A Year in Review: Favourite Books of 2016

“Because every day with a book is slightly better than one without, and I wish you nothing but the happiest of days.”

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It is that time of the year already. Choosing favourite books of the year is not always an easy task, especially when there are so many great ones to choose from. For me, the favourites are the books that really made an impression on me and ones I would love to revisit and reread at some point. These are ten standout books I read in 2016:

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I thoroughly enjoyed these books and if any of them look like something you might enjoy as well, I absolutely recommend giving them a try.

Happy reading!

Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kay

img_2830“It’s interesting, isn’t it, to watch this character attempting to reconstruct herself, quite literally, in the midst of this chaos?”

Enjoyable, entertaining, and just plain addictive.

This novel took me completely by surprise, and from the moment I picked it up I could not put it down. I started it on a Saturday evening and found myself completely glued to it, telling myself “just one more chapter,” “just one more page,”until I could no longer keep my eyes open. Then first thing Sunday morning my nose was back in the book until I turned the last page. This does not happen often for me, and in fact it is quite rare, with few books having captured my attention in such a way.

It’s a simple story about a woman named Stacey who is grieving the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and raising two young boys. She is a poet with several published collections, however at this point in her life she finds herself unable to write and is feeling quite stuck. One day, she receives an email about interest and an offer to make one of her books of poetry, Monsters in the Afterlife into a movie. This sets up a series of trips and encounters with A-list movie star, Tommy DeMarco, resulting in a tumultuous relationship.

This is not a sweet or romantic “love story,” but rather a story of two screwed up individuals who find a kind of solace in each other, and what unfolds is a highly dysfunctional relationship. Stacey and Tommy are not particularly likeable characters, and as the title suggests, there are monstrous qualities to both individuals. It is not a relationship you necessarily root for or against, but rather keep turning the pages to see how and where the rollercoaster will go. Because, even though the two characters may have unlikable qualities, they are compelling. Monsters: A Love Story is a highly enjoyable novel and the perfect escape read.