As 2016 is coming to a close (We can all agree it is about time) I thought I’d share with you my favourite books of the year.
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
“Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.”
The first book in Patrick Rothfuss’ high fantasy trilogy took me by surprise. I’d heard only praises for his works but the lenght of the novel intimidated me. I never expected to be so immersed in the story. His world – building is exquisite. So ditaled and vivid. I flew through 662 pages in no time.
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.”
I truly believe that this is one book everyone should read and would benefit from doing so. Regardless of your background: whether you are a healthcare proffesional/med/nursing student or a complete layman, Paul’s story will move you in one way or another.
The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) – Rick Riordan
“How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.”
I’ve been Rick Riordan’s fan for years. I’ve read everything he’s written and will be rereading his books until I’m 90. For me they are comparable to Harry Potter. Especially his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and companion series Heroes of Olympus. The Hidden Oracle combining the two brings back all the chracters I love. It’s nostalgic and ridiculously funny and I love it to pieces.
A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
“Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.”
It is book two in Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses. I fairly enjoyed the first book (A Court of Thorns and Roses) so I was excited to read the second installment. Let me tell you: I LOVED IT! In fact I read it twice and plan on rereading it once again (and again and again) in a very near future). It was so much better than the first one. It is a perfect comfort read. It just makes me feel good.
More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera
“In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?”
It was a roller coaster of emotions. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me angry but in the end left me very hopeful. I want to run around handing people copies of it and scream at them: READ IT! I wrote a full review having read only 52% of the story. You can read it here.
Vicious – V.E. Shwab
“Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?”
No list of favourites would be complete without Shwab’s Vicious. I picked it up on a whim thinking it was a standalone (IT IS NOT. I’M IN DENIAL THAT I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2018 FOR THE NEXT BOOK. Luckily there’s a prequel short story you can read for free ). I simply found a new favourite author. Her writing is so comforting. Story itself isn’t like anything I’ve read before. Ambiguous characters, revenge, anti-heroes and superpowers. What else would you want?
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
“Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living”
Definitely one of the most important books I’ve read in my entire life. The first ever book to make me cry (not because of Lou and Will’s love story). It shook me to the core. I’m terrified to reread it.
Have you read any of these? What are some of your favourite books of 2016?