2016 was a year of discovery for me. It was a year of a lot of hope and a year that pushed me to want to be a better person to the people around me. Many of the books I read last year helped me to discover and want to keep that mindset.
Here are the loviest books I read in 2016:
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Impulse was the first book I read in 2016 and it had one of the biggest impacts and messages in my life because it made me realize that the mindset that the characters had in this novel was a mindset I no longer have nor wanted to have. It made me realize that the unflinching reality of how we often think in times of darkness might not always be the reality we hold for the rest of our lives. It helped me see that what I want to do with my writing, with every action that I take, is to give hope and spread awareness. To do good.
The Night Circus by
The Night Circus was one of those books that feels like you are watching a beautiful show play out before your eyes. The beauty, the magic, the sights and smells were all so atmospherically wonderful. This book ignited my need to read more books set around a circus and is the inspiration for my personal exploration of the magic of being in the audience of a great show.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
This book made the feminist inside me so happy. Katsa can and does everything for herself with a badass flare only she possesses. Writing about her now makes me want to dive right back in and read her story all over again. I loved this but book so much.
Fire by Kristin Cashore
A companion to Graceling that made me equally as happy is Fire. Fire the girl with the power to control minds. The girl whose beauty is so captivating that it traps you if you let it. The journey and the separate world next door within this book made me smile. Another strong female that will do anything she can to protect those she loves.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read and reread this book to the point of near memorization. This book may be short, but to me the message is powerful. It was the first book to make me dream of doing something to create a better world and it was the first book that made me realize that we need all of life’s experiences good and bad to shape who we are.
The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati
The prose in this book is beautiful, yet at times heartbreaking, but also hopeful. A unique and real way to look at bipolar disorder. I feel like I needed and was meant to read this book.
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom
This cover perfectly defines everything that this book is. Another book on bipolar disorder, it sheds light on the mental-illness that helped me feel like I could really understand it better. It helped me think of the illness as that an illness and not something that takes away from the human being, and that’s the most important part.
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
This book quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. I can’t describe well enough how much this book affected me. It helped me to really think about why I loved to read and it made me fall in love with books more deeply than I thought I could. All book lovers should read this book. All people could read this book. The dreams of a dreamer are outlined in each line in this books pages.
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
This book was the second to last book I read in 2016 and I was so glad I was able to read it. I have never related more to a character than I have to Hawthorne. Her dream for adventure and knack for creating stories where there are none are parts of my own mind.Her loneliness is something I have felt for a lot of my life. Her battle to keep her beliefs is a battle I face. This book made me so many things, but the number one was love. Definitely one I will be revisiting sometime in the future.
Thank you for reading! What were your favorite reads of 2016? What books have made an impact on your life? Let me know in the comments.
-Till next time!