2016 Book Awards

I have been seeing versions of this tag on YouTube (BOOKadoodles, Thoughts on Tomes) and it looked like a lot of fun, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads of 2016.

Best Stand-Alone

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

As I said in my wrap-up, this book is one of the most brilliant and outstanding pieces of literature I have ever read. Some very hard subject matters and topics are presented and discussed here in a very detached and uncomplicated way, allowing every reader to decide how they feel about everything themselves. I still don’t know how I feel about it, though, and I keep thinking about this book weeks after I’ve finished it.

Honorable mentionsIt Ends with Us by Colleen HooverThe Wonder by Emma Donoghue, The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

Favorite New Series Started

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

I read these back to back, and I loved everything about this series – the main characters, both as individuals, as well as a couple, friends and partners in crime; political intrigues, war games and strategies present in the story; the setting where the barbarians have conquered the intelligent people’s kingdom; and most importantly, the message that wits and cleverness is just as important, if not more important, than the physical ability to fight for what you believe in.

Honorable mentions: The Illuminae Files by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

The Most Bizarre Read

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Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

My most bizarre read of 2016 happens to be one of my favorites of the year (rated 5 out of 5 stars). The subject matter is hard and uncomfortable to read about, but you cannot help but feel empathy for the main characters and everything they are going through.

Best Thriller

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The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

This is a book about a woman who is forgotten the second she gets out of people’s sight, which makes her life very tricky and complicated, and dangerous to boot.

Best Relationship/Friendship

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

This book has it all – the best relationship, the best friendships, the best cast of characters. It covers such topics as PTSD, war, romance, relationships between lovers, friends, family. It is dark and gritty and beautiful.