25 December 2016

Top 10 Best Books of 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas to my dear readers.

Hope yáll are having a happy and lovely Christmas day filled with lots of laughter, love and reading. Its the most perfect day followed by perfect weather to celebrate the day of happiness, kindness, gifts sharing and joy among one another, be it among strangers or your loved ones. And mind it, this is the one such festival that is not celebrated by Christians only but is also celebrated among all the religions around the world. So on this auspicious note and on a wasted, long and boring weekend for me, I'm here to share a lot of stories with you all, from recent ones to the ones I loved all through out this year.

So let's begin the yearly ritual to pick out my top 10 favorite books from any genre that is a must read as well as a sure-shot winner for me that beats the rest.

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood 

This is a voyage through loss, especially for Quinn, and on the way, he finds a great friend like Ona, a Lithuanian immigrant. Together they share the memories and together they share hope and loss, eventually dealing with life, as a whole, thereby beholding a power to bring tears to the eyes of the readers and at times bringing a smile to the face of the readers.

Read my review here

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Well, why haven't I discovered this best-selling author before You Will Know Me. I need to read her previous books ASAP!! OMG! Holy Buckets, this is like "the most brain-twisting read" that I had after a very long time, I mean literally!! The author really knows how to get under readers' skins especially by controlling and dominating their minds. I could not face away from the fear, panic of something terrible that is bound to happen in the story and despite of the deep fear, I was hooked on to the story line like a hawk!!!

Read my review here

The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

Memory is a convict serving her time, as she is on a death row, in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare. Her lawyer has asked her to pen her story starting from her childhood to the day when her adoptive father was found murdered in his home.Thus begins her tale which is a constant shift from the present time, her life as a convict and her life among others, the prison guards, the struggling and monotonous routine, her limited visitors and all, to the past when she was born in a family with two siblings and her parents in Mufakose and how one day her happiness turns upside down, when her father sells her to a white man named, Lloyd Hendricks, who was a professor and had a big house and how from then on her life drastically changed from being poor to being someone with a lot of means. But what exactly happens between Lloyd and Memory that lets their growing bond of trust turn into ashes?

Read my review here

My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

In the beginning, I could not believe that this book is Kit de Waal's debut book as she has penned it like some pro author mixing the story with myriad of emotions that can deeply touch the hearts of the readers. The author's writing style is exquisite and simple and easy to comprehend with, as the author captures the voice of a 9-year old boy through her coherent narrative that will keep the readers engaged to the very core of the story. The pacing is smooth and swift as Leon's adventure turns thrilling and exciting with each turn of the page.

Read my review here

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

From the synopsis, the book sounds a bit like John Green's novel, The Fault in Our Stars, but trust me, this book is nowhere closer to TFIOS. This book has its own charm, wit and flair that will simply leave the readers feeling entertained as well as moved. The story is told from a seventeen year old physically handicapped boy with a clever mind's, who only likes to read, voice and oh my his constantly cynical and emotional narrative simply captivated my soul and instantly made me fall for this unusual character and his life story.

Read my review here

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee sweepingly shares his own Bengali-family medical and genetic history through this book. This includes his father with a genetically challenged brain illness, his mother and her twin sisters and the sudden onset of schizophrenia among his cousins and uncles, thereby inducing fear for the future generations and shock and knowledge about the unknown genetic defects underlying in his family history of hereditary.

Read my review here

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

The author flawless evolves each and every characters through the inevitable challenge of the Great Recession as she throws them into the mouth of a dark age with no jobs and falling economy and overextended visa situations. The characters are, in short, quite memorable as well as enlightening to send the readers a strong message of the importance of homeland and earning respect through clean ways.

Read my review here

The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee

The fantasy world development is strikingly done by the author who have cleverly projected a land of people from various ethnic races living in harmony but with some ugly magical and mythical secrets and also the common people are illiterate, except the few who have braved themselves to the world of knowledge and literature. This make-believe world is completely justified with proper logic and reasons that will make the readers comprehend as well as believe in such a fantasy universe.

Read my review here

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

This is a must read for all those who are chained to a narrow minded society and also for each and every victims of abuse as the author vividly captures the mentality and the pain of such abused victims. Even though the story is not at all sentimental, yet the story will manage to make the readers shed a tear or two for the central character, Wavy.

Read my review here

Lost in Terror by Nayeema Mahjoor

Although this biographical tale does not majorly focuses on the struggle or the negative aspects of the freedom struggle movement in Kashmir during the 90s, but mostly captures the pain of a Kashmiri woman and the oppressed lifestyle they lead behind the black veil and under the dominance of the male figure in their household. The one thing that irked me a bit is the fact that the author failed to capture the sorrow inflicted upon the people of Kashmir by the jihadis strikingly, whereas the author did not once failed to capture the pain inflicted by the army and the government of India, so this is where the book as well as the author let me down on being mildly partial towards the lost cause.

Read my review here

So hope you all get to read one book from the above list of mine and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. I love the photos. I guess I need to read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I’ve seen it on a bunch of lists today.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!


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