One more week, then this miserable year will be over. I think 2016 has been tough on many people and a fresh start is much needed. At least when it comes to books, however, my year wasn’t that bad. I discovered a new author that I will probably love forever, I finally read one of Brandon Sanderson’s gigantic Stormlight Archive books, I finished a few book series I was reading, and I learned (yet again) that not all YA fiction that is hyped and marketed to death actually ends up being bad.
Here are my top books of 2016
(in no particular order)
- Charlie Jane Anders – All the Birds in the Sky
- Catherynne M. Valente – The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home
- Dexter Palmer – Version Control
- Skottie Young – I hate Fairyland: Madly Ever After
- C.S.E. Cooney – Bone Swans
- Andy Weir – The Martian
- Becky Chambers – The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
- Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Illuminae
- Shirley Jackson – The Haunting of Hill House
- Benjamin Alire Sáenz – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
- Edith Pattou – East
- Terry Pratchett – The Shepherd’s Crown
It’s interesting that I read most of these books during the first half of the year. In summer, I took a break from reading and the second half of 2016 was pretty stressful so, again, I cut back on reading time. I’m also surprised that most of my favorite books of the year have either orange or blue-ish covers…
My happiest discovery of the year is easily C.S.E. Cooney. The woman is a genius with words and I have fall in love with her fiction hard.
Honorable author mentions must also include T. Kingfisher, Ursula Vernon’s pseudonym under which she writes retold fairy tales. I expected something cute and fluffy but was served a surprisingly dark, yet incredibly charming version of Bluebeard in her book The Seventh Bride.
I read a few series ending books, all of which managed to nail the ending to their story. Cat Valente’s Fairyland was the hardes to part with (to nobody’s surprise) but I also shed a tear or two when I closed The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. Plus many, many tears while reading Terry Pratchett’s The Shepherd’s Crown. None of these books was perfect on its own but as they each had the tough job of ending a beloved series, they did a phenomenal job. I left all of these series satisfied, although with a major book hangover.
2016 was an excellent year for new books and I am still very much behind on reading sequels to books I loved and other new publications. But I fully intend to use the last week of the year (incidentally a week off work, muahahaha) for catching up. If you want to help me prioritize, let me know the one book published in 2016 you think I should read!
Happy Holidays everyone!