This year I got back into reading in a huge way, and I read over 200 books. The idea of doing a best of list was daunting, so I kept it short.
Best non-fiction: Tranny, by Laura Jane Grace.
What I loved most about this book are all the journal entries Laura shares, in which her writing ability just shines through. It made me look at her lyrics again and appreciate them in a new way. It’s such a fascinating life story, definitely a must-read.
Best fiction: Four-way tie – A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas; Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare; Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo; Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. It’s a huge improvement on the first one, I enjoyed it immensely and then that ending just made me laugh and laugh because it was so. freaking. good.
Lady Midnight is Cassandra Clare at her best. This novel is the first in the Dark Artifices series, and it is a part of the Shadowhunters world. Everything comes together beautifully in this book – the character development is fantastic, it’s extremely well plotted, and the ending does a great job of wrapping things up but still making us anxious and eager for the next book.
Crooked Kingdom is book two in the Six of Crows duology. This series’ strength comes from its amazing characters. It’s adventurous, it’s fun, and it’s so so good.
Gemina is book two in the Illuminae Files trilogy. It’s a fresh, inventive, emotional, action packed, twist filled rollercoaster ride. And I loved every minute of it.
Best book I’ve read in 2016 that didn’t come out this year: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.
This book took me by surprise. It’s very heavy emotionally, but also genuinely funny at times. It’s a hard balance to maintain, and it’s achieved effortlessly here. I would recommend it to absolutely everyone.
And that’s it. Narrowed down to the very best of the best.
Enjoy the holidays, and I’ll see you next year!