Top 10 books I read in 2016: mini-reviews


I’ll be honest. I read a lot less this year than I usually do. It’s been a rough year all the way around, and I’ll probably talk about that later. Meanwhile, I’m writing this annual mini-review post because it brings me joy and also, there’s little I love more than telling people what to read and how to live their lives.


10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

ravenboysAlso known as the book I was supposed to read four years ago when it debuted and didn’t and now I regret my choices.

In The Raven Boys, Blue (our heroine) is the only non-seer in her psychic family. But when she has a vision on St. Mark’s Eve of a boy who will soon die, her clairvoyant mother tells her that the only reason Blue would see him is either that she is his true love, or she killed him herself. The boy – Gansley – goes to Aglionby Academy (infamous for its privileged “Raven Boys”) and when he and Blue accidentally cross paths, she gets swept up in a mystery that she knows will lead to a tragic end for both of them.

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Top 10 books I read in 2015: mini-reviews

This is my third annual Top 10 round-up in which I mini-review my favorite reads from 2015 because I am a huge freaking fangirl.

I was totally supposed to read 55 books this year, and I didn’t. Of the 40-some books I did read, I largely reread old favorites, but here are ten new ones I fell in love with this year.

10. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

magonia‘Kay guys. This book is so weird. Probably one of the weirdest debut YA novels I’ve ever read, and that’s also the reason why I loved it.

The main character Aza, snark queen of the universe, is seeing ships in the sky. Her family thinks she’s hallucinating (plausible, considering she’s on meds for some mysterious lung disease she’s had her entire life), but she’s actually just caught a glimpse of Magonia, the world that exists beyond the clouds. And when she’s whisked away by the skyship she’s heard calling her name, she can breathe for the first time – literally. But when Aza discovers that Magonia and Earth are on the brink of war, she must decide where her loyalties lie.

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Top 10 books I read in 2014: mini-reviews

We’re doing it again, guys.

Well, I am. And you’re along for the ride as I laugh diabolically to myself behind my hand. HA. HA HA.

So I took the Goodreads Reading Challenge to read 50 books in 365 days. I read 38 last year, so I figured it would be pretty manageable—but dude. This year has been insane. It was a miracle that I finished the 50th book before December 31st.

Like a boss.

View the full list of books I read in 2014!

And now, here it is: my 2nd annual Top Ten round-up, complete with mini, non-spoilery reviews so that you can either add my fave books to your TBR pile, or navigate away from this page right now and continue to live a perfectly happy life without my opinions!

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The 10 books that made me

There’s this thing going around on Facebook right now called the Top 10 Books List. Since I was “nominated” a couple of days ago, instead of writing a status update and risk monologuing about my fav books for the next decade, I decided to not follow directions and blog about it, thereby defeating the purpose of the Facebook status challenge.

So here’s my Top 10 Fictional Books List (which I have weirdly never done before on my blog, besides listing them on Her Shelf and on my Goodreads… which doesn’t count [let’s face it—I really just want to monologue]).

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Top 10 books I read in 2013: mini-reviews

Just in case you were wondering how big of a nerd I am, I’ve read 38 books in 2013 not counting re-reads, and am currently in the middle of book #39 (Seraphina by Rachel Hartman). Granted, some of those books were for college literature classes, but more than half were books I read on my own. Because I, uh, binge-read. A lot.

Below are mini-reviews of ten books I read in 2013 that I loved, spoiler-free because I also love you:

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