December 27: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016
As of today, I’ve read 42 books in 2016. Not quite the 57 I managed in 2015, but the books I read I largely loved. I did read an overwhelming majority of YA, NA, middle-grade and children’s, hence this list is populated primarily by those genres. Maybe 2017 will bring a little more diversity to my reading?!
1. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Crime/Thriller)
This book was unbelievable, and quite certainly my favourite book of the year. The plot was expertly woven, despite its mammoth length. I cannot wait for Terry Hayes’ second novel (expected in 2017!)
2. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (YA Contemporary)
This was my favourite YA of the year; it was hard-hitting, thematically relevant, contained LGBT and POC characters, and it managed to make me cry!
3. George by Alex Gino (Middle-Grade Contemporary)
This is such an important book: featuring a transgender girl, it follows her acceptance of who she is and her immense confidence gain to be who she truly is.
4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (YA Contemporary/Fantasy)
Another marvellous book that made me cry, this is a beautifully heartbreaking story about battling your own demons.
5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Contemporary)
This book was so emotional and the characters felt incredibly real. The story was heart-wrenching and I cannot wait to read the sequel.
6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (YA Contemporary)
This novel was part of Zoella’s Book Club and I absolutely adored it. The main character was interesting and the plot twist was totally unexpected.
7. The 100 by Kass Morgan (YA Sci-Fi)
This series (both book and TV) was my surprise new love and addiction in 2016. I love the characters (especially Clarke) and the tense and thrilling plot. It’s simply magnificent.
8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (YA Contemporary)
A beautiful, surprisingly amusing tale, featuring a fabulous cast, this book made me laugh, and think about serious issues facing LGBT youth.
9. Unboxed by Non Pratt (YA Contemporary)
A surprise last minute entry into my top ten, this novel was unexpectedly wonderful. The characters were fabulously well developed and the plot was feel good (despite the depressing undertones) in all the best ways.
10. One by Sarah Crossan (YA Contemporary/Poetry)
Before I picked this book up, I didn’t know it was poetry. It’s not something I tend to gravitate towards, but this story was so beautiful and the characters felt so real.
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