Tuesday, 20 December 2016

My Favourite Books of 2016

2016 has been a stellar year for me in terms of reading.  I set my reading goal to 102 books (one more than my previous highest number of books read in one year) and I blew that goal out of the water (I've currently read 127 books this year). (Note: You can create your own Reading Challenge on GoodReads)

While there have been some books that didn't rate high in my eyes and I didn't jump on board some of the bandwagons of über popular books overall I had some truly amazing reads this year.  These are books that I will talk until I'm blue in the face about and try to get as many people to read them because they affect me so strongly and they're just THAT good.

So if you're still looking for that perfect book for a special someone (or some new books for yourself) take a look at my list of my favourite books of 2016.

Five Star Books

I don't give out five star ratings easily but this year I've rated seven books 5 stars!  In my opinion, these books hit me hard in a few different ways - the funny bone (if it made this Canadian laugh it was fun-nay!), some made me dig deep and gave me a lot to think about.  Others gave me all the feels. Yes, I may have even shed a tear.

Just click on the hyper link to read my review of the individual books below.

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindout and Sara Corbett

Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K Rowling

4.5 Star Books

Not many books get my 5 star rating but there were quite a few that were almost perfect in my eyes that garnered my 4.5 star rating.  Definitely nothing to scoff at - they were just missing a wee little 'somethin' somethin' (technical book term).  They were still amazing and I'd highly recommend you get your hands on them A.S.A.P.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
(audiobook - Anna reads it to you and she's ah-mazing)

Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Home (#11 in the Myron Bolitar series) by Harlan Coben 

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I Promised Not To Tell: Raising a Transgender Child by Cheryl B Evans

Treasures of the Forgotten City (Ultimate Ending #1) by Danny McAleese and David Kristoph (children)

The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

Daughter of Destiny (#1 in the Guinevere's Tale trilogy) by Nicole Evalina

Camelot's Queen (#2 in the Guinevere's Tale trilogy) by Nicole Evalina 

Fifteen Lanes by S.J Laidlaw

Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor (children)

She's Not There by Joy Fielding

While I still have several book reviews up my sleeve for 2016 I wish you all, my wonderful blog readers, a safe, happy and healthy 2017.  Here's hoping 2017 will blow our minds with fantastic books!!


Janine K said...

Some good choices there Laurie, I read She's Not There based on your recommendation and it didn't disappoint! What's your reading goal for 2017? I will do my 10 best for 2016 next week. Merry Christmas to you and your family, I've enjoyed connecting with you immensely this year! May our baseball teams fare better next year eh 😉

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Thansk Janine. For 2017 I'll set a reading goal again but I think it will be a little lower. My real goal is to finish reading various series I've started and finally read many of the books I've bought but haven't gotten around to reading yet.
Merry Christmas to you and yours! And yes, here's hoping our baseball teams do better in 2017. I'm eager to buy tickets for games in the new year for the Jays.

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