I read a lot of books in the past 6 months. It's hard to believe that I only officially started the blog last July. Okay, it was June 30th, but that doesn't really count, right? Either way, I read 173 books from June 30th to December 31st. I could probably easily have done 300 if I'd started blogging in January. No, I didn't set the bar that high this year (100 books) because I'm writing, again. That always takes time away from reading.
Out of the 173 books I did read, there were some surprises, a few flops, lots of romance, and everything in between. So for a recap of 2016, I will be awarding superlatives to the books on last year's shelf. These are just for fun and if you'd like to join in and share your own, the more the merrier!
One rule: Books cannot be used for more than one superlative/award. The only exceptions are the Best Series and Leading Ladies/Lads categories. This means there won't be repeats of the same books over and over. But don't worry, I had plenty of favorites for each category!
The Soul Catcher Series ~ Mary Abshire
Author of The Soul Catcher Series, featuring one of my favorite leading lads: Jeremy. Our heroine, Jessie, is also a kick-ass leading lady who is a half-demon and sends evil souls to hell. It's paranormal romance fun all the way around!
The Fireworks Girls Series ~ J.L. White
I came across the Fireworks Girls Series on KindleUnlimited and was drawn to the first book because it was a forbidden love story. I fell in love with the group of girls. The last book is by far my favorite.
The McCauley Brothers Series ~ Marie Harte
I love the McCauley brothers! This series was full of humor, spice, romance, and hot men that anyone could fall for. With the variety here, there is a McCauley brother for everyone. My favorite happens to be Cameron (book three).
The Crucible Series ~ Angela Colsin
Author of the Crucible Series, which has quickly become my favorite paranormal romance series of all time. There is literally every type of supernatural creature known to man in this series. Book five was my favorite so far, with the demon, Isaac!
Favorite Authors (in addition to those above)
Author of The Lessons and The Rules. Ryan from The Lessons is one of my favorite leading lads!
Author of several contemporary NA books that are listed today!
Author of the Soulmates Series that is full of naughty forbidden love!
Author of fantasy romance and also winner of several awards today!
Favorite Book Couples
Most Surprising Reads (in a good way)
Most Startling Reads (in a bad way)
Best Leading Ladies
Best Leading Lads
Most Enjoyed Genre of the Year
Favorites by Genre (other than those above)
There you have it! My picks for 2016!
I obviously could have explained why I loved each title but then I would never get any sleep. Thank you to the many authors who gifted me with review copies. Also, many thanks to those authors who put their work available on KindleUnlimited, which is how I found several of my reads this year!
Here is to another productive year at Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog!