My Six Favorite Books of 2016
(I read them in 2016; they were not necessarily published in 2016)
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The nature and causes of mental illnesses is explored in this unique, beautiful love story between two teenagers. Do not read in public if you have an ugly crying face!
The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman
A perfectionistic young woman stops trying to please everyone else and travels throughout Ireland, Australia, and South America. It was relevant to my life.
Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire by Lars Brownsworth
Yes, this is a non-fiction book about the Byzantine Empire. But if you are even slightly interested in history, this is SUCH an engrossing story.
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
A retelling of The Odyssey from Penelope’s perspective that is unreliable, clever, and socially scathing.
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik (review not up yet)
A Pride and Prejudice retelling starring a Muslim girl in England – it’s actually different enough from the source material to be worth reading!
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
A stand-alone fantasy novel that has intensely original worldbuilding and a slow burn of a romance that doesn’t supercede our heroine’s character development.
What were some of your favorite books that you read this year?