2016 is rapidly drawing to a close, and as a whole, I think the world will breath a huge sigh of relief when 2017 dawns! It’s been a strange and turbulent year, from the huge shocks that were Brexit and Donald Trump becoming President, to the horrible acts of violence you see everyday on the news and a multitude of sad and shocking celebrity deaths.
However, all that comes as a strange contrast to me, as on a personal level this has been a pretty good year. There have been ups and downs, and a lot has changed for me this year, but all for the better, and I’m feeling pretty excited for the year ahead!
I’ve also had a very good reading year this year, and have read some truly amazing books, which I’ve enjoyed sharing about on this blog. Therefore I thought it was about time I did a ‘Best of 2016’ post all about some of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and I’ve included my New Year’s resolutions at the end.
Best of 2016:
- Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
This has to be the best book I read all year, and is now one of my all time favourites! Considering I loved it so much, I really don’t know why I haven’t got round to reading the next book yet, but it’s definitely at the top of my TBR list for 2017!
Back in 2015 I took my first dip into the work of Brandon Sanderson with the Mistborn trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I read the first two books from his Stormlight Archive series at the beginning of this year, and was absolutely blown away! I fell in love with the characters and the complex, intriguing world Brandon Sanderson had created, and I’ve been on the edge of my seat ever since, waiting for the third book to come out. Apparently there is now a release date of November 2017, and I seriously cannot wait!!!
- Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
This one was a bit of a surprise for me, as I read The Blade Itself, the first book in the First Law trilogy some time ago and thought it was merely OK. However, when I read the second book a couple of months ago, I literally couldn’t put it down and became totally engrossed! I absolutely loved this book, as I feel like the pace really picked up, and you got to see more interaction between the characters. I can’t wait to read the final book…if only the person who has it out of the library would bring it back already!
- Mistress of the Empire by Janny Wurts and Raymond E. Feist
I started reading the Empire trilogy on a bit of a whim when I spotted the first book at the library, and could vaguely remember having been recommended them when I first started blogging. It turned out to be an incredible series, with a really unique world, and the third and final book, Mistress of the Empire, in particular was amazing!
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
As a general rule I’m not really into new releases and there aren’t many that I get excited about, but I do always feel a sense of anticipation when Sarah J. Maas has a new book coming out! I hadn’t been massively blown away by A Court of Thorns and Roses so wasn’t anticipating the release of A Court of Mist and Fury quite as much as I would a Throne of Glass novel, but I bought it immediately anyway, and ended up loving it even more than the Throne of Glass series! I now am super excited for the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin in May!
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I don’t read a huge amount of non-fiction, but Elizabeth Gilbert’s book on creativity really appealed to me, and I wasn’t disappointed! It’s a really interesting and uplifting book, and certainly gave me a lot to think about.
- Death Note (Black Editions) Vols 1-4 by Takeshi Obata and Tsunami Ohba
This year I decided to try something new and read some manga, and started out with Death Note, which I’d heard a lot of great things about. I absolutely flew through the first few volumes and loved everything from the characters to the concept. I still haven’t finished the series, as unfortunately I feel like the later volumes haven’t been as good as the first couple, but I definitely need to see how it all turns out in the new year!
- The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen
I’m so behind on reviews that I haven’t posted reviews on either of these books yet, but they are the second and third books in Laura Andersen’s incredible alternate history series about if Anne Boleyn had had a son. I liked the first book, but didn’t love it, so I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I loved The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning!
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Yet another book I’ve still to review, but I finally got round to reading Six of Crows (I’m late to the party, as always!) and I absolutely loved it! I immediately went out and bought Crooked Kingdom with a gift card I received for Christmas, and it’s currently on my bedside table ready for me to start!
Plus a few New Year’s Resolutions:
- In 2017 I want to get fit!
Yes, this is a super boring resolution! Everyone wants to get fit in the New Year, and then generally they let it slide after a few weeks. But I have a gym membership that I need to start using again (I really need to get over the embarrassment of forgetting my locker code and having to have my padlock bolt-cuttered off last time I went!), and I really need to improve my diet.
- In 2017 I want to save up a deposit for a house!
My boyfriend and I have been looking into mortgages recently, and are now starting to save up a deposit to get our own house, which is super exciting!
- In 2017 I want to finish writing my book!
I made huge progress on the fantasy novel I’m writing during NaNoWrimo, and I’d love to finish my first draft in the New Year, and then I can start editing it. The end is in sight, and it’s super exciting!
- In 2017 I want to blog more!
My blogging has been so up and down this year – some months I’ve been really on top of it, whilst other months I’ve been really lazy, or just too busy to blog consistently. However, I’ve loads of ideas for new posts, and so I’m hopefully going to be around the blogosphere a lot more once 2017 rolls around (you know…in a couple of days!). I also want to improve my blog photography, and maybe have a revamp in the New Year.
- In 2017 I want to keep better track of my reading!
I kind of realised the other day, that I have absolutely no idea how many books I read in a year. I think I saw someone else share how many they had read in a blog post and thought ‘wow, that’s a lot!’, and then realised I have no idea what my own annual reading numbers are! I could just count up my reviews, but I don’t review every single book I read, and that sounds like far too much effort! Instead I’m going to utilise Goodreads better in the New Year (my account has been lying stagnant pretty much since I set it up!), and maybe set myself a target (probably an easy one to start off with, seen as I have no clue how much I currently read!).
So have you read any of my ‘Best of 2016’ books? What were your favourite reads in 2016? And do you have any resolutions?