As 2016 comes to a close (thank god), I've been looking back at all of the books I read this year. Whilst I haven't enjoyed the books I read this year as much as I normally do, I definitely read some amazing novels. My Goodreads challenge was to read 52 books (a book a week) and I'm currently at 51 and will hopefully finish another before the new year. As usual, I've picked some of my favourites to talk about. If it's one of your new years resolutions to read more in 2016 then I'd really recommend these books as I found them all to be really gripping. And don't forget to click here and here to read my tips on how to read more books!
Ways To Die In Glasgow by Jay Stringer - I love a good murder mystery book but a murder mystery books set in a city I'm familiar with? Sold! This is the first of Jay's books that I've read but I really enjoyed it. The characters are all 'very Glasgow' ( ;) ) and it was awesome to read about the different parts of the city. This book was also staged with alternate characters narrating alternate chapters which is a writing style that I really enjoy. I wasn't able to guess any of the twists which helped build up the suspense meaning that it was one I just couldn't put down.
Quiet by Susan Cain - This non-fiction novel about introversion may not have been the most exciting book I read this year but it definitely taught me the most. I'd recommend this book to anyone who considers themselves an introvert (or just anyone looking to be a more understanding human) as it taught me so much about myself and my behaviour. It was very inspiring and I found that it boosted my self-confidence. I've written a full blog post about it which you can read here.
#girlboss by Sophia Amoruso - This book is a favourite amongst bloggers and online creatives and it's easy to see why. As Sophia Amoruso tells you the story of how she set up Nastygal it's hard not to feel inspired and to strive to do better in your own online work. I bought this book in Schipol Airport and almost finished it on the plane home to Scotland. I'd really recommend this one to anyone who manages themselves online and is looking for some motivation.
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins - This book has been very popular and I can totally see why. This gripping thriller was one of my favourite reads of the year because I couldn't put it down and I wasn't able to guess any of the twists. I even went to see the movie which was good but not as good. I think this is one of those books that you should read without knowing too much about so I'm not going to discuss the plot!
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon - This is a young adult fiction novel about a girl who has a very rare medical condition. Madeline suffers for SCID, severe combined immunodeficiency, and as a result, can't go outside. She's stuck in her house behind an air locked door. This book is beautifully written and the characters are all so addictive. I received this as a Christmas present and I read the whole thing on Christmas day in one sitting.
Hopefully, I'll read many wonderful books in 2017 too.