2016 was a lean year for reading, but I did find quite a few good books to enjoy. So, in no particular order (and in a variety of genres), I present to you my top 10 favourite reads of 2016.
- The Widow by Fiona Barton—I might have had some issues with the book, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most memorable reads of the year. The emotions ran high, the mystery unfolded at a great pace, and frankly it was an important story everyone should read. The ending, however, sent shivers down my spine, and I wish there was more to read…
- Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan—Another crime thriller that was excellently written, which stayed with me, and had some great pacing to keep readers on the edge of their seats. This mystery wasn’t easy to figure out, but I did have my suspicions at times. It definitely earned its spot on my list.
- Final Cut by Jasper Bark—This one is far more nitty-gritty than the previous two entries, and folks who don’t have hair on their teeth should probably give it a miss, but Jasper Bark’s Final Cut is a memorable read—one you probably shouldn’t read with the lights off.
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas—The sequel to Maas’ bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses was a spectacular read (which isn’t usually the case when it comes to sequels) and I’ve already read it twice since its initial release in May! If you love fantasy, and you’ve not read it yet, you’re missing out on an awesome ride.
- Night Study by Maria V. Snyder—When I’m having a book hangover thanks to Maas, I turn to Snyder, and the 5th book in her Poison Study Series (or 2nd book in the Soulfinder trilogy) was yet another great read this year. Yelena is one of the best fantasy heroines in recent times.
- The Race by Joan de la Haye—This novelette packs a mighty punch, and is so left of the field I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it is. The story means something different to each person who reads it, some classify it as horror, I like to think of it as a grown-up Battle Royale. Definitely try to get your hands on it, because it is splendid!
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah—A bit of non-fiction for all those who like to live in the real world… Born a Crime is at times satirical and at others very emotional, as Noah tells us about growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa during the most tremulous days in South African history. A great book and a fantastic read, though the copy I bought (published by Pan Macmillan SA) was riddled with editorial mistakes.
- The Winter Box by Tim Waggoner—An evocative tale of a couple who are trapped in their home while a blizzard rages outside. It’s a fantastic novella that is not completely as it seems at first glance.
- David: The Unseen by Johnny Worthen—The final book in Worthen’s YA trilogy, and it is simply wonderful! I fell in love with this trilogy from the first page in the first book, and up to the last page of David: The Unseen, I was hooked. It’s a beautiful must-read if you have a soft spot for YA books.
- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan—This one wouldn’t have made my list had it not been for the non-binary character Riordan introduced. At times, the humour seemed forced (weird, considering I like Riordan’s humour), but I can’t deny I enjoyed the adventure, either.
And there you have it, my Top 10 Favourite Reads of 2016.
What made your list this year? Leave a comment and let me know.