My 10 favourites from the 160 books I read in 2016. It looks like I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and children’s / young adult books this year! I found a couple of new favourite authors – Margaret Atwood and Dianne Wynn Jones.
I don’t read many new releases because I buy a lot of second hand books. From all of these I think only one was released this year!
What were your favourites from this year? Comment or leave a link to your own blog post 🙂
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Everyone should read this balanced, insightful, and very sensible short essay on feminism. Please someone make it required reading in schools!
Jacaranda (The Clockwork Century #6) by Cherie Priest
One of my favourite authors, her Clockwork Century series is a brilliant steampunk zombie adventure. Each of the books focuses on a different character and has it’s own story arc .
Jacaranda is a shortish book about a cursed hotel, and a nun and a padre that arrive to investigate the rumours. It takes place 20 years after the main story arc and can easily be read on it’s own.
The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough
A short story about a family gathering in their childhood home as their father is dying from cancer. Very difficult subject matter but it’s handled sensitively and is beautifully written. Sarah Pinborough manages to keep the human side of the story the most important thing without being overly sentimental.
The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones
A ghost story told from the point of view of the ghost! The ghost is one of four sisters but she doesn’t remember which one she is, or how she came to be a ghost.
The characters in this book are brilliantly done, each of the sisters is unique and complex. It’s very well written and the story had me guessing right up to the end.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
A beautifully written atmospheric story about an introverted bookworm writing the biography of a famous writer. The story itself is nothing ground breaking but this is all about the way it’s told.
Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones
I love the film but only recently found out it was originally a book. There are a lot of differences between the book and the film, which I like because it means if you’ve seen the film it won’t ruin the story in the book for you!
MaddAddam Series by Margaret Atwood
A man made plague sweeps the world and wipes out most of humanity. This is by far my favourite of all the series I’ve read this year. Each book has a different main character, and with them Margaret Atwood jumps backwards and forwards on the timeline, slowly filling us in on the story behind the plague.
The world before the plague is a near future version of our time with more advanced tech and genetically engineered species. The rich live in compounds, walls and guards separating them from the poor ‘pleeblands’. Atwood creates a scarily familiar, rich and well constructed world, before pulling it all to pieces.
Flora Segunda (Flora Trilogy #1) by Ysabeau S. Wilce
A gem of a book filled with magic, odd characters, and a house that has a mind of it’s own. It’s a children’s book but it has far more intelligence than most adult books I’ve read. Should be far more popular than it is.
Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
I waited far too long to read this. It’s very, very good, much better than the films.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
I read this before Christmas and fell in love with Laini Taylor’s writing. A fantasy filled with magic, vengeful Angels, war, and Chimera.