Yay, it’s time for one of my favorite posts of the whole year because this is the post in which I get to talk about ALL the books that I loved most all at once! It’s a post full of happiness and good feelings, and I get to reminisce about the highlights of my reading year. What more can any book blogger ask for?
Anyway, I debated how to do this. I mean, there are standalones, there are complete series, there are incomplete series, sometimes books get a high rating but aren’t as memorable vs other books that get a low rating but are memorable… I eventually decided to go with some sort of combo thing. So here are my favorite books and series from what I read in 2016!
(And if you like this post, don’t forget to check out the rest of my 2016 wrap-up posts, which I’ll link to at the end! Some of these books are even on numerous lists because they’re just that great!)
Black Snow by EAB
This book was a complex, intricate, beautiful M/M high fantasy love story. I was so immersed in the world!
(Black Snow Review)
The Immortal Coil Series by J. Armand
The first book was good, but, as the series went on, the books just got better and better. The characters are so unique and developed and amazing, and I’m totally hooked. And thankfully this urban fantasy series isn’t over yet, so I still have more to look forward to!
(The Immortal Coil Review)
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
This was one of my most anticipated reads because I love both magic and the Prohibition Era, and my expectations were so fulfilled by one of the most unique and well-written books I’ve ever read!
(A Criminal Magic Review)
Immemorial Year Series by TJ Klune
It took me a while to read this one after I got it because I wasn’t in the right mood and wasn’t sure it’d be my kind of book and had never read any TJ Klune before so I didn’t even know what his books were like. I did read it though, and HOLY COW this M/M post-apoc/dystopian-ish book just BLEW ME AWAY with its intensity and adorable relationships and amazing writing.
(Withered + Sere Review)
Slowly We Rot by Brian Smith
I don’t normally like mindf*ck kind of books, but THIS BOOK. It was so emotional, and by the time I finished, I didn’t even know what was happening, but I felt like bursting into tears. And don’t let it fool you, there are a few zombies in the book, but that’s so not what it’s about.
(Slowly We Rot Review)
The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen Gleason
I downloaded the first because it was free, but then it sat on my Kindle for over a year because I wasn’t really into historical fantasy until this year and therefore wasn’t sure if I’d like the book. But I’m so glad I finally gave it a try! The second book was my favorite, but all the books were consistently great and witty with fantastic characters.
(The Rest Falls Away Review)
Wriggle & Sparkle by Megan Derr
This was yet another book that completely surprised me. I was sure this M/M paranormal would be too fluffy for me, but it turned out to be ADORABLE with lovable characters and such a fun, unique take on different types of shifters, and it just made me so happy!
(Wriggle & Sparkle Review)
The Witch’s Handbooks (Books 1 and 2)
I was totally drawn in by the title, and it did not disappoint! In fact, it surprised me because How to Date Dead Guys was so much deeper and more emotional than I was expecting and had a very unique paranormal premise.
(How to Date Dead Guys Review)
The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot
This YA historical fantasy inspired by Jekyll & Hyde had so much emotion, the world and characters came alive, and the writing was absolutely beautiful!
(The Heartless City Review)
Thieves Series by Lexi Blake
This urban fantasy series is simultaneously the most hilarious and most emotional series I’ve ever read, and I just adore it.
But Kristen, you put this on your list last year.
I know, but I reread it this year, and that totally counts.
So are you going to include it on your list every year since you plan on rereading it every year?
Yes. Yes I am.
(Steal the Light Review)
So these got 4 stars instead of 4.5 or 5, but honestly, they deserve to be on this list just as much as all the others. (Ratings are weird, guys, I don’t know.) All three of these urban fantasies were hilarious and memorable, had awesome characters, and are series I am super excited to continue in 2017!
(Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Review)
(Soul Breaker Review)