the best books I read in 2016


as it is officially 2017 which means I can finally make a post with my favourite books that I read in 2016 (I will never understand how people know what their favourite reads of the year before the year even ends)

2016 has not been the best year,  a lot of not so great things have happened, but I want to focus on a few of the good things that happened this year such as my favourite books that I read this year.

so here are, in no particular order, the best books I read in 2016

19542841More Happy Than Not

author: Adam Silvera

genre: contemporary with a small amount of sci-fi

number of pages: 293

release date: June 2nd, 2015

I read this book in May this year but it is still one of my favourite reads. I still think about this book and how emotional it made me, it is seriously one of my favourite books of all time. I actually posted a spoiler free review of this book on my blog if you’d like to find out more about this book because honestly, it’s amazing!

17234658A Thousand Pieces of You

author: Claudia Gray

genre: sci-fi

number of pages: 360

release date: November 4th, 2014

I was shocked that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. The main reason I picked up this book is because of its cover but I continued with the trilogy for the plot and amazing writing. I read A Thousand Pieces of You and Ten Thousand Skies Above You in May and I was shocked and annoyed that I had to wait till November for the last book to come out in this trilogy. Now that the entire trilogy is out you can all go read this entire trilogy in one go!

19547856Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

author: Becky Albertalli

genre: contemporary

number of pages: 320

release date: April 7th, 2015

I read this book in September just before exam season which was probably one of the best things I’ve ever done. I can not begin to explain how helpful it is to read a good fun book that makes you smile just before big exams! It helps relieve stress and really it just made me feel happy!

23341894Every Last Word

author: Tamara Ireland Stone

genre: contemporary

number of pages: 368

release date: June 16th, 2015

This is another really good book I read just before exams! I cannot begin to explain how much I loved this book! This book was so informative and it really opened my eyes to what it’s like to have OCD. This book was filled with beautiful poetry and amazing writing. It was so beautifully written and left me wanting more.

24039424This Is Where the World Ends

author: Amy Zhang

genre: contemporary

number of pages: 304

release date: March 22nd, 2016

for the past two years, an Amy Zhang book has been one of my favourite reads of the year. There is something so captivating about Amy’s writing that makes me feel so happy. Even though I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Falling Into Place (which I seriously recommend) I still really enjoyed this book.

26109391Highly Illogical Behaviour

author: John Corey Whaley

genre: contemporary

number of pages: 256

release date: May 10th 2016

I read this book during exam season! Which was a great idea because it made me so happy because I was ridiculously stressed about the four exams I had that week and this book made me so happy and helped relieve so much stress. Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions has a really good spoiler free review on their blog, so if you’d like to find out more about this book go check out their review!

18710209Tiny Pretty Things

authors: Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

genre: contemporary

number of pages: 448

release date: May 26th, 2015

I loved this book so much! I’d seen so much about this book on Twitter and I’m so glad I picked it up. I’ve read a few books with dual points of views but I’ve never read a book with three! Honestly, it was one of the coolest things but not the only cool thing about this book. I didn’t know that this book was written by multiple authors until I finished the book, the writing melted together really well which helped the story flow beautifully. I could talk forever about all the little things I enjoyed about this book but here is not the place, but if you’d like to see more of my thoughts on this book you can check out my goodreads review.

28686840Holding Up the Universe

author: Jennifer Niven

genre: contemporary

number of pages: 391

release date: October 4th, 2016

I loved this book so much! It addressed so many important issues and I honestly wished I’d read this book earlier. I have spoiler free review on my blog not too long ago, if you’d like to see more of my thoughts on this book. This book was honestly such a great read and I’m so glad I read it when I did.

28688476Something in Between

author: Melissa de la Cruz

genre: contemporary

number of pages: 432

release date: October 4th, 2016

I knew I would love this book but I didn’t realise how much I’d love this book. I don’t enjoy instant love/love at first sight and that was the only thing I didn’t enjoy the novel. Other than that, I thought it was really nice and super important to see to see stories like this as little things like this really help change people’s views on immigration.

20517739Far From You

author: Tess Sharpe

genre: mystery

number of pages: 343

release date: March 27th, 2014

I absolutely loved this book! There were so many things in book that I could relate to. I’ve never read a book with a bisexual character, other than The Mortal Instruments, and I think it was really nice to see not only a bisexual character but one that physically states that they’re not gay they’re bisexual. I also have a mini review on Goodreads with more of my thoughts and feelings on this book if you’d like to go check it out.

those were the best books I read in 2016!

let me know what yours are in the comments

Yasmin xx

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On Christmas morning I woke up and realised that I hadn’t posted anything festive on my blog. Which is quite weird because Christmas is my favourite holiday.
However since 2016 has just begun I decided to make a list of my top ten reads of 2015.
In no particular order, here are my top ten reads of 2015.

18163646Falling into Place

Author: Amy Zhang
Pages: 304
Published: September 9th 2014
Genre: Contemporary

“On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.”

I read Falling into Place in one sitting in July this year, reading a book in one sitting is rare for me. I remember how emotional this book was and how attached I got to the characters. I loved the writing in this book, it was so descriptive and beautiful. I have so many positive things to say about this book but I don’t want to spoil the book for those of you who have not read it yet.


Author: Scott Westerfeld
Pages: 599
Published: September 23rd 2014
Genre: Fantasy

“Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.”

I read Afterworlds around May to June of this year. I picked it up from my school library, originally I wanted to pick up the Uglies series but someone else had taken the first novel. Since I’ve heard so many positive things about Scott Westerfeld’s writing I had to pick up one of his novels. I’ve never read a book like this before, a book with two stories, and I loved it. It was really interesting to see how publishing works, I believe that this story was an accurate representation of how publishing works, if it isn’t it was still really interesting. I loved the fact that we got to see the story that the author wrote and was getting ready to be published.

11366397The Program

Author: Suzanne Young
Pages: 405
Published: April 30th 2013
Genre: Science Fiction
“In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.”

I cannot express how much I love this novel. I love the characters, the plot and everything else about this novel. Suzanne Young is really good at creating characters and stories that are so easy to get attached to. I read The Program, The Treatment and The Remedy this year and flew through each novel. I have a spoiler free review on my blog for The Remedy, if you’d like to know some of my thoughts this book. If you haven’t read The Program I recommend that you pick it up in 2016.

18621194Half Bad

Author: Sally Green
Pages: 394
Published: March 4th 2014
Genre: Fantasy
“Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?”

When I first picked up this book I expected it to be a stand alone, fortunately I was wrong as this is the first book in a trilogy. The concept of the white and black witches reminds me of racism, as someone who strongly believes in equality for all people no matter what their race/gender/sexual preference is, I found it really interesting to read about this world. Having the main character is half “white” and half “black” was very interesting to read about. I honestly recommend this trilogy to anyone who loves fantasy novels.

16143347We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart
Pages: 242
Published: May 13th 2014
Genre: Contemporary
“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.”

I really really liked this book. I’d heard a lot about this book through booktube, I’m pretty sure it was Booksplosion’s the book of the month around June/July of 2014. The writing style was so beautiful and captivating. I really enjoyed the way E. Lockhart explained the characters emotions, she did it in such a beautiful way. The plot of this novel was so mysterious and intriguing, it was really hard to put the book down. I 100% recommend this novel.


Eleanor and Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 328
Published: February 26th 2013
Genre: Contemporary

“Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.”

I have mentioned this book on my blog quite a few times this year. I find it really hard to have an emotional connect with characters in a contemporary novel, I know that may sound weird but it’s true. Rainbow Rowell was able to make me feel exactly what the character were feeling. I can’t go into this book too much without spoiling it for you, however I have a full review, there is spoilers, on my blog if you’d like to go check it out.


Dead Ringer

Author: Jessie Rosen
Pages: 352
Published: November 11th 2015
Genre: Mystery/Contemporary

“From the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares—and they aren’t the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and…spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. “That new girl looks just like her,” they say.

It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn’t just anyone—it’s Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago.

Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood’s undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it’s only a matter of time before they make their relationship official.

But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid—and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner.

What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unraveling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all?

After all, she’s the dead ringer for a dead girl.”

I received this book for review from Netgalley and I definitely wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. This book had such an interesting plot that was filled with so many plot twists and huge character development. I also have a spoiler free review for this book up on my blog if you’d like to go check it out.


Author: Marie Lu
Number of Pages: 305
Published: November 29th 2011
Genre: science fiction / dystopian

“What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.”

I love science fiction/dystopian novels and I really enjoyed this book. This book had a very interesting plot and was written nicely. I really like Marie Lu’s writing style, I find it so easy to read and understand. I also enjoyed the dual points of view, I know a lot of people don’t like them but I really like knowing what the other characters are feeling.

A Work In Progress
Author: Connor Franta
Pages: 212
Published: April 21st 2015
Genre: Autobiography/Memoir

“In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation so far.

Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker.

Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.

This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey.”

I am not a huge fan on memoirs, mostly because I haven’t had the best experience with them. However Connors book was such a beautiful book, the way he told the story was amazing. I loved the images inside the book, they made it feel more personal. I also liked that at the end of most chapters, well during the chapters, he had a lesson like; self-confidence, accepting who you are, doing what you love and many more. I think that these little lessons impacted me a lot, they really made me sit back and think.

So that’s the top ten books I read during 2015. Comment down bellow your top ten books of 2015.

Happy New Year

Yas xx



When I started this blog, two weeks ago, I wanted to write about things that make me happy or I enjoy doing. Reading books is one of those things but it’s not the only thing. Watching TV shows has recently become a passion of mine and I wanted to share some of my favourite TV shows with you.

Once Upon a Time
Genre: Fantasy/Drama
Network: American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Number of Seasons: 4
Original release: October 23, 2011 – present
“‘Once Upon a Time’ tells the story of a new world, one in which fairy-tale legends and modern life collide. Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is comfortable in her life as a bail bonds collector when Henry — the child she gave up a decade earlier — suddenly shows up. He is convinced that she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, who sent her away before the Evil Queen could cast a spell, freezing the fairytale world in time and bringing them to present-day Storybrooke, Maine. After taking Henry home, Emma decides to stay in the town to keep an eye on him, and she discovers he may not be wrong after all.”

I absolutely love this show, it’s so amazing and different from anything I’ve ever watched before. I seriously love this show and I wish I knew more people who watch this show so I could get more fangirling opportunities.

I rate this show a 5/5 stars

Genre: Crime Drama/Science Fiction
Network: American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Number of Seasons: 1
Number of Episodes: 10
Original release: June 2, 2015 – present
“Stitchers follows Kirsten, who has been recruited into a government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the memories of people recently deceased to investigate murders and mysteries that otherwise would have gone unsolved. Cameron, a brilliant neuroscientist, assists Kirsten in the secret program headed by Maggie, a skilled covert operator. The program also includes Linus, a bioelectrical engineer and communications technician. Camille, Kirsten’s roommate and a computer science grad student, is also recruited to assist Kirsten as a ‘stitcher’.”

I came across this show via tumblr, well my cousin did. There are 10 episodes and I’m already in love with this show. It has been said that this show is similar to iZombie, it is true but not true. Both protagonists go into the minds of the dead but the actual substance of the two shows are completely different. This show has a different vibe, I guess, to it. It’s hard to explain but if you watch it you’d understand.

I rate this show a 5/5 stars

Pretty Little Liars
Genre: Teen Drama/Mystery
Network: American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Number of Seasons: 6
Number of Episodes: 130
Original release: June 8, 2010 – present
“Set in the fictional town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, the series follows the lives of four girls, Aria Montgomery, Hanna Marin, Emily Fields, and Spencer Hastings, whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their leader, Alison DiLaurentis. One year later, the estranged friends are reunited as they begin receiving messages from a mysterious figure named ‘A’ who threatens to expose their deepest secrets, including ones they thought only Alison knew. At first, they think it’s Alison herself, but after her body is found, the girls realize that someone else is planning on ruining their lives.”

Pretty Little Liars is one of those shows everyone watches, and everyone knows about. I picked it up around season four because my cousin is in love with it. At first I found this show intriguing but after a while it started to get a bit boring, I did stop halfway through season five because I got sick of the repetitive story line. But my cousin got me back into it.

I rate this show a 3.5/5 stars

Genre: Comedy-Drama/Crime
Network: The CW
Number of Seasons: 1
Number of Episodes: 13
Original release: March 17, 2015 – Present
“Seattle medical resident Olivia ‘Liv’ Moore is turned into a zombie while attending a boat party. To cope with her new appetite for brains, Liv takes a job at the King County morgue and shares her secret with her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti. In order for Liv to survive, Ravi encourages her to eat the brains of murder victims who are delivered to the morgue. Whenever she eats a victim’s brain, Liv inherits some of their personality traits temporarily. She also experiences flashbacks which often give her clues as to the nature of the murder. Liv uses this new ability to help the Seattle Police Department solve crimes, passing herself off as a psychic consultant.”

I saw this show advertised on TV earlier this year but didn’t watch it for some reason. About two to three weeks ago I was bored and decided to pick up this show for fun. This show was so much more than I expected. I’ve fallen in love with every character, I’ve cried while watching this show so many times.

I rate this show 5/5 stars

The 100
Genre: Action Drama/Adventure Drama/Dystopian Drama/Post-Apocalyptic Drama
Science fiction drama
Network: The CW
Number of Seasons: 2
Number of Episodes: 29
Original release: March 19, 2014 – Present
“The series is set 97 years after a devastating nuclear war wiped out almost all life on Earth. The only known survivors are the residents of twelve space stations in Earth’s orbit prior to the war. The space stations banded together to form a single massive station named ‘The Ark’, where about 2,400 people live under the leadership of Chancellor Jaha. Resources are scarce and all crimes, no matter their nature or severity, are punishable by ejection into space (floating) unless the perpetrator is under 18 years of age. After the Ark’s life-support systems are found to be critically failing, 100 juvenile prisoners are declared ‘expendable’ and sent to the surface—nearby former Washington, D.C.—in a last ditch attempt to determine if Earth is habitable again in a program called ‘The 100’, for which the show is named. The teens arrive on a seemingly pristine planet they have only seen from space. They attempt to find refuge and supplies at an old military installation, Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unfortunately, they landed at some distance from the intended target and soon face other problems. Confronting both the wonders and the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. They soon discover that not all humanity was wiped out—some people on Earth, called Grounders, survived the war, and there are more dangers lurking—Reapers (Grounders who have become cannibals) and Mountain Men (who live in Mount Weather, the original destination of the 100).”

Again I picked up this show because of tumblr. I’ve seen a lot of people talking about The 100 on tumblr, youtube, twitter etcetera, and felt the urge to watch it. Honestly that was one of the best decisions I’ve made when it comes to reading/listening/watching something that’s hyped. I’ve cried, real tears, a lot while watching this show. I absolutely love this show and it’s crazy how much I talk about this show.

I rate this show a 5/5 stars.

Genre: Science Fiction
Network: AMC Networks
Number of Seasons: 1
Number of Episodes: 8
Original release: June 14, 2015 – Present


“In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant that’s so similar to a real human it’s transforming the way we live.”

I picked up this show because I saw it advertised on television and I asked my mum to record it for me. I watch it with my mum and brother and honestly they must love it as much as I do. The plot line is so interesting and captivating. I find the concept of Synths so intriguing.

I rate this show a 5/5 stars.

The Flash

Genre: Superhero Fiction
Network: The CW
Number of Seasons: 1
Number of Episodes: 23
Original release: October 7, 2014
“After witnessing his mother’s supernatural murder and his father’s wrongful conviction for the crime, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective Joe West and his family. Allen becomes a brilliant but socially awkward crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department. His obsession with his tragic past causes him to become an outcast among his peers; he investigates cold cases, paranormal occurrences, and cutting-edge scientific advancements that may shed light on his mother’s murder. No one believes his description of the crime—that a ball of lightning with the face of a man invaded their home that night—and Allen is fiercely driven to vindicate himself and to clear his father’s name. Fourteen years after his mother’s death, an advanced particle accelerator malfunctions during its public unveiling, bathing the city center with a previously unknown form of radiation and creating a severe thunderstorm. Allen is struck by lightning from the storm and doused with chemicals in his lab. Awakening after a nine-month coma, he discovers he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds. Dr. Harrison Wells, the disgraced designer of the failed particle accelerator, describes Barry’s special nature as ‘metahuman’; Allen soon discovers that he is not the only one who was changed by the radiation. Allen vows to use his gifts to protect Central City from the escalating violence of metahuman criminals. He is aided by a few close friends and associates who guard his secrets.”

I watched this show because my brother was. I started a episode two and found it so interesting. I’m not a huge fan of superhero movies, I like a few but I’m picky. This show was something that stood out from the other superhero shows like Arrow and Gotham, personally those two shows didn’t interest me. I’m not to sure why I like this show, but I do.

I rate this show a 4.5/5 stars

Red Band Society

Genre: Teen Drama/Medical Drama
Network: FOX
Number of Seasons: 1
Number of Episodes: 13
Original release: September 17, 2014 – February 7, 2015

“A group of teens in the pediatric ward of Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital find comfort in one another. Mexican-born Jordi, 16, crossed the border for treatment. His roommate, Leo, at the hospital for over a year, is starting to lose his way. Cystic fibrosis prompts Leo’s best friend, Dash, to live each day as though it’s his last. Emma, Leo’s off-and-on girlfriend, has an eating disorder. Kara is a cheerleader with a heart problem, and her roommate, Charlie, is 12 and in a coma. Dr. Jack McAndrew and Nurses Jackson and Dobler make up their medical team.

This show is honestly so different to what I expected. I picked up this show because Taylor Swift tweeted about it. I originally thought this show was going to more of a comedy show than a emotional shows, it was both comedic and emotional but it had a lot more emotion in the show than I was expecting. The show honestly made me so happy and so sad all at once. All of the characters taught me a lesson on how I treat people or self belief, just many life lessons. I was so upset when this show got cancelled and I remember crying while watching the last two episodes. This show is honestly one of the best shows I’ve watched, I recommend it to everyone no matter what your preferred genre is.

I rate this show a 5/5 stars

So those are all my favourite television shows.

Leave a comment if you watch any of these or if you now want to check out these shows.

Thank you for reading.

Yas xx