Best Books of 2016

Happy New Year!!

What better way to start the year off than to reflect on last year? Today I’m going to be reflecting on the best books I read last year (so weird to say that and mean 2016). Hopefully you find a good book for you to read in 2017!! Because good books always make for a good year right? Right.

Best Books of 2016: 6 books you need to read | College with Caitlyn

So let’s get started! I have six books to share with y’all today, and they are ordered in no particular way. Just the luck of the draw.

To all the boys I've loved before by jenny Han review

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Now I’m not one for cheesy romances, but I absolutely looooooved this book. Plus, I can totally relate to Lara Jean because I write letters to people that I never intend to mail. (I’d die if anyone sent them out.) There’s also a boy in this who is boyfriend goals. What more could you ask for in a book?

Oh, one more thing! I’m pretty sure I finished this book in only a one day or two, so if that doesn’t attest to how great this book is, then I don’t know what will.

Description from GoodReads:

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.”

P.S. I Still Love you by jenny Han review

P.S. I Still Love You

Of course I had to include the sequel. I mean I literally went out and bought it the same day I finished the first book. I can’t share too much without ruining the book or the one before, but I will say that, yet again, I can totally relate to Lara Jean in this book. She’s struggling to figure out what love is, and though I might be young, I’ve have felt the same before and still don’t really understand it.

Writing this makes me want to read it again, so I need to get on that before school start up again in the next couple weeks.

Description from GoodReads:

“Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?”

The Merciless by Danielle vega review

The Merciless

O. M. G. You guys this book was absolutely insane. If you saw my Instagram post about it earlier this year, then you know what I’m talking about.

If you can’t stand horror or vivid descriptions, then this book is not for you!! Go ahead and scroll on to the next book, because you probably won’t like the description either.

Okay, for those of you who stayed, y’all are my peeps. I love a good horror story or anything paranormal. After reading just the first two sentences of this book’s description, I knew I had to buy it. This author is absolutely amazing and messes with your mind! I can’t wait to read more of her books.

Description from GoodReads:

“Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned. Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream. Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed. Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .”

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J Bick Review

Drowning Instinct

Hands down my number one favorite book of the year. I will totally be rereading this for years to come.

I’m no crier. Like at all. But this book had me in absolute tears at the end.

The author is child psychiatrist, so she understands that no one is perfect and we all have a good and bad side to us. Because of this, she’s able to pull your heart in every which way, and leave you gasping for air at the end.

And to add to the already amazingness, this book has a student-teacher relationship in it and those are some of my favorite stories. (Nothing graphic though!)

The funny thing is, it was a total coincidence that I even came across this book. I was out and about one day, and felt like perusing the aisles of a small book shop, so I googled one and just drove to the closest one. I happened to find this book tucked away in a corner and almost didn’t buy it since the description was so vague, but boy am I so happy I didn’t pass.

Description from GoodReads:

“There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.) Jenna Lord’s first sixteen years were not exactly a fairytale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Afghanistan. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire. There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all shed tears for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.) Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain… magnetism. And there are stories where it’s hard to be sure who’s a prince and who’s a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.) Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules.”

Tempting Fate by Jane Green

Tempting Fate

I just realized this is the fourth romance book in this list, and I said I don’t like romance. Well, I don’t like cheesy ones, I like ones with twists like this one!

While I wasn’t able to fully connect with the main character, as she’s a 40-year-old housewife, I loved seeing things from her perspective. It was like I jumped head 24 years and had my own husband and kids. Reading this from Gabby’s point of view also showed me what being a mother is really like, and made me more aware of what it feels like it to bring a child into this world. It also made me realize that even grown-ups don’t always have everything together.

Like the last book, this one also brings into account that not everything can be black or white, giving it a touch of harsh reality. Something I need in a book, otherwise it feels too cliche.

Description from GoodReads:

“Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an affair. She can’t relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling to the beauty and allure of their younger years…And yet, she too knows her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her–until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive–something she hasn’t felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, Gabby has no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything–and find out what really matters most.”

The Girl on the Train by Paula hawkins review

The Girl on the Train

I feel like everyone and their mother has talked about this book, but here I am anyways.

Honestly, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book, but the plot twist and ending were so killer (*wink*) that I couldn’t not include it. It may take 200 pages for you to get really into it, but I think it’s worth the wait.

Description from GoodReads:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”

Have you read any of these? What were your favorite books of 2016? Let me know in the comments below!

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