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
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.
2. A Monster Calls by 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.
3. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
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.
4. 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!
5. 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!
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!