Top Ten of My Best AND My Most Disappointing Reads of 2016


So far, my approach to reading books in 2016 has been to walk into a bookstore, scream “COME HERE, MY PRECIOUS!” and wait until 1 or 2 or 10 books jump into my arms. And then I buy them ALL. Which has kind of put a substantial dent in my wallet but WHATEVER. BOOKS.

I wish I could say that all the books I have read thus far have been epic, five-star things full of beautiful writing and magic and murder, but sadly, it has not worked like that. And so, instead of going with the theme of five star reads of 2016, I’m going with five AND two star reads (I hardly ever rate books one star). But let’s start with the good first.



The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I actually can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read this book??? I kept hearing about it and about how good it was and just didn’t read it. And then I did read it. And it was incredible and beautiful and sad.

And also I will never look at chocolate pie the same way again.


Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

The only reason I even picked up this book was because of the cover. I KNOW, I KNOW, horrible, right?But it’s a good thing I did, because this book was amazing. And it managed to be funny without mocking, unlike some other books about mental illness that I’ve read (coughfindingaubreycough).


Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

I knew this was a book about suicide before I started it, so I was kind of hesitant to actually read it. But I did. And I loved it. And Amy Zhang was like 17? And she’s so disgustingly talented that I nearly can’t stand it.


Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

I laughed until I cried multiple times throughout this book. And when I finished it, I knew two things. 1. I need to find her blog. And 2. I need to find her first book. BUT SERIOUSLY, this woman is hilarious, and she manages to work through what would probably send you average person spiraling down into this pit of horrible depression. Her disorders have disorders. It’s slightly insane to read about.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I have heard this same sentence so many time it’s slightly insane “READ THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, AINE!” one of my friends even added “or I’ll disown you”. But because I am like this, I was all “NO, I DON’T WANT TOOOOOOO” and basically refused to read it for 100 years (for the record, I did the same with Harry Potter). And then…I read it. And I was slightly confused as to how the world was still functioning on AS NORMAL after I finished it.



The Word for Yes by Claire Needell

I was expecting this to be an amazing book, much like Speak or All the Rage. But it wasn’t. Not even close. This book felt very victim-blamey (she shouldn’t have been drinking, she should have stayed with a friend, she shouldn’t have been at the party in the first place). And at the same time, it seemed to pass over how absolutely horrible a thing rape is, and instead focused on what the victim’s sisters thought about it. Just no.


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This was not a book about depression or suicide. This was a book about a bully who happened to commit suicide and then decided that because she was going to commit suicide she was going to make other people feel horrible as well.


Firelight by Sophie Jordan

I don’t even know where to begin with this book. Insta-love. A special snowflake of a main character who doesn’t WANT to be a special snowflake but she just can’t help it. And she falls in love with the “reclusive bad-boy” who has NEVER dated ANYONE before and then notices HER and they have this SOUL CONNECTION. She yearns for him after barely knowing him for a minute.


Emancipated by M. G. Reyes

This book was pitched as having a Breakfast Club-like vibe, so I thought, yeah, okay, I’ll give it a try. And ????? I don’t know what the point of this book is.


Isla and the Happily Ever After

I was so disappointed with this book. I think it was because the last two books were so great? I expected this to be the best of the series, the epic finale, the shippest of all the ships. And it just…wasn’t. I can’t talk about it too much without being spoilery, but…c’mon, Josh and Isla. YOU TWO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER. Basically, all the times that they had problems it was because they should have known better.

So, tell me my blogglings, what are your favorite and least favorite books of 2016 so far? Do our lists share any titles?

Happy Tuesday,



29 thoughts on “Top Ten of My Best AND My Most Disappointing Reads of 2016

  1. I find your comment about Thirteen Reasons Why very interesting. I can’t remember too much about this book, but I know I didn’t love it because I rated it only 3 stars. I am surprised by how popular this book it. I think it’s because it gets the conversation going in schools. I am looking forward to the Netflix series because I really love Jay Asher because of his book The Future of Us. I may need to re-read the book before the show – 2017 I think.


    1. It was just…Heather spent the whole time talking about how she committed suicide because people were mean to her, but at the same time…she probably brought at least one of those 13 people to depression, and just the whole thing had this very mean-spirited vibe about it


  2. I really loved Isla and Thirteen Reasons Why… Marmite books? I have The Word for Yes on my TBR – I am looking forward to getting a copy!


      1. oh, ur, Marmite is an English spreadable – you put it on toast and stuff, but it something that you either love or you detest it – there is no in between 🙂


  3. I actually really loved Isla and Josh and Lola was the most disappointing in the series in my opinion. But I like your other choices. Thirteen Reasons Why and the Perks of Being a Wallflower really weren’t for me either.


  4. The Help is amazing, although it’s been years since I last read it.
    I was really intrigued with Jay Asher’s books a few years back but ever since so many people disliked it I’ve lost interest.


  5. Hi there! I’ve been catching up on your blog and this post has so many “YES!!! SAAAME!!!” moments, I can’t even. I found Thirteen Reasons Why understandable, but I also really liked that book. But I did find your comment about Finding SO TRUE. Anyway, 10/10 post and hello there again, friend!


    1. Hi, Koral! How’s the planning going for your new blog? And gosh, I DNFed Finding Aubrey at about 150 pages because I was so mad at that point that I just couldn’t continue. I mean, I get that the author was trying to write a funny book, but you can write a funny book about mental illness WITHOUT MOCKING THE MENTAL ILLNESS.


      1. Oh, planning is all over the place. Thanks for asking! But I’m a mess with how I want to handle it and do it so that I can be updating regularly, but also make it so I’m not over-working myself between school and writing freely and being a little bit more social in the world. And I was so excited to read Finding Audrey when I got because “a female protagonist who have anxiety?? That sounds perfect for me!” Oh, poor little me. If only I had known better and just gotten that Percy Jackson book instead!


      2. Planning is like one of the worst things about blogging. I love actually writing the posts and stuff, but planning it out makes me want to scream. And, honestly, I don’t really think the author of Finding Aubrey actually talked to anyone who had anxiety and asked them how they felt about the “jokes”

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