Like many others, I am 100% ready to leave the nightmare that was 2016 behind and begin afresh in 2017. Before we look forward to the new year, I would like to look back on one of the few good things 2016 offered: all the wonderful books I got to read. I loved many books this year, but here are 8 of the books that personally touched me the most.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: I will never love another crew as much as I love the six characters in this series. This epic conclusion brought more character development to the table, as well as more scenes between all of my favourite ships. Filled with all the things I love best: witty banter, impossible heists, lady friendships, and Kaz Brekker’s one liners. Full Review.
A Gathering Of Shadows by Victoria Schwab: Victoria Schwab has created the perfect character in Lila Bard, all debonair and arrogant swagger. This book continues to be wildly entertaining, with even more magic and action than previous. The middle part of AGOS did suffer from slow pacing, but the lead up to its climax more than made up for it. It’s also the one fantasy series that managed to hook my boyfriend in, now we’re both desperately waiting for ACOL. Full Review.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi: I’ll admit, I was disappointed by many of my preordered debuts of 2016. However, this fusion retelling of Hades/Persephone and Mahabharata more than made up for it. The writing is lush and evocative, it inspired me to make so many graphic fanart. Although I wish the story offered more meaningful interactions between its female characters, I still can’t wait for A Crown of Wishes. Full Review.
When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie Mclemore: I adore magical realism and fairy tales, but I had always felt a little excluded from their narrative. Therefore, I can’t thank Anna-Marie McLemore enough for writing this modern day fairy tale, dedicated to all the PoC and the LGBTQIA+ community. Her gorgeous writing gets under your skin and arrests all of your senses. This book is a treasure. Full Review & Graphic Fan Arts.
Morning Star by Pierce Brown: I have not read such a pitch-perfect conclusion since Monsters of Men. Pierce Brown outdoes himself with every single book, how is this possible? The stakes skyrockets in this book. There’s love and loss and war, and Darrow finally sheds his invincibility and reconnects to the people he’s meant to stand for. Many tears were shed. Many hairs were sacrificed in the reading of this book. Graphic Fan Art.
A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki: There are some stories you love because you appreciate that it’s a technical marvel. Then there are some stories you love because it whispers all of the secrets of your heart. For me, this book is both. It’s going to be one of my favourite books of all time, not just of this year. It features raw, everyday human struggles, from Nao’s bullying, to her father’s hopelessness, to her great uncle’s time as a soldier in World War II. Alongside are questions about time, identity, and choices. The book is at once a mystery, a drama, and a science fiction – told in numerous formats ranging from email exchanges to diary entries to news articles. It owns my heart completely. Full Review.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North: Claire North is a master at playing with very complex concepts and exploring them in thought-provoking ways. Harry August was born in the 1920s, and is cursed with reliving his life over and over again. He understands the world and it was and as it will become, but he can never be a part of it. Also features a magnetic rivalry, just read it! Full Review.
A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: This charming sci-fi novel has delighted me both my heart and my brain. It’s focused on a mixed-sapient crew traveling to a far-flung planet. It questions our concepts of gender, of species, of sexuality in startling and refreshing ways. The characters are all so endearing and I want to clutch them all to my chest and keep them safe. Full Review.
Have you read any of the above? Let me know what you think of them! What were your favourite books of 2016? Please link me to your post if you have written one ❤ I hope you all a happy new year!