going to try and ease my way back into reading in the new year, so hopefully I’ll be posting more content along these lines in the next few months 🙂

2016 Best Reads

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This book hit me like a ton of bookish brick feels, and I was so not prepared! Along with major feels, this book also gave me a lot of perspective and made me appreciate my loved ones infinitely more. If you haven’t read this one yet, please do! It’s not your average YA contemporary love story – it is so, so, so much more.

Click here to read my full review. 


One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

This is another book I wasn’t expecting to like quite as much as I did. In contrast to the first book I talked about, this one is definitely fluffy and cute and basically everything you need in the morning period of finishing another epic tale. Summer, Paris and cute Parisian boys… what more could you ask for?

Click here to read my full review.


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This is the first book I’ve read by Alexandra Bracken, and I am so excited to explore more of her publications! I don’t read many books involving time travel, so this one was a breath of fresh air for me. The time periods and descriptions are so wonderful – I could vividly picture every scene the author was trying to portray. The only draw-back to this book is how insta-lovey the relationship between the two main characters is, but the book is fast paced so it didn’t bother me too much.

Click here to read my full review. 


Winger by Andrew Smith

This was a bit of a different read for me – it’s still contemporary YA, but its protagonist is a teenage boy who is a rugby player. I wasn’t expecting much from this book, in all honesty, but the characters and storyline got me and I became an instant fan (I also maybe started paying more attention to rugby in real life haha).

Click here to read my full review. 


Vicious by V.E. Schwab

This book is everything. It wasn’t until I sat down after finishing it and had a good old think about it, that I realised just how jaw droopingly amazing and genius it is. Seriously, don’t think, just pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

Click here to read my full review.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab 

Because of how much I adored Vicious, I just had to pick up another one of Victoria’s books! I certainly do not regret that decision now – this book was right up my alley. I’ve never read a book quite like this, but the world building and concept completely drew me in and I was hooked straight away. I highly suggest this one, along with everything else on this list!

Click here to read my full review.

A Darker Shade final for Irene

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Ahhhh, of course I couldn’t go one post without mentioning a Shadowhunter book – I’M AN ADDICT, OK. Anyway… this book is my life. The Shadowhunter Chronicles is my life. Cassandra Clare is my life. I have the Fearless rune tattooed on my wrist.

If you haven’t picked up one of Cassie’s books by now, you haven’t really lived.

Click here to read my full review. 


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Ahahahahah oops. Of course there would be more than one Shadowhunter book on here, I am an addict, after all. Same as before though, pick up the damn books!

Click here to read my full review.


2016 Worst Reads

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone


This had so much bloody potential. It started off well – funny, strong family ties, 3D characters – but it fell a bit flat on its face for me. The plot wasn’t very strong, with lots of weak points, and I couldn’t really relate to the main character. Still give this book a shot if the synopsis sounds good to you, it just wasn’t for me!

Click here to read my full review.


Love and Other Man-Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty


Too much insta-love. Too much cringe. Just too, too much of the stuff you don’t want in a contemporary YA, you feel? Maybe younger readers will enjoy this one more, but anyone over the age of 13/14… meh, I’d give it a miss.

Click here to read my full review.


Thank you so much for reading, lovelies! Thankfully the good books I’ve read outweigh the bad this year haha. Let me know your least and most favourite books that you’ve read in 2016 🙂 Also, I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and party very, very hard! ❤shannon

22 thoughts on “Best and Worst Reads of 2016

  1. Yes, yes, “genius” is a great way to describe V.E. Schwab’s writing. I love her so much. Vicious and ADSOM are amazing. That is so cool that you have the fearless rune tattooed on your wrist! I MUST get around to reading Lady Midnight and anything by Alexandra Bracken–I was thinking of starting with Darkest Minds. Happy New Year!

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  2. As my first book purchase of 2017, I will choose Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and The Problem With Forever by Armentrout. Your reviews convinced me they both would be a good investment of my precious reading time. I find myself reading more and more YA (labeled) books. It always cheers me to see a younger person dealing with obstacles and situations well. This blog was just like “old times.” May 2017 bring you prosperous times and nothing but good things.

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  3. I have been waiting to read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy for SOOO LONG and I finally have the book version wooo!! I am seriously addicted to all of Cassandra Clare’s books…I need to re-read them all soon 😂😂 they are LIFE! don’t you just feel like once you’ve read those books and dived in to that world, that they are just forever a part of you?? 😂😂

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