Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year (in no particular order)
1. The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi; Translated Anthony Berris
Having read this book as an e-galley, I loved how it portrayal dysfunctional relationships between mother and daughters.
2. The Princeling of Nanjing (Ava Lee #8) by Ian Hamilton
Action packed and thrilling, this latest installment in the Ava Lee series is a great addition to the series.
3. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Okay I’ll admit that I’ve never been a Cassandra Clare fan so I was surprised that I really enjoy Lady Midnight. I adored the Emma and Julian as well as Mark and Cristina. The prose was gorgeous and the dialogue was witty and hilarious at times. There were also alot of kick butt and swoony scenes. And while I’m terrified as to what will happen in the next book, I definitely will be picking up Lord of Shadows.
4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
I love YA Contemporary as a genre, yet until The Unexpected Everything Morgan Matson’s books have never been my cup of tea. Still, I’m glad I gave The Unexpected Everything a chance as I LOVED how friendships were portrayed in this book as well as the father daughter relationship in the book, something that we don’t see too much of in YA.
5. Burn by Paula Weston
After like three years, we finally get the answers we’ve been seeking. Often series finales can be a let down, but Burn managed to provide a satisfying conclusion with enough loose ends for a spin off.
6. All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
I’ve been constantly searching for a book that perfectly captures the single person experience and this book did the job. (granted I didn’t actually read it, rather I listened to the audiobook of it) Anyways, I loved how we get to see so many different types of women with varied experiences, and how in the end we find out that someone of them are still single by choice and remain happily so.
7. Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
Okay this one is a given considering my love for Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. And yes I will confess that when I finally got a copy of this book (thank you, Christine) I immediately skipped to the epilogue and yes it was soooo worth it (although I do wish we could have seen more a certain couple) however Stars Above had so much more to offer in addition to the epilogue and the short stories that had been previously released as there are a couple of other new short stories. Thus if you’re a fan of the series and were dying for more of your favourite characters after Winter, then this book is a must buy for your personal library!
8. Pen & Palate: Mastering the Art of Adulthood, with Recipes by Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen
A collection of some of the illustrations and blog post from the Pen & Palates blog, this book really spoke to me because I could relate to so much of the stories of both girls.
9. When We Collided by Emery Lord
I love Emery Lord books, and this one was no exception. Though slightly different from her previous two books, this one is just as poignant and beautiful.
10. Mother, Can You Not? by Kate Siegel
Another book that I audiobooked. This one’s perfect for those of us who are super tight with out moms to the point where others may think the relationships with have with our moms are slightly crazy and dysfunctional.
Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015 (in no particular order)
I loved Somewhere in France , and I was beyond excited to get to review its sequel. Fortunately for me the sequel met and even exceeded my expectations!
Not going to lie, this was my most anticipated ARC of 2015 and I squealed when I got it! I loved China Rich Girlfriend almost as much as I loved Crazy Rich Asians and I CANNOT wait for the third book and movie adaption to come!
Louise Penny is back! And her latest novel offers new twists and thrills and perhaps signals a new story arc? Either way I cannot wait until her next book!
I love a good revenge story, and this one’s probably the best YA revenge novel I’ve read so far.
Hungry Ghosts is probably my favorite book in the Inspector Ramirez series, and the next installment is definitely on my must read list for 21016!
6. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
I LOVED Open Road Summer, and the premise of Emery Lord’s sophomore novel seemed promising. And while Open Road Summer remains my favourite Emery Lord novel, The Start of Me and You definitely solidify Emery Lord as one of my favourite authours.
7. Winter by Marissa Meyer
Rarely does a series finale feel satisfying, however Winter exceeded my expectations and was overall an action packed and thrilling read that I could not put down. It was definitely worth the wait as it truly gave readers the conclusion that they desired to this much beloved series and I’m definitely going to be picking up the short story collection in 2016. (though mostly for the epilogue, lol)
While I am the minority in saying that Grisha trilogy wasn’t my cup of tea, I’m happy to report that Six of Crows was a book that I adored. Though it started off slow, it eventually drew me into the world and its sequel The Crooked Kingdom is definitely up there on my ARC wishlist for 2016!
Loved Mindy’s last book, and this one is just as entertaining. Its always cool to get a behind the scenes look at the world of Hollywood and TV.
10. The Year We Apart by Emily Martin* (out in 2016)
Okay so technically this one isn’t out until January 2016, but I couldn’t resist. I love the whole trope of best friends who get a relationship upgrade. However, this book is so much more. It accurately portrays how people deal with a tough situation at home which is nice because while its unfortunate its not uncommon for people to spiral downwards and act out of character as a result of stress when it appears that everything they do doesn’t seem to make things better. I highly recommend YA contemporary fans to check this book out when it comes out in the new year.
Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year
1. New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 by Shelly Oria
The trailer and synopsis for this novel looks interesting, and having lived in Tel Aviv I am curious to see how it is portrayed in the title story in this collection of short stories.
2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I love stories of people who are cranky and bitter on the outside but are really not bad people on the inside, and I would love to see how this story turns out.
3. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
My first Louise Penny book was A Trick of the Light, and from there on I just kept moving forward with her books. However I would love to go back and read her older books in the Inspector Gamache series, starting with the one right before A Trick of the Light.
4. The Humans by Matt Haig
This book has been on my to be read list since it first came out, though I’ve never gotten around to it. However if I had my own copy I would probably get to it sooner.
5. Gallows View by Peter Robinson
At a Louise Penny event, I met a woman who asked me who my favourite mystery writers were and when I told her, she recommended that I look into Peter Robinson, and what better way than to start with the first book in his well known Inspector Banks series.
6. After the War Is Over by Jennifer Robson
I LOVED Jennifer Robson’s Somewhere in France, and I would love this book as I really want to know what happens next as well as what happens to Charlotte who was a very interesting side character in .Somewhere in France. Technically this book doesn’t come out until early January and I think I was supposed to get an ARC of it. Still if somehow I got a copy, it would be awesome!
7. The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
I read an ARC of this book and really enjoyed it. It would be even better if I got a finished copy of the book.
8. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
This book has been on my wishlist since it came out as it is about a topic close to my heart. After seeing it be on a couple Canadian award lists, I want it even more.
9. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
This story is such an inspiring one, and good education for girls and boys everywhere is a cause that I am very passionate about.
10. The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Klineco
I read an excerpt of this book in an issue of Chatelaine magazine, and it really intrigued me. Plus I always love books that involve travel, food and love.
Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year.
This year has gotten off to a pretty decent start so it was a bit tough picking out my top ten reads, but here they are (in no particular order). I think I also got a good variety in the end.
8. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
9. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
10. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying by Carol Leifer
Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014
Like many people, I’m not very good at setting and working towards goals so most of the time I don’t bother setting them however I am trying to change that. So here are some of my resolutions for 2014, both bookish and non-bookish.
1. Put more effort into my job search
2. Figure out what I want to do.
3. Emphasize quality over quantity when it comes to writing my reviews.
4. Connect more with other book bloggers on social media and through more commenting
5. Get through all my books on my to be read shelf
6. Read at least one classic novel
7. Read at least 50 books, and actually keep track of my 50 book pledge progress consistently
8. Practice better sleep habits, no sleeping with my iPad beside me (okay maybe sleep with beside me it less)
9. Finally attempt to connect with the one publisher that I’ve been dying to work with
10. Make time to read more for pleasure aka read books that I don’t need to review after unless I really want to