Megan & Sarah’s Favorites | ’14, ’15, ’16

Hello, lovelies! My friend Sarah @ Reading and Writing Posts and I have decided to give you all a quick list of our top reads over the last three years, with mini-reviews for each so you know why we love them so much. When Sarah approached me with this idea for a collabo blog post, I was all for it because I love sharing my favorite books with you guys! You can find Sarah’s post HERE.


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Divergent by Veronica Roth

I definitely choose Divergent to represent my favorite book for that year, considering I was literally obsessed with it. I enjoyed it more than The Hunger Games, most likely because there are so many novels that are very similar to it, which made me feel that Divergent was more original. I really liked Veronica Roth’s style of writing, and the idea of the factions had me interested… there’s not another book like it, for me. It may be the most reread novel I own🙂, I never get tired of it, trust me. I’m super into dystopian novels that have good action, so Divergent is pretty point on when it comes to what I like to find in novels.

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray is a novel that anyone can enjoy, and takes place during WW2. I’ve read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which is a very similar novel, but you got more familiar with the characters, and went more into depth about the main character is thinking (3rd person limited instead of objective) in Between Shades of Gray.

After I had been listening to my friends obsess about it for a year, I finally decided to pick it up at the book store, and a  day later I was up at midnight finishing it. I’m usually more into more futuristic books, I must admit, but impressively I clearly enjoyed this a lot.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

There’s a small complication to why I highly enjoyed We Were Liars, because of the ending. (Don’t worry no spoilers in here!) It didn’t bother me as much as it did for others who read it, because I just enjoyed the rest of the story so much! I did think that the wrong people died though, the characters the author picked wasn’t meant to be.

I fell in love with E. Lockhart’s style of writing, which is a huge supporting factor that explains why I liked this novel so much. E. Lockhart wrote We Were Liars in a combination of your average writing style and also wrote in a poetic style, if that makes sense. Whether it was flashbacks or mini fairy tales with important morals, she managed to slip them in with the final result of a beautifully and flawlessly written novel.




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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

I choose Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest as my favorite read of 2014 for many reasons. This book took me on a journey that I will never forget. Full of magic and mythical creatures, Black created such an intriguing and mystifying world that pulls you inside its pages. The world-building was thorough, without being confusing. The characters were likeable and each had distinguishing personalities. The writing was mesmerizing and fun. What more could you ask for, really? If you’re looking for a magical adventure to escape the hum drum of real life… this is it!

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab is one of my new found favorite authors. Her writing is absolutely brilliant! When I discovered this book last year, I absolutely fell in love. The plot in this story is so original and unique, and our main characters – Kell and Lila – will leave their mark on you. I read this book with a Goodreads group and I was hesitant about it at first, but as I was sucked into the story, I was so glad I made the decision to pick it up. The second book in this series, A Gathering of Shadows, is also a really amazing read. I’m anxiously awaiting book three, coming out in 2017!

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This was absolutely my favorite novel of 2016. Before reading this book, I was in no way interested in Historical Fiction. I honestly hadn’t read much Historical Fiction, but had it in my head that it was boring. After reading The Nightingale with the same Goodreads group, I completely fell in love with the genre. In this book, two sisters go through the struggles of the occupation of Germany in France. The writing is gorgeous, the characters are flawless, and the meaning behind the story is so beautiful. This book tugged on my heart strings in every way possible and it’s a read I will never forget. Please read this book ASAP, if you haven’t already!

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I hope you enjoyed this post and of course, I’d love to hear from you guys! Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think about them? If not, are they on your TBR? Let me know below!

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41 thoughts on “Megan & Sarah’s Favorites | ’14, ’15, ’16

  1. Great post! I love both collab posts and piles of recommendations, so this is perfect. I am embarrassed to say I’ve only read Divergent and A Darker Shade of Magic! That said, I cannot wait to read the final book in Schwab’s trilogy!
    Thanks for all the recommendations. I particularly liked hearing about your past loves in literature.

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    1. Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I absolutely can’t wait for the final book in the Shade of Magic trilogy!! So excited for it! I’ve never read Divergent or Between Shades of Gray, but I want to read both. And I definitely will now since Sarah recommended them. I loved Ruta Sepetys’ other book, Salt to the Sea, so hopefully I’ll enjoy that one as well. I love recs too! So anytime you have some, feel free to throw them my way!! 😉😊

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      1. I liked the first and second books, but the third was a major letdown. I wasn’t impressed and I didn’t like how it ended. But apparently a lot of people felt that way. I do hope you check it out and see for yourself either way!

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      2. Well, I heard the movie never got finished and they left it open for TV? I’m not sure if that’s correct or not, because I’ve only seen the first one (I will see the first movie of a series but after that I wait for all to come out because I can’t stand cliffhanger movies! Except for Harry Potter: I watched some of the movies before the next ones came out because at least most of those had temporary endings until the next movie, you know?

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      3. Wait…are we talking about Divergent? Because that was what I was talking about…there’s Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant…and I have only seen the first movie, but heard that the third one was never finished: that it ended without an actual ending. But I’ll need to see it to know for sure.
        That is what we were talking about, right? Sometimes I get confused bc of all the convos…if we are talking about another movie, I’m so sorry and just nudge me and I’ll remember, lol. Getting old! 👵

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      4. Yeah, we were talking about Divergent. But I didn’t know that you were talking about the third movie. I thought you were talking about the second movie, sorry. I really don’t keep up with TV and movies like I should, so I have no idea what I’m talking about! Haha!

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