2016 Books (First Half)

Each year I end up reading more books compared to the previous year. 2016 is no different. Time management and a clean house have pretty much gone out the window.

2016 First Half Audiobooks
2016 First Half Graphic Novels/Manga

2015 First Half Books
2014 First Half Books

Adult Favorites

rogue not taken fair fight enemy of mine

*The Rogue Not Taken – This was the first Sarah MacLean book I’ve read, and it’s turned her into one of my favorite romance authors. I adore heroines with a strong side of sass and daring-do. And I also like heroes who are a bit assholish, a bit fractured (I think this reflects on my personal issues, but I’ll push the blame onto being married to a slightly off-kilter military guy). This book is in the same vein as A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare – a road trip romance.
*The Fair Fight – It was well-written and well-thought out. The characters felt real within the historical context. They also felt like real people, some likeable, some pitiable, and some detestable. I liked that their endings weren’t necessarily happy ones. Some got what they deserved, some did not.
*Enemy of Mine – I discovered this while perusing a list of “what to read if you have Outlander withdrawal”. It was a surprisingly good time travel romance; I’ve read it twice so far this year. There were some flaws, but I can generally overlook those if the hook, and writing, are strong enough. The romance wasn’t overly cloying, and I liked that Erva was an intelligent, educated woman, who used her knowledge to help her navigate the past.

Adult Fiction (40)
Lord Dashwood Missed Out
Speakeasy
Bloodsucking Fiends
The Rogue Not Taken
A Rogue by Any Other Name
One Good Earl Deserves Another
Gold Fame Citrus
Accidental Abduction
1001 Dark Nights
Never Judge a Lady by her Cover
The Fair Fight
Pygmalion
Wishing for a Highlander
Enemy of Mine (2x)
Highlander of Mine
Barbarian’s Prize
Miss Bramble and the Leviathan
Werewolf’s Christmas Wish
Driving Mr. Dead
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas
Skies of Fire
Not Another Vampire Book
My American Duchess
The Martian
Barbarian’s Mate
Ice Planet Barbarians
The Queen of the Night
Reader Abduction
Sorcerer to the Crown
Bryony & Roses
The Seventh Bride
Dark Alpha’s Claim
The Regional Office is Under Attack!
Eligible
Idol
The Beautiful Bureaucrat

Adult Nonfiction (5)
We Should All Be Feminists
A Great and Terrible King
Zealot
All the Single Ladies
I Was Told There’d Be Cake

YA Favorites

written in the stars challenger deep court mist fury

*Written in the Stars – Beautiful and frightening at the same time. The fact that various characters justified their actions and behaviors towards Naila made the reality of her forced marriage even worse. Gaslighting in the extreme. I could not put the book down, and ended up finishing it in one sitting (bedtime at 2am).
*Challenger Deep – This was an amazing book. Stark at times, but amazing. It took a while to figure out exactly what was happening, but I liked how Caden’s two realities intersected and bled into each other; kind of like Alice in Wonderland. Time was topsy-turvy and was not necessarily linear. I also liked how he was ultimately able to cope with his mental illness.
*A Court of Mist and Fury – I admit that I had some issues with this book at first. I could see the set up for a love triangle from ACOTR, and I absolutely hate love triangles (because they are generally unnecessary). That being said, it made sense within the context of the book, and there was an actual reason it happened beyond the waffling of a heroine unable to make a decision. Feyre started to come into her own, was encouraged to embrace herself and not allow herself to be shut into a preconceived box. There is a lot going on in the story; it’s more intricate than ACOTR because now things are kicking into gear. ACTOR was essentially a prologue to what’s really going on.

YA Fiction (40)
The Boundless (MG)
Ettiquette & Espionage
Curtsies & Conspiracies
The Girl from the Well
Anna Dressed in Blood
We Are the Ants
Dumplin’
Ana of California
Zeroboxer
Manners & Mutiny
Cinder
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Charm & Strange
Bone Gap
Six of Crows
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Girl of Nightmares
Bones & All
Archivist Wasp
Written in the Stars
Rad American Women
Made You Up
The Ghosts of Heaven
The Boy in the Black Suit
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
My Life at the MBRC
Farewell to the MBRC
Lost Files of the MBRC
Challenger Deep
The Dark Days Club
Rebel in the Sands
Red Queen
The Star-Touched Queen
Book of a Thousand Days
A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Mist and Fury
The Weight of Feathers

Children’s Fiction/Nonfiction (12)
The Knight at Dawn (MTH #4)
Rose and the Lost Princess
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
Midnight on the Moon (MTH #5)
Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon
Sylvia & Aki
A Long Walk to Water
The Time Machine (Classic Starts)
Babe: The Gallant Pig
The School for Good and Evil

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