Reader Favorites – Tasha’s 2016 Reader Favorites

by Maryse on January 5, 2017 · 16 comments

in Book Recommendations

OMG I absolutely LOVE this list!!! Why? ‘Cause I’ve only read a few of ‘em (What Alice Forgot, The Nightingale, and Dark Matter) and I loved all three. BUT!!! The majority are completely NEW to me, yet are right up my INTENSE alley! OMG Tasha!! Where have you been all my life??!!!

Since this is Tasha’s first “Reader Favorites list” with us, I thought I’d post some fun tidbits so we could get to know her better. :D

“…I hate ugly cry books. I don’t always read happy ever after books, but I have to really be in the right mindset for an ugly cry book…”

“ I never thought I could really be grouped with loving the angsty books, they scare me bad and stress me out, but most all of them I’ve read have ended up being favorites! I suppose I’m just eclectic. I like a little of everything, even if I need to push myself to read those angsty books they’re always worth it in the end!”

“…You know when you have to switch up genres from time to time so u don’t get that burnt out feeling? At least I do quite often…”

About her pet peeves in books: “One I haven’t seen mentioned that makes me roll my eyes every time is the dead parents thing. Maybe I’m not sensitive enough but I literally can’t stand it when they whine or behave a certain way bc of it or it cripples them emotionally somehow. Or even when a parent walks out on them as a kid bothers me.”


“Also when the mc’s feel sparks of electricity when they touch for the first time you see a connection made. It’s too played out and unrealistic. Unless they scoot their feet on the carpet in their socks first, there couldn’t have really been electric sparks felt. Or I suppose if it’s pnr that can be factored in somehow. :P

“…fall is my fav season. I’m craving pumpkin spice lattes, hot chocolate, brats n popcorn, mmm…and maybe a snicker doodle too! Haha … I love just about pumpkin spice everything, but peeps? I don’t think that even sounds good. Lol Probably would help if I were a peep fan to begin with. My hubby brought home some pumpkin cheesecake something twinkies the other day and I thought those were disgusting. I only took a bite bc I felt bad since it was a nice gesture and all, but I couldn’t finish it.”

“October is the absolute busiest month of the year for me and it doesn’t much slow down from here until January really. :(I’m having major book withdrawals.”

Take a look at HER 2016 favorites!!!!

“Happy new year!! My first list. I’m a terrible chooser. This is why I don’t do lists, I tried, but I just couldn’t leave any of these out and believe it or not, I DID narrow it down. Lol”

What Alice Forgot and Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – These are equally good in different ways. Her characters are always so real and relatable, you can’t help but be sucked into their stories.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – This book is everything! Magical, witty, funny, emotional, and romantic!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Mischling by Affinity Konar – Different from any historical fiction I’ve read. Its hard for me to put into words, this one. I fell in love with these sisters and their stories. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, with so much hope, still.

Where They Found Her: A Novel and Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight- A newly discovered author this year. Loved both of these! I couldn’t put either one down.

Sweetheart (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Book 2) by Chelsea Cain – This is book 2 in the Gretchen Lowell series. While I enjoyed #1 (Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Book 1)), it just got so much better with this one! It’s thrilling, completely twisted, and I can’t wait to read the rest.

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass series Book 3) and Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass series) by Sarah J Maas – I read both of these this year and it’s impossible to choose. Every book in this series just gets better and better. I love a feisty heroine.

Our Chemical Hearts by Crystal Sutherland – This one has a little John Green feel to it. It’s told in Henry’s pov, he’s a little nerdy, with two awesome best friends. Its funny, quirky, and heartbreaking. Loved the ending!

Penny in London by Fisher Amelie – Everything I like in a short story. A light story with a likeable heroine, some angst, and a sexy hero.

Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter – Loved this thriller! I liked the mystery, it kept me on edge, it was so intense! Disturbing subject matter.

I’ve Got Your Number: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella -This one was so fun! Fun heroine, hilarious situations she gets herself into, swoony hero, great writing!

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold – Perfection! All of those Outsiders references..*sigh*. You can’t help but love these kids. Baz, Zuz, Mad, Coco, especially Coco, and Vic. Their friendship, their voices, their hardships, their chapters, and adventure, was written so well and drew so much emotion from me. I had to hurry and finish this one today so I could add it to this list!

Dark Matter: A Novel - I had to sneak this one in here too. I’m not much of a science fiction reader, but this was easy to read and really made me think! All the possibilities!

Here’s to 2017, happy reading everyone!


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

MichelleS January 5, 2017 at 7:43 PM

Ooh!!! I like this list. Several are catching me eye!

Maryse January 5, 2017 at 7:45 PM

Mine too!!!! :D It’s so fun to see such a variety of favorites…

R. Renee January 5, 2017 at 8:04 PM

I LOVE The Nightingale and I own What Alice Forgot, but I haven’t even heard of most of these! I think I may have the opposite problem of everyone else. I need to pull my head OUT of my TBR and start one-clicking!

Grey January 5, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Sometimes I read these lists and think…where have I been??? I have several of these on my TBR, sounds like I need to get reading!

Thanks for a great list… And Maryse, as always, xoxo!

bev January 5, 2017 at 9:10 PM

Carry On is everything, Tasha.
I see some new to me authors I will have to look up.
And now I’m craving hot dogs and popcorn.

Maryse January 5, 2017 at 10:22 PM

My pleasure Grey!!! :)

Both you and Amy are up soon. I can’t wait!!!!

Tasha J January 5, 2017 at 10:32 PM

Oh gosh those old comments about my pet peeves! *blushes* lol I’m a dork. And I had popcorn AND hotdogs (actually white brats but they don’t taste as bratty) today, but am completely over pumpkin for the season. I’ll see it next year. ;) Trying to catch up on all the reader favorites lists, tried commenting but they haven’t shown up, weird. Anyway I have several in common with a lot of them, 5 star reads too! I had a lot of high contenders that I could’ve added also but these are the ones that seeped into my soul and really stuck with me the most. And it’s January now so I get to read more!! *crosses fingers and toes*

Jan January 5, 2017 at 10:50 PM

Ooh goodie. I don’t think I’ve read a single one of these! Some great recs. Thanks Tasha.

Jennifer January 6, 2017 at 12:04 AM

I loved Carry On…should have included it on my list. I love Sophie Kinsella too..she is hilarious. And I’ve only read up to #3 in Throne of Glass but my favorite so far! Kids of Appetite looks intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

Fabi January 6, 2017 at 7:35 AM

Great Tasha. And the quirky comments are my favorite. ;-)

MichelleS January 6, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Jennifer, keep going on the throne of glass series they just get better!

MichelleS January 6, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Carry On Made my list too! Loved Simon & Baz!

Tessa January 6, 2017 at 12:38 PM

What MichelleS said about Throne of Glass!

That said, it’s the only one I’ve read on your list. A few here I’ve considered. Very varied list and as many said, a lot I never heard of. Thanks!

Lisa January 6, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Not one….I haven’t read anything on your list. Thanks for the great list and tbr ideas. (Actually some of these are already on my tbr so moving them up).

Cheryl January 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM

–>”Sometimes I read these lists and think…where have I been???” Grey, that’s exactly how I felt reading Tasha’s list. So many new to me reads to add to my tbr. :)

Jennifer January 27, 2017 at 2:40 AM

Tasha, I read it! I read Kids of Appetite! Loved it, so different and compelling. Here is my GR review: 4.75* this book was so FULL…full of emotion, full of metaphor, full of Imagination, full of coming-of-age change…beautiful. You won’t understand what you are getting into from the blurb. That is okay, you do not have to understand, dive in.

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