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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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?