Hello everyone and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all well, and I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas. In today’s blog post, I thought I’d go over my Top 5 Books of 2016. I debated with myself on whether to post this or not – I only started blogging this year and only got into serious reading this year, and some of these books were mentioned in my first All-Time Favourite Books post. But since then, I’ve gained a lot of followers, and some new books have been added too! These aren’t books that have necessarily been released in 2016, but they are all books I read and loved in 2016. So, in no particular order, here are my Top 5 Books of 2016…
The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer.
This is my FAVOURITE BOOK I read this year! I think it’s an absolutely outstanding book, and in my personal opinion it’s underrated. I don’t hear many people talking about this, and I WISH they would. It’s a brilliant exploration of Schizophrenia – a mental illness which I believe should be spoken about a lot more. Filer is an extremely talented writer, and it’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel. I urge everybody to go out and read this – I guarantee you’ll love it! I’m planning on re-reading this soon and will review it afterwards, so stay tuned for that!
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.
I know this book is hyped about a lot, and some people think it’s overrated. But personally, I absolutely love this book! It introduced me to the genre of Psychological Thrillers which is one of my favourite genres now, and I can’t thank Hawkins enough for doing that. This novel is absolutely brilliant and there’s a reason why it’s done so well! The characters in this novel are brilliantly portrayed, and I can’t wait to read Hawkins next book (due to be released next year). I recently saw the film of this and loved it also!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
This is another book which has done really well, and there’s a reason for that! I don’t tend to read many Romances, but this is so much more than the average Romance. This story is unique and beautiful in so many ways, and I adored every second of reading this. It truly broke my heart and I shed many tears whilst reading this! Since reading this, I’ve read a few other of Moyes’s novels; but this is my favourite by a long shot. The film is very good also!
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
Most of you will have seen me talk about the fact that I don’t tend to read much YA Fiction. I personally feel that YA can be really hit or miss – but this was DEFINITELY a massive hit! I adore this book and it really spoke to me on a very personal level. It’s a brilliant exploration of mental illness and loss and love, and it made me cry so many tears. This book will always hold a special place in my heart, and I can’t recommend it enough!
Room by Emma Donoghue.
This book is just INCREDIBLE! It completely changed my life. It’s such an epic, heart-warming story, and it truly blew me away. I love absolutely everything about this book, and I truly think that everybody should read it. This is another book that I hope to re-read and review next year, so look out for that. All I can say is that if you haven’t read this book yet, you NEED to! The film is pretty good too, but the book is way better in my opinion!
Happy reading 🙂