I’ve always been a massive fan of reading. I can remember the very moment I got hooked into the world of reading – I was eight years old and my teacher began reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis to the class every day for fifteen minutes before the bell to go home went off.
He encouraged us to go home, get our own copy of the book and to read ahead (but not to spoil it for anyone else!). Of course, I devoured the entire series at an entirely unhealthy rate but it unlocked the door to the world of storytelling and now, at twenty-three years old I’d still much prefer to stay home, in bed with a book than out drinking or partying #antisocial.
2016 wasn’t a big year for me, book-wise. I didn’t really read, other than for a class, until around August. This was when I got sucked into rereading Harry Potter. From there I found the new love of my life, Goodreads, and I’ve found so many amazing books and series that I’ve fallen in love with. So, in no actual order, here are my favourite reads of 2016.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Okay, let’s clear this up now -yes, I am 23 and reading books aimed at teenagers. Sue me. Illuminae is a weird but awesome mix of sci-fi, YA and this kind of graphic novel thing that just makes the storytelling so damn good. It’s basically the story of two teenagers who recently broke up and now live on two separate rescue spacecraft. They not only fall in love again but fight off this crazy AI called AIDAN to save their own lives. Told in logs, official documents, emails, messages and retelling of video footage, this is a seriously good book for those of you, like myself, who aren’t big into sci-fi.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Okay, so technically I should have put Illuminae and Gemina together since they are one series but oh my God, these books. Look, I don’t want to spoil Gemina because honestly, the plot twist is the best part. You need to read Illuminae and Gemina. Do it.
Fantastic Beasts by JK Rowling. Technically a screenplay, not a book but I loved it anyway. I read it before I saw the movie and I fell in love with Newt straight away. What a precious little bean. Definitely a must read if you’re a fan of the Harry Potter Universe.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I’d been recommended this book too many times to ignore, so I finally made myself read it. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this book, though. For those of you unfamiliar with All The Bright Places, it’s about to teens, Violet and Finch, who both suffer mental health issues and I am a psych student. I know more than the normal person about mental health and I love that this book doesn’t glorify mental health but shows it realistically but at the same time, it annoyed me to see the characters become their symptoms and not have any other defining personality traits. Definitely still a good read (even if I did spoil the ending for myself by googling the book, oops!)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. If you’ve ever been part of a fandom, any fandom, you need to read this book. It’s based on a girl named Cath, who writes fanfiction about Simon Snow (the fictional version of Harry Potter). You follow her through her entry into college, the breakdown of the relationship with her twin sister as the change paths and falling in love with her roommate’s boyfriend. Everything about this book seemed so natural to me – as though it were happening to a friend and I was kind of just listening in to the story. And I freaking loved that.
Honestly, I could probably come up with another million books I’ve loved over 2016 but I wouldn’t be able to do them all justice. Now, I’m looking forward to getting started on my Goodreads 2017 goal of 56 books. Are you on Goodreads? What’s your book goal for 2017? And while you’re in the comments, let me know what your fave read of 2016 was!
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