Favorite Books of 2016..so far

Okay, so I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for my first post on this blog, and then I remembered since I’ve stopped booktubing I haven’t really talked about the last thirty-ish books that I’ve finished in the last five months. So far I’ve read fifty-eight books in 2016 and I’d say that it’s a pretty successful reading year. For the most part I’ve pretty much enjoyed alot of the books I’ve read, but there are a few disappointments.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
→ my favorite book of the year so far
→ honestly, i’m so satisfied with this conclusion. i’m so happy with it.
→ i love my precious children
→ so much crying
→ i need that ronan spin off, stiefvater
→ i’m probably going to reread the whole series again soon
→ bluesy forever
→ i’ve heard people complain about some problematic things and while i could see those things, i still love this SO MUCH. i will love this series FOREVER

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
→ beautiful writing — flowery and fluid, just the way i like it
→ i saw some reviews talking about the problematic representation and i agree with it now that i’ve read the articles written by actual Native Americans, but I still love this book and story
→ Emily Henry watched my video review and cried and then i cried
→ i didn’t think the love was instalove. i thought it was epic. what can i say i’m a romantic when it comes to books
→ time travel/parellel worlds/sci-fi but with them magical realism feels
→ honestly, i’ll read anything emily henry writes. this book and her writing just worked for ME

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
→ fuuuuuck this made me cry ALOT
→ deals with serious issues like emotional abuse and sexual abuse
→ heartbreakingly beautiful — i mean kerry kletter has a way with words that is so enchanting but also haunting at the same time
→ toxic mother daughter relationships
→ BIG focus on family dynamics as opposed to romance
→ mental health issues — specifically PTSD
→ completely underrated

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
→ i actually loved the first one but i totally understand and agree with the problematic aspects especially with tamlin
→ but i still love this and i am trash for it
→ i hate tamlin.
→ rhys is bae
→ holy shit i didn’t believe the hype when it came to this book but i was wrong
→ i need acotar 3 rip me

Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
→ OH MY GOD probably by far the best YA contemporary romance/coming of age i’ve read this year
→ it’s equal parts heart and humor
→ simon’s voice is incredibly authentic and his story, genuine
→ honestly, i’ll read anything albertalli publishes at this point

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
→ YA fantasy following two witchy best friends who are destined to save their world
→ holy hot damn slow burn romances
→ okay the magic system is complicated/confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it is FANTASTIC AND I LOVE IT
→ i need windwitch so bad
→ i gotta reread this book asap

well these are my favorite books of the year so far. let’s be real the only thing that could knock the raven king off the list as my number one fave is crooked kingdom. that book is going to kill me. i’m not ready.

x Jillian


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