2016 Roundup

Happy New Year! I have high hopes for 2017-and I’m glad to cleanse my hands of 2016. Speaking of, I decided to do a reflection on the books I read this past year, so let’s jump in!

*Please note: This blog post was written a while ago. My thoughts, opinions, and writing skills have changed since then. Any posts written before 2020 should be assumed to not fully reflect my current thoughts, opinions, and writing capabilities unless otherwise stated. If you would like clarification on my thoughts/opinions about any specific points mentioned in this post, feel free to reach out to me.*

Happy New Year! I have high hopes for 2017-and I’m glad to cleanse my hands of 2016. Speaking of, I decided to do a reflection on the books I read this past year, so let’s jump in!

As you can see in the photo above, I, like many others, have this jar where I keep tracks of the books I’ve read (I also have a TBR jar). In this jar I still count books I’ve read before but am rereading for the first time this year. If I reread a book more than once a year, I do not recount it.

Books read: 45

New books read: 30

Here are the titles I’ve read this year, and a few thoughts on them.

  1. The Moth & The Flame by Renée Ahdieh: I need more of this couple! 5/5
  2. The Crown & The Arrow by Renée Ahdieh: Refreshing to read from Khalid’s point of view 4/5
  3. The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh: A gorgeous, absorbing novel. I was engrossed from the beginning 5/5
  4. The Mirror & The Maze by Renée Ahdieh: Again, Khalid’s POV is very interesting and refreshing 4/5
  5. The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh: Another beautifully written sequel. Satisfying and lovely 5/5
  6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: One of the few classics I’ve read. It was surprisingly interesting and relatable 4/5
  7. Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin: Another book by one of my favorite tween authors. This was an emotional story and I loved it 4/5
  8. Compound by S.A. Bodeen: I don’t enjoy apocalyptical stories very much, but it did get interesting closer to the end 3.5/5
  9. The Selection by Kiera Cass: REREAD Engrossing both reads. It made me want more 4/5
  10. The Elite by Kiera Cass: REREAD The first read was a disappointment–it was boring at parts and the writing style was cheesy, the second read I enjoyed a lot more 3.5/5
  11. The One by Kiera Cass: REREAD I absolutely loved the Maxon x America parts both reads, but the first time I didn’t really care for the other parts. Second time, I loved all parts 4/5
  12. The Heir by Kiera Cass: Not as satisfying as the first generation, didn’t really like the main character or the boys 3.5/5
  13. The Crown by Kiera Cass: I liked Eadlyn more in this, but HATED the ending. Erik and Eadlyn barely had story. Henry was sweet but I found him annoying. I shipped Kile and Eadlyn all the way! Would be 4 stars if Kile had been chosen. However this book did get me more hooked into the series and made me reread the series and change my fairly negative opinion 3.5/5
  14. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass: REREAD I loved Amberly and Maxon’s POV, and the bonus epilogues. The other stories were pretty good, I wasn’t too invested in those characters 4/5
  15. Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan: I love poetry, and her relationships were really interesting 4/5
  16. Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo: A bit pointless in my opinion, still a good story with the element of the parents and their relationship with Flora 3.5/5
  17. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: Didn’t think I’d like it, but I loved it 4/5
  18. Where She Went by Gayle Forman: A satisfying sequel 4/5
  19. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: REREAD Never gets old 5/5 Read my full review here
  20. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han: REREAD John. Ambrose. McClaren. 5/5 Read my full review here
  21. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: REREAD The perfect, perfect summer read. I’ve reread this a million times now and it never fails to give me feelings of nostalgia and heartache. 100% recommend 5/5
  22. It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han: REREAD As delightful as the first. Does not center quite as much on the romance, and is sure to reduce you to tears every time 5/5
  23. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han: REREAD The last of my favorite summer trilogy. A satisfying and beautiful ending. Just as good as the first two 5/5
  24. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: Beautiful poetry on important topics 4/5
  25. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: I had high expectations but this book was not helpful to me personally in anyway. Her method is too extreme for me. 2/5
  26. Every Day by David Levithan: Turns a stereotypical high school plot into something new and beautiful and exciting 4/5
  27. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: REREAD A book ya either love or hate, and I love love love it. I loved the writing style and the story and everything. One of my favorite summer books 5/5
  28. The Big Field by Mike Lupica: I have no interest in sports but this was actually really interesting 4/5
  29. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: REREAD By far my favorite Morgan Matson book and totally underrated. A perfect setting straight out of the imagination. The just right balance between family, friends, and romance 5/5
  30. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: This wasn’t as good as Matson’s other books just because it wasn’t relatable to me. Still a great summer read and her writing is always superb Read my full review here
  31. Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer: Not a fan of the war genre but this was a quick and sweet novel of healing that I surprisingly enjoyed 4/5
  32. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes: The beginning was hard to get into and the parts with Lou’s family were dry but I absolutely adored the story. Every moment that had Will I loved. The ending was heartbreaking and satisfying because it’s realistic 4/5
  33. I Like Him, He Likes Her by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: This book is targeted towards tweens but as a teenager it was still applicable and I really liked this fun read 3.5/5
  34. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: I’ve started this book multiple times and it’s not that it isn’t interesting, but it didn’t hook me. I finally sat down and read the whole thing and boy I don’t regret it one bit. It’s obviously reminiscent of Harry Potter but that’s not a negative thing to me. The story and ideas are really brilliant 4/5
  35. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling: REREAD My favorite of all the HPs. The Marauders never get old and I know JKR’s said no, but I can still hope for a Marauders-era prequel, right? This one always gives me feelings of nostalgia, of what was, of golden times and things that could never be. The Marauders’ story have absolutely ruined my life 5/5
  36. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: REREAD I absolutely love the DA scenes, and the Weasley twins’ exit, GAH! This is one of the most heartbreaking of all but I love it. So much 5/5
  37. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: REREAD Dumbledore. So many people abhor him but, I don’t. I looked up to him as this wise kind mentor. And realizing that he’s human, it’s jarring. But I don’t hate him for anything he’s done. I love him 5/5
  38. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: REREAD It never fails to amaze me how JKR is able to take plot points from Book 1 and still have it apply 7 years later 5/5
  39. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling: All this buildup and anticipation made this book a disappointment. There were things I loved, of course. But somethings I hated. It was a good story but I don’t consider it canon. No spoilers here but if you want a rant on it let me know. It hurts not to give this a 5 star rating but I have to stick with a… 3.5/5
  40. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt: I saw this book all the time as a kid in elementary and intermediate school (intermediate school is 4-6 grade) but I never got around to reading it. This is a really really good book about a small little town. I could picture everything in my mind 4/5
  41. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider: This was a predictable sort of story. I enjoyed it and her writing style is different. It’s a good YA but not the kind that sticks with you 3.5/5
  42. Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith: This was interesting to read and the imagery is really strong but I didn’t enjoy it a lot. I’m not into dystopia-ish books 3/5
  43. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman: Dang. This was a good book. I didn’t expect a love story but that’s what it was. It was a love story but such a good one with so many layers. I loved it 4/5
  44. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone: First, this book taught me a lot about OCD and what it really is. Second, this was, like a lot of YA, predictable. But it was still wonderfully written which is what makes books like these all enjoyable and different-it’s all in the writing style. I thoroughly enjoyed this one 4/5
  45. Reboot by Amy Tintera: Again, I don’t like dystopia. This had interesting parts and to many people it was probably a wonderful book. However, while reading this I didn’t feel connected to the story and that’s important to me 3/5

That’s about it for this roundup! I hope it was helpful to you in someway. I’m a bit disappointed in the amount of books I’ve read, because before 8th grade I read 150+ books each school year. I get that those books were shorter and easier, but since my reading should also have improved, my number of books read should still be in that range. Also, I tend to rerererererererereread books I love so the number of new books is really low and I want to fix that. My Goodreads goal this year is 50 books, so hopefully I’ll be able to reach that. If you guys want a full review on any of the books I mentioned here, just leave a comment and I’ll be sure to do it.

Merry Readings,


Author: april | lostinthebookstacks

hello! i'm april (she/her), an asian american reader who’s passionate about words and scallion pancakes.

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