Best of 2016: YA Book Madness’ Top 16 YA Reads

It’s been a crazy year. I’ve done so much that I never thought I would with writing and making blogger/author friends. Through all the chaos I’ve read some amazing books (though not all of them got reviewed). Last year I broke my top picks into categories. This year, I’ve decided to do an overall top 16 and then into broad categories. Tell me if you’ve read any on my list, what you thought, and feel free to recommend some of your top 2016 YA books!!!

BEST OF 2016 YA OVERALL 

BEST of 2016 SCIENCE FICTION

BEST of 2016 CONTEMPORARY

BEST of 2016 HORROR

BEST of 2016 THRILLER

BEST of 2016 PARANORMAL 

Pleasant reading, 

Jordan

Bout of Books 10 Day 5 & #showauthorlove

BoB10-200x200The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Yesterday my progress improved significantly. In total I read one book. Now that’s an entire book down from Monday but school and homework can’t be helped. Sigh. The plight of grad school. I’ve never taken a gender or urban planning class before because I’m typically forced into history so this is a nice change of pace and it’s really making me think about current issues.

This is my third time participating in Bout of Books and I always love a good challenge. For this week my goals are pretty simple:

  • Read as much as I can as often as I can.
  • Complete the books you voted for me to read on my previous post/NetGalley books.
  • Find time to participate in all of the Bout of Books activities/giveaways.
  • Review several books that you voted for.

Books to Read:

  • Shattered Veil by Tracey E. Banghart
  • Split Second by Kasie West
  • No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Whisper in Time by Elizabeth Langston
  • Creators by Tiffany Truitt

5/12

Number of Books Read Today: 2
Total Number of Books Read: 2
Books read during week: Shattered Veil and Split Second
Participated in: Nothing yet 😦
Feelings: I absolutely was in awe of Shattered Veil, wow, what a beautiful, powerful protagonist and the introspection and self discovery was so incredibly raw and brilliant. Loved it. I gave it 5 stars. The review will be out today. I’ll attach it later. Split Second, in my opinion was so much better than Pivot Point, which I rated as 3 stars. Split Second flips between Laila and Addie and each section is something entirely different and just full of personality. I became so wrapped up in Laila’s story, I kept speeding through, I didn’t sleep last night/this morning until I finished.

5/13

Number of Books Read Today: 1/2

Total Number of Books Read: 2 1/2

Books read during the week: Shattered Veil and Split Second, 1/2 of No One Else Can Have You

Participated in: Nothing yet 😦

Feelings: I’m trying so hard to like this book but the main character is overly obnoxious and eccentric, she’s kind of an idiot. The whole story is awkward in that embarrassing, weird way that sort of feels like the story is either being told by a 10 year old or someone much older trying to sound like what they think a teenager would. It’s really slow. The introduction into the story is awesome, it’s full of mystery and a horrific murder and what’s really keeping me going is the need to know how it ends. Therefore, this is a really snails pace read for me because I have to push through but I WILL prevail!

5/14

Number of Books Read Today: 1/2

Total Number of Books Read: 3

Books read during the week: Shattered Veil, Split Second, and No One Else Can Have You

Participated in: Perfect Pairings Challenge

Feelings: I really had to push myself through No One Else Can Have You, it was a matter of overcoming and perserverance to get through the really slow, lewd, and awkward general feeling of the book. After reading two amazing books in a row it was hard adjusting to something that was just okay. But, I did finally get to the killer and the action. Unfortunately it was in the last 5% of the book.

5/15

Number of Books Read Today: 1/2

Total Number of Books Read: 3 + 1/2

Books read during the week: Shattered Veil, Split Second, No One Else Can Have You, and Crown of Midnight

Participated in: The “spell it out” challenge

Feelings: It’s been so long since I read Throne of Glass but Crown of Midnight immediately pulls you back into that dark and deadly world. I remember when I finished the first book in this series being completely in awe of the story, the fierce protagonist, and just the world building, everything was consuming. Half way through Crown of Midnight and I can safely say that I love this book even more than the first. Just wow. Also the Captain. Sigh.

 

5/16

Number of Books Read Today: 1/2 + 1/2

Total Number of Books Read: 4 + 1/2

Books read during the week: Shattered Veil, Split Second, Crown of Midnight, No One Else Can Have You, and A Whisper in Time

Participated in: Rainbow of Books Challenge

Feelings: Finished Crown of Midnight and it ended an epically as could be expected. Insane reveals and dangers to come. Started A Whisper in Time, halfway through and I don’t know how to feel about it. It’s kind of slow and these teens have some serious anger issues, it’s a little boring. Overall, it’s okay.

Blog Posts so far this week:

Pleasant reading, 

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Bout of Books 10 Day 4 & Rainbow of Books Challenge

BoB10-200x200The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

School has once again interfered with my reading time, so my progress has suffered and I’ve only read 1/2 of a book on Tues, Weds, and Thurs. Sigh. I promise I’ll do better readers! Plus, it has alos messed with my reviewing standards. Therefore, tomorrow I will have a mini review-a-thon and finish reviewing everything I’ve read for Bout of Books so far. Make sure you check back for those reviews. 🙂 

This is my third time participating in Bout of Books and I always love a good challenge. For this week my goals are pretty simple:

  • Read as much as I can as often as I can.
  • Complete the books you voted for me to read on my previous post/NetGalley books.
  • Find time to participate in all of the Bout of Books activities/giveaways.
  • Review several books that you voted for.

Books to Read:

  • Shattered Veil by Tracey E. Banghart
  • Split Second by Kasie West
  • No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Whisper in Time by Elizabeth Langston
  • Creators by Tiffany Truitt

5/12

Number of Books Read Today: 2
Total Number of Books Read: 2
Books read during week: Shattered Veil and Split Second
Participated in: Nothing yet 😦
Feelings: I absolutely was in awe of Shattered Veil, wow, what a beautiful, powerful protagonist and the introspection and self discovery was so incredibly raw and brilliant. Loved it. I gave it 5 stars. The review will be out today. I’ll attach it later. Split Second, in my opinion was so much better than Pivot Point, which I rated as 3 stars. Split Second flips between Laila and Addie and each section is something entirely different and just full of personality. I became so wrapped up in Laila’s story, I kept speeding through, I didn’t sleep last night/this morning until I finished.

Blog Posts: Bout of Books Goal PostAll About Jessica Gibson Teaser Post, Release Day Blitz: Tempting the Bodyguard- J. LynnBook Blast, Guest Post, & Giveaway: Love, Lucy-April Lindner

5/13

Number of Books Read Today: 1/2

Total Number of Books Read: 2 1/2

Books read during the week: Shattered Veil and Split Second, 1/2 of No One Else Can Have You

Participated in: Nothing yet 😦

Feelings: I’m trying so hard to like this book but the main character is overly obnoxious and eccentric, she’s kind of an idiot. The whole story is awkward in that embarrassing, weird way that sort of feels like the story is either being told by a 10 year old or someone much older trying to sound like what they think a teenager would. It’s really slow. The introduction into the story is awesome, it’s full of mystery and a horrific murder and what’s really keeping me going is the need to know how it ends. Therefore, this is a really snails pace read for me because I have to push through but I WILL prevail!

Blog Posts: ARC Review: Shattered Veil-Tracy E. BanghartBout of Books 10 Day 1

5/14

Number of Books Read Today: 1/2

Total Number of Books Read: 3

Books read during the week: Shattered Veil, Split Second, and No One Else Can Have You

Participated in: Perfect Pairings Challenge

Feelings: I really had to push myself through No One Else Can Have You, it was a matter of overcoming and perserverance to get through the really slow, lewd, and awkward general feeling of the book. After reading two amazing books in a row it was hard adjusting to something that was just okay. But, I did finally get to the killer and the action. Unfortunately it was in the last 5% of the book.

Blog Posts: Bout of Books 10 Day 2 & Perfect Pairings Challenge

5/15

Number of Books Read Today: 1/2

Total Number of Books Read: 3 + 1/2

Books read during the week: Shattered Veil, Split Second, No One Else Can Have You, and Crown of Midnight

Participated in: The “spell it out” challenge

Feelings: It’s been so long since I read Throne of Glass but Crown of Midnight immediately pulls you back into that dark and deadly world. I remember when I finished the first book in this series being completely in awe of the story, the fierce protagonist, and just the world building, everything was consuming. Half way through Crown of Midnight  and I can safely say that I love this book even more than the first. Just wow. Also the Captain. Sigh. 

Blog Posts: Bout of Books 10 Day 3 & Spell It Out ChallengeRelease Day Blitz: The Luthier’s Apprentice-Mayra Calvani


Today’s Bout of Books challenge is hosted by Neon Yeti Reads and is called the Rainbow of Books Challenge. What does it entail? Make a stack of books into a rainbow of color. These could be books you’ve read or on your TBR, physical or e-books. 

I have so many books on my TBR list, so I’ve decided to make a rainbow out of them as a preview of what’s to come on the blog and to share my collection with you 🙂

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I’m crazy excited for these books. I hope you are too! 

Happy reading,

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Bout of Books 10 Day 1

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Here’s my progress for Monday, I read far more than I thought but today might counteract that progress:

This is my third time participating in Bout of Books and I always love a good challenge. For this week my goals are pretty simple:

  • Read as much as I can as often as I can.
  • Complete the books you voted for me to read on my previous post/NetGalley books.
  • Find time to participate in all of the Bout of Books activities/giveaways.
  • Review several books that you voted for.

Books to Read:

  • Shattered Veil by Tracey E. Banghart
  • Split Second by Kasie West
  • No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Whisper in Time by Elizabeth Langston
  • Creators by Tiffany Truitt 

5/12

  • Number of Books Read Today: 2
  • Total Number of Books Read: 2
  • Books read during week: Shattered Veil and Split Second 
  • Participated in: Nothing yet 😦
  • Feelings: I absolutely was in awe of Shattered Veil, wow, what a beautiful, powerful protagonist and the introspection and self discovery was so incredibly raw and brilliant. Loved it. I gave it 5 stars. The review will be out today. I’ll attach it later. Split Second, in my opinion was so much better than Pivot Point, which I rated as 3 stars. Split Second flips between Laila and Addie and each section is something entirely different and just full of personality. I became so wrapped up in Laila’s story, I kept speeding through, I didn’t sleep last night/this morning until I finished. 

Are you participating this week? Let me know what you’re reading 🙂

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Bout of Books Read-A-Thon 8.0: Day 4

Monday 8/19:

Books Read: The Poison Eaters and Other Stories-Holly Black; The Girl with the Mermaid Hair-Delia Ephron

Number of Pages Read:

The Poison Eaters (212) + the first half of The Girl with the Mermaid Hair (156) =368 pages total

Tuesday 8/20:

Books Read: The Girl with the Mermaid Hair-Delia Ephron; Crash-Nicole Williams

Number of Pages Read:

The last half of The Girl with the Mermaid Hair (156) + Crash (215)= 371 pages total

Wednesday 8/21

Books Read: The Name of the Star-Maureen Johnson

Number of Pages Read:

The Name of the Star= 370 pages total

Thursday 8/22

Books Read: Fracture-Megan Miranda; Ink-Amanda Sun

Number of Pages Read:

Fracture (262) + the first half of Ink (163) = 425 pages total

Number of Books Completed:

5/10

Number of Pages Read So Far:

(212) + (312) + (215) + (370) + (262) + (163) = 1534 pages total

Reviews:

Poison Eaters Review

The Girl with the Mermaid Hair Review

Crash Review

Other reviews pending.

Keep reading fellow book-a-thoners!

-BB

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon 8.0

So while stumbling through the various email updates on my favorite book blogs, I came across a post on Good Books and Good Wine about a read-a-thon. Prior to this I’d never heard of Bout of Books but now that I have, I’m definitely participating and you should too, if you feel so inclined.

Here’s the gist:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

As all of you know, I love a good challenge and read-a-thon is right up my alley. Too bad this read-a-thon didn’t start last week, I read 13 books this past week! And yes, those missing reviews are coming don’t worry 🙂

So here’s what you do: If you’d like to participate click this link –> Sign Up! <– yes this one. All instructions are laid out there.

The list of books I expect to read:

  • The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories-Holly Black

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  • Crash-Nicole Williams

Crash by Nicole Williams

  • Fracture-Megan Miranda

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  • Leaving Paradise-Simone Elkeles

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  • Smart Girls Get What They Want-Sarah Strohmeyer

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  • Ink-Amanda Sun

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  • The Name of the Star-Maureen Johnson

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  • The Girl With the Mermaid Hair-Delia Ephron

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  • Breathless-Scott Prussing

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  • Cities of the Dead-Jason Phillip Reesing

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My progress:

Started: The Poison Eaters this morning, hope to be done later tonight.

Self reward:

That Vera Bradley Kindle cover I’ve been drooling over forever.

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Join in the fun guys,

-BB