Favourite books of 2016 | That awkward moment where I realise I’ve been reluctant with the 5 stars

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Hi guys! How are you all doing? I hope all of you that celebrate Christmas had a wonderful time these past few days ❤

Today’s post is coming to you a bit later in the day than usual. With the festivities and general busyness of the season, I didn’t have time to write and schedule the post beforehand like usual. And let’s face it, it’s taking me longer to get back into the swing of things after taking a break.

But today, I’m bringing you my favourite books of 2016. The ones I READ in 2016, not necessarily published in 2016. Now, when I came to look through my Goodreads challenge to choose my favourites out, I was originally planning on picking out 16 for 2016. BUT…then I realised that this year, I’ve actually been quite stingy with my 5 star ratings, and there’s not that many I wanted to mention. However, I did rate a fair few books a 4.5/5 stars, and some of those are really close to being all-time favourites (and are definitely favourites for this year) so I’ve included those too, and managed to get 10.

So let’s talk about my favourite books of 2016!

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September Wrap Up – The one where college starts again and my schedule is suddenly a lot more full

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Taking a little break from the blogger tips mini-series, here’s my wrap up of the month!

Don’t worry though, the blogger tips will be back next Sunday. Shh, don’t tell anyone. 

For some strange reason, this entire month I kept thinking we were halfway through October. It’s almost a relief we’ve reached October, just so that I’ll finally be right 😆

Plus, IT’S AUTUMN! *throws orange leaves in the air* Sure, it means from now until June next year I’ll be permanently cold, but oh well. Everything is cosy and pretty.

As always, this is going to be a long post, so get cosy and enjoy!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | In which I dangerously tuck every single character into my heart forever

Six of Crows

How long did it take me to pick up this book?

Well, I’ve owned it for many months. Only now have I actually gotten round to reading it. And WOW, am I glad I did!

spoiler free

Let’s talk about Six of Crows!

Six of Crows

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo / Orion Children’s Books

Series Status: The 1st book in the Six of Crows duology

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

Number of Pages:  491

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August Wrap Up – The result of a month doing absolutely nothing

August wrap up

Okayy, this month did actually speed by for once. That’s not happened for a while. But this time it feels like I literally only just wrote my July Wrap Up…so strange.

I had a bit of a weird reading month. I felt like I didn’t read anything? But I very obviously did. I don’t know what August did to me.

As always, this is going to be a long post, so get comfy and enjoy!

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May Book Haul – How Do You Manage To Accumulate Books Without Even Realizing?

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Well apparently it’s June.

May did actually drag for me. When I look back at these books, they all feel like I got them a lifetime ago. Well, apart from the last three, which I got a couple of days ago.

About that: The last three books I technically got on June 1st, BUT…I’m hoping not to buy any books in June so they’re being put into this book haul rather than be missed out.

And the title?

That’s because with this month dragging out so much for me, I managed to accumulate nine books in May without even realizing it. Probably because of a combination of me not buying all of them/ I’ve already read some of them/ and I got them over such a wide span…or so I thought.

So that’s enough rambling. Here’s the books!

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

 

Ruin and Rising

*All reviews I write are spoiler free*

Since Emmi @ Books With Ems started up her blogger book club, January’s challenge was to finish a series. My choice of book for this was Ruin and Rising. This book was also a buddy-read with Olivia @ Heir of Glitter!

And so here’s my review! At long last I finally read The Grisha Trilogy! *audience applauds*

As I’ve said countless times before, all my reviews are spoiler free – but since this is the last book in a trilogy, if you haven’t read the previous book you might want to avoid reading the synopsis and skip ahead to my review.

Previous books:

Shadow and Bone

Siege and Storm

Let’s talk about Ruin and Rising!

Ruin and Rising

Title: Ruin and Rising

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo

Series Status: The 3rd and final book in The Grisha trilogy

Number of Pages: 350

My Rating: 4/5 stars!

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

 

Siege and Storm

*All reviews I write are spoiler free*

So when I started this book on Friday and got just under halfway through, I decided yesterday to try and finish it. And that I did.

So you get two reviews from me this week! Aren’t you lucky? (Probably not – I doubt anyone is bothered really haha!)

And if you haven’t already, click here to check out my review for the first book in this series – Shadow and Bone

So let’s talk about Siege and Storm!

Siege and Storm

Title: Siege and Storm

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo

Series Status: The 2nd book in the Grisha Trilogy

Number of Pages: 381

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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December Book Haul Part 2…I bought more with a gift card!

December Haul

Guys…I know I just did a pretty big book haul yesterday…but I went out earlier today and got three more with a gift card I was given for Christmas!

You can never have too many books, right?

And at least I will actually read all the books I’ve gotten this month 😀

If you haven’t already, you should check out Part 1 of my December Book Haul, where I show you the books I bought before Christmas, and the ones I received on Christmas Day!

So here is my December book haul…part 2!

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December Book Haul

December Haul

So it’s just been Christmas!

I hope everyone had a really lovely day yesterday ❤ I know I did – mine was amazing actually, I got so many surprises that just blew my mind! The main one being…A LAPTOP!!!! I asked for one for my 18th birthday in February but my dad decided to surprise me by giving me one yesterday! Now it will be easier for me to blog since I won’t have to use my dad’s computer on the rare occasions he’s not on it to schedule loads of posts ahead of time 😀

Anyway – back to the post.

Instead of this being just a Christmas haul, I decided to make it my December Haul, because I bought a few books before Christmas. All together there are 17 BOOKS! (EEEEEEKKKK!)

*side note: I apologize for the low quality photographs. I took them late at night on my phone camera so they aren’t as good as I’d have hoped*

So without further ado, I’ll get on with the haul!

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I recommend… Part 1

I recommend fantasy, complex and scifi

Since Christmas is around the corner, I thought I’d do a post about which books I would recommend. This is part one, with part two coming up the following weekend. In this post, I recommend 6 books for fantasy lovers, lovers of a complex storyline, and SciFi nerds. So read on, and enjoy!

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