Top 5 Wednesday: Books of 2016 Part 1

Say it loud! (9)Here’s a short list of some of my favorite books I read last year!

1) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

I chose this book because I really enjoy Sarah’s writing and the way she created this world that I instantly fell in love with when I read the first book in this series (A Court of Thorns and Roses). Feyre’s character is really interesting and especially in this book the journey she goes on is incredible. She has grown so much as an individual. I’m really excited for the next installment in this series which will be released in May this year.

2) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

My favorite aspect of this book is the way that Harry finally learned the truth about Sirius even though everyone just told him to stay away from him. Sometimes other people’s perception of you doesn’t define you and that couldn’t be more true about Sirius’s character. He’s so misunderstood by a lot of the other characters when in reality he never wanted anything bad to happen to Harry or his parents. I could go on forever about this series that I have grown to love over the years.

3) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.

I heard a lot of good things about The Raven Cycle within booktube and decided to start reading it last year. What really drew me to these books is Ronan’s character. He’s so misterious and he has so many secrets that as a reader you get pieces of throughout every book. I love the way Maggie has written the characters. It makes them more relatable.

4) Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

Another one of Sarah’s great ideas that went very well. This book is the start of the journey of Celaena Sardothien who is a very interesting character because she starts out as one of the best assassin’s in Ardarlan’s Empire. When she gets thrown into a very dangerous and deadly competition that just marks the beginning of her journey as a person and also in relation to her true identity.

5) Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

This is a beautiful story about self discovery and self acceptance. Because the main character Ari (Aristotle) who is gay, is battling with internalized homophobia and it causes a series of events that ultimately lead to him just slowly but surely owning who he is and accepting this part of himself. I really enjoyed this story and I think for members of the LGBT+ community this is really important because any representation matters however big or small it is.

Want to know what books Swetlana picked? Stay tuned for her post!

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