Friday, 6 January 2017

Top 10 Books of 2016

Hi everyone,
today I decided to share with you, guys, my favourite books I have read during the last year. I have to admit that it wasn't a particularly good year in terms of reading. I hadn't had as much time for books as I would wish for. But I still managed somehow, for reading was the only thing which kept me sane at times. Over all I have read about forty books which is slightly less than I usually read per year, but I suppose it isn't that bad considering my living in London, working in bookshop and all those crazy things that had happened. Moreover, some of the books I've read were really great, and that's what counts, right?

1. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
This was the first time I've read Charlotte's Web and I was totally blown away. I am a huge fan of children's literature and the story of a little pig named Wilbur, who finds a true friend in a fragile spider Charlotte, really warmed my heart. If you still haven't read it, just do it...

2. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Another children's classic I've read this past year for the first time is Bridge to Terabithia. And it also became my favourite straight away. It's beautifully written, all the characters are very lively and the story line so captivating...

3. Forbiden by Tabitha Suzuma
I have read Forbidden just recently, and the story of the book is still throbbing within my heart. It was so devastating a book but I am glad I read it, and I would definitely recommend it. It is unforgettable and really unique story of love...

4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I haven't read anything else by Marissa Meyer, and I kind of picked up Heartless on a whim, but it was absolutely worth it. Such a great book that kept me gripped the whole time. It was beautifully written as well as amazingly imagined. I loved the whole world and characters in it. If you're a fan of fairy tale re-tellings, you should not miss this one...

5. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
My love for books by Francisco X. Stork has started with Marcelo in the Real World and continued with Irises that I have read in 2015. In the past year I have read The Last Summer of the Death Warriors as well as his newest novel The Memory of Light. It was hard to choose between these two, for they were equaly great, but I think that I connected with the characters of the first one a little bit more so I chose that one. It was a heartwarming and inspirational story that I would simply recommend to everybody...

6. Stay by Deb Caletti
I chose Stay to put on this list, for I was surprised how much of an impact this book had on me. It's a Young Adult novel about a girl who has fallen in love with a guy that became obsessed about her. And it's about her trying to find way out of this twisted relationship. I absolutely adored this novel and I am definitely going to read more books by Deb Caletti in the future because I really enjoy her writing style...

7. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Saint Anything is the latest novel of Sarah Dessen and it became one of my favourites. I simply adore Sarah Dessen's books and I shall never stop reading them. This one tells a story about Sydney who is trying to step out of the shadow of her brother and find her own way. It is really poignant and compelling novel that not only fans of Sarah Dessen should read. PS: I have a Sarah Dessen Book Club going on. Join in if you want to read all of her books along with me (see more info here).

8. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Novels by Kasie West have really taken me by surprise. I fell in love with stories of hers right from the beginning. I also read The Distance Between Us but The Fill-In Boyfriend was definitely my favourite. It was such a sweet and lovely story that pulled me out of a reading slump and I utterly enjoyed it...

9. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I've read Landline during the Christmas time and it was so magical. Even though I was slightly bored at the beginning, I was totally blown away from then on. I loved the dialog in this book so much as well as the love story behind it. Rainbow Rowell is just awesome...

10. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
My love for Nicholas Sparks is getting even bigger with every new book I read. The Choice is definitely another favourite of mine. I enjoyed that there were dogs in the story, and I really related to the characters. They were so passionate and enthusiastic about life which I found very inspirational. And I am giving another points for the beautiful ending which is quite rare in Nicholas Sparks's books...

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