It's that time of year again! I have, for maybe the first time in my adult life, all of my Christmas shopping done before the actual holiday. This never happens. It's usually the day before and I'm still scrambling.
Because it's also the end of the year, I wanted to make a list of books I read this year that I would highly recommend. (I didn't read as much as I wanted to this year, unfortunately, but what I did read I typically really enjoyed.)
And, if you're like me (and how I usually am this time of year and don't have all my shopping done in advance) and still need a holiday gift, you can't go wrong with a book or two.
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
I think I read all five books in this series in about four weeks. If you like mystery and you like magic, then this is the series for you.
Temporarily Significant (Author's Website)
Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
I'm only eight years out of high school, but I remember some of the stress of apply for colleges, hoping to get in, and taking an absurd amount of classes senior year in order to make the top ten in my class (I was tenth out of ninety-six). This takes all of my senior year stress and multiplies it by a factor of fifty. There were times I wanted to throw this across the room - mostly because Reshma does not do what you expect her to do - and it's great. The whole novel is brilliant, and I highly recommend it.
Blotter Paper (Author's Website)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I basically inhaled the first two books in this series. It's magic, it's mayhem, it's a little dark (sometimes I like my magic a little dark). And it's a very, very good read. There were times I wanted to, again, throw the book across the room, but that also usually means I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
Victoria (V.E.) Schwab
Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked by S.J. Goslee
Half the time I didn't know whether to thump Mike upside the head or give him a hug. I laughed, I wanted to cry, I cried, and then I laughed some more. And it was another book that didn't go where I expected it to.
This Is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
This is one of those books where, when you finish it, you'll shut it softly, put it down gently, and take a deep, deep breath.
Peter Brown Hoffmeister
Life Before by Michele Bacon
I read it start to finish in five hours. I was incapable of putting it down. I had to know what happened next, and if a book does that to you, you know it's a good one.
Those were my top six reads (in no particular order) of 2016. I recommend them all, especially the ones that made me cry or I couldn't put down. I don't think you'll go wrong with any of them.
For anyone who's curious, my To Be Read Pile going into 2017 is Six of Crows, Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies, Dessert First, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and Memory & Dream. And that's just the start.
From my family to yours, may you have a joyful holiday season filled with love, hope, and kindness.
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