Top 18 books I read in 2016 (+ challenges update)11:30
- Rebel of the Sands was one of the first pre orders I had for 2016, and one of my favourites. It's such a good debut, and I'm excited for more from Alwyn.
- I flew through the prequel to this book, The Orphan Queen, and was dying to get a hold of The Mirror King. An amazing book, with all the feels.
- I think basically everyone and their dog loves this series, and when I got the email saying I was approved for an arc of The Winner's Kiss, I dropped what I was doing (an assignment for uni) and read it straight away. I was sad to see the series end, but couldn't have asked for a better ending.
- Frostblood isn't even out yet, but if this is how 2017 will go, the year shall be amazing. A wonderful debut, that I wholeheartedly recommend to all.
- The SLA series is a fantasy series that hit all the boxes for me, and it's finale, Frost Like Night, tied everything up spectacularly.
- Like I said earlier, this was the year I rediscovered my love of historical fiction, and the Regency Era has been a favourite of mine since Pride and Prejudice. These Vicious Masks is a hybrid of historic and fantasy elements, and I've already preordered the sequel.
- The legend of Robin Hood is another favourite of mine, and I've never read anything that made me so happy, and with so much feels as Lion Heart. Another end to a series, again with an ending that tied everything together.
- Blackhearts was yet another debut I adored this year, and again, I've already preordered the sequel. A retelling/origin story of Blackbeard, I'm looking forward to more piratical elements.
- Out of all the historical eras I adore, the Tudor period is my favourite in British history. My Lady Jane is embellished history of Lady Jane Gray, the nine day queen of England, but with a better ending than reality. Another mix of fantasy and history, and I'm excited for more collaborations from these authors in the future.
- The Crown's Game is another mix of fantasy and history, this time set in imperial Russia - another historical era I studied when I was at university. The world building was fantastic, and the author managed to weave fantasy and reality into one epic story.
I also set myself a few challenges this year, and I think I did alright!
The #RockMyTBR 2016 challenge
- I read 46 books out of a target of 45 (102%)
The 2016 Debut Author challenge
- I read 22 books out of a target of 20 (110%)
The Goodreads reading challenge
- I read 120 books out of a target of 100 (120%)
Well, I now realise this was quite a long post, thanks for reading it all!