Reading lists, rejoice, for the best books of 2016

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It seems like everyone is either looking back or looking ahead right now, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate my favorite books and movies from the last year. I highly recommend adding all of the following to your 2017 or winter reading list.

I owe all my favorite reads this year to one thing – the library. It’s like this novel (ha) concept where books are completely free!

But seriously, I can’t believe I waited so long to stop buying every single book and revisit my childhood love of the library. Now I get ebooks right on my Nook and audiobooks through the Overdrive phone app, then buy my favorites for a more permanent addition to my collection.

Best books of the year:

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  1. Trouble is a Friend of Mine, and Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly – Veronica Mars meets Where’d You Go Bernadette. Enough said.
  2. Legend series by Marie Lu – Everything you loved about Divergent story and the Hunger Games characters, but so SO much better. NOTE: Read the ebook versions. The print version has an incredibly annoying font treatment to differentiate the point of views.
  3. Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith – JK Rowling returns with the world-building detail of Harry Potter + the sarcastic investigating of Sherlock Holmes + the will-they-won’t-they of Suits’ Donna and Harvey. Worth the long read.
  4. The Duff by Kody Keplinger – After reading and then promptly rereading, I thought “I wish someone would make a movie of this While I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, too, it bears absolutely no resemblance to the book.
  5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – I tried to figure out the mystery and talked-about twist the whole time and was still completely surprised. Haunting.

Honorary mentions go to these light yet poignant “beach reads” about worthwhile complicated relationships:

Stay tuned for my “Best of” movies edition next week!

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