5 Favorite Books of 2016 (So Far)

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Book time guys! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted about what I’ve been reading, so I figured I’d do a quick round-up of my favorite books (so far) that I’ve read this year.

I’ll do this in book publish date order, since not all of these are new books.

Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline

Considering I’ve been hearing about this book for a few years now, I’m probably one of the last people to get to it. Every now and then it popped up in a book post or Facebook blast, but it just didn’t look like a book for me. But earlier this year, I spotted it on an end cap at Target and I just grabbed it. I still can’t explain that purchase, but I don’t regret it.

In the dystopian world of 2044, Wade Watts is only happy as many people are, plugged into the virtual reality of OASIS. But Wade isn’t just there for fun. He’s there to wade through a tangle of 80’s references to solve the creator of OASIS’s greatest puzzle, and snag the prize of wealth and power he can barely imagine.

An interesting and fun premise, a good overall read, and some serious nerd love.

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Me Before You: A Novel  by Jojo Moyes

I think I first heard about this book last year, but I didn’t really pay it any attention until I started seeing previews for the movie. I love Emilia Clarke and Sam Clafin, so I decided to give the book a go, to prepare myself for the movie.

Lou Clark, newly jobless, takes a companion position for a man who is wheelchair-bound. She isn’t expecting her charge to be the young once-active-and-vibrant-now-bitter-and-unhappy Will Traynor.

I knew what was coming guys, I really did. I knew the end was going to upset me, and I read it anyway. I read it anyway, and I have to say it was worth it. It was heart-breaking, but it was also sweet and poignant and really made me think about the value of  the autonomy of an individual.

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The Ghost Bride: A Novel by Yangsze Choo

Amazon Recommends occasionally come up with gold. I loved this book. Li Lan is being pressured into becoming a ghost bride – a woman married to a deceased man so he will have company in the afterlife – but her own desires and some creepy haunting from her would-be husband make her hesitant. When she ends up stuck in the shadow world of the afterlife, she has to uncover the truth about her would-be husbands death before she is trapped there forever.

The story, setting, and lore sucked me in from page one, and I didn’t want to put it down. It crosses so many genres from young adult to paranormal, from historical to fantasy. I loved this book so much that I recently foisted it onto a friend so I could talk to someone about it.

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Paul Kalanithi, a 36-year-old, was just about to complete his neurosurgery residency when he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. The book chronicles his time from being a rising surgeon, to a patient struggling for his life, to his far too soon death.

The story itself is understandably sad, and I’m not surprised or embarrassed to say I cried a few times while reading this memoir. I was surprised at how beautiful the writing was. It’s almost lyrical, and is itself reason enough to read the book.

 

Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen

This is a collection of Sarah’s Scribbles comics, and it may be my favorite book ever. I got this one on release day (Thank you Amazon, that is one sweet pre-order feature), and I told the hubs to go play a video game or something, I didn’t want to be bothered. I read the whole book, then went back and read it again. The hubs kept asking me why I was laugh-crying. The comics are so relatable to my introverted-book-and-internet-loving-don’t-want-to-adult-just-be-me-lady-self.

I considered bookmarking my favorite comics, but then I realized bookmarking almost the entire book wouldn’t help anyone.

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So, that’s all I have for you guys today. I hope you’ll check out some of the books above if you haven’t already.

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Got any book suggestions for me?

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Leave them in the comments below, I’m always on the lookout for new reads.

See you later this week with a sweet breakfast treat!

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The Last Town by Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines #3)

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This weeks book brings the conclusion to the Wayward Pines series. Check here and here for the reviews for books 1 and 2.

So, here we go. The Last Town by Blake Crouch.

Welcome to Wayward Pines, the last town.

Wayward Pines is a mess. The lunatic running the place has gone off the deep end, and chaos reigns. Continue reading

Wayward by Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines #2)

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This weeks book was Wayward by Blake Crouch. It is book 2 of the Wayward Pines trilogy, so if you missed it last week, click here for the review for book 1, Pines.

Entering book 2, we know the truth of Wayward Pines. What is beyond the electric, razor-wire fence and why no one can ever leave. Ethan has accepted the position of Sheriff to be with his wife and son. When a woman who was tasked with infiltrating a rebel group in the town is found dead, Ethan is asked to investigate. Continue reading

Pines by Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines #1)

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This week I read Pines by Blake Crouch. It’s the first in the Wayward Pines trilogy, so check back next week, and the week following for reviews on the rest of the trilogy.

Secret Service agent Ethan Burke wakes up face down in a field, unsure where or who he is. He stumbles into the picture perfect town of Wayward Pines. Soon, he begins to remember. He came to find two fellow agents that had disappeared one month before. He’d been sideswiped on Main Street. Now, with no ID, cell phone, or briefcase, he’s brought back to the hospital. Everyone he speaks to seems friendly, but the entire town feels off. He can’t seem to contact the outside world, and the more he investigates, the more confused he gets. Each step closer he gets to the truth is a step further from everything he knew, until he must face the horrifying fact that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

Pines is kind of what I expect if Lost and Twilight Zone had a novel baby. Continue reading

Persona by Genevieve Valentine

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This week I read Persona by Genevieve Valentine.

In the near future, the world revolves around the International Assembly, and the “Faces”, figureheads that parrot decisions made by others. Suyana Sapaki is the Face for the United Amazonia Confederation. She is about the sign a relationship contract with the Face of the United States that could boost her political standing and help her struggling confederation. But when she arrives at the hotel for the secret meeting, she is shot. Daniel, a man fleeing his country and budding paparazzi, captures the shots. Without thinking, he jumps into the fray to help her, and is pulled with her into the game of Faces, which could destroy them both. Continue reading

The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister

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This week’s novel is The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister.

The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her time, and her most notorious trick, sawing a man in half, draws large crowds. But one night she trades her saw for an ax. A new twist on the illusion, or a real murder? When her husband is found dead beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems horrifyingly clear.  But when Virgil Holt, a cop whose life is dangling by a thread, captures the fleeing magician Continue reading

The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg (The Paper Magician #3)

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We’ve made it to the last installment of the book review series for The Paper Magician trilogy! If you haven’t been following along, or just arrived here, check out the review for book one, The Paper Magician, here, and the review for book two, The Glass Magician, here.

So, on to book three,  The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg.

Ceony Twill has become a skilled Folder, and thanks to some secret knowledge, can also use any of the other material magics. Her relationship with Magician Emery Thane has deepened, so he sends her to be tested by Magician Pritwin Bailey, a fellow Folder who despises Emery and, by extension, his apprentice. When a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes custody, she decides to track and stop him before he can do any more damage. But all of her skills might not be enough to defeat the one magic she doesn’t have. Continue reading