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.
- •The Martian by Andy WeirAn 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.
- •Sharp Objects by Gillian FlynnA 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.
- •Dark Places by Gillian FlynnThe 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.
- •All the Bright Places by Jennifer NivenA 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
- •Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David SedarisI 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.
- •Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David SedarisThis 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.
- •Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck PalahniukIdk 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.
- •Me Before You by Jojo MoyesA 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.
- •The Girls by Emma ClineA 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.
- •Modern Romance by Aziz AnsariAziz 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.
- •Carry On by Rainbow RowellThis 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.
- •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.
- •Carry This Book by Abbi JacobsonOkay 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.
- •Me Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisThis 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.