2016 was definitely a wild ride.
If you asked my a year ago where I thought I would be now, there is no way I would have guessed it would have ended up like this. In the past year I have graduated from my old school and started a wonderful new school in Massachusetts. I started this blog, and have had a great time writing reviews, interviewing amazing authors, and meeting lots of friends in the blogiverse. I also met my goal of reading 60 books this year (just barely), most of which I enjoyed very much.
There have been some low points to the year, but luckily there were only a few, and nothing I couldn’t work past. I think what surprised me the most this year was the sheer amount of influential celebrities that passed away. Most recently Carrie Fischer passed, which really made me sad. I grew up loving Princess Leia, and always wanted my hair done in “Leia buns”. As I grew up, I learned from Carrie as a person. She was so open and honest about her struggles, and it was inspiring to see such a strong woman stand up for who she is and not take crap from anyone. When she reprised her role as Leia in the seventh Star Wars, she proved again that it is possible for a girl to be a princess and a general; they are not mutually exclusive.
As for my favorite books released in 2016, there were quite a few. However, for the sake of this list, I’m going to give my top 3.
- Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard
This book really brought out the romantic in me. It was beautifully written and had me captivated from the first word until long after the last. The ideas behind the book were original, which is hard to do considering the sheer amounts of books written about the afterlife (believe me, I went through a phase). And like all good books, Beyond the Rising Tide had a surprising yet satisfying ending. Do I want more? YES. PLEASE. Should everyone read this? Is that even a question? YES!! Go get a copy now and don’t forget the tissues.
2. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
This book was suspenseful, thoughtful, easy to read, captivating, and just plain amazing. There is no getting around the fact that Chelsea Sedoti is kind of a genius. This book completely emerged me in its world, and kept me guessing at all the theory’s Hawthorne came up with about Lizzie’s death. The characters in The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett are diverse and unlike any I had encountered before, yet they seemed so perfectly in place. If you are looking for a good book to read on vacation, or on any given weekend, don’t look any further. This is your book.
3. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Folk-lore, small towns, hot mysterious guys, witchcraft, and secrets. What more can you possibly want from a book? Fear the Drowning Deep was a magical experience. It mixed together ancient language and beliefs with enough mystery, supernatural encounters, and hotness (looking at you Fynn) to keep me from putting the book down until I had finished the last page. Bridey was an extremely real character, bringing the book together and making it feel like real life rather than a story. Looking for a good supernatural, historical, or amazing book to read? Fear The Drowning deep is for you (read: everyone)!!
And there you have it! What were your favorite releases/reads of 2016? How was your year? Let me know in the comments!!