January has to be one of my favourite months for blogging. I’ve found that I love recapping on the previous year, and January is the perfect time to recap on all the things we’re leaving behind in the previous year, while moving on with the new one! Today’s post is a recap on my Top 5 Books that I read in 2016.
Sister Agatha by Domhnall O’ Donaghue
One of my stranger reads this year, but definitely very entertaining. Sister Agatha is about a 119 year old nun who decides she wants to become the oldest person in the world, and sets out on a trek across the globe to make sure that happens. Dusting off her passport, she decides to leave Irish shores for the first time in her very long life, and using the few days remaining, plans to travel across three continents and meet the only four people whose birthday cakes boast more candles than hers. And then, one by one, she intends on killing them.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
We’re going back almost to the start of January 2016 now. This was one of the first books I read last year, and definitely left an impact. A Monster Calls is a powerful story about a boy who conjures a monster who tells him some stories to help him cope with losing his mother, who is dying of cancer. It has also just come out in theatres as a movie which I saw just last week, and is just as powerful as the book. A must read–but maybe have some tissues handy.
The Book of Shadows by E. R. Murray
The Book of Shadows is Book 2 in The Nine Lives Trilogy, and it along with the first book (The Book of Learning) were two of my favourite reads of the year. I think if I were to pick my favourite new author of 2016 it would be E.R. Murray. Not only did I read these two books by her, but I also read her debut YA novel Caramel Hearts, which is equally as brilliant and why I’ve grouped these three books into one entry ;).
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Two books that I read in 2016, again back at the start of the year. I’ve grouped these two books together as they were very different reads from what I normally pick up, and definitely helped me open my reading genre into fantasy books as well as my usual YA and science fiction default go-to’s. Two very different books, but equally as amazing on their own merits. If you love time travel and adventure, you’ll love Passenger, and if you love magic and mystery and I guess adventure, there too, you’ll love Truthwitch. I know I did, and if you missed it, you’ll notice I have both their sequels on my Most Anticipated Reads of 2017.
Those have been my favourite books that I read in 2016–are any of them on your list? What books did you enjoy most in 2016?
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