Wednesday, January 25, 2017

My Best Reads in 2016 | Year Recap

Yes, I know. I should have done this on the first week of January but I was not able to. I was reminded when I received a email in my mailbox from one of the blogs that I follow posting about her best books of 2016 so I decided that I should still write a post even if January is almost ending. I guess it's still okay as long as the month doesn't end yet.

2016 was the year I started my book blog. My first post was dated January 4. So, Congratulations to me! I actually survived a year of reading and writing reviews. I had 154 posts in 2016 which includes reviews, cover reveals and book blasts. My blog reached about 7,000 views which is already a great thing for me knowing that there are actually people who spend time reading my blog. Thank you so much! I am flattered because I first started this blog so I could have something to keep me busy while looking for a job. I did not expect to be warmly welcomed and accepted into this book community. This has been the best thing that happened to me in 2016. 

2016 was definitely a great year for me in terms of being a certified bookworm. I received free books from various authors in paperbacks, ebooks and audio books. I discovered sites and ways how I could get authorized free books to be reviewed. I even had a few who messaged me on Twitter and through my blog asking if I wanted to review their book. And to me that had been a great honor. I think I accepted all those requests. 

I have met a lot of new authors last year. I was introduced to new books and had the opportunity to read a few science fiction stories which I am not really into. I realized there are a lot of sci-fi books which are really, really good and my mind was opened. I was also introduced to horror books and found I enjoyed them and I have now a few on my TBR. 

I was also initiated into the world of audio books. At first, I found it a bit confusing but then it was actually very fun. Listening to the narrator give voice to the characters and the emotions in the story was an altogether remarkable experience. It was different just picturing how a character's voice would sound than actually hearing it. I received about five free audio books from authors as giveaways.

So, without further ado, here are my best books of 2016 in no particular order. These are all the books I rated 5/5 stars.

Total Books Read: 146 books
Total: 30 
Audio books: 2
Paperbacks: 2
Ebooks: 26

Romance

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover 

Match Made in Wyoming (Wyoming Wildflowers #3) by Patricia McLinn

Miss Match (No Match for Love) by Lindzee Armstrong

Between Hope and the Highway by Charissa Stastny

Life is Like a Parade by L. Henry Smith

The Day He Went Away by Jennifer Millikin

Family Business (Mixing Business with Pleasure #3) by Ace Gray

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover


Mystery | Suspense | Thriller

Secrets on Sapphire by S. Cole  


Hatshepsut's Collar (Artifact Hunters #2) by A. W. Exley

To One Knight's Heaven by Simon West-Bulford

Humbug (The Unwinding of Ebeneezer Scrooge) by Tony Bertauski

Silks by Dick Francis

The Fireproof Girl (Sophie Shields Mystery #1) Loretta Lost

In the Hands of the Unknown (The Field Researchers #1) by A. E. Hellstorm

Nefertiti's Heart (The Artifact Hunters #1) by A. W. Exley


Paranormal | Fantasy

Two Clubs (War and Suits #1) by J.A. Armitage  

The Last Seeker (The Last Seeker #1) by Fleur Camacho

Raene and the Three Bears (The Alder Tales #2) by RS McCoy

Blossom and the Beast (The Alder Tales #1) by RS McCoy

Don't Wake Me Up by M.E. Rines

Skye (The Dragon Kings #4) by Kimberly Loth




Dystopian | Science Fiction

Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow #1) by Pintip Dunn  

The Lethal Agent (The Extraction Files #2) by RS McCoy

The Killing Jar (The Extraction Files #1) by RS McCoy



Young Adult

Ideal High by Valerie Epson

Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1) by Kaitlin Bevis

The Meddlers of Moonshine (Moonfall Mayhem #2) by A. E. Decker




Others

The Little Wagons by Crozier Green  

WTF Am I Supposed to Eat? by CJ English














I can't choose which of them is the best but I do have very memorable experiences reading these books. From the top of my head, I can remember crying so hard because of It Ends With Us. It took me two days to calm down and write a review.

The Fireproof Girl was a very engrossing read at the same time it stumped me. I expected it to have a paranormal aspect but it didn't.

The Little Wagons was probably the longest book I have read in 2016 yet I was so into it. It was a mix of historical fiction and suspense, yet it would also appear like a non-fiction. It was supposedly an account of how the Sicilian mafia started.

Both books of The Extraction Files. As I have said, I am not really into sci-fi or futuristic books but these two had me in their grasp and I had totally enjoyed it. I was converted. I realized that there are sci-fi books that are really captivating and not exactly highfalutin or too technical.

Persephone was the first audio book ever that I finished. I was so mesmerized by the author's voice, who was also the one narrating, that I finished the 8-hour story in one go. It was a record and Audible gave me a Mt. Everest badge for it. Totally worth it.

That's all. I am hoping and wishing that I could keep up with all the reading and reviews this 2017. I have organized my TBR by date. I have a scheduled book to be read for each day. I signed up for release blitz and blog tours also with Month9Books, Partners in Crime Tours and the usual blogs that do promos and tours. I have signed up as far as April. A lot of very interesting books are to be released this year and I am happy that I got ARC's for some of them. I will try my best to keep this blog as long as possible though I do wish that I could make money out of this. I am still looking into some ways how, of course taking into account that I am still very new in this game.

That's all folks. You can read the reviews for all the books I have mentioned and see what books you want to read out of the list.


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