Thursday, January 26, 2017

Favorite Books of 2016

I'm a little late to the party... but so what?

It's that time of year. For the past two months, everyone's been posting their "best of" lists and since I'm unoriginal and lazy, here I am, doing the same.

These books are listed in the order in which I read them.

  1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare—the long-awaited latest installment in Clare’s cash cow franchise was as joy-inducing as her previous works, and I honestly don’t care if it’s a shameless market grab, I will keep forking over my money for these books.
  2. Boy Meets Depression by Kevin Breel—a wonderful memoir of male depression, this book nearly moved me to tears on at least five occasions. Quite a feat for such a short book.
  3. The White Princess by Philippa Gregory—Gregory’s plot work, as always, is masterful, and while I am not a fan of the Tudors, I found this book that transitioned me into their time period to be immensely enjoyable, as many of Gregory’s works are. 

  1. The Hidden Oracle: Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan—especially after the disappointment of Magnus Chase, this fresh voice and story from Rick Riordan was a wonderful read. Apollo’s voice leapt off the page.
  2. Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstien—a non-fiction feminist work, this book was accessible and funny, and many of the facts and studies included are things I still quote. Interesting exploration of girlhood in the 21st century.
  3. The Amazing Spiderman: Learning to Crawl by Dan Slott—as one of my first forays into comic books, this was so enjoyable! I loved the characterization of Spiderman, and this somewhat different approach to the “origin story”.


  1. The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver—This apocalyptic ecominic disaster novel was one of the first “literary” fiction novels I ever read, and certainly the first one that actually kept me on-the-edge-of-my-seat. Whenever I closed this book, I genuinely wanted to get back into it.
  2. Phantoms of the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet, trans by Sian Reynolds—This book, originally written in French, is a memoir of a man who owns over 40,000 books! I’ll leave you with this quote: “As for the saying ‘a book lent is a book lost’, the solution is very simple: never lend a book, always give it away”.
  3. American Housewife by Helen Ellis—a great collection of witty short stories! I laughed often while reading this one.

Thank you all for checking out my list! What are some of your favorite books from 2016?


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