Best Reads of 2016

Best Reads of 2016

Winter is coming! Actually it’s already here, and there is really no better time to curl up by the fire and plow through some great books. Not all of these books were released this year but they have all been incredibly well received, with a winner of the Man Booker Prize, a National Book Award for Nonfiction, and two National Book Award Finalists among them. It’s a good mix of fiction and non-fiction, comedy and drama, historical and present-day. If you’re inclined to read these books, please purchase via my links below (yay, Amazon affiliate income). Get reading!   A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara “…things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.” This was the most engrossing piece of fiction I read all year. 720 pages deep, it’s no quick read, but the depth and complexity of Yanagihara’s characters is simply breathtaking. It’s a heavy novel, filled with abuse, suffering, and pain, and without any real sense of redemption. However, the glimmers of beauty and sustenance seen in the friendships throughout the novel provide a compelling reminder that the company we choose is perhaps our best hope for salvation.   The Sellout by Paul Beatty “Sometimes I wish Darth Vader had been my father. I’d have been better off. I wouldn’t have a right hand, but I definitely wouldn’t have the burden of being black and constantly having to decide when and if I gave a shit about it. Plus, I’m left-handed.” If A Little Life was the most...