#Bookstagram: Best Reads of 2016 with Clues and Reviews

After posting my recent Decor: Styling With Books blog, I was able to visit my longtime friend Sam’s house to overhaul her book shelves, (have a look here).

Sam from Clues and Reviews is a book blogger with an amazing site summarizing must-reads! She currently recommended “Brother” by Ania Ahlborn to me and one chapter in I am HORRIFIED, meaning, I am going to love this book! Her picks will never fail you! And since I have such faith in her choices I asked her to provide me a list of recommendations I could post here, so enjoy!

Hi everyone! It’s Sam from the blog, Clues and Reviews. Kayla asked me to do a round up of my top favourite reads that I have read this year- and obviously, I obliged!

So, here are my top five reads I have read this year; these books I highly recommend to anyone and everyone.

  1.  You by Caroline Kepnes


You, the psychological thriller by Caroline Kepnes, is, hands down, one of the most delicious books I have read this year. Addicting and ominous, this novel tells the explicit tale of one man’s obsession and how he does anything to obtain it. I found myself savouring each page; to the point that I actually made myself put the book down and read something else so I could enjoy it longer. That takes some serious restraint people! On the cover, a series of words are used to describe this read: “unsettling”, “compelling”, “hypnotic and scary”. I’d have to say I agree with each of them.

You can read my entire review here.

2. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


This book was completely different from books I normally read. I rarely read anything in the science fiction genre. This book completely made me change my perception. This book truly had a little bit of everything. A love story, science fiction elements, thrilling elements. This book had me on the edge of my seat.

You can read my full review for this book here.

3. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton


“And I was all his. A girl who would never say no. I was the girl who would obey his every request. I was his perfect, obedient baby doll.”

Whoa. That is the one word I have to describe this novel. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton is her debut novel and what a debut it is!  This book sucked me in right away and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. I loved this book! I would consider it a “must read” Fans of the bestselling novel Room by Emma Donoghue will love this novel!

You can read my full review here.

4. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


I am obsessed with Jodi Picoult. Her new novel is absolutely fantastic.   It follows a labour and delivery nurse who has over twenty years experience. She is doing her normal duties, when after a routine checkup on a newborn baby she is reassigned. This is abnormal, but what is especially abnormal is that the parents of this baby are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. When the hospital compiles with their request, Ruth is shattered. The next day, when the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone with him, she needs to make a decision. Does she obey orders or intervene?

Jodi Picoult reviews here.

5. Brother by Ania Ahlborn


Michael Morrow lives deep in the backwoods with his family. He is a typical 19-year-old boy; figuring out where he fits in his household dynamic and pining for a local girl who works at the record store. The only issue is that Michael’s family is made up of cannibalistic serial killers. They say that blood is thicker than water, but what happens to a family when blood is the main issue….

Brother, written by Ania Ahlborn, is hands down, the best novel I have read all year. The book opens with Michael in his room, listening to the sounds of a screaming woman on his front lawn. This is seemingly a typical experience, as he does not react more than to complain about the noise keeping him awake. Talk about a beginning!

You can read my full review here.

If you need some more recommendations, be sure to head on over to Clues and Reviews and check some out!



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My name is Kayla Davis and my aim is to share the way I see the world through my rainbow coloured lens. This lifestyle blog will highlight some of my many passions: outfits, beauty products, travel, food, home decor, and books. Hope you enjoy, if so, check out my instagram for more colourful inspo :)

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