Rachel’s Best Books of 2016

 

Hello, everyone! So I officially read 125 books this year (a lot, I know) and I decided to create a Best Books of 2016 list on Twitter today. For blog purposes, I’ll be posting them here in list form, with links to purchase. If IndieBound or Amazon doesn’t interest you, you might be able to find these books on ThriftBooks, which is where I find most of my cheap books. If you click here you can get 15% off your first purchase which is a pretty great deal. Anyway, onward to Best Books of 2016

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THE ANNIE YEAR by Stephanie Ash

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Favorite book of the year. Funny, has a twist and really stays with you. I cannot recommend this book enough. (Click here for a full review)

Purchase on IndieBound or Amazon

THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett

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Especially loved this as someone involved in church life, but so good regardless. (Click here for a full review)

Purchase on IndieBound or Amazon

 

DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu

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A good Christian culty book about a family like the Duggars that made me feel so uncomfortable in the absolute best way.

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STAR WARS COMICS by Jason Aaron

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Have you always wanted a sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy featuring the original three heroes that’s true to character and everyone is kicking ass? Here you go.

Purchase Volume 1 on IndieBound or Amazon

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray

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Guys don’t miss this. I listened on audio while working and started HUNTING for more work. Described as Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black, it’s beyond amazing in ways I never expected and the audiobook was great. (Click here for a full review)

Purchase on IndieBound or Amazon

BATGIRL VOLUME 1 by Gail Simone

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I’ve never been a DC fan. This comic singlehandedly changed that. Basically with this line “But revenge never heals what’s broken. We know about that, don’t we–Batman?”

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MS. MARVEL by G. Willow Wilson

Kamala is fantastic and the most relatable superhero for anyone who has ever been a fangirl in their life.

Purchase Volume 1 on IndieBound or Amazon

 

CARRY ON, WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle Melton

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I have no words for this book. Just lovely and helped me put words to how I feel in my faith.

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THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau

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I seriously couldn’t put this one down. Dystopian that doesn’t feel overdone with super inventive world building that just sucks you in? Yes please! (Click here for a full review)

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ENNEAGRAM MADE EASY by Renee Baron

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I’m obsessed with the Enneagram. This is a great starting point for anyone who is curious about the Enneagram but doesn’t know where to start and doesn’t want to devote a bunch of hours to listening to it (which is the best way to do it.)

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CAMINAR by Skila Brown

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A wonderful, haunting and beautiful middle-grade novel about a boy in Guatemala during the civil war. It reminded me how much I love free verse and middle grade.

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HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi

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This book is worth all of the praise that it’s received. Beautiful, enthralling and a real look at how history shapes your world, and an accurate picture of race in America. (Click here for a full review)

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MISSOULA by Jon Krakauer

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This book should be mandatory reading and it should make you uncomfortable. It should also make you want to punch people in the face. Beyond important.

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BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jackie Woodson

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This was actually my pick for the Progressive Postal Book Club, and is the book I’ll be sending out. Yet another fantastic Middle Grade novel written in free verse. A memoir following a young black girl growing up torn between two worlds.

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood

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A classic that feels so relevant right now. Also, the new Hulu series looks SO GREAT.

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JESSICA JONES: ALIAS SERIES by Brian Michael Bendis

They seriously just get better as they go. You thought the show was good, wait until you get through these. Raw, real and surprisingly relatable. (Click here for a full review)

Purchase Volume 1 on IndieBound & Amazon

READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

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This was probably the book that surprised me most this year. The audiobook was utterly amazing, and it reminded me of why I love reading. (Click here for a full review)

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I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD by Paul Acampora

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Best Middle-grade book I read this year and has become one of my all time favorites. A quick read you won’t regret, especially if you’re a fan of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. (Click here for a full review)

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SCARLET WITCH by James Robinson

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The comic my Wanda has always deserved and more.

Purchase Volume 1 on IndieBound & Amazon

WICKED + THE DIVINE by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

No this isn’t a specific volume because this comic may be my favorite of all time, and will just completely enrich your life.

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GLIMPSE by Carol Lynch Williams

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Yet another YA Free-verse haunting book, but so so good.

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CRESS by Marissa Meyer

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This whole series is off the chain but I LOVE RETELLINGS and this whole series has utterly captured my heart. (Click here for a review of the series so far)

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LUMBERJANES VOL 1&2 by Noelle Stevenson

An inclusive comic focused on female empowerment and is also funny and amazing? Featuring a bunch of diverse young girls? Yes please.

Buy Volume 1 on IndieBound & Amazon

Buy Volume 2 on IndieBound & Amazon

THOR: GODDESS OF THUNDER VOL 1&2 by Jason Aaron

Female. Thor. Need I say more?

Buy Volume 1 on IndieBound & Amazon

Buy Volume 2 on IndieBound & Amazon

THE CIRCLE MAKER by Mark Batterson

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This book changed the way I saw prayer. So wonderful.

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THE COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Sartrapi

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A graphic novel about a woman in Iran during the revolution and how her life was effected and changed because of that.

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SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen

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I loved her as a teen and this book and the main character impacted me all over again like I was 14.

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OUT OF SORTS by Sarah Bessey

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One of my favorite authors , unpacking her faith and making me feel less alone.

DISNEY AFTER DARK by Ridley Pearson

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This whole series is kids trying to prevent the villains from taking over Disneyworld. (Click here for a full review)

THE FIFTH WAVE by Rick Yancey

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I got this on audiobook and the acting was great. The story is worth all the hype and is overall really amazing.

 

Those are my top books that I read in 2016. What are yours? What are some you’re looking forward to getting to in 2017?

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