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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2017

For me, 2017 was all about reading what I wanted when I wanted to.

Two years of attempting to curb my TBR had allowed me to go into 2017 with a more carefree attitude than I was used to. I got more comfortable DNFing books and learning to say no to every book I meet. Audiobooks became an everyday avenue for reading, cutting down my TBR one listen at a time. I even got to a few Jane Austen novels! My challenges might not have gone entirely to plan but I read more books than I anticipated so I can’t really complain.

> > Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

As always, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks (and not so great) from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past calendar year (2017) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series–if available! Lots of these won’t have reviews until early next year.

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

– Novels that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that were first published in 2017 –

– Novels that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that ended in 2017 –

– A series sequel book published in 2017 –

– Movie Adaptions Released in 2017 –

– Novels I read in 2017 that were hyped by the community & met expectations –

– Best audiobooks I listened to in 2017 (not necessarily their publication year) –

– Favourite New Adult Series Read in 2017 –

– Best standalones I read in 2016 –

– Favourite YA Series I read in 2017 –

– Favourite Adult Standalones read in 2017 –

– Books published in 2017 that I DNF’d –

– Books I gave 2 Stars or Less to in 2017 –

– Books that I enjoyed more than I expected! –

Have a fabulous 2018!

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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2016

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Last year, I decided that 2016 would be the year that I read smarter, not harder. I had some big life changes on the way and figured I wouldn’t be able to read like I used to and so I had to be more proactive about it. To get there, I choose challenges that gave me direction but flexibility and created some self-imposed rules for myself.

Not only did I read a LOT of books that I wanted to this year, I actually read wayyy more than I expected!

It definitely helped that I read a lot of novella series this year (which inadvertently raise the “books read” count on Goodreads) but I also wasn’t constrained by the books I had out from the library like previous years. I was able to read what I wanted, when I wanted and didn’t feel guilty about it at all!

Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

As always, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks (and not so great) from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past calendar year (2016) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series–if available! Lots of these won’t have reviews until early next year.

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

Top 2016 New Adult Series

Series that were first published in 2016

Top New Adult Standalones

Novels that I read in 2016, not necessarily their publication year

Top New Adult Series

A series that I started in 2016, not based on its publishing date

Dirty English (English, #1)

Top 2016 Adult Contemporary Series

Series that were first published in 2016

Favourite Adult Romance Series

A series that I started in 2016, not based on its publishing date

 Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding, #1)

Favourite Adult Non-Romance Series

A series that I started in 2016, not based on its publishing date

Favourite Serial

A series that I started in 2016, not based on its publishing date

Top 2016 Young Adult Series

Series that were first published in 2016

Honourable Mention: Caraval will be released in January 2017, but I promise, it will knock your socks off!

Top Young Adult Series

A series that I started in 2016, not based on its publishing date

Top Young Adult Standalone

Series that were first published in 2016

Best Continuing Series

A series that had a sequel book published in 2016

Sad to See Go Series

Series that ended in 2016

 Sea Spell (Waterfire Saga, #4) Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends, #3)

Best Nonfiction Standalone

Books that I read in 2016, not necessarily their publication year

Disappointing 2016 New Releases

Novels that were first published in 2016

 Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Other Disappointing 2016 Reads

Novels/Series that I read in 2016, not necessarily their publication year

Worst Reads

Novels that I read in 2016 that I gave 2 Stars to

Pleasant Surprises

Books I read in 2016 that I enjoyed more than I thought

Collide (The Collide, #1) Beautiful Broken Promises (Broken Series Book 3) Nothing Matters (Family Matters Book 1) Did I Mention I Need You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #2) Losers Weepers (Lost & Found, #4)

Top 2016 Movie Adaptions

Books that were made into movies in 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday Lists

Published in 2016

TBR Books I Found From Other Blogs

Books I Took a Chance On

Series Everyone Should Know About

Books I Want to be TV Series

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What were your favourite reads of this past year?

Did you read more or less than you expected?

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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2015

This year has been…very interesting to say the least when it comes to my reading habits. Never before have I focused so much on WHAT and am reading and WHEN! That was all thanks to the various challenges and TBR tackling I did to push myself to read smarter this year. All in all, I think it was a pretty successful 12 months of reading! I read more books than I expected and definitely crossed off some long TBR shelved series and books from my Kobo (I’m looking at you Grisha Trilogy).

Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

Like I did last year, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past year (2015) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series; though a good chunk of these reads will have reviews published in 2016 so no link is available!

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

Top New New Adult Series
Series that were first published in 2015

 

Top New Adult Series
A series that I started in 2015, not based on its publishing date

 

Top New Adult Standalones
Novels that I read in 2015, not necessarily their publication year

 

Top Adult Contemporary Series
A series that I started in 2015, not based on its publishing date

 

Top New Young Adult Series
Series that were first published in 2015

Honourable Mention: Passenger (Passenger isn’t released until 2016, thus I felt like it wasn’t right to put on this list directly despite how much I enjoyed it!)

 

Top Young Adult Series
A series that I started in 2015, not based on its publishing date

 

Top Young Adult Standalone
Series that were first published in 2015

 

 

Best Continuing Series
A series that had a sequel book published in 2015

Sad to See Go Series
Series that ended in 2015

 

Best of Colleen Hoover
My Standout Author of this Year! I decided to give her her own category!

 

Best Standalone: Adult Fiction or Nonfiction
Books that I read in 2015, not necessarily their publication year

   

 

Biggest Disappointments
Novels that were first published in 2015

 

Biggest Disappointments
Novels/Series that I read in 2015

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) 

 

Worst Reads
Novels that I read in 2015 that I gave 2 Stars to

 

Pleasant Surprises
Books I read in 2015 that I enjoyed more than I thought

 

Top Movie Adaptions
Books that were made into movies in 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday Lists
Specific to 2015

New to Me Authors of 2015

Authors I’ve Read the Most Of (As of Aug 2015)

Best Books I’ve Read So Far (Jan – Jun) In 2015

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What were your favourite reads of this past year?

Did you read more or less than you expected?

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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2014

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When I went to set my Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge, I honestly didn’t think I was going to read that many books in 2014. I just met my challenge for 2013 and I knew that 2014 was going to be a very busy time for me, so I set my goal a little lower. Oh ye of little faith! I obliterated my challenge by mid-spring and just kept going!

I probably started more new series than I finished but 2014 is/was a great year for books so who can blame me!

Check out which books I read this past year here!

Like I did last year, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past year (2014) but there are some exceptions. Each category is introduced and has a brief explanation why I picked the top book in that category. I also have links to reviews if I was able to create my own reviews this past year.

Without further ado:

Top New New Adult Series – Series that were published in 2014
  1) Caroline & West (Deeper) by Robin York

⇒Edgy, realistic and great characters! This series will stay with me for a long time.

2) Rusk University (All Lined Up) by Cora Cormack
3) Trapped (Trapped) by Beverley Kendall
4) Grayson Siblings (Keep Me) by Faith Andrews
5) Crush (Just a Little Crush) by Renita Pizzitola

 

Top New New Adult Standalones – Standalones that were published in 2014
  1) Breath into Me by Sara Fawkes

⇒a great story, great characters-the perfect new adult standalone

2) Rewind to You by Laura Johnston
3) Third Degree by Julie Cross
4) Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros

 

Best New Adult Series – A series that I read in 2014, not based on its publishing date
  1) Marked Men (Rule) by Jay Crownover (2012)

⇒NOW I get what all the fuss is about! A fantastic series for sure!

2) Ruin (Ruin) by Rachel Van Dyken (2013)
3) Out of Line (Out of Line) by Jen MacLaughlin (2013)
4) Keep Me Still (Keep Me Still) by Caisey Quinn (2013)
5) Contours of the Heart (Easy) by Tammara Webber  (2012)
Honourable Mentions: Kylie Ryans (Girl with Guitar) by Caisey Quinn (2013)
Sea Breeze Series (Breathe) by Abbi Glines (2011)

 

Top New Contemporary Romance Series – A series that I read in 2014, not based on its publishing date
  1) On Dublin Street (Before Jamaica Lane) by Samantha Young (2012)

⇒I know the series was first published in 2012 but it had three really awesome books published this year.

2) Lights, Camera (Take Two) by Laurelin Paige
3) Most Wanted Trilogy (Wanted) by J. Kenner

 

Best New Young Adult Series – New series that were published in 2014
  1) Cruel Beauty Universe (Cruel Beauty) by Rosamund Hodge⇒a beautifully crafted story that blew my mind as I was reading it!
2) The Young Elites (The Young Elites) by Marie Lu
3) Dark Elements (White Hot Kiss) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
4) The Lovegrove Legacy (A Breath of Frost) by Alyxandra Harvey
5) Age of Legends (Sea of Shadows) by Kelley Armstrong

 

Best Young Adult Series – A series that I read in 2014, not based on its publishing date
  1) Legend Trilogy (Legend) by Marie Lu (2012)⇒everything I want in a Young Adult Dystopian
2) Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten (Lost Prince) by Julie Kagawa (2012)

 

Best Continuing Series – A series that had a sequel book that was published in 2014
  1) One More Chance (Chances #2/Rosemary Beach #8) by Abbi Glines

⇒ felt every emotion when I was reading this book. One of the best of the series so far!

2) More than Forever  (More Series #4) by Jay McLean
3) Rival  (Fall Away Series #2) by Penelope Douglas
4) The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies #5) by Pittacus Lore
5) Silver Shadows (Bloodlines Series #5) by Richelle Mead
Honourable Mentions: Toxic Heart (Mystic City Trilogy #2) by Theo Lawrence

 

Sad to See Go Series – Series that ended in 2014
 book6 1) The Mortal Instruments (City of Heavenly Fire) by Cassandra Clare

⇒one of my all-time favourite series and it ended so beautifully!

2) Pushing the Limits (Take on Me) by Katie McGarry
3) White Rabbit Chronicles (Queen of Zombie Hearts) by Gena Showalter
4) Under the Never Sky (Into the Still Blue) by Veronica Rossi
5) Sweet Trilogy (Sweet Reckoning) by Wendy Higgin
Honourable Mentions: Fixed Trilogy (Forever with You) by Laurelin Paige
Elemental Series (Sacrifice) by Brigid Kemmerer
One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend) by Monica Murphy

 

Best Serialized Series – Based on books that I read during this year, not their publishing date
  1) The Arrangement by H.M. Ward (2013)

⇒this series is a lot of fun and uses the serialization format to its full advantage

2) Gypsy Brothers by Lili St. Germain (2014)
3) Naked by Kelly Favor (2013)

 

Best Standalones – Books that I read in 2014, not their publishing date
  1) Unravel by Calia Read (2014)

⇒the story and novel was a crazy ride that captured my attention from start to finish

2) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (2007)
3) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2012)
Honourable Mentions: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 

Best Freebie eBook – Based on Books that were Free during the 2014 year, not their publishing date
  1) He Belongs with Me by Sarah Darlington (2014)

⇒this book was just a lot of fun to read

2) Wanted (Wanted Series #1) by Amanda Lance (2013)
3) Muse (Fighting Fate Series #1) by Maree Green (2014)
4) Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore
5) The Pretend Girlfriend (A Billionaire Love Story Series #1) by Lucy Lambert (2014)

 

Biggest Disappointments – Books that were published in 2014
  1) Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

⇒When one of your all-time favourite series does a spinoff with two of your favourite characters, your expectations are high and this one didn’t hit the mark

2) Cold Calls by Charles Benoit
3) Crossing Stars by Nicole Williams
4) The Pretend Fiancé (A Billionaire Love Story Series #2) by Lucy Lambert)
5) Trigger (L.A. Girls #1) by Julia Derek

 

Worst Reads of 2014 – Based on books that I read during this year, not their publishing date
  1) Falling Into Infinity (Infinity #1) by Layne Harper (2013)

⇒I really wanted to like this series but never made it past book 1. Everything I dislike in a New Adult series spread out over too many books

2) Until I Met You by Jaimie Roberts (2014)
3) Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) by Linda Kage (2013)
4) Reflect Me (Reflect Me #1) by K.B. Webb (2013)
5) Crash Into Me (Heart of Stone Trilogy #1) by K.M. Scott (2013)

 

Best Movie Adaptations – Books that were made into movies in 2014
  1) The Maze Runner

⇒It was even better than the book! Wayyy better!

2) Divergent
3) The Fault in Our Stars
4) Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
5) Vampire Academy

 

What were your favourite reads of this past year? Did you read more or less than you expected?

Have a safe and happy New Year! I wish you all SERIESously happy reading!

 

 

Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2013

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It has been a great year for books! While I personally didn’t get a chance to read as many books as I had wished, I did make a good dent in my “to-read” list this past year. I also started this blog which has been a lot of fun!

Check out which books I read this past year here!

I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks from various categories based on what I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past year (2013) but there are some exceptions. Each category is introduced and has a brief explanation why I picked the top book in that category. I also have links to reviews if I was able to create my own this past year.
Without further ado:

Top New Adult Series – Series that were published in 2013

1. Drew + Fable (One Week Girlfriend) by Monica Murphy ~~~Just a great series and one that got me addicted to the New Adult genre
2. Beautifully Broken (If You Stay) by Courtney Cole
3. Falling into You (Falling Into You) by Lauren Abrams
4. Rosemary Beach (Fallen too Far) by Abbi Glines
5. Losing It (Losing It) by Cora Cormack

Honourable Mentions: Off the Subject (After Math) by Denise Grover

Top New Contemporary Romance Series – A new series that was published in 2013

1. Fixed Series (Fixed on You) by Laurelin Paige~~~while it borders on New Adult, I was just really impressed with this refreshing novel
2. Stark Trilogy (Release Me) by J. Kenner
3. Tangled Series (Tangled) by Emma Chase

Best Continuing Series – A series that had a sequel book that was published in 2013

1. Crown of MidnightThrone of Glass Series #2 by Sarah J. Maas~~~this series took a turn I never saw coming and I am dying to get more!
2. Fiery Heart Bloodlines Series #4 by Richelle Mead
3. Through the Zombie Glass White Rabbit Chronicles #2 by Gena Showalter
4. Through the Evernight Under the Never Sky #2 by Veronica Rossi
5. Sweet Peril Sweet Trilogy #2 by Wendy Higgins

Best New Young Adult Series – New series that were published in 2013

1. Spellcaster (Spellcaster) by Claudia Gray~~~really impressed with the maturity and plot of this story!
2. Fate on Fire (Feudlings) by Wendy Knight
3. Hooked (Hooked) by Liz Fichera

Best Standalones – Books that I read in 2013, not their publishing date

1. Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn~~~a touching love story by one of my new favourite authors!
2. Everything Between Us by Mila Ferrera
3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
4. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
5. Addicted to Him by Lauren Dodd

Honourable Mention: Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

Best Freebie eBook – Based on Books that were Free during the 2013 year, not their publishing date

1. Escorted – Escorted Series #1 by Claire Kent~~~this book really surprised me and I loved reading it!
2. The Guys are Props Club G.A.P. Series #1 by Ingrid Seymour
3. Tangled Beauty – Tangled Series #1 by K.L. Middleton
4. Heartless by Catou Martine
5. Selling Scarlett Love Inc. Series #1 by Ella James

Worst Reads of 2013 – Based on books that I read during this year, not their publishing date

1. Vogel House by John Forrester~~~this book was just plain weird and twisted (not in a good way either); hard to follow at times
2. Rocked by Him by Lucy Lambert
3. WantedWanted Series #1 by Kelly Elliot
4. This Beautiful ThingYoung Love #1 by Amanda Heath
5. Taking Chances Taking Chances #1 by Molly McAdams

Sad to See Go Series – Series that ended in 2013

1. The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel) by Cassandra Clare~~~one of my all-time favourite series!
2. Ruby Red Trilogy (Ruby Red) by Kerstin Gier
3. Crash Trilogy (Crash) by Nicole Williams

Best Serialized Series – Books that were published in installments

1. Twisted Arrangement by Mora Early~~~cute contemporary read with a dash of drama and romance
2. Passion and Deceit by Leela Atherton
3. Blurred Lines by Breena Wilde

What were your favourite reads of this past year?

Have a safe and happy New Year! I wish you all SERIESously happy reading!