J. E. H U N T E R

A writer of young adult fiction specializing in self-publishing, creativity, and writing.

*I was actually going to post this last week and forgot. Oops

It’s the end of year, which means it times to spend a bit of time contemplating what I’ve spent the past year doing. I wrote a lot, read a lot, worked hard, and traveled a bit. The post is going to focus on the reading. My Goodreads goal was to read 40 books, which I met just this week. I read an assortment of YA, Fiction, Non-Fiction. All kinds of things really. I’ve reviewed the list, and here are my top ten favorites, from most loved to least (Though I did love everything on this list).

  1. Queen of the Tearling
  2. The Name of the Wind
  3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  4. The Shadow Hour
  5. The Selection
  6. Rebel of the Sands
  7. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass Series, really, since I read the majority in 2016)
  8. As I Darken
  9. The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
  10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I feel like I’m quite behind in my reading, since half of the books on my list weren’t published in 2016. A lot of the books I did read were from series, as I seem to like reading these only once their ┬ácompleted. I know I’m not the only person who hates waiting for sequels, but this list makes it pretty clear that I prefer to read the whole thing in one go if at all possible. Unfortunately, this makes it a bit rough for new releases. I also hate having to buy hardcovers. I don’t mind ebooks, but I prefer paperbacks, which means I have to wait even longer to find the books I want. Why is the entire publishing industry working against me??? Good thing I can still use my e-library.

I’m setting my reading goal for 2016 at 60 books, slightly less than the number of unread books currently lying around my bedroom. Here’s a glimpse at my overflowing bookshelf:

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I’m sure some new releases will jump the cue as well. What were your favorite reads in 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017?

JEH

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