Best Books of 2016


While 2016 has not been good for the world for quite a few reasons, there have been some good things – in fact, Bex from My Shelf and Myself did a guest post on bookish reasons 2016 wasn’t so bad. One of the good bookish things was the amazing books released this year, as I have read some absolutely incredible books. I’m going to share my ten favourite 2016 releases, as well as six other books that I’ve read this year that have really made an impression on me, as then overall I will have talked about my top 16 of 2016. I did a similar post half way through the year, so it will be interesting to see what’s changed. Also, I’ve reviewed most of the books I’m talking about, so I’ll link to them if you’re interested to read those!

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GUEST POST – Five Bookish Reasons 2016 Wasn’t So Bad

It’s been said countless times: 2016 has not been a good year. The economic impacts of Brexit. The social divisions caused by the presidential elections. The ongoing tragedies in Syria and many other areas of the world. We’ve lost too many inspirational people, such as David Bowie and Alan Rickman. But there have been a number of things going on in the book community this year that are worth celebrating. So here are 5 bookish reasons why 2016 wasn’t so bad.

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Review: Girl Detached by Manuela Salvi

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Title: Girl Detached
Author: Manuela Salvi
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
UK Release Date: 15th September 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Proof
Source: Won

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Aleksandra has issues with her voice. Stress makes her stutter, and her life is one of stress. She can only speak clearly on stage, freed by the words of the character she plays. Then, when Aleksandra befriends her new neighbour Megan, and through her meets charming, handsome Ruben, it seems she has discovered a doorway into a different world, and a different Alek. But Ruben wants Aleksandra to play a particular role for him, and it is one that will come close to destroying her.

So I actually read Girl Detached three months ago, back at the beginning of September. However, it has taken me since then to get around to writing a review – not because I didn’t like it; the case was rather the opposite. I think this book is one that should be read by many (I said that it was the last truly great book I read when I did the New York Times By the Book tag), and I simply had no idea how I was going to convey just how powerful this book is in a review, so I put off writing it. I’m going to go for it now, so I hope this review ends up as being somewhat coherent, and manages to impress upon you how truly great this book is.

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