November Wrap-Up

Happy December!

Another month is over and we’ve entered the last month of this year which is crazy since I feel like 2017 has only just started. But this also means that it’s time for my last wrap-up of the year because my December wrap-up probably won’t be posted until early January 2018. Even though I had to start prepping for finals this month, I still managed to read 8 books in November which I’m extremely happy about. The 8 books had a total of 2,884 pages and on average I gave them 3.88 stars.

If you want to know more about any of the books, just click on the corresponding book cover.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // 5 stars

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The first book I read last month was “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak which is a book I’d been meaning to read for several years now. I immediately fell in love with this novel and think everyone should read it at least once in their life. The plot is incredibly interesting, it’s very well written and it even made me cry. There’s no way I could’ve ever given this book less than 5 stars.

Animal Farm by George Orwell // 3 stars

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Another book that had been on my TBR for several years was “Animal Farm” and I’m so happy I managed to read it this month. I didn’t fall in love with this book but I definitely liked it. The plot was interesting and it was very well written. But I just feel like I’d never reread this book which is why I only gave it 3 stars.

One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon // 2.5 stars

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably already know that I love reading Paige Toon’s books. Based on some of my ratings of her book, you probably wouldn’t think I enjoy them, but I definitely do. I even loved “One Perfect Summer” despite only giving it 2.5 stars. Her books are always such quick reads and overall I really enjoy reading them. I just once again felt like parts of the book were way too slow and the ending was too short. Furthermore, the plot was a little unrealistic which is why I only gave this 2.5 stars. But it was just what I needed when I read it which is why I still loved it despite the low rating.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // 5 stars

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When I was in 11th grade, we went to the movies and watched “The Great Gatsby”. I loved it and knew that I still wanted to read the book but I just kept forgetting about it. Earlier in November though, 4 years after I’d seen the movie, I found the DVD at the library, took it home with me and immediately grabbed the book from my shelf to read it before rewatching the movie and I’m so happy I did it. The book was amazing and so incredibly entertaining. I definitely liked it even more than I liked the movie.

Meet Cute: Some people are destined to meet by various authors // 5 stars

34203859This was definitely one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and I’m still so happy I was sent an arc of this. This anthology includes 14 stories about first meetings and many of the short stories feature lgbtq+ characters which I think is amazing. MyΒ  favorite story was definitely story 9 by … and I’d recommend this anthology to anyone who loves reading young adult romance books.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Meet Cute’ will be published on January 2nd, 2018.

Trust Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars

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Back in September I was sent an ARC of ‘Begin Again’, the first book in this trilogy by Mona Kasten. I had actually planned on waiting for the other two books to be translated into English but when I saw ‘Trust Again’ and ‘Feel Again’ at the library earlier in November, I spontaneously decided to take them home with me. When I read the English version of the first book in this series, I was really struggling with her writing style and I just wanted to see if I liked it better when reading the original German versions of the books. Unfortunately, I didn’t and I’m still not the biggest fan of her writing but I nevertheless really enjoyed ‘Trust Again’ because it was such a quick and entertaining read.

Feel Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars

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While reading ‘Feel Again’ I was once again struggling with Kasten’s writing style. But just like ‘Trust Again’, this book was so incredibly entertaining and I literally flew through it. I also think that the protagonists in this book were probably my favorite ones of the series and I highly recommend you read this trilogy once the second and the third book have also been translated into English.

Busted by Gina Ciocca // 4 stars

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The last book I read in November was another ARC and I’m so happy this was sent to me because I really enjoyed reading it. ‘Busted’ is a beautiful young adult romance novel which is very well written and features some lovely characters.

Click here to check out my full review! ‘Busted’ will be published on January 2nd, 2018.

How many books did you manage to read in November and which one was your favorite? πŸ™‚

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October Wrap-Up

Hello everyone and happy November!

October is over and it’s once again time for another monthly wrap-up. Even though I had a lot of things to take care of for college, I managed to read 8 books which I’m really happy about. The 8 books I read had a total of 3,070 pages and on average I gave them 3.125 stars. I even found two books I immediately fell in love with but unfortunately, I also read two books that I only gave 1 star to.

If you want to know more about any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn // 3 stars

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The first book I read in October was ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn. It’s a book I’d been meaning to read for several years now and I definitely enjoyed it. I immediately fell in love with Gillian Flynn’s writing style and will make sure to check out some of her other books in the future. Unfortunately, I also had a very hard time getting into the novel and think that the plot was a little predictable.

Click here to read my full review!

 

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover // 5 stars

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So far, I’ve really enjoyed most of Colleen Hoover’s books and ‘Maybe Someday’ was the last of her “main novels” that I hadn’t read yet. So I decided to finally pick it up at the beginning of October and I immediately fell in love with it. It’s definitely one of my favorite CoHo novels and for once, there was literally nothing that bothered me somehow. I loved the characters and just like all her other books, it was an incredibly quick read.

 

With a Twist by Staci Hart // 3 stars

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‘With a Twist’ is another one of the eBooks I found for free on Amazon and it was a very quick read. Unfortunately, the first half of the book was a little slow and I’m also not the biggest fan of the author’s writing style which is why I only gave this 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // 1 star

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Even though this book is extremely popular and a lot of people have enjoyed it, this is the first book I decided to give only 1 star to last month and it’s also been my first DNF in over a year. I wanted to read some spookyΒ books in October and thought this one would be a perfect choice but instead I ended up hating this book. It was boring and the main character was an arrogant and ungrateful child. I managed to get halfway through the book but then decided to give up on it because I just knew that forcing myself through the rest of it, wouldn’t make things any better.

Click here to read my full review!

 

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera // 4 stars

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This is such beautiful book and if I had to describe it in a single word, I’d just call it “real”. I absolutely love Adam Silvera’s writing style and can’t wait to check out his other books.

 

Love, in english by Karina Halle // 3 stars

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I really love Karina Halle’s books because they’re usually such quick reads. Unfortunately, this book was a little slow but I still loved the characters and enjoyed reading it.

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber // 5 stars

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Out of all the books I read this month, Caraval was definitely my favorite. It was interesting, incredibly well written and such a quick read. I literally can’t wait for “Legendary” to be published and I’m already counting down the days!

 

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover // 1 star

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Even though I loved ‘Maybe Someday’, my feelings about ‘Without Merit’ are the complete opposite. This book was an absolute mess and it’s definitely my least favorite book of October. I just don’t get why this was even published and why so many people are giving this 5 stars. There are so many things in this book that are just annoying, badly done or utterly frustrating but I don’t want to spoil anything by going into more detail right now.

Click here to read my full review! (INCLUDES SPOILERS!!!)

How many books did you manage to read in October and which one was your favorite? πŸ™‚

 

 

 

September Wrap-Up

Hello everybody,

September is over and it’s once again time for a monthly wrap-up. I hope you had a great month and got a lot of reading done! In September I managed to read 12 books with a total of 4,453 pages and on average I gave them 3.75 stars. I’m very happy with that but I also went back to uni this month, so the last few wrap-ups of this year will probably be a little shorter!

If you want to read the synopsis of any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.

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Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon // 3 stars

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The first book I read in September was ‘Johnny Be Good’ by Paige Toon. She’s slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite authors because all her books are just such quick and enjoyable reads. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite of her books I’ve read so far but I still enjoyed it. There were just a couple of things that bothered me. The book was very slow around the middle and there are a couple of scenes that could’ve just been taken out of it. The plot was also quite predictable and the female main character was way too annoying and naive for my liking.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover // 5 stars

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Since I felt like a reading slump was heading my way, I then decided to reread one of my favorite new adult romance books, ‘Ugly Love’. I absolutely adore this book and loved it just as much as I did when I read it for the first time. I finished it within a few days and it definitely prevented me from getting into a reading slump.

Click here to read my full review!

Binge by Tyler Oakley // 4 stars

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I usually don’t read books by youtubers but I found this one at a second-hand book store for a few bucks and just had to check it out. I absolutely used to love watching Tyler Oakley’s videos and even though I’m not really interested in what he’s uploading at the moment, I still think he has a great character which really reflected in this book. In it he shares stories about his life and some of them were incredibly hilarious. This book was really entertaining and overall, I have to say that this is actually a youtuber book that is worth buying (as long as you have seen his videos before).

Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon // 4 stars

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Like I’ve said before, Paige Toon is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors and towards the middle of the month, I once again felt in the mood for an entertaining and quick romance read. Since Toon often mentions characters from earlier books in her novels, I decided to read them in the order in which they were published and ‘Pictures of Lily’ was next on the list. I really enjoyed this book and read it within only two days. There weren’t any major things that bothered me about it, I only wish the ending would’ve been a little longer and we would’ve gotten to read more about Lily and the man she chose in the end.

Begin Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars

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Begin Again was the first ARC I read this month and I was super excited for it. I’d already heard a lot of good things in advance because this is a book that was originally published in German and has finally been translated into English. I really enjoyed ‘Begin Again’ and it was such a quick read! I loved the characters but unfortunately had a little bit of a problem with the writing style. I think there was still some room for improvement but this one was one of the first novels she’s ever published, so I’m sure she’ll get better and better with every additional book she’ll publish in the future.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Begin Again’ will be published on October 10th.

Fraternize by Rachel van Dyken // 4 stars

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I decided to read another one of my ARCs right after the last one and definitely didn’t regret my decision. This was also a very quick read and I absolutely loved the story. Unlike ‘Begin Again’ this book was extremely well written, but Rachel van Dyken has already published a lot of books and you could clearly see that. The characters were great and overall it was very entertaining read. I’ll definitely check out its sequel once it comes out.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Fraternize’ was published on September 12th.

Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg // 4 stars

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It’s been a year since I’ve read the first two books in this series and even though I didn’t completely fall in love with the first two books, I still wanted to finish the series. At the beginning of the month I then found a copy of it at a used book store and just took it as a sign that I had to immediately read it. Just like the first two parts, this book was a very quick and fun read. I read it within a day and even though there were some things that really bothered me, I’m still glad I decided to finish this series and think it was a good conclusion to it.

If you want to know more about the things that bothered me (and what I enjoyed), click here to read my full review!

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall // 3 stars

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I was looking for another quick read and stumbled upon this book on my sister’s bookshelf which only has a little more than 200 pages. I managed to read it within a few hours and it ended up being a really cute story that I definitely enjoyed. The only thing that bothered me was that it was extremely predictable. After the first 50 pages I already knew how the book would end.

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier // 4 stars

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The ‘Silber Trilogy’ is a series I’ve been meaning to read for several years now but that I always kept forgetting about. I absolutely loved the ‘Gem Trilogy’ by Kerstin Gier and was really hoping this series would just be as good as her other one. I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, but after finishing it I already knew that I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as her other trilogy. I did like the idea of the book and also fell in love with some of the characters but it kind of bothered me how similar the main character was to the one from the ‘Gem Trilogy’ and that it felt a little like she was a copy of her.

Dream On by Kerstin Gier // 4 stars

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‘Dream On’ is the second part in the ‘Silber Trilogy’ and I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first one.Β It was once again a very quick read and this time I also started to really connect to the characters! I was really glad I actually decided to continue this series and was excited to see how it would end.

Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier // 2 stars

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‘Just Dreaming’ is the third and last part of this trilogy but unfortunately, it was my least favorite part of the series. I had a whole list of things I was hoping would happen in this book but none of them did. Instead, the first 90% of this book were incredibly boring and I would’ve definitely put the book down if i hadn’t enjoyed the beginning of this trilogy. That’s why i decided to give the novel 2 stars! 1 star for the last 10% of the book, which were really interesting and gripping, and the other star for some of the characters that I’d fallen in love with while reading the books.

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook // 4 stars

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‘The Hanging Girl’ is the third ARC I read this month and my first ‘scary read’ of the year. It was the first one ofΒ  Eileen Cook’s books I’ve read and I immediately fell in love with her writing style. I also really enjoyed the book itself and the story just kept me at the edge of my seat. There were some amazing plot twists in it and I literally didn’t see any of them coming. Overall, I loved the book but was a little disappointed by the characters since they felt a little flat and I didn’t connect with any of them. Still, this is the perfect book if you’re looking for a good YA mystery thriller.

Click here to read my full review! ‘The Hanging Girl’ will be published on October 3rd.

How many books did you manage to read in September and which of them was your favorite? πŸ™‚

August Wrap-Up

Hey everybody!

August is over which means that it’s time for my August wrap-up. It was my last full month of summer break and I managed to read 10 books with a total of almost 3.5k pages and on average I gave them 3.65 stars. I’m really happy with that and also found a couple of books I really, really liked. If you want to read the synopsis of any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.

I hope you will enjoy this blog post!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // 5 Stars

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The first book I read in August was ‘Six of Crows’ by Leigh Bardugo which I absolutely fell in love with. It was a really gripping read and I literally flew through it because it was so good. SoC was also the first of Leigh Bardugo’s books I read and I immediately fell in love with her writing style!

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // 4.5 Stars

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After finishing SoC, I had to immediately read the conclusion to this amazing duology and really loved it as well. It was a great read and just as well written as the first part. The only problem I had with CK was that it took me a little to get into it at first but the rest of it was absolutely great.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han // 2.5 Stars

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‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ was a cute and quick read. Unfortunately though, I just didn’t like the main character and overall felt like I was a little too old for this book.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon // 4 Stars

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‘Chasing Daisy’ is a book I was really excited for and it definitely didn’t dissappoint me. I love Formula One and was absolutely thrilled when I found out that one of my favorite authors has written a book set in the Formula One ‘circus’. It was a great book and the perfect novel to read by the pool or at the beach.

Click here to read my full review of the book!Β 

A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William Collins // 2.5 Stars

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William Collins was kind enough to send me a copy of his book earlier this month and I was very intrigued by the synopsis of ‘A Darker Shade of Sorcery’. But even though I really liked the idea of the book and think it has a lot of potential, there were many things that bothered me and spoiled my reading experience.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo // 5 Stars

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‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and the fact that I somehow got my copy 10 days before publication only made me even more excited for it. This was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year so far and I completely fell in love with it. It was so well written and featured amazing female characters that kicked butt! Such an amazing read!

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Her Book Boyfriend by K. R. Grace // 4 Stars

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The publisher of this book was kind enough to send me an arc of it earlier this month and I really enjoyed ‘Her Book Boyfriend’. It is a great and quick read that you can get lost in for a couple of hours and it’s definitely a perfect book for bookworms!

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Dear Delilah by Tamsyn Bester // 1 Star

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‘Dear Delilah’ is another arc I received earlier this month and I was very intrigued by its synopsis. Unfortunately though, I just absolutely didn’t enjoy this book. It was badly written and also had a very boring plot. If I hadn’t received an arc, I would’ve definitely DNFd it.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Slammed by Colleen Hoover // 5 Stars

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I absolutely love Colleen Hoover and ‘Slammed’ was one of the last few of her books that I hadn’t read yet. I really enjoyed the book and it’s definitely one of my favorite books I read this month. It made me laugh and cry and then absolutely broke my heart.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon // 3 Stars

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‘Everything, Everything’ is a book that had been standing on my shelves for several months now but I just kept forgetting about the fact that I still hadn’t read it. I really enjoyed the first 70% of the book and think it was a cute and very quick read. I just didn’t like the ending of the book because I just think it was a little unrealistic.

Click here to read my full review of the book! (THIS REVIEW INCLUDES SPOILERS!)

How many books did you manage to read in August and which of them was your favorite? πŸ™‚

 

 

 

2016 Wrap-Up

2016 is over and I must say, reading-wise it was a very successful year for me! I managed to read a total of 46 books with a total of 16051 pages. The shortest book I read last year was Zenith (64 pages) and the longest book was Lady Midnight (698 pages) which was also my favorite read of the year *-* On average I gave 4.1 stars to the books I read and I just love goodreads because they’re the reason I even know all these things! πŸ˜€


January 2016

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
    • I read it for the 2nd

 

March 2016

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)

 

April 2016

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupΓ©ry (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
  • Im Krebsgang by GΓΌnter Grass (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
    • I read it for the 2nd

 

May 2016

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)

 

June 2016

  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)

 

July 2016

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†)
  • Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
  • The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
  • Sei schlau, stell dich dumm by Daniela Katzenberger (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†)

 

August 2016

  • Liebesfluch by Beatrix Gurian (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†)
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†)
  • Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
  • Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†)
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
  • KΓΌsse & CafΓ© au Lait by Susanne FΓΌlscher (β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†)
  • New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • After You by Jojo Moyes (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)

 

September 2016

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    • I read it for the 2nd
  • The Elite by Kiera Cass (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
    • I read it for the 2nd
  • The One by Kiera Cass (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    • I read it for the 2nd
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†)
  • Too Late by Colleen Hoover (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • Smut by Karina Halle (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†)
  • Girl Online on Tour by Zoe Sugg (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)

 

October 2016

  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†)
  • Walking Disaster (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)

 

November 2016

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)

 

December 2016

  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn (β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†)
  • Let It Snow by John Green (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†)
  • The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†)
  • Paper Towns by John Green (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†)

 

How many books did you read in 2016 and which one was your favorite? β™₯

Nina