Top 5 & Bottom 5 Books of 2016 So Far

Top 5 Bottom 5

Happy Monday Bookish Babes! Last week I updated you guys on my 2016 reading goals, but I didn’t talk about which books I liked and didn’t. Today I thought I would share my 5 favorite and 5 least favorite books so far this year.

Top5

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My favorite book so far this year is definitely Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I actually have a full post dedicated to this book which you can check out here. This is the first (and so far only)  Rainbow Rowell book I have read and I absolutely loved it. I’m not usually a sucker for coming of age stories, but the geeky twist on this one was right up my alley. I completely fell in love with the main character and related to her on multiple levels. I highly recommend checking this one out!

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I am so surprised a romance-centric book is in my top 5! Romance is one of my least favorite genres, but something about this book completely captured my attention. I really loved how this story played out, the pace of the writing kept me enthralled through the entire book. I am definitely adding more Colleen Hoover to my to read list, so if you have any favorites let me know!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

It makes me so incredibly happy when a good series ends on a high note and Winter was a fantastic ending to The Lunar Chronicles series. If you haven’t checked out this series yet I certainly recommend you do, it is such a unique fairy tale retelling that will keep you on your toes throughout all four books.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Stephen King’s work has become hit or miss for me over the past couple years. I didn’t like Dark Tower or The Stand, but I absolutely loved Shawshank Redemption and 11/22/63. I found this to be such an interesting take on time travel and the butterfly effect. Living in Dallas I have grown up learning about the Kennedy assassination and its history, but I had no idea how far the conspiracy theories went and how complex they were before reading this book. This is a massive book at 849 pages, but if you are a fan of sci-fi and Stephen King you should make a point to pick it up.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Oh how I love Neil Gaiman audio books, this is the 3rd one I have listened to and I love that Gaiman narrates his own work. Gaiman’s take on sci-fi is so intriguing and original, I never know what I’m getting into with his books. I can’t really say much without giving anything away, but this is an excellent creepy sci-fi with a sense of wonder. What’s your favorite Neil Gaiman book??

 

Bottom5

Paper Towns by John Green

After loving The Fault in Our Stars and hearing all the hype around this book I was expecting to really enjoy it, however that is not the case. The characters in this book fell flat for me and I really didn’t connect or like any of them. I also found the mystery that was central to the plot to be boring and unsatisfying in the end. Now, I know that’s part of the point of the story, but I just didn’t enjoy reading it. I have yet to see the movie and I’m not sure if I will.

Twin Reflections (The Maze of Mirrors #1) by Elizabeth R. Joseph

This is another one that I have a full review on, you can check that out here. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I found the world building in this book to be lacking and the characters hard to connect with. Even though I wasn’t a big fan of the book I’m impressed by the drive and determination of the young author, I hope to see her continue writing.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Yes, I do have a Neil Gaiman book in both the top and bottom lists. As much as I love Gaiman’s work this book was just not my favorite. As is always the case with his work I think the story was well written and the plot well thought out, however the story line was just not something I particularly enjoyed. I did pull a book lover faux pas and watched the movie before reading the book, and let me tell you that movie is CREEPY. It looks like it’s made for children but that would have scarred me for life as a kid.

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

This is another hyped up book that I didn’t fall in love with. I found the world in this book to be VERY similar to the Hunger Games series, which really put me off at the beginning. As I read more the world became more distinct and original, however I could not get over the Hunger Games vibes. Also….that love triangle though…can we not have an awesome, bad ass, distopian series without a messy love triangle? It’s not asking much, I promise. The end of the book left me interested enough that I plan on reading the sequel, but overall I was not impressed.

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Oh how I did not like this book. I did not enjoy the tone of the writing and I didn’t agree with a lot of things that Moran had to say about being a woman. For one….it is NOT a pre-requisite of being a woman that you have to intentionally taste your period blood. Just….what….no. There were some chapters I actually really enjoyed, but it was hard to get through this book.

 

What have been your favorites and duds of the year? I would love to know!

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