Before I start reminiscing about the pros and cons of my 2016 reading list I have to admit that this is more of a half year review. I started logging my reading list around July/August, which is also when I got hooked on bookstagram. It is also more or less when I started my bookish Instagram channel.
But looking back at my reading list I cringe a little because I see a lot of YA, and most of those I did not like. So I can’t help but feel like I wasted a lot of precious reading time. The YA genre is exceptionally well represented on bookstagram and many of the titles are over-hyped, in my opinion. I ended up picking many of them up only to feel disappointed by how substandard they were.
This is coming from someone who always gravitated towards heavier reads, mostly classics. I guess disappointment was inevitable. Thankfully many of the books were borrowed from the library so at least I didn’t spend money on them and I don’t have to stare at them every day. Looking back at my actual purchases, they are mostly classics! Bah! Amalia, you are so silly! Have I read those classics, you may ask? Well, no!
I bought 32 books since June 2016 and only read 8 of them. Four of which were nonfiction. This has to stop! In 2017 I am going to be much smarter! I’ll make a plan.
As mentioned, most of my YA reads were books from the library. I did purchase 3 YA books, the Red Queen and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. After I read and loved ACOTAR and ACOMAF I felt safe buying the first book of her previous series.
Do you read YA? I think it's such a great genre for when you want to fully relax as they are easy to read and grab your attention with all the plot turns and twists. Have you read any of these? My favorite is ACOTAR! Can't wait to get my hands on the sequel ? • What are you up to today? I'm snuggled up under a warm blanket atm with my current read, Preparation for the next life by Atticus Lish. • #ya #acotar #cinder #theravenboys #nevernight #youngadult #bookstagram #inspiretoread #instaread #bookishfeatures #totalbooknerd #goodreads #readmore #bookish #ilovebooks #bookphotography #mutimitolvasol #carteadinmanamea #booklover #instabook #bibliophile #booknerd #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookworm
Actually, ACOTAR and ACOMAF were the only YA books I loved in 2016. Sad, I know! I’ll get over it, don’t worry.
So what else I read?
- Two books by Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls, and Delirium. Both were pretty decent. I did not see the end coming in Vanishing Girls and Delirium was a typical dystopian novel. Nothing extraordinary about it.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was bad. I felt it should have been more about the bond between the sisters. Instead, it’s this mush of things which don’t make such a strong story.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green has not touched me emotionally even though it’s a story about cancer. Does that make me a bad person? It bore me.
- To All the Boys I Lived Before by Jenny Han was cute and that’s about it. Nothing noteworthy about it.
- Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is again cute. So what? A puppy is cute! I don’t want to read cute books!
- Sing by Vivi Green was straight bad. Superficial! I needed more depth in every way, plot, characters, scenery… you name it, it wasn’t there.
- Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan was actually an OK one. I stumbled upon it at the library and picked it up because I remember thinking I haven’t it on bookstagram. It had some interesting twists and turns and felt like a bit of a fresh read since I haven’t seen it anywhere on Instagram.
- ACOTAR and ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas are both amazing, and I would urge everyone to pick it up and start reading immediately.
- Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer were OK. I enjoyed Cinder more than Scarlet. It was my first sci-fi YA and that made it a bit more interesting. I like the idea of mixing sci-fi and fairy tales but I fell like they should have had a stronger plot or better characters.
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater I did not enjoy. I did not go into this completely blind because on top of all the bookstagram ‘Raven Boys’ rave I have read other books by the author, which I have enjoyed. This one disappointed me. It felt like a puzzle where you force some parts to fit together while loosing others.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo was a book I felt was written in a rush. It had some good ideas and characters but ultimately more, more, more and then some more was needed to make it a great read. This one really disappointed me because everyone is in love with Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom so I felt this must be a good one two. No more such assumptions, Amalia, no more!
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab had a promising beginning. It has a Sin City kind of vibe, which I loved, but ultimately I did not hold my interest. Meh!
Who else can't leave the library without borrowing at least one book…or four ? My favorite one was the last one I read, Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan. • What is the last book you read? • #delirium #laurenoliver #sing #vivigreene #reignofshadows #sophiejordan #sinceyouvebeengone #morganmatson #ya #yabooks #bookstagramfeature #bookstagram #ilovetoread #currentlyreading #inspiretoread #booklover #instabook #bibliophile #booknerd #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookworm #ireadya #imiplacesacitesc #carteadinmanamea #olvasnijo #mutimitolvasol #youngadultbooks
Will I be more careful about the YA books I pick up in 2017? Yes! Will I still read books I won’t enjoy? I think that’s inevitable. I think the goal of 2017, in general, will be to try to read more diverse books and to head deeper into adult book territory stopping occasionally for a YA book.
Were there any books I really loved, you may ask. The answer is yes, I did read some great ones, like Charlotte Bronte’s Shirley, Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Sofi Oksanen’s When the Doves Disappeared. But more about those at a later time.Follow me: