It felt like just yesterday I was trying to figure out what I wanted my first book of 2016 to be, and now it’s the end of the year?!
I don’t know why time feels like it has to go so quickly.
Well, while I muse about time, let’s talk about my favorite books of the year. As I only read about ten or so books that actually came out in 2016, I’ll be choosing from the fifty seven books I read this year.
** Nine of these books have reviews, which I’ll link up to the title, if you wish to read more about my thoughts (and why I love them!).**
I couldn’t give this book justice in my review, and I still can’t. Gems like this are the reason I’m apart of the Classics Club.
Vonnegut gave us a new way at looking at PTSD, and I plan on re-reading this book after my Classics challenge is done.
After a few YA books that got me super pissed off, I was so happy to pick up this breath of fresh air. I enjoyed An Ember in the Night but felt Tahir was still shackled to the tropes of the genre.
A Torch Against the Night is the beginning of throwing those tropes aside and I’m so happy. I think Tahir has something really special here if she keeps going on this path with book three.
I would classify this book as the ‘fan favorite’ of the year. This was my first book of 2016 and I had so much fun reading it. A great way to start off the year.
I understand the flaws, but I still love Ready Player One. If you love adventure, games, and the ‘80s, then I think you’ll have a fun time too!
7 Boxers & Saints – Gene Luen Yang
Sadly, I was unable to review this graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion in China. The novel is classified as historical fiction, but I think historical fantasy is a better description.
Each side of the rebellion is represented: those who defended the Chinese culture/religion, and those who embrace the new religion of the West.
I applaud Yang for given both sides of the rebellion humanity, for it would have been easy to paint everyone who opposed the rebellion as the villains.
I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, and the way this book wrecked my heart is probably the reason why. These stories were real and hard to turn away from.
This is one book I suggest everyone read. There’s many false narratives out there about rape victims and what they ‘should have’ done. Missoula dispels these myths, and the quicker society catches on the better.
I’ve been getting into historical fiction over the past couple of years, so this book caught my interest. Whitehead really got me excited when I found out the artistic changes he made.
Whitehead made really smart choices, and along with the beautiful writing I can see why Underground Railroad won the NBA for Fiction.
I know many won’t agree with this choice, but I wish I could explain my love for this book better.
This dark tale really spoke to me, and I just keep thinking about the book. I got the second book for Christmas, and I really hope it lives up to the hype I built up in my own head.
This book was my jam. Half multiple universes jumping amazingness, half love story that crosses dimensions. If you love Sci-fi, then I highly recommend putting Dark Matter high on your TBR list.
I don’t like math, but this book made a believer out of me. In the first few pages I was so afraid that I was not going to get into The Martian due to the heavy science and math lingo.
Thankfully, the writing and the character of Mark pulled me in, and I desperately wanted to see Mark survive harsh Mars.
I’m still trying to recover from the heartache this book caused me. Every time I see the preview for the movie I start crying again.
“I wish I could give you a hundred years…” NOOOOO! (Gets me every time)
But A Monster Calls isn’t just great on a personal level. The story’s message is one that’s important for both kids and adults to learn.
The Saga Series (Vol. 1-4)
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury