Saturday, 31 December 2016

Donna's 5 star reads ~ 2016

So another book year has come to a close. Every year I am blown away by some amazing reads from some amazingly talented authors and 2016 was no different. I read 364 books by over 200 different authors in 2016 of which 44 were five star reads. 44 books that made my ever stingy fingers click on that 5 star rating. 44 books that are totally different in their own way but share one thing in common, for me they were exceptional. Whether it be emotional, suspenseful, hilarious or thrilling, each of these books, for me, were perfect and touched me in some form or another.

I posted my top 20 a few days ago (click the link) Donna's Top 20 and these are included below, but I have added the other 24 that complete another outstanding list.

As I said a few days ago, the authors are delivering and are pushing our expectations and laying new benchmarks to rate other books. This is a good thing though, authors are honing their craft and making their books stand out. A win win for us readers.

And for that "author" my list includes both published and indie and if it wasn't for those indie reads, my year wouldn't have been half as fulfilling or entertaining.

So in close I would like to thank all those authors that have contributed to another fantastic reading year, thank you for your blood, sweat and tears that have been poured into every book, every page and every word. This reader appreciates it.

Some fun facts:-

1) According to Goodreads I have read over 81,000 pages (I question it's accuracy though)

2) According to Goodreads my average rating is 3.9

3) My most read author in 2016 with 7 novels/serial is Andrea Smith, closely followed by Aleatha Romig and Sawyer Bennett with 6 novels and then Ella Frank, K Webster, Kate Stewart, Meghan Quinn and Penny Reid with 5 a piece.

4) Kate Stewart is on my 5 star reads list with 4 books this year, this has NEVER happened, Kate Stewart has had a truly outstanding year.

Anything But Minor (Balls in Play #1) and Major Love (Balls in Play #2) by Kate Stewart

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

All the Ugly & Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

Memoirs Aren't Fairytales and Scars from a Memoir by Marni Mann

Memoir's Aren't Fairytales

Scars of a Memoir

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Win Some, Lose Some by Shay Savage

Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino

Wild Abandon by Jeannine Colette

Happinesss for Beginners by Katherine Center

Wicked Dix (Hard Love #2) by Monica James

Isadora (Masters Among Monsters #2) by Ella Frank

Down to my Soul (Soul #2) by Kennedy Ryan

The Mind (Reluctant Romantics #1.5) and The Heart (Reluctant Romantics #2) by Kate Stewart

Elude (Eagle Elite #6) by Rachel Van Dyken

Stroked Long (Stroked #2) by Meghan Quinn

A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner

Legend (Real #6) by Katy Evans

For All the Evers by Debra Anastasia

Undecided by Julianna Keyes

My review:

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

Mr President (White House #1) by Katy Evans

Grin & Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) and Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid

The Spiral Down (The Fall Up #2) by Aly Martinez

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

Southern Comfort by Andrea Smith

F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher

The Silent Waters (Elements #3) by Brittainy C Cherry

So Much More by Kim Holden

Dawn of Forever (Jack & Jill #3) by Jewel E Ann

Ladies Man (Manwhore #3) by Katy Evans

For the Love of English by AM Hargrove 

The Score (Off Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy

Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

One Day Soon by A Meredith Walters

Down Shift (Driven #8) by Kristy Bromberg

Collared by Nicole Williams

Black Swan Affair by KL Kreig

Into the Light by Aleatha Romig

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