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Thank you, Sebastian, for letting me post this on your blog! I’ve been wanting to write one of these posts for ages. 2016 was a pretty mediocre reading year, so I was surprised that I actually found enough 5-star reads for the list. I even had to cut out a few. (I was going to list these in the order I read them, but a certain someone is cruel and requested that I rank them. ;P)

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1. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
This is definitely the book I obsessed over most this year, with lots of enabling from Crini and Sana. I read it three times within two months and would have kept listening to the audiobook over and over if I didn’t have so many other books to read. It made me swoon, it made me cry, and it left me desperate for (and afraid of) the third and final book. 10/10

2. Still by Zoran Drvenkar
I got this as a Christmas present from Sebastian, so it was one of the first books I read in 2016. It came with his highest recommendation, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the unique narration style, and the story was disturbing yet addictive – I felt uncomfortable and disgusting more than once while reading but couldn’t put the book down. I highly recommend Still to anyone who can read German. 10/10

3. The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
I’ve been in a YA slump for much of the year, but this is one of the few YA novels that made it to my favorite books. I fell in love with Katrina Leno’s writing immediately, and her characters are all so precious and relatable. Also, I LOVE that the story is based around an internet friendship that becomes something more. I’ve “only” read The Lost & Found twice so far, but it has a permanent place on my rereads shelf. It’s also one of the books I recommended most this year. 10/10

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4. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
I’m still waiting for Victoria Schwab to let me down, but I honestly can’t imagine that will ever happen. I love everything she writes, and This Savage Song is no different. It’s dark, clearly very personal to the author, and has one of my favorite characters of all time. I wish August were real so I could give him a hug. Victoria Schwab gets major bonus points for ignoring the “rules” and writing a YA novel without a romance. I’ve also read this book three times already. 10/10

5. Monster 1983, Staffeln 1 & 2, Ivar Leon Menger
My first audio drama, Monster 1983 blew me away. I’ve already listened to the first season twice this year, and I’m planning to listen to both it and season two again before the third season comes out next year. The cast of narrators is brilliant, and it’s one of those stories with so many details and clues that rereading it will never get boring. Both episodes ended with major cliffhangers, and I can’t wait to continue the series. 9/10

6. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
It’s so rare for series enders to live up to expectations (*coughs* The Raven King *coughs*), but Pierce Brown did not let me down. Morning Star made me cry, laugh, gasp in surprise, and smile contentedly. My expectations for the sequel series are just as high. 9/10

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7. Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
Even though Juliet Marillier is one of my longest-standing favorite authors, I have to admit that I don’t love all of her books. Fortunately, her Blackthorn & Grim series lives up to my high standards for her, and reading Den of Wolves felt like coming home. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking, as any good Marillier novel should be. 9/10

8. Written in Bone by Simon Beckett
The second book in the David Hunter series, Written in Bone is definitely my favorite of the three I’ve read so far. The mystery hooked me right away, and it was full of exciting twists. I also love that it’s set on a desolate Hebridean isle. 9/10

9. Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain
This series is not for the faint-hearted, but for everyone else, it’s a must-read. Evil at Heart is seriously one of the most messed up books I’ve read (even counting Cody McFadyen’s Smoky Barrett series), but somehow it’s still so good. It’s rare to read about a female serial killer, and Gretchen Lowell is a fascinating one. The relationship between her and Archie Sheridan is one of the most interesting parts of the book, and I appreciate that it’s not romanticized. I’m so glad Crini recommended this series to me. 9/10

10. Papierjunge by Kristina Ohlsson
I binged this series on audiobook this year and liked them all, but Papierjunge is the best. I particularly enjoyed the mystery in this one, and after five books, the characters have really grown on me. I hope Kristina Ohlsson continues this series, because I don’t seem myself getting tired of it soon. 9/10

Bonus: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I’m not adding this to my main list, since it doesn’t come out until next year, but Radio Silence is too amazing to go unmentioned. I started it with zero expectations after reading somewhere that it features a demisexual character and was rewarded with a special, heartbreaking story full of wonderful, diverse, relatable, and real characters. I highly recommend everyone add this to their 2017 TBRs. 9/10

Have you read any of the books on my list?
Which books made it to your 2016 favorites list?


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