Sunday, 18 December 2016

The top 4 books I read in 2016 | Blogmas Day 18

This year will go down as the year I sucked at reading. I read half the number of the books I read last year and I even struggled to update my Goodreads, so anyone who follows me on there will think I did even worse than I did. I'm entirely blaming my busyness this year - my reading started to slack at the time of exams, then I worked lots through the summer, then I moved, and my reading has only recently picked up. I did read some great books this year, though, so I wanted to share them like I did last year. 

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

This novel is a mystery, which is a genre that I don't often tip my toes into. I really enjoyed this though! It's fast-paced, but not too fast that you get lost with the plot. It follows the kidnapping of a baby while her parents are at a dinner party next door, and the point of view flickering between characters makes it difficult to work out the full story before it's revealed. I'd recommend this as an introduction to mystery novels, or as a book that's quick, riveting and very engaging.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

If I had to choose one favourite book this year, it'd probably be this one. "This Is Where It Ends" takes place over a period of 45 minutes and four different points of view, and it is based around a shooting in a high school. It's horrifying, but it's one that you need to keep reading to find out the conclusion. 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson writes typical young adult, romance, cheesy books which I'm usually not a big fan of, but this was a guilty pleasure. It's everything I should have hated but it's cute and well-written, so I have to admit that I loved it. I loved the characters and how current it is without being cringy.

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

I've re-read this book so many times since reading it for the first time this year, and I can never get enough. I thought it would be a typical dystopian, but I was blown away. In this world, there are forced marriages between the rich and poor sides of town, and a girl is brought up by her father to marry the President's son so that she can assassinate him. This one is seriously underrated - I much preferred it to more popular books it's compared to, such as The Hunger Games. I need a film adaptation of this asap.

My copies of these books are sprawled between Scotland, France and my two kindles so I wasn't able to gather them all for photos, but give them a Google - or better, search them on Goodreads. They're all well worth your time and money!

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