It’s midweek and there’s only a few days to go until the weekend. It is finally time for my final 2016 flashback post and I am going to look at my favourite reads of the previous year. I don’t have an all-round favourite read for this year so below are my choices with a little blurb about why they were my favourites. If you want more information on each read feel free to click the title and cover.
This book has made it to my favourites for man y reasons; uniqueness, quality writing and a tense plot. I downloaded this book to my tablet when I was ill at the beginning of last year and read it in one day. It looks at an archaeologist that finds a controversial artefact that could change everything humanity knows about history. Before long the archaeologist behind the discovery is being hunted by security forces, the church and more. This book was fast paced, addictive and within the month I had read the entire series.
I received this last Christmas and started reading it as soon as possible. I didn’t know much about Drew Barrymore other than that she had appeared in many movies I’d seen. I wanted to know more about her and so asked for the book. I had no idea what kind of life she had growing up or what her life was like behind the camera. The book is comprised of lots of different stories from right across her life, stories about her childhood and stories about her daughters. I really enjoyed this book and it encouraged me to read more autobiographies.
In 2016 I read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and absolutely loved it. When I heard she was releasing another book I had to pre-order it and as soon as it arrived I read it. This book was amazing as it followed Odelle in her new job whilst jumping into a story from the past. The plot intertwines with an array of characters and depth, full of tense and suspenseful storylines. I could not put the book down and when it finally ended I suffered a massive book-hangover. Even now I envy the reader that gets the start this book over and live through the plot.
I was late to the Dan Brown club and really only got into his writing this year. My mum and Granda have been reading Dan Browns work for years now and were always telling me to read his work. At the start of the year I picked up his book and was immediately hooked. I had seen The Da Vinci Code movie and Angels and Demons but living by the phrase ‘the book is always better’ I had to turn to the book. It is true that the book is way better but I have to say the movie was a very fair portrayal. The ending of the book is different to the movie so I would definitely say if you haven’t read it already, pick it up.
While driving I was listening to a book podcast with Judith Kerr, she was such an interesting person to listen to and as she discussed this book I desperately wanted to read it. Unfortunately I don’t own it in paperback yet so it still sits proudly on my wish list but I read it in EBook format. I loved this book and how it looks at World War 2 through the eyes of a child. Her innocence is fantastic and I enjoyed following the children’s travels across Europe during the Nazi occupation. The plot is well constructed, beautifully written and easily one of the best books I have ever read.
What can I say about this book? Again I heard it in many different podcasts and desperately had to have it. It was such a motivational, inspiring read and really opened my eyes to stereotypical and day-to-day sexism in life. Chimamanda discusses so many turning points in her life that triggered her feminism and challenges the silly perspectives people have of feminists. This book was powerful and despite being able to read it in one sitting it left such a mark on me. This is a book that everyone should read, learn from and take notice of.
I can’t recommend more the books above, each one left an impression on me that I will carry around for a long time. I just hope that the New Year has just as many if not more influencing reads ahead.