Sara’s Favorite Reads of 2016, Plus Two Times the Giveaway Fun!

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Since¬†it’s still the first week of 2017, it’s¬†still a good time to look back on the year that was, right? ūüėČ On Tuesday I shared my annual reflection on writing, personal life, the blog, and goals for the new year. Today, it’s time to share my list of favorite reads of 2016!

Last year I split my year-end list into two posts: brand new books, and previously published books. But this year, I decided to “condense” and put it all in a single post.¬†So, which books ended up as¬†my favorite reads of 2016? You’ll find a few hints if you look closely at the banner¬†image. Otherwise, let’s head on in and see the full list – and maybe a chance for you to win one of the honored books!

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My 10 Favorite Reads of Fall 2016 (+ Win Your Choice in a Giveaway!)

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When I announced in September that I was reducing my blogging schedule, I knew that change would mean ending the monthly Recent Reads series. But I didn’t want to walk away from the idea of discussing books we’ve recently read. Then I read Leanne Sowul’s summer reading round-up here, and inspiration sparked. Why not do a seasonal reading recap – and also make it fun for my readers?

So, today I’ll share my 10 favorite reads from Fall 2016 (September through November). What you’ll find after the jump¬†aren’t reviews, but rather blurbs that mention why I enjoyed each book with¬†links to my full¬†reviews at Goodreads and Amazon. As for the fun part: The title says it all, so¬†stay tuned for the Rafflecopter link and instructions at the end of this post! ūüėČ
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Five Benefits of Buddy-Reading

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When you’re a writer or book-blogger, what’s one thing you’re guaranteed to talk about with your online friends? Books, of course! That’s how we bond over beloved reads we share as well as books we’ve been meaning to read for ages.¬†So, when I bought Patrick Rothfuss’s The Wise Man’s Fear¬†after Christmas, fellow writer Rebekah Hendrian said this in her comments:

“I almost feel like we need to do a buddy read for Wise Man‚Äôs Fear. I just keep looking at those thousand pages and then putting it aside in dismay.”

At first I was hesitant, since I’d never done a buddy-read before and wasn’t sure how it was done. But once Rebekah¬†and I¬†figured things out, we were able to work The Wise Man’s Fear¬†into the same point in our reading schedules. Now I’m so glad we did¬†it – and today, I’d like to share what made that experience so enjoyable, in hopes that you might try buddy-reading with a friend in the future.¬†So, here are¬†Five Benefits of Buddy-Reading!

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Recent Reads: March 2016

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Recent Reads is a monthly reading wrap-up, with mini-reviews of all the books I finished in the past month. I’ll also share what I’m currently reading and any¬†other books that are in the pipeline. Want to share your¬†bookish happenings, too? Feel free to do so in the Comments section at the end!

At first glance, March¬†might not¬†look like it was a productive reading month. (That’s what happens when you read a 1,000-page book!) However, all three books I finished were nothing short of AMAZING, so I can’t wait to tell you about them. ūüôā

That, of course, made picking my Read of the Month a real challenge.¬†All three are deserving of the title for different reasons. But in the end, I chose…
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Stacking The Shelves, Vol. 22: An Embarrassingly Huge Haul from Barnes & Noble

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that shares the books (both physical and virtual) that you recently purchased, borrowed from a fellow reader or the library, won from a giveaway, or received as gifts. Stacking The Shelves will post on Saturdays as new books are added to my shelves.

Today’s Stacking The Shelves post should be called “Overstuffing The Shelves.” Because when you have gift cards to Barnes & Noble and find books on your scribbled “immediate-must-have” wishlist and then spot other novels you’d learned about from the blogosphere, you realize how dangerous your love of reading can be. (*blushes*) But really, we must have ALL the pretty, shiny books, right?

Also, if you’re the kind who salivates over fantasy and science fiction, this post is for you. ūüėČ

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Favorite Reads of 2015, Part 1: Books Published Before 2015

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Finally! It’s time to reveal some of my favorite reads of 2015! ūüėÄ

Last year I almost twice as many books as I did the year before, and a fair number of those books¬†were published before 2015. So, I’m going to share not one¬†year-end Top 10 list, but two!

Today’s will focus on my favorite¬†pre-2015 books I read last year. Each entry will include my reasons for its inclusion on this list and a link to the¬†full review. Also, since I like to keep you all¬†in suspense, the list will go in ascending order, from #10 to #1. ūüėČ Here they are:

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Recent Reads: November 2015

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Recent Reads is a monthly reading wrap-up, with mini-reviews of all the books I finished in the past month. I’ll also share what I’m currently reading and any¬†other books that are in the pipeline. Want to share your¬†bookish happenings, too? Feel free to do so in the Comments section at the end!

Ohhhhhhhh, I came SO close to reading¬†more books this month than I thought I would! But when you’re a night¬†reader like I am, and life suddenly gets so crazy that both braind and¬†body crave more meditation and sleep,¬†you¬†just don’t have the energy to stay up late to finish another chapter. So, I’m content with November being a three-book month, and especially happy that I finally made time for the story that I picked as my Read of the Month. Speaking of which…
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