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2016 on Goodreads

2016 on Goodreads - Various I am going to give my reading year a solid 3. I think I had a lot of books a couple of times that kind of sucked the joy out of reading for me. At least I got some really good books as well that definitely helped make things a bit easier when I would get the total bust books.

I read 336 books this year. I am still shocked I managed to get through that many. Many thanks to my Booklikes friends since due to some summer reading challenges as well as book bingos, that was the main reason why I had so many books read this year.

Top Ten Books for 2016

Though it felt like the book gods were laughing at me (and they were) they did manage to throw out a couple of books that I 100 percent adored this year.

Here is my top 10 books for 2016:

1. [b:Coraline|17061|Coraline|Neil Gaiman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1443798739s/17061.jpg|2834844] by Neil Gaiman. Wow. That is all I have to say. With the illustrations and the main premise about a young girl doing what is necessary to save her family even though she’s scared will leave you breathless.

2. [b:Stars Above|25689074|Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)|Marissa Meyer|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1472473049s/25689074.jpg|45517469] by Marissa Meyer. Look, even I noticed some issues here and there, but I got all over it because we got more details about Cinder, Kai, and the rest of their motley crew. Saying goodbye to the Lunar Chronicles was so hard this year. I want more.

3. [b:Boy's Life|11553|Boy's Life|Robert McCammon|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1314302694s/11553.jpg|16685995] by Robert R. McCammon. This was recommended to me from a Booklikes friend and her recommendation for this was spot on. So many feelings. I maybe cried through most of this book and just wanted to keep re-reading it over and over again. McCammon nails the age between almost a teenager and staring to leave behind what many would consider childish things. There’s a lot of magical realism happening in this book that was so well done it just blew me away.

4. [b:A Streetcar Named Desire|12220|A Streetcar Named Desire|Tennessee Williams|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1389153133s/12220.jpg|142449] by Tennessee Williams. I started seeing a lot of plays/musicals the past two years and I would love to see this one in person. The stage descriptions and the dialogue for this play is so perfect it makes one wonder how other playwrights could even touch Williams brillance.

5. [b:Persuasion|2156|Persuasion|Jane Austen|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1385172413s/2156.jpg|2534720] by Jane Austen. The best fictional love letter ever. Yep, I went there.

6. [b:The Star-Touched Queen|25203675|The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)|Roshani Chokshi|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1446058438s/25203675.jpg|44916095] by Roshani Choskhi. Wow. I loved this book focusing on Indian mythology and also entwining it with some Greek mythology as well. I am so excited for the sequel coming out in 2017!

7. [b:Magic Binds|17333174|Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)|Ilona Andrews|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1454609590s/17333174.jpg|24064358] by Ilona Andrews. Wow. That’s all I got. I am still wondering how Kate and Curran are going to win the final war with Roland, but the ride to get there has been enjoyable. This book rocked.

8. [b:The Underground Railroad|30555488|The Underground Railroad|Colson Whitehead|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1469725597s/30555488.jpg|48287641] by Colson Whitehead. I was blown away by this book. Another great representation of magical realism. I know this one started off slow for a lot of readers, but if you stick with it, I think you will love it.

9. [b:The Graveyard Book|2213661|The Graveyard Book|Neil Gaiman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1303859949s/2213661.jpg|2219449] by Neil Gaiman. I maybe should have a rule about an author appearing twice in my best of post, but I don’t really care right now. Gaiman blew me away with this one just like he did with Coraline.

10. [b:The Monstrumologist|6457229|The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)|Rick Yancey|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1307409930s/6457229.jpg|6647553] by Rick Yancey. I ended up finishing the trilogy this year and was blown away by all three books. A lot of questions were left unanswered, but I ended up feeling so sad for the doctor and Will Henry.

I definitely have some honorable mentions as well. I just could not put everyone on the list that I enjoyed this year. But other books to check out if you have time are the following:

[b:The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories|99300|The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories|Charlotte Perkins Gilman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327909237s/99300.jpg|1467808] by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

[b:Rebecca|17899948|Rebecca|Daphne du Maurier|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1386605169s/17899948.jpg|46663] by Daphne du Maurier

[b:The Girl with All the Gifts|17235026|The Girl with All the Gifts|M.R. Carey|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1403033579s/17235026.jpg|23753235] by M.R. Carey

[b:Joyland|13596166|Joyland|Stephen King|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348154483s/13596166.jpg|19185026] by Stephen King

[b:The Bluest Eye|11337|The Bluest Eye|Toni Morrison|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1388208495s/11337.jpg|1987778] by Toni Morrison

Top Ten Worst Books for 2016

Book God 1: Well I guess that now 2016 is coming to a close we can stop torturing Obsidian Blue with terrible books.

Book God 2: Well it’s not like she was able to track us down. I mean she tried, but whatever, I laughed when she finally finished “Hemlock Grove” and she was ready to be done with all books for a month.

Book God 1: Whatever, she loves to read, she can be as mad as she likes, she is never not going to read a book.

Book God 2: Well maybe we can be nicer in 2017. I mean she has had a couple of bad reading months. I mean after a while I was staring to feel a bit bad.

Book God 1: (Pours some tea). Really, I didn’t. I didn’t tell her to try and read “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” she needs to realize the more hyped a book is, the more she’s not going to like it. Besides we have some of her favorite authors putting out books in 2017. She should be happy with that. I mean I am tempted to make the John Scalzi book terrible so she wonders if we are going after her again, but I am going to leave her alone.

Here is my top ten worst of 2016 list. I decided to not include books that I DNF in this top ten list. But if anyone is interested, I will happily add that in the comments later. I had a lot of DNFs this year. I finally started to pull the trigger when I was not enjoying a book instead of force reading. It saved me a lot of wasted time.

1. [b:Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2|29069989|Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2|John Tiffany|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470734340s/29069989.jpg|48765776] by J.K. Rowling , John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. Besides the character of Scorpius everyone in this book was a pale shadow. The main plot was nonsensical, and for this being a play, there was a surprising lack of stage directions and other details that would have made this better. This read like a screenplay and I was not happy with wasting my time on it. Next time, I will wait for a library release before pre-ordering.

2. [b:Yellow Brick War|18602406|Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, #3)|Danielle Paige|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1442693407s/18602406.jpg|26373306] by Danielle Paige. Never in my life have I seen a book just totally waste a readers time. There was no point to this third book except to draw things out even more and for a fourth book (which heck no I am not going to subject myself to reading) to come out which I am sure maybe still won’t end things.

3. [b:Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice|25852870|Eligible A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Project, #4)|Curtis Sittenfeld|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1460477855s/25852870.jpg|26428236] by Curtis Sittenfield. My exact quote from the review I posted. “I have started and stopped this review about half a dozen times. I don’t even know where to begin with how much I disliked this book. I love Pride and Prejudice. I was so happy to read that book last year after watching so many adaptations of the book. However, I have noticed lately that a lot of authors out there are always trying to update the book to modern times along with other Austen works and for the most part, I haven’t liked any of these type of books. Maybe because it feels like most of these authors actually don’t have a lot of respect for the source material or maybe totally miss the point of some of the characters in the book.”

4. [b:Origins|27257359|Origins (Alphas, #0.5)|Ilona Andrews|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1445543785s/27257359.jpg|47307321] by Ilona Andrews. “I was hoping, truly hoping that maybe Ilona Andrews would pull this one out at the end. Have Karina be a heroine standing tall on her own escaping from a life of being a slave with her daughter. This after she stabs the hero Lucas a thousand times in his neck would have been the best case scenario. If that had happened I would have given this book 5 stars. But no, instead, we get Karina, who up until almost the very end of the book is thinking of ways to escape with her and her daughter finding herself intrigued and seduced by Lucas who is a piece of crap.”

5. [b:Half Lost|20814993|Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3)|Sally Green|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1441297906s/20814993.jpg|40160458] by Sally Green. “Good lord I have a headache just thinking about this book right now. “Half Bad” had such great promise, and I absolutely adored “Half Truths.” And then “Half Wild” and “Half Lost” happened and….I certainly did not expect the book to totally belly flop when I expected a perfect or near perfect dive. I don’t know if this is an overall problem with young adult books right now or what. It just feels like everyone is getting pushed to put out a series or trilogy. Heck if the first book is great/good then use I am always happy to see the characters again and again. But I realize that Ms. Green put out a book or novella every couple of months I think since “Half Bad” first came out, and I think that may have been too much going on. Cause the second and third book still have world building problems galore, lack of dialogue, an unsympathetic lead, not that interesting secondary leads/romantic interests, a BS deus ex machina, and the worst ending I can seriously think of for this book.”

6. [b:The Assistants|26067909|The Assistants|Camille Perri|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1460909627s/26067909.jpg|46003649] by Camille Perri. “Nope. That’s all I have to say about this not funny at all book about a bunch of assistants who steal from their company because their bosses make a lot more money than they do. The book prologue starts off and you know that something happened but in the end that Tina and her friends end up looking like folk heroes. I guess it was that whole steal from the rich to benefit themselves thing going on.”

7. [b:Behind Closed Doors|29437949|Behind Closed Doors|B.A. Paris|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1458854462s/29437949.jpg|45981530] by B.A. Paris. “All I really have to say about this whole book is that it defies good common sense. I just really could not with the main character, Grace. The story starts off with present and we have a newlywed Grace throwing a dinner party with her husband Jack. Everyone admires the both of them and for how beautiful and perfect Grace is at all times. But of course as a reader you start to realize something is wrong due to how tense Grace is and how worried she is that she may mess up the dinner. And then the author takes the reader back to the past to when she first meets Jack and then back to the present, then to the past, etc.”

8. [b:A Girl's Guide to Moving On|25739091|A Girl's Guide to Moving On (New Beginnings, #2)|Debbie Macomber|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1445792375s/25739091.jpg|45578245] by Debbie Macomber. “This is the second book in Debbie Macomber’s New Beginnings series. I previously read book one and just gave it three stars, see Would Have Worked Better if Told from One POV. My main comments about that book also come into play here. Instead of us having the changing narrative of the three sisters, we now have alternating chapters told from Nichole and Leanne (Nichole’s ex-mother in law) POV. And honestly I wish that Macomber had just stuck with one character and that was it. Instead I had two characters who I ended up not giving a good crap about. Apparently getting on with their lives is both of them meeting Neanderthal type men and constantly saying to themselves how much better these men are then the cheating, lying, husbands they left behind.”

9. [b:The Word for Yes|25613939|The Word for Yes|Claire Needell|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1435162649s/25613939.jpg|45425238] by Claire Needell. “I have things to do and not a lot of time to go over what made this book a truly awful book that looked at date rape. Focusing on three sisters (college age Jan and high schoolers Erika and Melanie) who live in New York. What can I really say. Ms. Needell did a very bad job of developing any of the characters in this book. For such a serious subject matter I was shocked at how none of the sisters individual stories really flowed with the main plot.”

10. [b:The Things We Wish Were True|29057887|The Things We Wish Were True|Marybeth Mayhew Whalen|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1459415613s/29057887.jpg|49243235] by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen. “So this book in the end did not live up to the hype I kept seeing all over the place with it. With shifting perspectives (there were six people to track in this book) and the author choosing to make 5 out of 6 told in the third person there was way too much going on for me to even really care about all of these characters. In addition, due to the plethora of characters, the development of almost all of these characters was shallow. The only exception to this was the character of Cailey. Ms. Whalen shines when she tells Cailey’s POV in the first person. Maybe if she had stuck with her throughout this book it would have worked better.”