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Last year, I completed my Goodreads Challenge 2015 by reading 50 books (my initial goal was to read 20!!!).  I wanted to be more realistic so I set 25 books for 2016.  I wanted to focus on Asian Dramas as well so I didnt set the bar too high, hee.

 

This year, I completed the challenge but I felt like I cheated, somehow.  Most of the books I read are manga and manhwa (new obsession, btw!) so I dont feel like they count.  Anyway heres a list of  the books I read last year.  Im following the blog format I made last 2015 🙂 As always, ratings are based on how strongly I felt during and after reading a book.

 

Romance / Young Adult / New Adult:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by JK Rowling
Im not sure if its just the second time I re-read the book because if it is, then the last time I read it was when I was only eleven years old the same year the first movie was released.  I fell in love with it instantly especially since the main leads are the same age as I am (even the actors!).  Now that I read it as an adult (yikes!), its still as mesmerizing.  Opening the book feels like opening the wizarding worlds door, too.  Whenever I read HP, I get too absorbed by just everything.  This book is extra special since its the first plus almost all the lines from the book were adapted in the movie.  I asked a friend to purchase all seven hardbound books from Japan so hopefully, Ill be able to finish all by 2017!
Rating: ★★★★★

 

F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
I was disappointed because I was SO EXCITED for it to be published.  I loved Tarryn Fishers Thief series so my expectations were super high.  So imagine when youre too excited for something and then it ended up making you feel empty.  This is such a huge mess. I didnt like it at all.  It sucks because I love Tarryn Fishers writing style!
Rating: ★

 

Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters
I love books that make me care.  Sometimes no matter how well-written books are, if the characters didnt connect with the reader, then it all goes to waste.  I was supposed to give this a lower rating because I hated all the characters except Flyn, plus the last two chapters made me cry.  It was a tough read but I managed to finish it.
Rating: ★★★★

 

I See You Now by Ker Dukey
Oooh, the tension! I loved it from the start.  Dark.  Twisted. Fun.  Read it!
Rating: ★★★★★

 

A Sea Change by Veronica Henry
Ive always been the teeny bopper type but even for me, this was too shallow that I didnt enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
Rating: ★★

 

Beneath this Mask by Meghan March
It had an interesting start and an interesting female lead.  Sassy girl covered with tattoos? Im definitely in! But aside from that, shes just a typical female lead in NA books.  It gets boring after a while.
Rating: ★★★
Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
I love Alessandra Torre, I read almost all her books already.  I was excited to pick this up because Im not the biggest sports fan so maybe this might change my mind.  But it made me hate it even more.  Yuck, jocks were never my thing.  SPOILER: And cheating? No way.  Also, one of my pet peeves is when the writer try to make the other guy bad (when he isnt when you first read it.  Its not a *plot twist*, its lazy writing IMO) just so you can have a happily-ever-after with the main OTP.
Rating: ★1/2
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Im a mess.  I made a looong review of this book here because it affected me the most and Ive always been weak for  [SPOILER] domestic abuse stories [/SPOILER].  I read the book in one sitting and I was bawling my eyes out.  First impressions last for me, usually, because I used to say I didnt like Colleen Hoover.  But after reading two of her books which I loved, I think Im starting to be a fan, too!
Rating: ★★★★★
Thriller:

 

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
I enjoyed this a lot! This is my second Katie Alender book but I liked this one better.  Its like a chick flick version of American Horror Story meets Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.  The story is a bit predictable but the way Katie Alender wrote it is so engaging and fun.
Rating: ★★★★

 

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
A friend recommended me this because she loves mindfuckery.  It started slow but once the suspense started, I was on edge the whole time.m  Its creepy and it amekes you wonder about so many things.
Rating: ★★★★

 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I read the book first before watching the movie and I got to say, I loved the movie more.  The timelines were confusing and the story is all over the place.  Its still hard to put down because you would be curious whats going on.  At first I thought the first one hundred pages did not make any sense, to be honest.
Rating: ★★★
Poetry:
Lullabies by Lang Leav
I always say I dislike poetry but I always read Lang Leavs books.  Shes no genius in poetry but I admit I liked some parts of the book.  I also adore her book covers! Well, thats it.
Rating: ★★★

 

Habang Wala Pa Sila by Juan Miguel Severo
Ive always loved the Tagalog language and I instantly became a fan of  Juan Miguel Severos spoken word poetry.  Worth watching, worth reading.  Of course Id appreciate my native language more.
Rating: ★★★★★
Non-Fiction:
Why Do Dramas Do That? Part 1 by Javabeans and Girlfriday
Eeep! Im a huge fan, I even mentioned it here on this page.  I bought the kindle copy because I wanted to support both Javabeans and Girlfriday of course! I always say that I hope I can be friends with both since most of the time they can translate in words what I feel after I watch dramas.  Love them so much! Cant wait for the next books.
Rating: ★★★★

 

Manga:
Akatsuki no Yona by Mizuho Kusanagi
This got me hooked.  I never liked historical dramas, how much more if its in manga form? But wow, Im totally head over heels in love with this one.  Being a hopeless romantic played a great factor, lol. But aside from the otp, all the other characters are so close to my heart.  Who wouldve thought a manga can make me cry?
Rating: ★★★★★

 

Uzumaki by Junji Ito
This is the probably the weirdest story Ive ever come across.  Haha! But Junji Ito is a freaking genius.  The images are still on my mind until now.  Its creepy, haunting, disturbing, and did not make sense at all.  Thats what makes it interesting.  I highly recommend this one!
Rating: ★★★★1/2

 

Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai by Aya Nakahara
Heeee, the cutest.  The drama did not disappoint, too! I love Shunin so much.  I love the banters between the main characters.  I love their struggles, I can relate to each one of them, I had loads of laugh-out-loud moments which to me, are very rare.
Rating: ★★★★★
Hirunaka no Ryuusei by Mika Yamamori
[SPOILER] Wow, no second lead syndrome for this one! [/SPOILER] I didnt expect that, to be honest.  I was torn which between the male lead characters I like better.  I guess I was leaning more towards Shishio-sensei BUT he was a teacher so its inappropriate.  Ha! Good read, though.
Rating: ★★★★

 

Manhwa:
Tales of the Unusual
I love this!! There were some pretty good and creepy stories that I read all 100 chapters in one night.  Its still ongoing but I recommend if you read it all at once.
Rating: ★★★★
Pink Lady by Yeon Woo
Love the art in this one!  Cute and touching.
Rating: ★★★

 

Winter Woods Season 1
Didnt care for the female lead Jane when I first started but the story is interesting and addicting.  Im now on season 2 and hey, I think Im slowly becoming Janes fan, haha! The characters drawings are not my type (except for Adora) but the backgrounds are so, so pretty!
Rating: ★★★★

 

For the Sake of Sita by Haga
This made me tear-up.  Its not really a tear-jerker but overall, its a sweet and touching story.  Sitas world is colorful and interesting as well so please check it out.
Rating: ★★★★

 

unTouchable by Massstar
Again, this is an ongoing series but I read a hundred chapters before 2016 ended.  I love everything about this.  From the characters, the story, the drawings (AAAAHHH EVERYTHINGS BEAUTIFUL), I love it all.  Its sweet but not cheesy, its funny but not over the top.  There are heartbreaking and touching moments mixed in this as well.  unTouchable is the reason why I became sort of obsessed with manhwas lately.  Colors!!!!
Rating: ★★★★★

For 2017, my goal is to read at least 12 books.   I know thats a lot less than what I read for the past two years but there’s just so many things I want to do this 2017 🙂 Like update my blog regularly, for example. Wish me luck!

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