Nothing like a bit of a yearly Wrap up to get your ready for the next year. I read a real mix of amazing books, average books and also a lot more books then usual that really aggravated me. It was kind of a slow reading year for me completing less then 100 books but I did take up some new hobbies and started a new job so I am OK with that.
When I first started my bookish Social Accounts my name was @book_inspired unfortunately that blog name was already taken so I had to change. In honor of my old handle I wanted to talk about some of my favourite books of the year that inspired me to really think, realise, do and appreciate stuff.
Thanks to A Court of Mist and Fury I was inspired to start painting again and I haven’t stopped dreaming about and painting the night sky! It got my creative juices flowing again and now I’m not just painting but making things. It was Lilly’s (It Ends with us) courage and purely real response to her situation that inspired me to never forget how important I am and we are as women, and that we should put our happiness and safety above everything else even if its the hardest thing we will ever have to do.
It was I’ll Give You the Sun that inspired me to make a more conscious effort to read more books with LGBTQ+ main characters, Almost 10 of the books I read this year had a main character who was LGBTQ+ and 2 of those books are on this list! I know that isn’t a great amount but it is 10 more then I read last year. Lastly a Veil of Vines reminded me that love truly conquers all and why it is that I cannot stop reading romance novels.
So lets get into my top favourite reads of this year, I have added mini review for each because I didn’t write reviews for most of them throughout the year.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass 😯 😎 😈 😉
“I was not prey any longer, I decided as I eased up to that door.
And I was not a mouse.
I was a wolf.”
I am sure it comes to no surprise to anyone that this has made the Top of my list. ACOMAF combines all of my favourite elements in reading. Really interesting world, extremely well developed characters that aren’t perfect, twists and turns, steamy romance and sensational writing. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE. I think ACOMAF has a brilliant message attached to it and my favourite thing (without spoilers) is that it challenges that traditional fairy-tale HEA, I cannot wait for ACOWAR
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover ❗
“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen.”
I almost feel like it wouldn’t be a favourites list without a Colleen Hoover novel on it. What to say about It Ends With Us other then just READ THE BOOK!
Here are my thoughts I posted to Insta straight after finishing:
I don’t have a perfectly styled photo for you tonight. I have waves of emotion and restless thoughts and deep sorrow and hope. @colleenhoover this book is so important for a number of unbelievable reasons. You have been a favourite author of mine since the first book of yours I read and you just keep getting better. I don’t know if any book has ever made me feel this way before. I don’t know if anything else ever will. I hope this book inspires many young women to expect more and to value who they are more and I hope it helps people from the outside truly understand how strong those women are. I tried to express how I feel in my instagram story and right now in this caption but I just can’t even begin to put my feelings in words. Thank you for being you and sharing this with the world
I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’ll Give you the Sun is my reminder of why I still read YA. Absolutely sensational writing, I was completely taken over by this book. Noah and Jude’s stories was so raw and real and I think it was an excellent novel about family and the importance of communication. Oh, and lets not forget about Jandy’s sensational writing!
A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole 😯 😉
“Because sometimes, just sometimes, the sun and the moon align, bringing two people to the same place at the same time. Sometimes destiny guides them to exactly where they are meant to be. And their hearts fall in a tandem beat and their souls merge as one.”
This book was ridiculously sweet, beautiful and just my god THE FEELS. Tillie Cole is one of my favourite authors of all time, her novels are generally really dark and almost all would come with a trigger warning for some reason or another but A Veil of Vines is purely just sweet and beautiful, I wish it wasn’t a stand alone! Full review can be found here.
Cam Girl by Leah Raeder 😯 😎 ❗
“My love is savage and rapacious. It isn’t content to touch. It wants to be inside, crawl into the marrow, caress each vein until the cells are all mixed up and there is no you and me anymore, no secrets or shadows sliding between our skin. Only this endless devouring of each other. The ouroboros we call us.”
This year has definitely been a slow reading year for me. I have read a lot of average books and gone through a few reading slumps but from the first line of Cam Girl I was hooked. I 1could not put this book down. Leah’s writing will knock your socks off and Vada’s struggles with her sexuality was so eye opening. I find Leah’s novels so real, she doesnt sugar coat anything or overly romanticise situations and there is always some kind of darkness to them.
Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren 😯 😎 😈
“So these are you brothers, huh?”
“Well, thanks for this. I might need to go home and masturbate for the rest of the evening.”
“You know, if a guy said that, it would be super creepy.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, Poodle. Does the sexual double standard make you grumpy?”
I actually read a lot of Christina Lauren novels this year and here is something I learned the second books in their series are always the kinkiest, mirrors with Max, rope with Flynn now they just need to start on the next series so I can see what comes next! If you are looking for some great erotica with an interesting plot on top of lots of sex then these are your books!
Lover Mine, Lover Unleashed & Lover Reborn By J.R. Ward 😯 😈 ❗
Books 8, 9 & 10 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This is another one of my all time favourites I have been reading this series for 2 years now reading 3-4 books a year purely because once I’m in this world I generally can’t stop reading and then I need a break (sounds weird I know), as the books go on they get progressively bigger. The best way I can describe this series (and have done in the past) is the BDB series is extremely well written Vampire smut and is basically all of my favourite things. Extremely well developed world – their is like a 6 page glossary – exciting plot even 10 books latter, funny and sexy characters who are all unique, great gory fighting scenes and some real smutty (just enough) cliche romance. If any of that sounds like your jam then you gotta pick these books up!
Honor By Jay Crownover 😯 😎 😈
“He would always be something sharp and deadly on the inside, something that could be used to destroy, but every blade needs a sheath and every gun needs a holster to protect it. I had no problem offering myself up as the thing that kept this particular weapon secure.”
The Welcome to The Point series is one of my favourites. I love how they are so gritty and don’t try to be anything more than what they are, and the start to The Breaking Point series was really no exception. I listened to Honor in a day, I just couldn’t put it down.
Key and Nassir are some of Jay’s strongest characters and I could have read a story just about each of them individually. I loved how Key wasn’t ashamed of who she was and how in tuned she is with her sexuality. Similarly I loved how unapologetic Nassir was, his bad his done terrible things all his life and he will do anything to protect whats his.
The Deal (Off-Campus) by Elle Kennedy 😯 😎 😈 😀 😉 ❗
“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”
“Two,” I reply cheerfully.
“Do you high five yourself?”
“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”
Towards the end of this year I just couldn’t stop reading college sports novels and that was sparked by this series, it reminded me so much of Sophie Jordans Foreplay which was one of the first NA books I had ever read. Sometimes you just need a super light and easy read with a lot of angst and great banter to get you through day. If that’s what your looking for then I would highly recommend this series.
All for The Game series by Nora Sakavic 😈 ❗
While we are on College sports novels lets talk about the All for The Game series. Although it did have a few problems (particularly with the first book) I just had to add it to this list for a few reasons. The most importantly being how effortlessly Nora wrote such a diverse series from race to sexuality. Sometimes when you read books with such a large range of diverse characters it can feel like the author is constantly reminding you ‘look at this diverse character did I not already mention that he was gay? how about I mention it another 100 times in case you missed it for no other reason then to remind you his gay.’ However Nora’s writing was more subtle at the same time as exploring the issues those individual characters faced which made it feel so real, as it should because not everyone is white and straight in actuality most aren’t. I found the whole team to be so real and I want to see more characters like this in more novels.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 😎
“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.”
Would it be a top favourites list without a Cassie Clare book? I think not! This trilogy is so promising and unlike a lot of people’s opinion I hope she never stops writing books in the Shadowhunter world! There are so many different stories to be told and the world is rich enough to sustain all of them. Julian was such an amazing character and I can’t wait to see him get a bit darker in Lord of Shadows!
So that’s another year done. I hope you read some amazing books and I would love to hear about them in the comments below! Any you think I have to add to the 2017 TBR? Did you do a challenge this year? If so did you smash it?