BOOKS I READ IN 2016

I will also be giving them a rating out of five stars.
  1. Penpal - by Dathan Auerbach ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    To be honest, I can't remember if this was in 2016 or late 2015. If I could give infinity stars, I would. THIS BOOK WAS SO FUCKING GOOD. Scary and moving and touching and sad. It's just...amazing.
  2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Same. I read this the day after Penpal (I read both in a single day). There's a reason why I read both in just one day, you know.
  3. I'll Give You the Sun - by Jandy Nelson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    What a perfect, perfect book. I honestly didn't know what to expect because I only knew a little about the book. It's really got me right in my heart, let me tell you. It was joyful and sad, devastating and hopeful, all at the same time, and I really fell in love with it.
  4. The Girl on the Train - by Paula Hawkins ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I almost deducted points because I figured out who the murderer was about halfway through. But I didn't because despite that, it kept me guessing up until the end at how things were going to unfold.
  5. Tony & Susan - by Austin Wright ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Much like the book Susan is reading in the story, this book had me in its grip. On the surface, reading about someone reading a book doesn't sound too exciting, but IT SO IS. There's so much more going on, and reading this is an intense experience as Susan's story in real life unfolds concurrently with the story of Tony in the book she's reading.
  6. Fan Art - Sarah Tregay ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
    So so so cute.
  7. Luckiest Girl Alive - by Jessica Knoll ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    The main character doesn't seem so likable at first, but as you get to know her and peel back the layers, you see who she is underneath her perfect veneer.
  8. All the Missing Girls - by Megan Miranda ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I like the way the story was told. It was a mystery that unfolded in reverse, which was wholly unique and an interesting way to tell a story.
  9. The Something Like series - by Jay Bell ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    At last count, there were eight books in this series: Something Like Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring, Lightning, Thunder, and Rain, plus an anthology book in the series called Something Like Stories Vol. 1, and I read them all in this past year. That should tell you how much I love the series.
  10. Hell's Pawn - by Jay Bell ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I really liked the way this book combined different mythologies into a single universe in a way I've never seen before. So interesting.
  11. The Fever - by Megan Abbott ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
    I really like her writing style, and I liked the way she used a mysterious illness running rampant through girls at a high school as a metaphor.
  12. The End of Everything - by Megan Abbott ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
    It's hard to explain what this book is about, but like the above, I really like the writing style and the themes Megan Abbott likes to explore.
  13. The 5th Wave series - by Rick Yancey ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
    I have some issues. I don't like that the story falls to the cliché of girls being unable to be friends for one thing (as the two main girls don't like each other) for one thing. But the story was very tense, there were some great characters and stories (especially Ringer and her arc), and there was a surprising, risky ending that I know a lot of people probably didn't like, but I thought it was fitting for the story and characters.
  14. Kamikaze Boys - by Jay Bell ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
  15. Why Not Me - by Mindy Kaling ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
    I really liked this, but I liked Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) better.
  16. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - by Becky Albertalli ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
  17. The Sky is Everywhere - by Jandy Nelson ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
    Good, but not as good as I'll Give You the Sun.
  18. In a Dark, Dark Wood - by Ruth Ware ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This could have been so much better. It was a compelling mystery, even though it wasn't overly difficult to figure out by the end of it. But the main character is such a wet blanket and downer that it brings the whole book down.
  19. Day Four - by Sarah Lotz ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Such an intriguing premise, and I was along for the ride as everything unfolded. But I don't think the payoff was quite worth it. The journey was more interesting than the destination.
  20. The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines - by Peter Joseph Gallagher ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Three ⭐️ seems like too much, but two or even two and a half isn't enough. It took so long to get going, but then it did, and I was into it. But then the ending...it wasn't what I expected and kind of cheapened the story to be honest.
  21. The Grownup - by Gillian Flynn ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    There was just something about the ending that wasn't quite satisfying.
  22. Horrorstör - by Grady Hendrix ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I wish it had been scarier.
  23. The Troop - by Nick Cutter ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  24. The Deep - by Nick Cutter ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I thought this was going to be so different. Plus the ending was bleak as fuck.
  25. Reasons to Stay Alive - by Matt Haig ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  26. The Fever Code - by James Dashner ⭐️⭐️1/2
    I like the story of this series but not so much the writing style.
  27. Forsaken - by Andrew Van Wey ⭐️⭐️1/2
    This could have been so much better.
  28. Belzhar - by Meg Wolitzer ⭐️⭐️1/2
    This would have gotten three ⭐️ until the twist at the end, which totally undid the book. Plus the characters were kind of flat and defined by single characteristics. It had so much more potential.
  29. Eleanor & Park - by Rainbow Rowell ⭐️⭐️
    Extremely overrated. Extremely. I get that Eleanor was going through a rough time, but still. And I don't understand how her romance with Park can blossom so quickly and intensely.
  30. The Shuddering - by Ania Ahlborn ⭐️1/2
    This book only got this many stars because there were two character I kind of liked, one of whom had a cool name (Sawyer). The rest were like cardboard cutouts of characters, if that makes sense, and when people started dying, I just didn't give a fuck to be quite honest.