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!

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

img_3289“Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it. But if you do nothing, you can’t fix anything. And your life might turn out full of regrets.”

Nina Redmond is a librarian who loves finding the perfect book for each reader. However, when her job becomes obsolete, she is forced to take stock of her life and determine what the next step for her is. How brave and bold does she dare to be? Turns out, brave enough to realize a long-standing dream of owning a bookshop by opening a bookmobile. With plenty of books in tow, she sets off to change not only the lives of those she encounters, but her own as well.

“What is it your dream to do? I suppose . . . I want to be with books, have them all round me. And recommend them to people excited to be going on vacation, and people who need to know they aren’t alone in the universe and books for children . . .  And to go places where I’m needed.”

The Bookshop on the Corner is a lovely book that will speak to anyone looking to make a change, be brave, and pursue a passion. It is sweet, endearing, and a real love letter to books and bookworms alike. I found it to be an easy story to get into and quite the little page-turner, as I had a hard time putting it down at times. There are some interesting romances, a charming village in Scotland, and of course plenty of books. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a simple and engrossing story to escape into.

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

Most Anticipated Fall Book Releases

fall“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

There are a lot of great books to look forward to in the next few months, and while it was not a simple task I did narrow it down to the top six I am most excited to get my hands on. In no particular order, here are the top six books on my fall reading list: 🙂

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (October 11th)
This is the next release in the Shakespeare Hogarth series, with Margaret Atwood taking on a modern retelling of The Tempest.

“When Felix is deposed as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival by his devious assistant and longtime enemy, his production of The Tempest is canceled and he is heartbroken. Reduced to a life of exile in rural southern Ontario—accompanied only by his fantasy daughter, Miranda, who died twelve years ago—Felix devises a plan for retribution.”

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (October 25th)
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of one of my absolute favourite books of 2015, Signal to Noise so anything she releases is a must-read for me. Her new book is described as a YA paranormal thriller where “vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City.”

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (November 1st)
“The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”

This is the new release from the author of Everything, Everything. It is a novel about fate, which tells the story of Natasha and Daniel who meet under unusual circumstances. I very much enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s debut novel and look forward to reading more of her work. Continue reading “Most Anticipated Fall Book Releases”