2016 Booklist

Thanks in large part to audiobooks that I listen to instead of the radio or streaming while working, driving, cleaning, and lately instead of TV, I have read a shit ton of books this year. Goodreads said I read 126 books in 2016, but I looked back on it and I think I actually read 199, some even in paper form!

Despite the fact that as an English Major, I can talk ad nauseum about the merits and downfalls of plot line, character development, literary devices, etc., I actually think the 1-5 star system is kind of bullshit. Especially for genre books, which are mostly your favorite brand of escapism. In the end, you like what you like, and there’s not much others can say about it. Buttttt….who doesn’t like to rate things? That’s why I’ve created an incredibly sophisticated rating system.

 


Wendy’s Incredibly Sophisticated Rating System

Yuck. – It’s safe to say I will not try this series, author, or even subgenre ever again, depending on how deep my ire for this particular book goes. Rare cases may induce twenty minute rants of everything wrong with this book with little or no provocation. Consider yourself warned.

 

Meh. – Maybe mildly entertaining, maybe just bothersome enough to finish the book and then be done with the series. Strong feelings are reserved for other books. I may read another of the series if it were easily accessible,  or I may part amicably from the series/author.

 

Good. – in between meh and yay. The feeling is most accurately described with a thoughtful nod gesture. “yeah. It was good.”

 

Yay! – Rolicking good fun! Swashbuckling adventures! Angsty soulful love affairs! Characters that don’t suck! After reading a Yay! I may even actively seek out the rest of the series or author to finish it! High praise indeed.

 

SUPER YAY! – Yay +! Some of my favorites. I may even purchase these books!


Books that aren’t Romance

AuthorTitleRating
Ajayi, LuvvieI'm Judging You: The Do-Better ManualYay!
Alameddine, RabihAn Unnecessary WomanMeh.
Benchley, PeterJawsYuck
Crouch, BlakeDark MatterYuck.
Dean, JeremyMaking Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change StickMeh.
Mullan, JohnWhat Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles SolvedYay!

Period Romance

authortitleSeries#RatingOther thingsComments
Alexander, VictoriaSecrets of a Proper Lady Last Man Standing3Yuck
Ashe, KatharineCaptured by a Rogue Lord Rogues of the Sea2Meh.pirates!
Ashe, KatharineI Adored a Lord The Prince Catchers2Meh.
Ashford, JaneThe Bride InsistsMeh.
Ashford, JaneMarried to a Perfect StrangerMeh.
Ashley, JenniferThe Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie Mackenzies & McBrides1Yay!Highlanders!Aw! Ian! He almost has superpowers, what with his nebulous undiagnosed autism
Ashley, JenniferThe Many Sins of Lord Cameron MacKenzies & McBrides3Yay!Highlanders!
Ashley, JenniferThe Duke's Perfect Wife MacKenzies & McBrides4Yay!Highlanders!I love this one. He's so sneaky, makes all these plans, and then loses it every time when he's around his GF
Ashley, JenniferA Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift MacKenzies & McBrides4.5Yay!Highlanders!
Ashley, JenniferThe Seduction Of Elliot McBride MacKenzies & McBrides5Yay!Highlanders!
Ashley, JenniferThe Untamed MacKenzie MacKenzies & McBrides5.5Yay!Highlanders!
Ashley, JenniferThe Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie MacKenzies & McBrides6Meh.Highlanders!
Ashley, JenniferScandal And The Duchess MacKenzies & McBrides6.5Meh.Highlanders!
Ashley, JenniferRules for a Proper Governess MacKenzies & McBrides7Yay!Highlanders!
Ashley, JenniferA MacKenzie Clan Gathering MacKenzies & McBrides8.5Yay!Highlanders!
Balogh, MaryA Secret Affair Huxtable Quintet5Meh.
Balogh, MaryThe Secret Mistress Mistress Trilogy 3Meh.
Balogh, MarySimply Perfect Simply Quartet 4Yay!
Banks, MayaSeduction of a Highland Lass McCabe Trilogy2Meh.Highlanders!
Barrett, JoHighlander's Challenge Challenge1Meh.Highlanders! Time Travel!I might read the rest of these.
Beverley, JoA Shocking Delight Company of Rogues15Meh.
Beverley, JoTempting Fortune Malloren2Good.
Boyle, ElizabethAlong Came a Duke Rhymes With Love1Yay!
Boyle, ElizabethAnd the Miss Ran Away With The Rake Rhymes With Love2Yay!
Boyle, ElizabethIf Wishes Were Earls Rhymes With Love3Yay!
Boyle, ElizabethThe Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane Rhymes With Love4Yay!blind
Byrne, KerriganThe Highlander Victorian Rebels3Meh.Highlanders!
Camp, CandaceEnrapturedSecrets of the Loch3Meh.regency with a side of magicCouldn't finish it. Regency woman was surprised to find that archeologists don't take her seriously! The horror!
Campbell, AnnaSeven Nights in a Rogue's BedSons of Sin1SUPER YAY!Love this series! This is my favorite one!
Campbell, AnnaA Rake's Midnight KissSons of Sin2Yay!Love this series!
Campbell, AnnaWhat a Duke DaresSons of Sin3Yay!Love this series!
Campbell, AnnaA Scoundrel by MoonlightSons of Sin4Yay!Love this series!
Campbell, AnnaCaptive of SinYay!Not one of Campbell's best, but it had enough of her patent soul-twisty angst that I love
Campbell, AnnaTempt the DevilYay!
Campbell, AnnaUntouchedYay!
Campbell, AnnaMidnight's Wild PassionYay!
Carlyle, LizThe Bride Wore Scarlet Fraternitas Aureae Crucis2Good.regency with a side of psychic abilitiesMagic politics
Carlyle, LizThe Bride Wore Pearls Fraternitas Aureae Crucis3Good.regency with a side of psychic abilitiesMagic politics
Carlyle, LizThree Little SecretsMacLauchlan Family4SUPER YAY!regency with a side of psychic abilitiesI liked this one the best. The Fraternitas series is a continuation of this series. But I got less and less interested in the other series.
Carriger, GailHeartless Parasol Protectorate4Yay!steampunk victorian paranormal, vampires and werewolves oh my!This one made me LOL. Very cute series! I want to read more, but I first have to track down the first of the series.
Chase, LorettaLord of Scoundrels Scoundrels3Yay!
Chase, LorettaDukes Prefer Blondes The Dressmakers4Good.
Chesney, MarionMiser of Mayfair A House For The Season1Yuck.Ugh. Marion Chesney/M.C. Beaton. Stop writing boring regency! They are clogging up my audiobook selection.
Clare, TiffanyThe Seduction of His Wife Hallaway Sisters1Meh.
Dare, TessaRomancing the Duke Castles Ever After 1Yay!blind
Dare, TessaSay Yes to the Marquess Castles Ever After 2Yay!
Dare, TessaWhen a Scot Ties the Knot Castles Ever After 3Yay!highlanders!
Dare, TessaA Night to Surrender Spindle Cove 1Yay!Favorite series!
Dare, TessaA Week to Be Wicked Spindle Cove 2Yay!Favorite series!
Dare, TessaA Lady by Midnight Spindle Cove 3Yay!Favorite series!
Dare, TessaAny Duchess Will Do Spindle Cove 4Yay!Favorite series!
Dare, TessaDo You Want to Start a Scandal Spindle Cove 5Yay!Favorite series!
Dare, TessaOne Dance with a Duke Stud Club 1Yay!
Dare, TessaTwice Tempted by a Rogue Stud Club 2Yay!I liked this one!
Dare, TessaThree Nights with a Scoundrel Stud Club 3Yay!
Dare, TessaSurrender of a Siren The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy 2Meh.pirates!Not as exciting as Dare's other stuff
Duran, MeredithThat Scandalous Summer Rules for the Reckless1Yay!
Duran, MeredithFool Me Twice Rules for the Reckless2SUPER YAY!I love the ones where the men are raging and angsty and the women go, "calm down, dude. You smell like feet."
Elliott, CaraTo Sin With a ScoundrelCircle of Sin1Yay!
Elliott, CaraTo Surrender To A RogueCircle of Sin2Yay!
Elliott, CaraTo Tempt a RakeCircle of Sin3Yay!
Elliott, CaraScandalously Yours Hellions of High Street1Meh.
Elliott, CaraSinfully YoursHellions of High Street2Meh.
Elliott, CaraPassionately YoursHellions of High Street3Meh.
Elliott, CaraToo Wicked to WedLords of Midnight1Yay!
Elliott, CaraToo Tempting to ResistLords of Midnight2Yay!
Elliott, CaraToo Dangerous to DesireLords of Midnight3Yay!
Enoch, SuzanneA Beginner's Guide to Rakes Scandalous Brides1Yay!
Enoch, SuzanneTaming an Impossible Rogue Scandalous Brides2Yay!
Enoch, SuzanneRules to Catch a Devilish Duke Scandalous Brides3Yay!
Enoch, SuzanneThe Handbook to Handling His Lordship Scandalous Brides4Yay!
Enoch, SuzanneThe Devil Wears Kilts Scandalous Highlanders1Yay!Highlanders!
Enoch, SuzanneRogue with a Brogue Scandalous Highlanders2Yay!Highlanders!
Enoch, SuzanneMad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid Scandalous Highlanders3Yay!Highlanders!Least favorite. I hate it when the woman has to browbeat the man into liking her.
Enoch, SuzanneSome Like It Scot Scandalous Highlanders4Yay!Highlanders! Breeches partOmg I love Bear.
Galen, ShanaWhen You Give a Duke a Diamond Jewels of the Ton1Yuck.
Haymore, JenniferA Touch of Scandal James Family2Meh.Omg, the woman in this is such a hussy
Heath, LorraineFalling into Bed with a DukeThe Hellions of Havisham1Good.
Heath, LorraineThe Earl Takes All The Hellions of Havisham2Yay!Twins!
Hill, SandraThe Outlaw Viking Viking I2Yuck.vikings, time travel
Hoyt, ElizabethTo Taste Temptation Legend of the Four Soldiers 1Yay!
Hoyt, ElizabethTo Seduce a Sinner Legend of the Four Soldiers 2Yay!
Hoyt, ElizabethTo Beguile a Beast Legend of the Four Soldiers 3Yay!
Hoyt, ElizabethTo Desire a Devil Legend of the Four Soldiers 4Yay!
Hoyt, ElizabethWicked Intentions Maiden Lane 1Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethNotorious Pleasures Maiden Lane 2Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethScandalous Desires Maiden Lane 3Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethThief of Shadows Maiden Lane 4Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethLord of Darkness Maiden Lane 5Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethDuke of Midnight Maiden Lane 6Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethDarling Beast Maiden Lane 7Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethDearest Rogue Maiden Lane 8Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethSweetest Scoundrel Maiden Lane 9Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethDuke of Sin Maiden Lane 10Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethOnce Upon a Moonlit Night Maiden Lane 10.5Yay!regency vigilante!
Hoyt, ElizabethDuke of Pleasure Maiden Lane 11Yay!regency vigilante!
Hunter, JillianForbidden to Love the Duke The Fenwick Sisters Affairs1Yuck.
Hunter, MadelineHis Wicked ReputationWicked Trilogy1Yay!
Hunter, MadelineTall, Dark and Wicked Wicked Trilogy2SUPER YAY!lawyerfavorite of this series.
Hunter, MadelineThe Wicked Duke Wicked Trilogy3Yay!
James, EloisaAn Affair Before Christmas Desperate Duchesses2Meh.
James, EloisaDuchess By Night Desperate Duchesses3Meh.
James, EloisaWhen the Duke Returns Desperate Duchesses4Meh.
James, EloisaFour Nights With the Duke Desperate Duchesses8Meh.
James, EloisaDuchess in Love Duchess Quartet1Meh.
James, EloisaA Kiss at Midnight Fairy Tales1Meh.
James, EloisaWhen Beauty Tamed the Beast Fairy Tales2Yay!doctorI love growly surly type guys.
James, EloisaThe Duke Is Mine Fairy Tales3Meh.
James, EloisaThe Ugly Duchess Fairy Tales4Meh.
James, EloisaOnce Upon a Tower Fairy Tales5Meh.
James, EloisaEnchanting Pleasures Pleasures3Meh.
James, EloisaMy American DuchessMeh.
Jordan, SophieA Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin The Debutante Files1Meh.
Kleypas, LisaTempt Me at Twilight The Hathaways3Yay!
Kleypas, LisaLove in the AfternoonThe Hathaways5Yay!
Kleypas, LisaMarrying WinterborneThe Ravenels2SUPER YAY!Growly department store owner. It's so cute!
Kleypas, LisaCold Hearted RakeThe Ravenels1Yay!
Ladd, Sarah E.The Headmistress of Rosemere Whispers on the Moors2Yuck.
Laurens, StephanieLoving Rose: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair Casebook of Barnaby Adair3Yuck.Ugh Laurens books seem too long and too serious for me. But I may try again when I get to the Letter L in audiobooks.
Leigh, Eva Forever Your Earl The Wicked Quills of London1Yay!
Leigh, Eva Temptations of a Wallflower The Wicked Quills of London3Yay!
Maclean, SarahNine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake Love By Numbers 1SUPER YAY!
Maclean, SarahEleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart Love By Numbers 3Yay!
Maclean, SarahThe Rogue Not Taken Scandal & Scoundrel 1Yay!
Maclean, SarahA Scot in the Dark Scandal & Scoundrel 2Yay!
Maclean, SarahA Rogue by Any Other Name The Rules of Scoundrels 1Yay!
Maclean, SarahOne Good Earl Deserves a Lover The Rules of Scoundrels 2SUPER YAY!Favoritest!
Maclean, SarahNo Good Duke Goes Unpunished The Rules of Scoundrels 3Yay!
Maclean, SarahNever Judge a Lady by Her Cover The Rules of Scoundrels 4Yay!Breeches part
MacKenzie, SallyBedding Lord Ned Duchess of Love1Meh.
MacKenzie, SallySurprising Lord Jack Duchess of Love2Meh.
MacKenzie, SallyWhat to Do with a Duke Spinster House1Meh.
Maxwell, CathyThe Devil's Heart The Chattan Curse3YuckSome sort of magic nonsense
Maxwell, CathyA Little Thing Called LoveMeh.
Noble, KateThe Game and the GovernessWinner Takes All1YuckThe dude's a tool.
Putney, Mary JoLoving a Lost Lord Lost Lords 1Yay!
Putney, Mary JoThe Bargain Regency 1Yay!
Sands, LynsayDevil of the Highlands Devil of the Highlands1SUPER YAY!Highlanders!
Sands, LynsayTaming the Highland Bride Devil of the Highlands2SUPER YAY!Highlanders!
Sands, LynsayThe Hellion and the Highlander Devil of the Highlands3SUPER YAY!Highlanders!
Sands, LynsayAn English Bride In Scotland Highlanders1Yay!Highlanders!
Sands, LynsayTo Marry a Scottish Laird Highlanders2Yay!Highlanders!
Sands, LynsayThe Heiress Madison Sisters2Yay!
Sands, LynsayThe Husband Hunt Madison Sisters3Yay!
Sands, LynsayThe Countess Madison Sisters 1Yay!
Sands, LynsaySweet RevengeYay!Highlanders!
Sands, LynsayThe SwitchYay!Twins!
Sands, LynsayAlwaysYay!Highlanders!
Sinclair, MicheleA Woman Made for Pleasure Promises Trilogy1Meh.
Sinclair, MicheleThe Highlander's Bride The McTiernays1Meh.Highlanders!
Styles, MichelleThe Lady SoldierYay!Breeches part

Paranormal Romance

authortitleSeries#RatingOther thingsComments
Alexander, CassieNightshiftedEdie Spence1Yay!werewolves, vampires, etcShe's a nurse in a paranormal hospital
Alexander, CassieMoonshiftedEdie Spence2Yay!werewolves, vampires, etcShe's a nurse in a paranormal hospital
Andrews, IlonaBurn for Me Hidden Legacy1SUPER YAY!kickass heroine, more paranormal than romance-ishI'm excited for more books of this series
Andrews, IlonaMagic Bites Kate Daniels1Yay!kickass heroine, more paranormal than romance-ish
Andrews, IlonaOn The EdgeThe Edge1Yay!kickass heroine, more paranormal than romance-ishVery interesting premise. The world between magical and nonmagical worlds
Andrews, IlonaBayou Moon The Edge2Yay!kickass heroine, shifter, more paranormal than romance-ishAw William! What a nice guy!
Ashley, JenniferBodyguard Shifters Unbound2.5Yay!Shifters, werebears
Ashley, JenniferHard Mated Shifters Unbound3.5Yay!Shifters
Ashley, JenniferMate Claimed Shifters Unbound4Yay!Shifters
Ashley, JenniferPerfect Mate Shifters Unbound4.5Yay!Shifters, werebears
Ashley, JenniferLone Wolf Shifters Unbound4.6Yay!Shifters
Ashley, JenniferTiger Magic Shifters Unbound5SUPER YAY!ShiftersTIGER + MAGIC = TIGER MAGIC!
Ashley, JenniferBear Attraction Shifters Unbound6.5Yay!Shifters, werebears
Ashley, JenniferWhite Tiger Shifters Unbound8Yay!Shifters
Banks, MayaGolden Eyes Wild Series1Yuck.Shifters
Barrett, JoHighlander's Challenge Challenge1Meh.Highlanders! Time Travel!I might read the rest of these.
Brady, KiraHearts of Darkness Deadglass1Meh.ShiftersKinda long winded. Lots of Shifters politics.
Brady, KiraHearts of Chaos Deadglass3Meh.ShiftersKinda long winded. Lots of Shifters politics.
Cabot, MegInsatiable Insatiable1Meh.vampiresIt was funny, but it was a little cutesy for a paranormal romance. In the end, I didn't want to look for the others in the series. I think she usually writes ChickLit, so it's a step out of the box for the author.
Camp, CandaceEnrapturedSecrets of the Loch3Meh.regency with a side of magicCouldn't finish it. Regency woman was surprised to find that archeologists don't take her seriously! The horror!
Carlyle, LizThe Bride Wore Scarlet Fraternitas Aureae Crucis2Good.regency with a side of psychic abilitiesMagic politics
Carlyle, LizThe Bride Wore Pearls Fraternitas Aureae Crucis3Good.regency with a side of psychic abilitiesMagic politics
Carlyle, LizThree Little SecretsMacLauchlan Family4SUPER YAY!regency with a side of psychic abilitiesI liked this one the best. The Fraternitas series is a continuation of this series. But I got less and less interested in the other series.
Carriger, GailHeartless Parasol Protectorate4Yay!steampunk victorian paranormal, vampires and werewolves oh my!This one made me LOL. Very cute series! I want to read more, but I first have to track down the first of the series.
Cassidy, DakotaThe Accidental Dragon Accidentals9Good.dragons, vampires, werewolves, etcFun. Cute.
Cole, KresleyThe Warlord Wants Forever Immortals After Dark 1Meh.vampires, valkeriesThis one was just a little bit too silly, but it was short and on audiobook so I finished it.
Dark, DannikaSeven Years Seven1SUPER YAY!ShiftersSeven guys live in a house together…. It must smell like feet.
Dark, DannikaSix Months Seven2SUPER YAY!ShiftersAw! Reno!
Dark, DannikaFive Weeks Seven3Yay!Shifters
Dark, DannikaFour Days Seven4Yay!Shifters
Dark, DannikaTwo Minutes Seven6Yay!Shifters
Dark, DannikaOne Second Seven7Yay!Shifters
Feehan, ChristineDark Prince Dark1Meh.Vampires
Feehan, ChristineWater Bound Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart1Yay!psychic, elemental abilitiesWhy are all these Russian supersoldiers coming to one small town in CA to shack up with ladies? I don't know but I still kinda like it.
Feehan, ChristineSpirit Bound Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart2Yay!psychic, elemental abilities
Hill, SandraThe Outlaw Viking Viking I2Yuck.vikings, time travel
Maxwell, CathyThe Devil's Heart The Chattan Curse3YuckSome sort of magic nonsense
Putney, Mary JoA Distant MagicGaurdians2Yuckpsychic, elemental abilitiesFar too much telepathy going on here.
Sands, LynsayA Quick Bite Argeneau 1Meh.Vampires

Modern / Non-Magical Romance

authortitleSeries#RatingOther thingsComments
Ashley, KristenBreathe Colorado Mountain4Yuck.Cop, small town
Barton, BeverlyDead By Midnight Griffin Powell 11Meh.MURDER.
Bernard, JenniferHow to Tame a Wild Fireman The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel4Good.Firemen, Small Town
Bond, StephanieBaby, Drive South Southern Roads1Meh.The South, Construction, Ex-Military
Bond, StephanieBaby, Come Home Southern Roads2Meh.The South, Construction, Ex-Military
Bond, StephanieBaby, Don't Go Southern Roads3Meh.The South, Construction, Ex-Military
Brockmann, SuzanneOver the Edge Troubleshooters3Meh.Marines, MURDER
Brockmann, SuzanneBody LanguageMeh.