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What I Read In 2016: New Favourites & Disappointments


In 2016, I managed to get more “fun” reading done than I have since I started university back in September of 2013. I’ve really struggled to find the time to read whilst studying because there are just so many books to read for my French literature course and it I feel guilty when I read other books when there’s still work to be done! I’m getting better at separating “work” reading and “fun” reading but as this is my last year and finals are coming up, I suspect this year won’t be as good as the last. 

At the beginning of the year I posted about my 10 most anticipated reads of 2016. How many did I get through? Just the one… 

So what books did I read?

I managed to read 24 books last year that were completely unrelated to my course, which I was proud of. Some were old classics that I’ve been meaning to read for years, others were YA series that I’ve been wanting to get into. I’ve separated them into “Amazing Reads” and “Disappointments” but those titles are a little too simple to describe my feelings about quite a few of these books. I managed to review *most* of the books that I read but unfortunately a few did slip through and I never found the time. The titles in bold and italics are the one’s I have actually reviewed so click through for my full thoughts ☺

Amazing Reads

The Little Prince by Antoine St Exupery
The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas 
Throne of Glass  by Sarah J Maas
The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 


The Return of the Young Prince by A.G. Roemmers
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Tiffany, Thorne & Rowling
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
The Last Star by Rick Yancey
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Black Arts by Prentice & Weil
Restless by William Boyd

Spot any books you’ve read? What were your favourites of 2016?

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. 10th January 2017 / 9:51 AM

    I loved the Girl on the Train, not read many of the others though so thanks for the recommendations x

  2. 10th January 2017 / 10:07 AM

    I’m pretty lucky to be able to take a straight train for 40mins to work now so I have plenty of time to read everyday. I picked up reading again in September and have read all of the Throne of Glass series so far, the original 5 books in the Fever series, Six of Crows and Red Queen. I’m currently reading Crooked Kingdom, then I’ll read Glass Sword before King’s cage comes out. Cinder is also on my to-read list as well as Me before you. There’s so many great books! My to-read list seems to be growing everyday!

  3. Hannah Latoya Bond
    10th January 2017 / 10:10 AM

    I haven’t read any of these books. I just started reading Harry Potter And The Cursed Child which i are really enjoying x

  4. Jessica Dearnley
    10th January 2017 / 12:49 PM

    Well done on reading 24 books last year – I only read two! I love Girl on the Train.

  5. Beautyqueenuk
    10th January 2017 / 12:55 PM

    Well you did well with your 2016 book reading and no one else seems to have disliked Girl on a Train as much as I did ha x

  6. Jo Wiggins
    10th January 2017 / 2:56 PM

    I must be one of the only people who didn’t really take to Girl on a Train. I went to watch the film too and seemed to enjoy that more. Some great reads x

  7. 10th January 2017 / 5:22 PM

    I loved The Girl on the Train and The Book Thief as well. I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I am struggling with it a bit. I don’t want to be disappointed with it, but I am afraid I’m going to be.

  8. 10th January 2017 / 8:19 PM

    ive purchased the little paris bookshop a while ago but haven’t had the time to read. i need to make time for it

  9. Deborah Nicholas
    10th January 2017 / 8:52 PM

    oh I have the secret history and havent read it yet! Read girl on the train and enjoyed it but looking forward to the movie too!

  10. 10th January 2017 / 10:10 PM

    You read so many books, last year had to be my worst book reading year as I only read around 10 xx

  11. 10th January 2017 / 10:19 PM

    I completely agree about The Book Thief and Girl on the Train. I’ve heard a lot of people say they were disappointed with Miss Peregrine’s children so I might give that a miss.

  12. Erica Gilliam
    11th January 2017 / 5:38 AM

    This list gives me motivation to read more in 2017. I would think my 2016 list would be embarrassing. Thanks for sharing this, I will have to add a few of your favorites to my list!

  13. 11th January 2017 / 8:18 AM

    Your picture are absolutely fab – I can’t believe how you can get through so many books. I wish I could follow in your footsteps but I never have the time! I really want to buy the girl on the train good to see it in your amazing reads 😀

  14. Sarahjane
    11th January 2017 / 8:59 AM

    Me Before You is probably my favourite book I read in 2016! I’ve also read The Book Thief but a few years back, the film adaptation is really good too! The Girl on The Train is still on my list of books to read though!

  15. 11th January 2017 / 9:33 AM

    I’m gutted that you didn’t like Miss Peregrine as I loved the movie and purchased the book to give a read. Hopefully I won’t be disappointed x

  16. 11th January 2017 / 9:56 AM

    I’ve not read any of those. last year I didn’t read as much as I wanted as I was in hospital a lot and sorting everything for the new baby x

  17. 11th January 2017 / 11:15 AM

    I really want to read the secret history, As a massive Harry Potter fan I was disappointed by the script but I do want to see the play.

  18. 11th January 2017 / 4:31 PM

    I have also read quite a lot of books over the last year, and was planning on starting The Rebel of the Sands this weekend….not sure if I should bother now though! I did get it at quite a low price on my Kindle, so if I am not enjoying it, I can move on to something else x

  19. Melanie Edjourian
    11th January 2017 / 8:50 PM

    24 books is a lot in one year or at least for me. I am embarrassed to say I didn’t read any. I want to read the Girl on the train eventually.

  20. 11th January 2017 / 9:38 PM

    You’ve read loads of books, I wish I had more time for reading!

  21. Emma Matthews
    12th January 2017 / 6:48 AM

    Your photography on here and on Instagram is always so amazing! I’ve seen The Secret History floating about for a while and have been wanting to read it. The same for Fates and Furies x

  22. lianne
    12th January 2017 / 12:54 PM

    I read Girl on The Train last year too and was one of my favourites!

  23. Annie Brooks
    13th January 2017 / 6:41 AM

    I have book envy. I find it hard to keep reading books, I start and distract very very easily. 2017 goal is to read more, so I’m on my first and the book is coming with me on holiday at the weekend!

  24. 13th January 2017 / 7:46 AM

    You’ve got some of my favourites on your list! I loved The Girl on the Train, but The Book Thief and Brave New World are two of my absolute favourite reads

    13th January 2017 / 8:37 AM

    These are some amazing reads, I have sat myself a goal this year to read more books. I love the way you take the photos, whith a different city or place with each book so clever x

  26. 13th January 2017 / 2:26 PM

    I love how you take the photos of the books! I need to finish reading Me Before You and Girl On The Train.

  27. 14th January 2017 / 7:05 PM

    I watched girl on the train and i think i should have read the book instead!

  28. 19th January 2017 / 4:02 PM

    Hey, Hey! I just found your blog and I absolutely LOVE it! I’m relieved to know that I’m not the only one who started the Throne of Glass series last year! I’ve had The Wangs vs the World on my tbr for a very long time so I’m happy to see you enjoyed it.

    Is there any particular reason you didn’t enjoy Rebel of the Sands? I’ve heard so many wonderful things but have yet to read it myself…

    Nihaad | Read & Seek

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