The Best of 2016

Yet another year passes, and I didn’t reach my goal of reading 52 books. How can I call myself a book blogger if I cannot even achieve such a minuscule goal? Surely there is a quota that must be met for this sort of thing. Still, I read some pretty incredible books this year. These books take the cake!

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson — I knew this hilarious travel narrative by one of my favorite writers would top the list before I even started reading.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord — This novel started out as a two-star read but shifted into a four-star read that changed my perspective on YA Contemporary novels.

The Sisters of Versailles and The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie — If you would have told me I was going to read and love this steamy romp through the palace of Versailles, I wouldn’t have believed you, but Sally Christie’s wit and storytelling abilities are irresistible. The final novel in this series, The Enemies of Versailles, is being released this year, and I cannot wait to read it!

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson — I still can’t find the words to accurately praise this novel. It is my absolute favorite read of 2016 though.

The Art of Holding on and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz —Β This was a beautifully written novel about coping with grief and the healing powers of nature and rock climbing, and Lenz captured the essence of Michigan so perfectly (perhaps because she is a Michigander!).

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern — Halpern captures the voice of a fifteen year old girl so vividly in this hilarious contemporary novel about family, friendship, and Dungeons & Dragons.

Pique Tea Crystals — It’s a toss-up between their Earl Grey and their Mint Sencha, but Pique Tea Crystals is perfect for brewing a cup of iced tea on the go.

Lemon Soleil Tea from Adagio Teas — The bright and lemony black tea was, without a doubt, my absolute favorite tea to sip on in 2016!

Reading Nook Blend by Plume Deluxe — Just as the name of the tea suggests, this floral scented tea is perfect for keeping cozy while reading.

Charcoal-baked Anxi Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea from Tea Vivre — This is another dreamy, floral-flavored tea that makes me wish Springtime were right around the corner.

Thai Chai Tea from Adagio Teas — this spicy and creamy blend of black tea, cinnamon bark, ginger root, dried coconut, cardamom, and lemon grass kept me warm this Autumn.

What were some of your favorite Books & Tea in 2016?

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Twenty-something. Michigander. Bookkeeper by day, superhero and blogger by night. Some of my favorite things include: travel, the Japanese language, photography, video games, sweater-weather, and of course books and tea. The Harry Potter books are my favorite, and I can never have too much peppermint tea.

5 thoughts on “The Best of 2016

  1. Happy New Year to you! Those covers look gorgeous, and I wouldn’t mind some French court intrigue. The other photos also look great! I’m sorry you will have to leave the secret guild of book bloggers due to not meeting your goal haha. I always set a really easy goal for my goodreads challenge, because I use it more to keep track, and I don’t want to be stressed out by it. πŸ˜€

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    1. I’m about to cut up my secret guild membership card because I’m already off to such a bad start for 2017. It’s 21 days into the new year and I’ve jut finished my first book…and it was a short one!

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  2. Oh my goodness, aren’t Goodreads Challenges just the worst? I completely revamped my 2017 Resolutions for this year because of the stress of trying to meet a 77-book goal for 2016. Did I make it? Yes. Did it kind of make me hate myself a little for ruining one of my favorite hobbies? Double yes. πŸ™‚ Love the bookish picks, but I’ve got to say, my favorite part of this post were the super cute tea pictures!

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  3. Omg that cover for The Art of Holding On and Letting Go is GORGEOUS. And also, how have I not heard of all these incredibly amazing teas? I’m not much of a tea person (too hot in Australia) but your post kind of makes me want to try some πŸ˜‰

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