Best Books I've Read In 2016

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
As we bid goodbye to 2016, the month of January became a reflective period for many of us. There are always ups and downs in life. No matter how the past year has been for you, 2017 is just a reminder that you're getting a year older.

Some would say, "It's already May! Isn't this post a little too late?" Call me lazy, but I finally took some time to write. Besides, it's better late than never, right? So, let's assume this post is published much earlier of this year. As someone who hates wasting time on reading a 'bad' book, I always scrutinise the reviews before starting one. Therefore, I appreciate those who took the time to summarise the book in details and believed me when I tell you that writing a book review is nowhere near easy. Moving on, I failed to fulfil my one and only resolution of completing fifty books. It's sad, really. Despite rushing through the month of December, I only managed to finish forty-three novels, and this number was even lesser than what I read in the previous year. Nevertheless, I am pretty pleased to have gone through a handful of interesting novels. From science-fiction to poetry, here are some of my recommendations. 

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This is the first sequel to this series and it has one of my favourite kinds of story plot: characters on opposite sides fall in love. Both characters, Laia and Elias, are fighters, but they fight for different reasons. Laia, against her wishes, fought as a rebel to save her brother, while Elias was trained to be a soldier for a tyranny. Throughout the book, you can witness how Elias struggles with the Empire's beliefs and in the end, chooses to side with Laia.

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

What can I say? I absolutely loved it! It covers my favourite topic: zombies. Rather than the usual bloody scenes that often come with it, this book showcases a different side of an apocalypse. The main character, Melanie, is a well-functioning child despite being infected with the virus. She exceptionally an intellectual person who possesses a strong willpower against eating humans. Don't worry, this plot is not like 'Warm Bodies'. Details about human survival literally do not exist. Instead, it revolves around the science behind the virus. Such as how individuals have a different reaction to the virus, how the virus came about and what's not. This book even made it to the big screen! So, catch the movie if you are reluctant to read it.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

 Dark Matter presents the possibility of multiple realities. For every choice you made, the direction of your life changed. With the right gadgets and help, you can experience an alternate reality as a completely different you. You could be a highly acclaimed scientist in one reality, a parent or a drunkard in another.  My mind kept stirring trying to imagine every scenario and keeping up with the story. I was kind of in a state of confusion, and at the same time, my mind was blown by it. I rated this book five stars on Goodreads but explaining the incredibleness of this book has proven to be difficult. Complicated isn't the word for it and neither does amazing. The plot about dystopia dimension and worlds is perplexing and astonishing all at the same time.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Ah! My first poetry book. It certainly was a refreshing read. The thing about poetry is that the contents are a reflection of life. Regardless of what they are about, everyone can relate to the writings in some way or another. In this case, Kaur wrote about her life experiences as a woman, such as the social issues surrounding sexuality. It's not a feminist book, but it's about poetries on situations that many females went through, whether they happened behind closed doors or in public. 

Die For Me by Amy Plum

You will either love or hate this book because it's yet another love story. Perhaps, I'm a hopeless romantic or fantasy novel has always been my thing because I love this book. Okay, obviously I like it, otherwise, I wouldn't be recommending this to others. The narration was pretty well done, and unlike the previous love novels I've read, this was decent. From simple kisses on the forehead to extravagant date nights, these were everything a woman hopes for. Have I mentioned the plot was set in Paris? French guys have their special charm like having a sexy accent, but it's not like I can hear the characters speak.

The Pleasure Of Reading In The Age Of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

In this tech-savvy era, many of us are becoming habituated to the short burst of attentions and developed the tendency to fidget. The constant need to check our phones for updates and messages has been programmed into our brains and daily lives, making reading harder than before. According to Nicholas Carr, "Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread ... dragging my wayward brain back to the text." This sentence is worth pondering upon. Deep reading is harder to come by, and this book can help you to achieve that. Another excerpt from the book, " Alone in my room, congested and exhausted ... I wanted to lose myself. I wanted to read. Instead of filling in the blanks, I wanted to be blank and be filled in." Losing myself in a book is what I always craved for. A good book might not be a good read for you so it's important to find one you enjoys and can learn from it.

Most of these books were read quite some time ago, so there are some gaps about what I'm trying to convey. I wrote reviews on some of them and you can check them out on my Goodreads for more information.

If you're a bookworm like me, we can be soulmates. #JustSaying.