My Favorite 2016 Reads

With the close of the year coming fast, I have started thinking about all the great books that I have read in 2016. This year I was actually able to read quite a few books so I’ve decided to highlight ones that I truly enjoyed and ones that were actually published during 2016. And even this list is a bit long for discussing each of them in-depth. You may be thinking to yourself: “How does she keep track of all those titles?” One of my favorite ways to keep track of what I’ve been reading is by using my Goodreads account. Goodreads keeps track of what you are reading, what you have read, and what you want to read. It is also a great place to find book recommendations from not only your friends but the world-wide community.

As I was looking through my Goodreads list, the following titles stuck out to me:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon first caught my attention because of its great cover art. If you have an affinity to epic fantasy this book is for you! It is about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. This book is labeled juvenile fiction, however, because of the themes found within it, young adults and adults alike will enjoy this one. Another one you should consider if you enjoy fantasy fiction is Uprooted. The author, Naomi Novik, has created an original story featuring folklore, magic, and adventure.

The Serpent King may sound like a fantasy novel; however, it is actually a story about friendship and coming of age. It follows Dill, the son of a snake-handling preacher, who faces personal demons as he and two outcast friends try to make it through their final year of high school. The author quickly pulls you into the story and tells the narrative from each friend’s perspective. The Opposite of Everyone is similar to this story in the fact that it is character-driven. This story centers on Paula, whose carefully constructed life as a successful divorce lawyer starts to unravel as family secrets come to light.

Library staff members, as well as our customers, always seem to really enjoy Amish fiction novels. I was curious about why these books have such a powerful draw for people so I decided to start with A Son’s Vow. This book follows the story of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy. I listened to this one as an audiobook and really enjoyed the narrator. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is about a woman who travels from Sweden to small town Iowa to meet her pen pal, Amy. Once Sara arrives, she discovers that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Sara decides to finish her vacation and open a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory. I highly recommend this novel if you are looking for an engaging and heartwarming story about how books and reading can bring joy and healing.

As you probably noticed, my taste in books is somewhat varied. I like not always reading the same thing but at the same time I don’t go too far out of my comfort zone. Do you have a particular genre that you like better than others? Or are you like me in the fact that you need a variety of topics to keep your interest? Let us know in the comments below!