My Top Reads of 2016

2016 wasn’t a particularly good reading year for me. Partly because I have been very busy in my new job, but I also experienced a bit of a reading slump for a couple of months.

I think, the pressure of running a blog got to me a bit. Before, I’d always read books just because I liked them, and if I read three books in one week, or one book in three months – it didn’t matter.

It shouldn’t matter now, really. But at one point I definitely felt like I HAD to read, and that somewhat took the enjoyment out of it.

However, I did read a good, mixed selection this year – and there’s five in particular which really stood out for me:

1. The Humans by Matt Haig

The Humans by Matt Haig

I loved everything about The Humans. It follows the story of an alien on earth. This alien, disguised as a human, is on a very important mission. However, despite being much more highly evolved, he finds himself hilarious failing at blending in.

The Humans is charming and witty, but it’s also intimate and emotional. There’s a deeper meaning about what it means to be human; what it means to be alive. If you find yourself loosing faith in humanity, this is the book to read.

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2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls is a beautiful book, and it’s just been released as a major film (I haven’t seen it yet, will update when I do). Reminiscent of a fairytale, yet as dark and enthralling as a horror,  A Monster Calls is truly something special.

It deals with loss, grief, sorrow, pain and guilt. But also with love, forgiveness and freedom. I read it in one full sitting, and I challenge anyone to read it and not be touched in some way.

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3. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants

There was a lot of hype for Sleeping Giants, and it was all deserved! As a Science Fiction fan-girl, I knew that I would enjoy Neuvel’s debut novel.

It has everything – action, mystery, robots, aliens – if you love Science Fiction you really will not be disappointed. And if you’re not into Sci Fi? You’ll still love it. It’s written in such a unique and refreshing way, had a brilliant plot, and includes political and war themes too.

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4. The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

I think this is my favourite book of the year. A debut by Beth Lewis, The Wolf Road is a book I struggle to do justice in my review.

It follows the story of a young girl finding her way in a apocalyptic world, after learning a truth she had kept hidden from herself for a long, long time.

Hands down – it’s brilliant. I read this in July and I still think about it all the time. If you do one thing this year, READ THIS BOOK!

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5. Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

I made my Mum and sister read this book immediately after I had finished it because I NEEDED to talk to people about it. I don’t want to give too much away, but Lie With Me is one of those that will leave you open-mouthed at the end.

Durrant is an excellent writing and makes reading so easy. This allowed me to completly immerse myself in the story. I’d recommend making this your next holiday read!

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So that’s mine, what were your favourite books that you read in 2016? What should I read in 2017 based on these choice? Comment below!


  1. I had never heard about Sleeping Giants or The Wolf Road but I am really intrigued, thanks for these recommendations 🙂

    One of my favourite reads for 2016 was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which is a non-fiction book in which the author investigates the life and death of Henrietta Lacks, who is the woman who “gave” the HeLa cell line to science (I’m using quotes here because she actually didn’t give her cells and didn’t even know they had been taken from her) and the development of this cell line from the 50’s until now. The book also focuses a lot on Henrietta Lacks’s family and ethical/ownership issues in science. It’s fascinating and beautiful.

    I also loved the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, an interesting exploration of female relationships, friendship and motherhood (and of plenty of other themes as well x)).

    • Louise Dickens Reply

      Thanks, I’ll have to check out The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – it sounds very interesting 🙂

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