Favorite Books I Read in 2016

This blog post should have been up in January. Stuff happened and time flew by so fast, and I never managed to finish this post before now. This is my favorite reads of 2016, and I hope you love my recommendations.


Fantasy & Sci-Fi


The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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This was my absolute favorite read of 2016, and my new favorite book of all time. I LOVE the story, the world-building, the setting, the atmosphere and the characters. Everything in this book is so incredible good. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like thieves, the underground world, heists and Morally grey characters.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

REVIEW

This is a nerve wrecking, action packed book set on a spaceship full of several dangers. What makes this book so special and incredible cool, is the use of mixed media and the format the story is told through. It is told through: emails, chat logs, military files, interviews and other files. The story is also really good and interesting.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is a really fun and fast paced read. The majority of the story in this book is set in a Virtual Reality world/game, where everyone including the main character are on a hunt for a hidden Easter egg. An Adventure hunt in a VR world/game, packed with 80’s pop culture references, makes for a really fun read. I guarantee you, you will not be bored reading this.


Winter by Marissa Meyer

This is the last book in The Lunar Chronicles, a  YA sci-fi series I absolutely adore. This series has a great group of characters and a really engaging story. I thought Winter was a great conclusion to the series.


Vicious by V.E. Schwab

This book is about two brilliant and intelligent best friends, who are on the search to find out how to get extraordinary abilities. This is a really interesting and exciting read, with darker and twisted characters.

The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

REVIEW

This is a really exciting, intense and action packed dystopian trilogy. I especially like how the dystopian society in this series is put together, and the world building is very interesting and complex. The story had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket

Even though this is a children’s book series, I had so much fun reading the 3 first books in the series for the first time last year. I found the books to be fantastic, and this series is now one of my favorites of all time. The story gets really dark, and horrible things happens to the main characters. Although the story is not fun for the Baudelaire children (the main characters), the book cracks me up, especially the narrator’s voice. It is written really funny and very different from other books I have read.


Contemporaries & Historical Fiction


Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

REVIEW

This is a lighthearted and adorable LGBTQ YA contemporary book, about Simon who is chatting with the mysterious and anonymous boy at his school who goes under the alias Blue. I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time I was reading this book.


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

The second LGBTQ YA contemporary book on my list. Even though this book also is about a gay teenager, the book it very different from the book above. This isn’t lighthearted story at all, it is very serious and emotional. Be prepared to cry.


Between Shades Of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

This is a very impacting and heartbreaking story about loss, survival and hope. During world war 2 in Lithuanian, 15 year old Lina and her family gets deported to a Siberian working camp. Long away from her home and her country, she is fighting for survival. Reading this book I learned about the devastating and lesser known story of the Lithuanian people during World War 2.

❤ -Rakel

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July Book Haul

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I actually bought these books last month. I procrastinated with the haul. But that’s okay. I have been so busy with the read-A-Thons this month haha. 

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We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver & Room by Emma Donoghue

I have already read this book and gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I have to watch the movie. The book was really interesting.

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The 5 wave by Rick Yancey & The Infinite Sea by Rick YanceyIMG_4222

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs & Library Of Souls by Ransom Riggs

I read the first book and liked it. I think I’m going to read these two books in October. You know, like a spooky read for Halloween season. I don’t like too scary things. So these are perfect.

Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2016

I want to participate in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2016. It is a read a thon which will last from july 3 to july 9. You can find all the challenges and rules here . 

I have not participated in many read a thons before, and this is my first Biannual Bibliothon. I don’t think I can finish all of the books on my list. But I will try to read at least two books. We will see. I’m really looking forward to participate in the read a thon.

 

  • 1 Read The Group Book – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I want to participate in the group read, but I don’t own this book and I don’t really want to read it. So I will skip this challenge. Because I can’t read 5 books in one week.

  • 2 Free Choice/ Wild Card Book

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

This is the book I am currently reading. And I want to finish it.

  •  3 Read a Book Off of the Host’s List of Recommendations

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I choose More Happy Than Not from the list. I have wanted to read this book for a while. I hope I have time to start this book.

 

  • 4 Read a Book With Your Favorite Mythical Creature

The Moorigad Dragon by Debra Kristi

I had to choose a book I already own. And this was on my kindle. It is free on Amazon. I think this book has something to do with dragons, because of the title. Dragons are cool. All mythical creatures are my favorite, I can’t choose just one.

  • 5 Read a Book You’ve Been Putting Off Picking Up

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

So I have been wanting to read this book for so long. It will be starting the read a thon with this book.

  • 6 Read a Book from an Author You’ve Never Read Before

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I doubled this challenge and chose More Happy than not. It is Adam Salveras first book. And I think it is the only book that is out from him.

  • 7 Read a Book in a Different Format than You Usually Read

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I doubled this challenge too. I often read both paper books and on my kindle. And I am not new to audiobooks either. So I choose Illumina because how this book is written is different from what I have read before. Every page looks different. And the layout of the book is really cool and  interesting.

2016 The year of big books

I feel like 2016 is going to be the year of big books. This is a list of big books that i want to read in 2016. For me, big books is books that is over 500 pages long. 

Big books I have read so far in 2016:

  • Carry on – 528 pages: I feel that this book was not that long, but it is over 500 pages. It was an easy fun read.
  • Winter – 824 pages: This is the longest book I have read so far this year. And I loved it.
  • City of heavenly fire – 725 pages: I finished this book, but it took me months because I was in a reading slump.

 

Big books I really want to read in 2016:

  • Outlander – 896 pages: I’m currently reading this book. I’m really enjoying it.
  • Illuminae – 599 pages: I really want to read this book as soon as possible. It looks so interesting.
  • Tatiana and Alexander – 559 pages: I want to read this book this summer. It will be on my TBR for July.
  • Lady midnight – 698 pages: I want to read this some time in the fall.
  • Mistborn The Final Empire – 541 pages: I also want to read this in the fall.
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – 518 pages: I also want to read this in the fall.

 

Big books I might not manage to read in 2016:

  • The name of the wind – 662 pages: I have this book on the list. Because it has been sitting on my shelves for so long. And everybody says it is amazing.
  • Harry potter and the goblet of fire – 734 pages: This will be a reread for me. I want to read at least one or two HP books every year. I read nr. 3 earlier this year.
  • The bane chronicle – 507 pages: This is a collection of eleven short stories. Maybe I’ll read a few of the short stories in 2016 and the rest in 2017.

2 Book releases in July 2016

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This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

Publication Date: July 5 2016 by Greenwillow Books

English:

After reading Vicious, Victoria Schwab is an author I want to read more of. Her new book This Savage Song is a book I look forward to read. It is urban fantasy, where the city is overrun by monsters. And the main characters has to choose between being good and evil.

Norsk:

Etter å ha lest Vicious, Victoria Schwab er en forfatter jeg vil lese mer av. Henner nye bok This Savage Song er en book jeg gleder meg til å lese. Det er urban fantasy, hvor monstre har tatt over byen. Og hovedkarakterene må velge mellom å være gode eller onde.

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Harry Potter and the cursed child – J. K Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Publication Date: July 31 2016 by Little Brown UK

English:

Ok, so it is coming a story in the Harry Potter world.  And everyone is excited about this. I am really looking forward to read this.

Norsk:

Ok, så det kommer en ny fortelling i Harry Potter verdenen. Og hvem er ikke spent på det. Jeg gleder meg veldig mye til å lese.

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