Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

I am an avid reader.  To date, I have read 52 books this year.  The following books are my favorite that I have read so far.  These books are not in any order and have not all been published this year, but I have read them this year.  I did not give all of these books 5/5 stars, but they still impact me today regardless of my rating.

The Martian by: Andy Weir

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The Martian is about an astronaut Mark Watney who gets left behind by his crew on Mars and the challenges he has to face to make it back to Earth.  Very funny!

The Crown’s Game by: Evelyn Skye

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The Crown’s Game is about two enchanters in Russia.  Only one of them can be the royal enchanter.  The Crown’s Game is to test their abilities.  Only one can survive, will it be Vika or Nikolai.  But is the survivor the winner?

Dumplin’ by: Julie Murphy

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Dumplin’ tells the story of Willowdean Dickson, over-sized daughter of the woman who runs the local pageant.  Will has always made fun of the pageant, but his year she decides to take part in it.  Great book about feelings comfortable in your own body and finding the beauty in everyone.

A Darker Shade of Magic by: V.E. Schwab

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Kell can travel between the Londons.  He is an Anatari, and one of the last ones.  Only Anatari can travel between the cities, but one day Delilah forces him to take her with him.  Can the two of them save the cities from corruption, or will the remaining three Londons become like Black London?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by: Stieg Larsson

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This was the first book I read that wasn’t originally written in English.  More of a mature book, but a great mystery.  What originally starts out as a corrupted business owner turns out to be much more.  Thankfully for the side of good, Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are on the case.

Red Rising Trilogy by: Pierce Brown

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This is a great science fiction trilogy.  This series follow Darrow a red who by his wife’s dying dream decides to challenge the rulers of his world, the Golds.  The best way for him to do this is to become a Gold.  More than just a science fiction series, lot of action and adventure, as well as political intrigue and a little romance.

Harry Potter Series by: J.K. Rowling

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I don’t believe this series need an explanation.  Although I have been a book lover almost all my life, I only read this series for the first time this year. (Gasp!)  If you don’t know, this series follows Harry Potter and his adventures in the wizard world.

The Diary of a Young Girl by: Anne Frank

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This is a very important historical read.  Anne Frank is known world-wide.  Her diary of her experience the Holocaust can be hard to read, but it is very important keep reading.

I am Malala by: Malala Yousafzai

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Malala was shot by the Taliban when she was fifteen years old because she was on her way to school.  This is her autobiography.  She is still a huge figure in the fight to give all girls and women the right to an education.  Very moving, puts things into perspective when I feel like I have too much homework.

The Wrath and the Dawn Duology by: Renee Ahdieh

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Khalid is the caliph of Khorasan.  Everyday he takes a new bride only to kill her at sunrise.  Shahrzad volunteers to be his bride, but she doesn’t plan to die.  She plans to kill him to get revenge because he killed her best friend.  However, when the sun rises, they are both alive.  It is hard to kill someone when you love them.

 

Amazon Links:

The Martian      The Crown’s Game     Dumplin’      A Darker Shade of Magic      The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo     Red Rising     Golden Son     Morning Star     Harry Potter Series     The Diary of a Young Girl     I Am Malala    The Wrath and the Dawn     The Rose and the Dagger

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