2016 all wrapped up!

Wow! I read so many great books in 2016! I think I had more 5 stars than any other year!
It will be very hard to choose some favorites. But I will try.

Here is the year broken down in stars -
3 Stars - 8
3.5 Stars - 2
4 Stars - 35
4.5 Stars - 19
5 Stars - 37!!!!

Isn't that incredible? I had more 5 stars than anything! It was a stellar year!
So you may ask, why no bad books? Why no 2 or 1 stars?
Simple - I don't read bad books! I don't have time!
I choose very wisely, I do my homework and research the book carefully before I agree to do it.
And once I start reading, if I am not enjoying it I write the publisher, author, or book promoter and tell them I am not enjoying it and I stop reading! I don't have time to read books I am not liking.

So now for my favorites.
I will pick my top 10 (or I will try, it'll be hard) of all the 5 stars.
These are in no particular order -

1. Turbulence - Alana Terry

2. The Nearly Girl - Lisa De Nikolits

3. Body and Bone - LS Hawker

4. Last Mile - Katie Ashley

5. If I Run - Terri Blackstock

6. The Boy is Back - Meg Cabot

7. The Bookshop on the Corner - Jenny Colgan

8. Student Bodies - Susan Israel

9. Clean Break - Abby Vegas

10. Life After Coffee - Virginia Franken

These are my favorite 4.5 star books -

Love Literary Style - Karin Gillespie

In The Blue Hour - Elizabeth Hall

Waking Amy & Leaving Amy (and yes I can do two together, its my list!) - Julieann Dove

Bullet in the Blue Sky - Bill Larkin

There are only a few 4 stars I will mention -

The Opposite of Everyone - Joshilyn Jackson

In My Arms Tonight - Sasha Clinton

 Escape to Redemption - Peter M Parr

So there you have it! My best picks of the year. It hardly seems fair there were so many I didn't get to mention!

If you have an "End of the year" post let me know and I will come check it out!


  1. Great list of books. I have read some of your top ones and agree, they are 5 stars! I purchased Body and Bone, at your recommendation, and am currently reading Ms. Hawkers new one, End Of The Road. Hope you have more 5 stars in 2017! Happy New Year!

    1. I don't think I have ever read so many good books as I did in 2016! It was a great book year indeed!

  2. Hey, how cool to see Turbulence on there!! Happy Near Year to you!!

    1. Deservingly so! (Is that a word? My computer is tell me its not a word! LOL)
      HNY to you too!

  3. So thrilled to see Clean Break on the list! Happy New Year! ��

  4. Awesome! So happy to see that some of the books we had on tour this year made it to your favorites list!!

  5. Awesome list, I haven't read any but some I already had on my tbr, so I need to move those up a bit! Happy New Year!

  6. Wendy, thank you so much for including me on your list! Your work, as always, is much appreciated. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm honored!
      I can't wait to start your new book - End of the Road!

  7. Wow! You had a wonderful year! 37 five star books?! That's more books than I read in 2016! lol
    Can you believe it. I only read 33 but hey...I am very focused in getting my teaching credential. :)

    Happy New Year, Wendy!

    1. Yes, you had a lot of other stuff (more important stuff) going on!
      I have been visiting your blog I just haven't commented in a while:-(
      Miss you!

  8. Why do you think you read so many great books? Are you better at curating books you'll love? I'm a lot more careful about what I read now than I used to be, and as a result, I love most of the books I read.

    As a side note, Bookshop on the Corner sounds SO GOOD! I really want to read that one!

  9. Some of these seem very interesting. I will have to check them out. Congrats on having read so many great 5 star books. Have a healthy and happy 2017.


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