I think it’s safe to say everyone is influenced by the media and I spend a pretty decent chunk of time on my phone, either on Instagram, Twitter, checking blogs etc. Some books appear so often and the hype is so great I either dismiss them or end up eventually reading them. In 2016 I read six that stood out to me for various reasons and another being my current read.
- A Monster Calls– Patrick Ness
I kept seeing this on lists around Halloween time. I thought it was going to be a spooky kid story…. it wasn’t. It was sad. It was one of my top reads this year though and I think it was best that I didn’t know very much going into it.
- Illuminae– Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I went in thinking this book was going to be amazing and a quick read and it was honestly such a difficult book for me to get through. I know a lot of people love it but I just couldn’t do it. I don’t think I’m going to read the sequel.
- Never Always Sometimes– Adi Alsaid
I saw this quite a bit toward the beginning of the year and just a couple pages in I started seeing inconsistencies and I tried so hard to overlook it but then I just started finding more and more problems.
- The Girl from Everywhere– Heidi Heilig
I saw this one and put it on my TBR and then took it off because it didn’t interest me anymore. Then some people on Goodreads did a group read of it so I joined in. Honestly, this was the same thing as Never Always Sometimes. There were just so many problems plotwise that I was caught up on.
- Stalking Jack the Ripper– Kerri Maniscalco
I saw this one a lot pre-release so I got it the moment it came out. I was so excited for the Victorian Era, serial killers and forensic medicine. However, I found Audrey a bit basic of a character. Just the normal woman out of her time which I have a hard time enjoying. However, the last 50 pages were amazing.
- Girl in Pieces– Kathleen Glasgow
This was also one I saw a lot of pre-release. I got it as soon as it came out as well and devoured it in one sitting. However, I don’t really remember much of it. Just that the writing was beautiful and it was a very heavy book.
- Six of Crows– Leigh Bardugo
I started reading this one and for the first two chapters were really hard to get into because I didn’t know anything about the world from her trilogy. However, I got into it after just a couple chapters and I just can’t wait to finish it. This is my current read and I can’t wait to finish it today!
What books have you read because of other bloggers? Did you love them or hate them?
Edit: This post was inspired by Boats against the Current. I knew I saw it somewhere on one of my feeds and I just found it again.