BOOKS I READ IN 2016

I didn't read nearly as much as I wanted to last year but here's what I did read.
  1. The Martian by Andy Weir
    An astronaut gets left behind on Mars and has to science his way home. I think I actually read this in 2015 but Goodreads is telling me otherwise. Either way, I liked it but it was over-hyped. I think the movie did a good job of telling this story but the book has more of the science-y stuff. It's a fun, quick read but I thought the ending was kind of unsatisfying.
  2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
    A reporter returns to her hometown to write about a gruesome murder and she is confronted with her troubled past. Before this book I had never read anything by Gillian Flynn. I liked the movie Gone Girl so I thought I'd give this a shot and I loved it. It's a good mystery but it's very fucked up. It's not for everyone.
  3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
    The only survivor of an infamous murder revisits the past and begins to piece together a completely different story. I did not like this as much as Sharp Objects but it was pretty good. Flynn's characters are very annoying but she's a good storyteller. Despite its killer cast, the film adaptation of this was horrible so if you're interested in this I'd recommend the book instead.
  4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    A depressed girl falls for a depressed boy blah blah blah. Holy shit I hated this book. It's like the author read The Fault in Our Stars and thought, "Oh that's all it takes to make money? Count me in!" I cannot believe I fell for the good reviews. This book was the inspo for this list: TIPS FOR WRITING A POPULAR YA ROMANCE NOVEL
  5. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
    I read a lot of Sedaris last year. I'm not a huge fan of his but I always enjoy reading short stories and essays. Some of his stories are fantastic and others are meh. This book was a mix of the two.
  6. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
    This was my favorite of the Sedaris books I read last year because it's mostly about his amazingly ridiculous family. If you're familiar with his style and you like it, this is the book of his I would recommend.
  7. Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck Palahniuk
    Idk where to even begin with this lol. The story is INSANE and keeps escalating. I haven't read Palahniuk in a while but was a great reintroduction. I read the majority of this book while waiting to be called for jury duty and it hooked me enough to make me forget where I was for a little bit. It's weird but I think this is the Palahniuk book I'd recommend to people who aren't crazy about his other work. Idk why, it just feels different to me.
  8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    A young woman becomes a caretaker for a quadriplegic man and they fall in love blah blah blah. This book is yet another formulaic YA romance but it's in disguise because the main characters are adults. Once again, I fell for the hype and thought this might be different but it's not. The first half is cute but then it's infuriating. The overall message is horrible too. I did not see the movie but I'm not surprised that it got a ton of backlash.
  9. The Girls by Emma Cline
    A woman recalls the time she spent with an infamous cult. I read this because everyone was raving about it. Some parts were really interesting but other parts dragged. It's a fascinating premise but I think it was a bit overrated. It a very quick read though so I'd recommend checking it out.
  10. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
    Aziz Ansari wrote a book that takes a sociological approach to viewing how our technology has impacted dating culture. It was nothing like I expected but I really loved this book. My only gripe is that it encouraged me to re-download Tinder - a decision I immediately regretted.
  11. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
    This is the first and only book I've read by Rainbow Rowell and I fucking loved it. It's the first YA book I've liked in a long time. It's like really good HP fan fiction that emulates everything we love about the genre while simultaneously critiquing the typical 'chosen one' stories. I read this instead of reading The Cursed Child and I don't regret it one bit. I loved everything about it.
  12. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    @amieshmamie sent this novella in her college care package because she's a wonderful person. This is the first Gaiman book I've read but it will not be the last. I love his writing style and the way he tells such unique stories that are kind of creepy. I read this right before I watched Coraline for the first time and they definitely have the same kind of feel. I really liked it.
  13. Carry This Book by Abbi Jacobson
    Okay so this might not count because it's a book of illustrations but I wanted to include it. Broad City's Abbi Jacobson imagines what famous people, historical figures, and fictional characters carry around with them and it's awesome.
  14. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
    This was my least favorite of the Sedaris books I read last year. There are some funny stories about language and communication but I found myself getting bored a lot faster with this one than the others. I might have overdone it with the Sedaris lol.