I wrote about three books I didn't dig here.
Here are books I read this year that I really enjoyed and would totally recommend:
1. Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Fantasy (Kind of YA?)
So my friend loaned me this over the summer and was like, 'You'll like this. Trust me.'
I read 100 pages and was bored. And then all the sudden I was laughing at the characters' jokes and grinning at their interactions and sitting up straighter at the stressful moments and fangirling like a fiend over Elend Venture. So Sanderson crafted this book so finely that I did not even feel myself falling in love with the world and the characters until it was too damn late.
It is a dystopian but I'm 100% bored of dystopians and this was good - it was engaging and fresh. It was thought out and well-planned. The nuance he has in these books is INCREDIBLE. Read it. Please.
There's also a spin off series I read this year with new characters but the same world that is also really good fun.
2. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Genre: Adult, Contemporary
Fun fact, I live in a bed and breakfast. Over the summer a guest, a retired English teacher, stayed with us and I was complaining that I read mostly Euro-American centered writers and I wanted to read more around the world. She started rattling off book names like crazy and this was the one I really heard.
This book is a collection of short stories about the lives of ordinary people dealing with life and family. From that description, it sounds boring but it's not. It's fantastic. I stayed up in the heat of summer until 1:30 in the morning to finish it and then I just sat there and cried. It ripped my heart from my chest.... in a good way.
I've also read The Namesake by Lahiri and that was spectacular as well.
3. Coming, Aphrodite! by Willa Cather
Genre: Short story
Click the link and read me!
I'm cheating because technically I read this years ago but I read it again this year and it is just a good read. Cather was pushing the boundaries for feminism and sexuality before women had the right to vote and that's so badass. You go, Willa.
You're gonna have to hear me out on these last two:
4. City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan
This is from 1405 lol. But it is a really interesting read -- de Pizan reworks a lot of myths and writes women at the center of them and history. She's basically arguing for anti-misogyny way before it was cool.
5. The Lais of Marie de France
The Lais are from the 12th century -- I took a Women Writers Pre-1800 course this year, can you tell? lmao. BUT these were originally written in French, in poetry. They're basically fairytales, but Marie is throwing down about gender roles and inheritance laws.
It's midnight so that's all I got for now. What were your favorite books you read in 2016?