Favourite Reads of 2016

Another year, another book. Here are my favourite reads of the year.

2016 is just about over, and for many, I am sure this is something worth celebrating.

Personally, 2016 was pretty spectacular. Moving to a new exciting country, followed by a new job and some great reads. Here are some of the best books I read this year.

Top Fiction:

1The Vegetarian – Winner of the Man Booker International Prize for 2016 this poignant novel remained with me for weeks after I read it. Poetic, raw and moving, this novel is worth the praise.

2The Remains of the Day – Having read this book later in the year,  I do not yet have a review for this novel, however, I can say that I finally understand the praise given to Ishiguro and his writing. This novel is simple story with some massive depth.

3The Snow Child – I will admit, I never would have picked up this novel on my own but I needed something to read on the plane. Well, it was a stellar recommendation. This book is a proper love story without the cheese.

4 – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – While not my favourite read by Murakami, there were some intense scenes in this novel that will stay with me forever.

5The Sound of Waves –  Sometimes the best stories are the most simple. After reading such epic and diverse novels it is nice to come back to something with a sound, true and basic concept.

Top Non-Fiction:

1 Eat and Run – I may not have been converted to a vegan, but Jurek has given me something to think about in terms of my own running. The book is also full of some very moving and inspiring moments.

2A Moth to the Flame – This book was personal for me which is one reason why it is on this list, it is also a great read to get an understanding of BPD.

3What I Talk About When I Talk About Running  – Look, another book by Murakami. Can you tell I like him? This book is part autobiographical while Murakami reflects on his life as a writer and a runner.

4The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching – This novel surprised me. It is knowledgeable and inspiring and a great read for anyone wanting to know more about the Buddhist beliefs.

5The China Tea Book – Tea and history nerds need to read this. It has beautiful images and provides an in-depth look into the history and culture of tea as well as what makes different types of teas and how to drink them.

Have a great New Year everyone. See you in 2017!

Author: thepluviophilewriter

I have an obsession with running, pole dancing, cats, video games, books and angry music. I also like to write. Read my book reviews.

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