Longest Book – 11/22/63 by Stephen King
At 849 pages this was my longest book read this year! I read this back in March/April before I watched the TV adaptation and I really enjoyed the unique take on time travel.
Shortest Book – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
On the other end of the spectrum this book was only 59 pages and it was a great quick read before the movie came out! If you love Harry Potter and haven’t seen this movie yet what are you waiting for??
Favorite Stand Alone – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
My husband and I listened to this on audiobook during a summer road trip to Georgia and my goodness it was so great! A fantasticly creepy horror book by Stephen King’s son. If you like Stephen King I highly recommend checking this one out.
Least Favorite Stand Alone– Untitled Beauty by C.E. Wilson
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I found this book to be HIGHLY problematic, if you want to see my detailed thoughts you can check out my full review here.
Favorite Series – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I read most of this series back in 2015 but read the last book in early 2016. This series is a fantastic sci-fi take on fairy tales. Often times with book series I find the last book to be a bit of a letdown, it’s hard to wrap up an epic series in a good way. This series finished so well and wrapped up all of the characters in a satisfying, but not fan servicing way.
Least Favorite Series – Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I found this series to be so boring and generic. The insta love was also something I just could not connect to. I decided not to continue this series as I just can’t get excited about it and I have too many other interesting books on my TBR.
I’m so glad this ended up on my TBR, but I can’t for the life of me remember what made me add it. The character development was really enjoyable and learning more about Nepal was eye opening for me.
Last Book Read – A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
This series is SO GOOD! I absolutely love that the romance sub plot is not something too heavy handed and that it wasn’t introduced until well into the first book. Even with that romance remains something more in the background and I personally find that this makes the storyline much more enjoyable. Also, the magic and world building is fantastic and engaging, I can’t wait for the next book to come out in February!
Favorite Contemporary – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Contemporaries are typically not something I gravitate towards but I found this one to be so sweet and enjoyable. I really related to the fandom aspect of it and can’t wait to read the counterpart Carry On.
Favorite Romance – November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Another genre I typically do not like at all, but this sucked me in so hard and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next!
Favorite Memoir – The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
I didn’t use to read very many memoirs and most of the ones I’ve read this year I haven’t really enjoyed. The author grew up in Iran during the Islamic revolution and this is her story of growing up in that turmoil. I love that this is in graphic novel form, it tones down the harshness of the subject matter without diminishing it. Go read this!
That wraps up my 2016 book awards! What were your favorite reads this year? I would love to chat about them!