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In an effort to share more of myself with you guys I created Books for Life. I talk about my life outside of this sanctuary called the blogosphere. Hopefully you guys like getting to know the girl behind the blog a little bit more.


I know that it’s nearly halfway through the first month of 2017, but I didn’t want to miss out on sharing what my favourite books of 2016 were! So here we are.

2016 was actually a pretty fruitful year in terms of me loving books. There were some mighty disappointments in the midst, but I still ended up falling in love with quite a lot of books, which makes me so happy! So, without any more rambling on my behalf, my favourite books of 2016 were:

Dangerous Girls by completely blew me away this year! I can’t believe I waited so long to read this badass book. The mystery had me changing my mind every few pages, and that ending blew me away. Let’s not forget the bi rep in this book, please.

So Huntress was one of my favourite books of 2016, not Ash, but since I don’t own a copy of Huntress, this picture will have to do. Huntress was an epic fantasy adventure with a sweet and shippable f/f romance at its heart and I don’t know why people aren’t screaming about this book because it’s 100% deserving.

To be honest I adored the entire The Colours of Madeleine trilogy, but The Cracks in the Kingdom really just stood out as the most perfect in the series. My ship actually became a ship in this book, and Elliot Baranksi cemented his perfection.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids was a beautiful and unexpected surprise. I loved so much about this book, from the diversity to the romance to everything in between.

No favourites list would ever be complete without C.S. Pacat on it, right? Kings Rising was probably THE most perfect book I read in 2016. It was everything I could have possibly hoped for in the conclusion to one of my favourite series of all time.

HELLO, NEW FAVOURITE BOOK. I knew from the moment I heard about Timekeeper that it would be a ~me~ book so it’s no real surprise that this gay steampunk novel captured my heart.

P Y N C H IS C A N O N. And the rest of The Raven King was pretty good, too. But, come on, Pynch was the best part, let’s be real.

Let me book push Introducing Teddy on you because you need this book in your life. I’ve flailed about it a few times but hopefully that just means that you’re closer to listening to me and buying this book.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with this book as much as I did. But from page one And I Darken was going to be one of my favourites of 2016. Everything about it was amazing. The politics, the characters, the world building. Everything.


And there we have it! My faves of 2016. What were some of your favourite books of last year?


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Posted on: January 10, 2017 • By: Chiara

12 Responses to My Favourite Books of 2016

  1. Tasya says:

    I have Dangerous Girls and have been hearing nothing but praises for it, so let’s hope I get to it this year! I also want to read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids! My favorite book of 2016 is definitely The Wrath and The Dawn. That book just blew me away.

    • Chiara says:

      I really hope that you like both of those books, Tasya! And, oh, I have heard only good things about The Wrath and the Dawn so I definitely want to pick it up this year :D

  2. OH YES DANGEROUS GIRLS, I adore that book! I first picked it up because I saw it recced, but I think the discussion of it has sort of died down. (And I always forget to talk about it. But I do really love it. THE END THOUGH.) And yay Huntress! I read it a while ago but I remember enjoying it. :)
    Just in general: a lot of awesome books here! The Raven King! And I Darken! (Which I still really need to read, because it sounds excellent.) A lot of exclamation marks from me ahaha. I’m glad you read some good books in 2016 *nods*

    • Chiara says:

      DG is literally everything to me <3 The discussion has died down a bit but I am always here to squeal about it because it is honestly the best mystery/thriller I've read so far :D Huntress was such a surprise for me because I didn’t really like Ash that much! But I love it a lot <3

      Eve! You must read And I Darken! It is too fabulous not to read. And exclamation points are 100% needed when talking about amazing books :D

  3. DANGEROUS GIRLS! YES. I am so glad you gave it a try and loved it as much as I did Chiara. <3 Such a twisted and brilliant book, isn't it? Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices!

  4. Angelina says:

    I LOVED And I Darken and I didn’t expect to either. Generally I can’t get into historical fiction but And I Darken blew me out of the water :)!
    Huntress sounds really good too, I’ll add that to my ever growing TBR

    • Chiara says:

      Me, too! I hardly ever read historical fiction because it just doesn’t give me the same thrill of reading *hides* But I’m glad we both liked And I Darken!

      Ah, I hope you like it when you get around to reading it, Angelina :D

  5. The only books I’ve read on this list are And I Darken and The Raven King. I really want to try Cracks in the Kingdom, Dangerous Girls, and the Captive Prince Books one day.

  6. I have heard so many beautiful things about Dangerous Girls & it’s been on my TBR forever – I really must make 2017 the year I tackle it at last, yes? Seconded SO MUCH on The Raven King (Pynch???? my heart??????? I’m going to spontaneously combust I swear), & I am unsure if you’ve read them, but I’d also add Richard Siken’s Crush & War of the Foxes to the list – both lovelies I discovered in 2016 & promptly turned my life upside down. Thank you so much for sharing your year in books with us, dear Chiara! Here’s to yet another lovely & literary year ahead. <3

    • Chiara says:

      YES, Topaz! You must read DG because it is infinitely dark and amazing and completely blew me away. And omg TRK I can’t. It was everything I wanted and I cannot believe that Ronan is getting his own series *screaming* I will make sure to check out the two titles you mentioned because I have never heard of them! <3

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