Five Favorite Novels From 2016

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source: Moyan Brenn

I read a quite a lot of forgettable novels in 2016.

They consisted mostly of mysteries, thrillers and spy novels. These books tend to have both interchangeable titles and plot lines. However, I do find them gripping, which is what I usually look for in a book.

Somewhere in the mix, though, I did manage to read a couple of exceptional books this year. These books contained standout plots, memorable characters and interesting dialogue. A few even had an important message to deliver.

Here is a list of my favorite books of the year.

the_girl_with_all_the_giftsThe Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

 

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“Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”

 

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They both looked at Ruth, and she managed a small, uncomfortable smile. She did not know whether to agree that he would get fat, which would imply an unwifely lack of admiration, or agree that he lived on his nerves, which would indicate that she was not protecting him from stress.

 

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I had rescued the moment by using my camera and in that way had found how to stop time and hold it. No one could take that image away from me because I owned it.

 

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jody Picoult
You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.

As you can see, my list is quite short. However, each book on it is five stars in my mind.

If you’ve read any of these novels please send me a comment with your thoughts on it. I’m always happy to hear someone else’s opinion.

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