June 21: Top Ten Favourite 2016 Releases So Far This Year
I am notoriously bad at reading new releases (unless I have been anticipating them for months) and as a result I have only read one 2016 release so far – therefore, this list comprises that one novel and my favourite nine other reads this year. Interestingly, four of the ten books feature LGBT protagonists: #lovewins!
1. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
As the only 2016 release I’ve read so far, it had to go top of this list – saying that, it is my 2nd favourite read of the year to date! Set in a high school, told from multiple perspectives, it watches as a school shooting unfolds. I cried.
2. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
This is my absolute favourite read of the year: a monster of a thriller with the most intricately weaved web of terror I’ve ever read!
3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
A novel that made me shed a single tear, this is a love story with a difference. Lou and Will are both wonderfully developed characters, and their tale is beautiful.
4. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
This short story is intense and I flew through it – it is a ghost story with a difference, and I cannot reccommend it highly enough.
5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
A YA LGBT novel featuring some seriously cool characters: I love the romance and the mystery surrounding Simon’s love interest.
6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The only re-read on this list, Mockingjay is my least favourite book in The Hunger Games trilogy, but it has a satisfying enough conclusion that I still enjoy it.
7. George by Alex Gino
The only childrens/middle grade novel on the list, this story focuses on transgender child, George/Melissa, and her acceptance of who she is. It’s truly beautiful and heart-wrenching.
8. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
This short story was released for World Book Day 2016, and features the unlikely friendship of three very different individuals as they camp out for the Star Wars premiere.
9. Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters
This YA LGBT novel tells the story of a young lesbian falling in love with another girl: it tells her story of accepting herself and proclaims the true meaning of love.
10. Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell
The only non-fiction on this list, this is a compilation of the ridiculous and hilarious statements made by customers in bookshops. It really is an amusing little volume.
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