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TTT: Best Books of 2016

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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!).**

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10 Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

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.

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9 A Torch Against The Night – Sabaa Tahir

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.

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8 Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

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!

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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.

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6 Missoula – Jon Krakauer

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.

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5 The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

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.

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4 The Magicians – Lev Grossman

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.

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3 Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

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.

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2 The Martian – Andy Weir

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.

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1 A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

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.

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Honorable Mentions:

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

The Saga Series (Vol. 1-4)

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury

 

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18 thoughts on “TTT: Best Books of 2016

  1. I’ve become curious about ‘A Monster Calls’ because of the film, and also, am interested in possibly reading a novel by Jennifer Niven. Looks like you had a nice year in books! Merry belated Christmas. 🙂

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  2. You’ve got so many great books on your list. A Monster Calls is amazing, I started crying just watching the movie trailer. Slaughterhouse Five, The Martian Chronicles, The Martian and Ready Player One are all books I love. Now I want to read your other suggestions. I have to admit I found Missoula a bit too disturbing and put it down halfway — I have two nieces who just started college, if that’s a decent excuse. I do think it’s an important read.

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  3. Great list! I also read A Monster Calls this year and absolutely loved it. An Ember in the Ashes was actually one of my favourites of the year, but somehow I haven’t got round to A Torch Against the Night yet, but now I’m even more excited to get to it 🙂
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