Top 10 Books of 2016 – aka I love lists!
Last year (2016), I fell just short of my reading goal, but I still read some amazing books. So without further ado, here are my top 10 books of 2016.
Truly Madly Guilty
I’ve enjoyed Liane Moriarty’s other books, and she’s definitely a hot author right now. I liked this book, but it wasn’t with the same enjoyment as her other two books. Most of my reader friends’ felt the same way. Good, but not great – especially comparatively.
I’m obsessed with Aziz Ansari! I love him on Parks and Rec, I’ve watched most of his stand-ups, and his Netflix show, Master of None, is hilarious. So I had to read his book when it came out last year. I was surprised how much I liked it. It’s a quick and easy read.
The book and his Netflix stand-up special cover a lot of the same topics – modern dating – especially as it relates to dating websites and apps, and using technology in our romantic world – texting, skyping, etc. As someone in their 20s and someone who has dated long distance using modern technology, I connected with what he wrote about. Definitely worth reading!
This is the last of the Rising Red trilogy. This trilogy is one of the more sci-fi heavy reads for me. I love the story and plot of Pierce Brown’s series. It has an Old World feel with the Roman overtones – set in a New World stage with a space setting.
The series as a whole is based breaking free from a caste system, and Brown does a great job wrapping up this series’ plotlines.
Ready Player One
This book was so fun! Lots of ‘80s references with a very strong video game presence. It’s set in a futuristic world with a heavy virtual reality plot line. Now that there are VR systems coming out, it doesn’t feel like it’s that far away.
If the ‘80s aren’t really your thing and nerd humor doesn’t make you laugh, you probably won’t enjoy this book, but it still has some interesting lessons about living with technology and connecting to the world around you.
This book has been out for a long time and is the second book from the Freakonomics duo. And I actually have never read the first Freakonomics book.
I needed a break from fiction, so a coworker gave me her copy of this to read. I started it late at night and ended up reading way longer than I intended. It’s an enjoyable read, and I’m obsessed with knowing random facts, so this is right up my alley.
Year of Yes
The Year of Yes was the last book club pick of the Socialite Suite – a attraction marketing business group for Direct Sellers. Honestly, I wouldn’t have read this book otherwise, but I really enjoyed it.
I’ve been watching Shonda Rhimes’ shows since Grey’s Anatomy started, and while I love her voice there, I wasn’t sure how that would translate into a “self-help” book. Let me tell you, it does!
She’s very empowering. And as I am woman, I feel like it’s written towards a women’s experience, but a man might feel differently. Either way, if you’re thinking about changing something in your life, or just feel like something is not quite right, I would recommend this. So worth it.
As you may have noticed reading through my site, I have a big obsession with series. Like I choose books just because they are a series. I have read Karin Slaughter before, but I never finished the series. In 2016, I decided to read through the whole Grant County series.
Slaughter’s last name is perfect for the type of murder mysteries she writes. They are be gruesome and hard to read at times. And I definitely don’t recommend them if you’re sensitive to violence –especially sexual assault.
However, if you don’t have sensitivities to those topics, I highly recommend this series. I put Blindsighted down, but really I mean the series as a whole.
This is just a fun read! It’s the first book of small series from one of my favorite authors, Ilona Andrews. Again with the series – I know, I know. There are now three books out within the Innkeeper Chronicles, but the first is my favorite.
It’s an urban fantasy novella, and the authors actually wrote the series via the website and publish there chapter by chapter. Now I’ve read this way back in my fanfiction days, but I much prefer reading a book from start to finish now, so I waited to start Clean Sweep until it had been officially published.
The main character is a strong and independently lady with some serious kickass powers and fun sidekicks. It’s a quick and easy read – I read it the first time on an airplane ride by to Phoenix.
So we have another Karin Slaughter book that made the list in 2016. This book has been compared, understandably, to Gillian Flynn’s work. It has that some creeper mystery/thriller feel to it.
Just like with the Grant County series, you’ll need to feel comfortable reading about violence and abuse, but it’s an amazingly well-written book with some great plot twists in there.
It’s definitely a book that I’ll come back to in the future and read again.
Rainbow Rowell had me with the first book I read of hers’ Eleanor & Park. But honestly, she has better ones. I put Carry On, as my number one book, because the whole story behind it has a lot of meaning to me. Other books on my list have better plot lines and themes and appeal to a greater audience, but Carry On was it for me.
To understand this book, you need to have read Fangirl. Carry On is the fan fiction that the main character, Cath, is writing in Fangirl. I was a reader of fan fiction throughout most of my high school years, and a little bit into college, so I got Cath. I understand loving characters so much that you don’t want the story to end when the book ends.
So Carry On has an emotional tie for me, but it really is a great book. Rowell is a great writer. She’s funny and pulls you into the storyline even if doesn’t feel like it’ll connect with you.