This year I read a lot more books that were actually released throughout the year rather than books that have been out for a while. This list is going to be similar to my Top 16 of 2016 (which will be uploaded in a couple of weeks) but that list will involve a combination of both books released this year and before this year. So without further ado, here are eleven of my favourite books that I read in 2016 that were released in 2016.
Breathing Under Water – Sophie Hardcastle
Ben and Grace Walker are twins. Growing up in a sleepy coastal town it was inevitable they’d surf. Always close, they hung out more than most brothers and sisters, surfing together for hours as the sun melted into the sea. At seventeen, Ben is a rising surf star, the golden son and the boy all the girls fall in love with. Beside him, Grace feels like she is a mere reflection of his light. In their last year of school, the world beckons, full of possibility. For Grace, finishing exams and kissing Harley Matthews is just the beginning.
Then, one day, the unthinkable. The sun sets at noon and suddenly everything that was safe and predictable is lost. And everything unravels.
Surprise! I’m mentioning this book again. But like I said in almost every blog post that I’ve one during BOOKMAS, this book is just incredible. It put me through so many emotions and it’s just an incredible book.
Whisper to Me – Nick Lake
Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.
Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.
Once again… SURPRISE! Another incredible book that changed my life completely! I loved how this book touched so many topics; mental health, grief, family relationships, romance and so much more!
Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal Sutherland
Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.
Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.
I’ve talked about this book a lot as well, and I love that it’s written by an Australian author. I received it for review by Penguin and I didn’t really have high expectations, but this book is incredible! Similarly to a lot of books I’m mentioning today, it covered a wide range of topics and made me feel so many emotions.
Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.
I loved how unique and diverse this book was, and it’s something that Jennifer Niven does so well in both of her books. Both of these characters was so unique and fun to read about and I loved how different they were, yet they shared so many similarities.
The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
What I loved most about this book (there were so many!) was how the narrative and perspectives were set out. Each chapter was a different narrator; Natasha, Daniel and The Universe, but we would also have other minor characters from the book who would tell their story. I found this so touching and I finished this book with chills up my arms and tears in my eyes.
Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
I went to the book launch for this and got to meet both the authors, and this made me so hyped to read the book, also the fact that it is an OZ YA book. I actually preferred Gemina to the first book, Illumina, and I think it was because of the romance between the characters. Hanna and Nik are just so cute!
The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson
Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
I read this summer contemporary in the middle of winter when it was first released and everyone else was reading it, and it made me want summer so bad! The romance between the two main characters is so cute, but mostly I loved the friendship group that they were apart of! I wanted to be apart of it!
Songs About a Girl – Chris Russel
Charlie Bloom never wanted to be ‘with the band’. She’s happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she’s asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band Fire&Lights, she can’t pass up the chance.
Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West, and his boy-next-door bandmate Olly Samson. Then, as the boys’ rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mind-blowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs…
Another adorable read! This book read kind of like a fan-fiction, but I don’t even care because I love a bit of a fan-fic! I don’t usually enjoy books with love triangles, but I actually really loved it in this book! I’m Team Gabe though!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – JK Rowling & co
I couldn’t decide which of these screen plays I preferred, so I’m putting them together as one. With The Cursed Child, I loved revisiting the characters from the original books and how Cedric Diggory was a central focus. But I think I prefer the story line to Fantastic Beasts, maybe because I saw the movie first, and the humour and drama that was included.
A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
I talked about this book yesterday I think, but I really enjoyed this one. Although I seem to be the only one who prefers ACOTAR and Tamlin, it was still an intense read. So much went down and I can’t wait to see how this trilogy ends in the conclusion in 2017.
Flawed – Cecelia Ahern
Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.
I love the dystopian concept of this book and how different it is to any other created book world. There was drama, politics, romance and emotion, and some parts of the story made me feel so frustrated, but I still loved this book. I can’t wait for the sequel ‘Perfect’ to be released in 2017 because Flawed ends on such a cliff hanger.
Only one more day of BOOKMAS and then it’s Christmas! I’ll see you guys tomorrow for the last one where I’m talking about the twelve classics that I read this year!