December 27: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)
I’m going to make a list of the best books I read in 2016! I won’t take the publication date, genre… into account and I won’t include any re-reads! Still, this is going to be difficult. I struggled with a reading slump for months and the majority of the books were just average. There weren’t a lot of books I absolutely loved 😦 Yes, there were books I enjoyed while I read them, but don’t remember much about now. And I don’t think that’s a good sign, so I won’t talk about those.
You can have a look at all the books I read this year here!
For once, these are in a particular order! I won’t take my ratings into account much. Instead, I will make up this list based on feeling.
5. And I Darken by Kiersten White (review)
Though there were quite a few things I didn’t like about And I Darken, such as the stereotypical portrayal of a gay character and that it was quite boring at times, I want to include it on this list. I loved the setting and it wasn’t as trope-y as most YA fantasies (though this is actually a historical fiction retelling). The main reason why this is among my favourites of 2016, is because I want to read more books like it. And I Darken wasn’t perfect, but it certainly is going to influence my reading taste.
4. Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard (review)
Just like And I Darken, Girl Mans Up wasn’t perfect. I already had issues when it comes to the title. But, it was so important for me. Not only Pen’s story, but also Blake’s. This year, I accepted that I am bisexual (though actually pansexual, but I prefer to label myself as bi) and it meant so much to me to read positive bisexual representation, unlike some other books I have read this year (If I Was Your Girl and All the Feels) where we are portrayed as e.g. greedy cheaters.
Though I continue to buy contemporaries which I end up not enjoying, Girl Mans Up made me realise that I should not give up on the genre. I truly want to thank Girard for writing this book, especially for exposing straight white boys instead of making up excuses for their nasty behaviour 🙂
3. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
I started reading A Game of Thrones (review) in 2015, but only finished it this year. In the meantime, I have also read A Clash of Kings (review) and A Storm of Swords (review). On top of that, I’m currently reading A Feast for Crows, though I had to put it down for a while because I really wanted to achieve my 2016 reading challenge.
Anyway, I already was a huge fan of the TV show adaptation (though I also have a lot of issues with it), but as expected, the books are even better.
A Song of Ice and Fire got me over my fear of reading big books (though I still tend to pick up smaller ones instead) and I plan on reading more adult fantasies in the future.
2. We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (review)
I knew I was going to love We Should All be Feminists. I didn’t expect, however, to pretty much highlight the entire essay and agree with everything the author mentioned. I was already a feminist before reading this, so it hasn’t changed my life or anything, but it has made me realise that I should read non-fiction more often, and also read more from diverse authors. I already did an effort this year to read diverse books, but I have to pay more attention to own voices in 2017.
1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (review)
Salt to the Sea was hands down my favourite book. The only thing I didn’t like were Alfred’s chapters, but other than that, I loved this book. It was truly life-changing. I’m studying to become a history teacher and this has really changed the way I look at the past, and how it is told.
Which were your favourite books of 2016?