Saturday, 31 December 2016

TheDaisyDeer's Best Books of 2016

2016 has been an interesting year for me in reading. When I look back on the year it's a bit disappointing that there aren't any stand-out books for me (if you've been around for a while you might notice that I don't have a 'best overall novel' this year).
But at the same time when I go back to my blog or GoodReads and see everything together, it appears that actually that I've had a very good reading year: I read more books this year than last, I read a wider variety and began looking at things like poetry and graphic novels, I had my first full year working with NetGalley and became a reviewer for Unbound Publishers as well.
And there have definitely been stories I have fallen in love with too. Quite uncharacteristically of me, I've shed a few emotional tears over books in 2016, and I've nearly thrown my kindle across the room in frustration at how stupid some novels are.
Overall, though there might not be one particular book that I instantly remember as being the best thing I read in 2016, there are a whole host of novels that I loved and are more than worthy to be gracing bookshelves everywhere. Here are the best books that I read (but were not necessarily released) in 2016:

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Novel with the Best Story read in 2016:
Empire of Storms
Sarah J. Maas

Novel with the Best Writing read in 2016:
A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness

Novel with the Best Entertainment read in 2016:
This Savage Song
V.E. Schwab

Best New Discovery read in 2016:
The Penelopiad
Margaret Atwood

Best Fantasy Novel read in 2016:
A Gathering of Shadows
V.E. Schwab

Best Sci-Fi Novel read in 2016:
Sleeping Giants
Sylvain Neuvel

Best Dystopian Novel read in 2016:
Wolf by Wolf
Ryan Graudin

Best Historical Novel read in 2016:
Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys

Best Contemporary Novel read in 2016:
The Dreamers
Gilbert Adair

Best Romantic Novel read in 2016:
The Winner's Kiss
Marie Rutkoski

Best Classic Novel read in 2016:
The Burial at Thebes (Antigone)
Sophocles, translated by Seamus Heaney

Best Mystery/Thriller Novel read in 2016:
Crooked Kingdom
Leigh Bardugo

Best Graphic Novel read in 2016:
Marjane Satrapi
Read my summary of Persepolis here!

Best Poetry Collection read in 2016:
Give Me a God I Can Relate To
Blythe Baird

Best Review Copy [not otherwise mentioned] read in 2016:
Falling Awake
provided by NetGalley & Vintage
Alice Oswald

Image Sources:
Empire of Storms -
A Monster Calls -
This Savage Song -
The Penelopiad -
A Gathering of Shadows -
Sleeping Giants -
Wolf by Wolf-
Salt to the Sea -
The Dreamers -
The Winner's Kiss -
The Burial at Thebes -
Crooked Kingdom -
Persepolis -
Give Me a God I Can Relate To -
Peter and Alice -
Falling Awake -

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