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My Top 16 Books of 2016

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Happy New Year, bookworms! 🙂

2016 is about to end and now it’s time for me to feature the top 16 books that I consider THE BEST among THE BEST that I’ve read this year. Out of 209 books (yay! that was a first!) I’ve read in 2016, I can say that 16 books are not enough because there were a lot of great books that I’ve come across. I know all of you bookworms can relate, but making a list of your favorite books? The most difficult thing ever!

Now, meet the 16 books that made me swoon, cry, smile, laugh, and feel different emotions. (Top 1 being the best!) If you haven’t read them or some of them, be sure to click the book cover that will take you to my full review. 🙂 Enjoy!

Top 16

Sex Love Repeat

Sex, Love, Repeat was my first Alessandra Torre read. I was blown away by the intensity of her characters and the delightful writing style. This book proved how talented Alessandra Torre is and this made me want to read more books written by her.

Top 15

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)

Hot ice hockey guy alert, you guys! The Deal is something that I consider New Adult / Sports Romance book at its finest! I loved Garrett. I loved the romance. I loved Elle Kennedy’s writing. Everything was too perfect! *sigh

Top 14

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

There are a lot of factors to consider when marking a book as your favorite. One of these is the impact that it gives. The emotions that it pulls. The tears. I’ve experienced all these things when I read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. The story was so… unusual. So raw. So powerful. And all things wonderful.

Top 13

Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl, #1)

Sugar Daddy is one of the books that wowed and somewhat surprised me. Do not be deceived by that girly cover. Not a rom-com, you guys. What I thought was a light-hearted read was actually a dark romance. I loved the romance in this book and the character development. I’m sure fans of dark romance books will also love this book and its sequels.

Top 12

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

Took me some time to finish the series but I’m glad I was able to. The finale was an absolute stunner it made me cry buckets! Not that the ending was sad. It’s just that, after reading this final book of the series, I immediately missed all the characters and the whole journey. Ahhh the nostalgia! The book ended perfectly. So epic. Classic Cassie Clare at her finest!

Top 11

The Score (Off-Campus, #3)

And here I thought Garrett Graham is the perfect guy. But then Dean Di Laurentis came and I just fell in love with him! You know… manslut ice hockey hottie and all. lol. But this book is just one of the best. I laughed, I cried, I smiled… My kind of weakness.

Top 10

Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2)

Call me shallow but Jake Becker is such a hot lawyer and that’s enough to make this book a personal favorite. Ha. But aside from that, of course, the book has more depth than I expected. I loved that it didn’t just feature the romance between Jake and Chelsea but also highlighted the beautiful McQuiad kids which made this book absolutely adorbs.

Top 9

Paper Princess (The Royals, #1)

Typical swoon-worthy. Paper Princess brings out a modern fairytale-ish kind of story. If the hot Royal boys are not enough to convince you how tasteful this book and the whole series is, then I don’t know what to say anymore. Lol. I want a Royal guy in my life. Please!

Top 8

Mr. President (White House, #1)

I’ve read Katy Evans’ Manwhore series so I was so hyped when I received an ARC of this book. It did not disappoint. In fact, it exceeded my expectations. Katy Evans sure knows how to tickle all the right boxes in me. Because omg, Matt Hamilton!!!

Top 7

Punk 57

Much. Better. Than. Bully. Okay ladies and gentlemen, for those who haven’t read this book yet, prepare yourselves. You will be blown away. It will also change you. The book was not just about romance and steamy scenes but it also tackled a very important issue. I’m glad I’ve read this book because it was a winner!

Top 6

Mud Vein

You guys know how talented Tarryn Fisher is. She’s a pro when it comes to dark and twisted books. Mud Vein surely hit the spot. It pulled out a huge surprise because of how the twist and the overall mystery were delivered. I wouldn’t stop recommending this book to everyone who loves this genre!

Top 5

It Ends with Us

The thing about Collen Hoover is that she just doesn’t stop making an impression. It Ends With Us is a surefire way to destroy you emotionally. You can’t get enough of the writing and the way the story was designed to pull your heartstrings, page by page. I’m so glad I’ve read this book and was able to learn about CoHo’s personal journey. This is a must!

Top 4

Making Faces

Making Faces is a rare gem. After reading this book, I was emotionally stunned. The book was inspired based on real life experiences. It went straight to my favorites because it has all the elements of a story that I’m always looking for. I loved how it was written beautifully and the fact that it made me cry a lot of times, it was enough to consider this book one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Top 3

Sempre: Redemption (Sempre, #2)

Ever finished a book that leaves you feeling nostalgic? Sempre Redemption is one of those books. Everything was so good! So perfect. Haven and Carmine have the best love story ever and every dark romance lover should really get to know this power couple. I believe this book and this series is J.M. Darhower’s masterpiece!

Top 2

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

THIS BOOK OWNED ME. It took my heart, broke it into a million pieces, and mend it all back together. Rhysand is one of the reasons why this book was so spectacular. If it wasn’t because of him, the book won’t be as perfect as it is. The romance and the storyline are THE BEST and much, much better than ACOTAR. You have to believe the raving reviews of this book and this series. You won’t be disappointed.

Top 1 (And the Best of all the Best!)

November 9

Raw and well fleshed-out characters. November 9 made it to my Top 1 best book this year because I had like, hundreds of emotions while reading this. I consider my opinion as unpopular because this book isn’t really loved (100%) by everybody. For me, though, it is Colleen Hoover’s best. I loved the powerful narration and the plotline and how unique the story was. I couldn’t recommend it enough! I’m sure this story will stick in my mind and heart forever. 🙂

What are your favorite reads this year? I’m sure there are a lot. 🙂 Let’s all greet 2017 with merry hearts! And let’s wish for more books to be devoured and shelved on our ‘favorites’ shelf! Happy holidays, bookworms! kisses!

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14 thoughts on “My Top 16 Books of 2016

  1. Amazing choices, sis Pearl! I am looking forward to read some of the books you’ve mentioned next year. Especially, Making Faces, Sugar Daddy, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things and Mud Vein ❤️

  2. I’ve only read a few Colleen Hoover books, but I’ve never understood the hype. I did read November 9 this year though and liked it a lot! It made me want to try more of her books.

  3. AHHH I’m so excited to read some of the books in your list Ate! The Deal, Emma Chase’s books, ACOMAF! HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂

  4. Great choices, Sis! I need to include Making Faces in my TBR!

    Happy New Year, Sis!

  5. I loooved Paper Princess and It Ends With Us! And I just got another NA kick lately so I’ve been reading through the Addicted series (which I kinda have mixed feelings for in that can’t-stop-reading-but-ugh kind of way) and just picked up Emma Chase’s Royally Screwed. Great choices, Pearl, and hope you have a great year ahead. ❤

    • Thank you, Reg! Happy New Year to you! I loved Addicted series and I can understand your feelings lol^^ I hope you’ll enjoy many more NA books this year. So excited!!! hugs! ❤

  6. I loved The Deal! Such a fun read and I can’t wait to continue with the series. I just downloaded All the Ugly and Wonderful Things from the library so it might be my next read. I definitely want to read Punk 57! I hear such good things about it. It Ends With Us was simply breathtaking. Colleen has outdone herself with that one. And November 9… so much love for Fallon and Ben. I’ve read the book and listened on audio and both are wonderful. ACOMAF!! So epic! Such a game changer! It destroyed me in the best way.

    • Oh, Tanya. Everything you said is true. These books are so good! Hope to read more wonderful books this year. Isn’t it so exciting? 🙂 Thanks for dropping by, hun! Happy New Year! ❤

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