This year was not brilliant when it came to reading, in fact, it started as underwhelming as it could’ve been with the Little Black Classics. But there were a lot of good ones, here are the best.
*Titles in blue have reviews.
*These are the things I read this year, they were not necessarily released in 2016.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara broke my heart repeatedly, it is nice to see some books can still do that. However, ti might be too much heartbreaking and pain for everyone to handle.
We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson was the epitome of what YA literature should be, while The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton gave me chills, and a need to delve more into magical realism.
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab was a great sequel to her first work, but most of what she publishes is great so I am not surprised. All the while, The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima demonstrated the perfect way to write YA fantasy that does not completely rely on tropes but still uses those it has in ways that make sense to the general story .
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and Un Lun Dun by China Miéville were also great demonstrations of the author’s capabilities within their respective genres, must have re-reads.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was her main work I had desired to read for the longest time, and it did not disappoint, while Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was worth the wait after reading most of her other works.
Poetry this year was not great, but two books did show promise, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire and Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest. Both not written in the typical style I am accustomed to reading my poetry, but worth the time for those that want to get into slam poetry or already love the works often published by Button Poetry.
Non-Fiction was something that also took a back seat this year, but the last month did revitalize my desire to read more within the genre, all due to Orientalism and Culture and Imperialism by Edward W. Said. Both books were simply incredible when it came to its respective topics, and were easy to brush on what an argument was and how to figure out how good one can be or not.
All in all, a good, average year.
Here is a list of those that almost made it:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Complete Poems by Christina Rossetti
And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.