Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Top Ten Books I Read in 2016

Oh, hello.  Nice to see you again.

Yes, I am aware of the current date, and that this post is extremely overdue.  But I always wanted to post it, if for no other reason that because I'm always getting book recommendation requests, and this will help me have a few just a couple of clicks away.  Plus I've missed you all!  So here's a post!

Here are the top ten books I read in 2016:

10. Cress by Marissa Meyer
Reason: Because this book is flat out FUN.  Compulsively readable, funny, action packed, and SO, SO MUCH FUN.

9. When by Victoria Laurie
Reason: My favorite surprise of the year.  A wonderfully suspenseful who-dun-it with an original paranormal twist.

8. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling
Reason: This gets its spot on nostalgia alone.  It was warm, enchanting, magical, and everything else I love about the Potter series.

7. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Reason: Conversational and encouraging, this book inspired me to be more bravely creative.

6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Reason: This story is completely original.  It is bizarre and elegant and touching - sort of like a refined Alice in Wonderland.

5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Reason: Maas is brazen and brutal.  Lots goes down here, and most of it very unexpected, but I was very happy with the surprising story arc.

4. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Reason: This book's encouragement to live bravely and furiously happily, not only in the face of your demons, but out of spite to your demons, came back to me time and time again after November's election, and helped me keep my chin up.

3. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Reason: While I struggled a little with some plot decisions in the rest of the series, this book was still a blast.  It's a political fantasy with a heroine I loved rooting for.

2. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
Reason: This book is a Moriarty book, so it's going to have a little bit of everything.  This particular story features a character with severe postpartum depression, and I read it when I was in the middle of severe postpartum depression.  It hit me smack where I needed to be hit, and had me sobbing with empathy.  I am so grateful for this book for personal reasons.  It came along at the precise moment I needed it, and I'll always love it for that.

1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Reason: This book is a masterful work of fiction.  Tragic and beautiful, featuring failure and hope simultaneously.  It was sometimes difficult to read, but I came away believing that good can come from strange back doors, and I still believe that.