My top 10 favorite reads of 2016! Part I.

So 2016 is almost done and though I’ve never done this, I was really tempted to do a top five books of 2016 but from the title you may have noticed I could’ve never been happy with just five let alone ten but here goes. This year I read more classics than I ever have in the past which makes me quite satisfied and three of them even made the list!

I’m still kind of figuring out what this blog is meant to be and what I want to put up here so I’m literally just experimenting and having fun but if you do like a particular type of post then you can like it and I’ll continue to do it. Personally, I love reading other peoples blogs on anything related to books and reading The girls who reads blog post on Top Ten Books of 2016, p1 really made me excited to do one of my own. Do check her out, I think she’s lovely 🙂

So, the following will have the summary of the books and a little review or rating by me. I think there’s something that most people might like and do leave comments if you’ve any of these and how you liked them and any book you want to suggest me to read. Enjoy!

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             WUTHERING HEIGHTS – by Emily Bronte.

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge  for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

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Ok, Wuthering is hands down one of my favorite books in the entire world. I read it very early on in the beginning of 2016 and I’m so glad I kick started the year off with such a book. It has an eerie feel around it, set in the moors which seem so haunting and beautiful and dark. Identifying the characters is a little confusing in the beginning but they develop quite nicely as the book progresses and you will find yourself quite conflicted. Do you like them or not?  The story is very beautifully told and makes you marvel at the housekeepers memory but if you’re looking for something of a dark romance with betrayal, conflict and beautiful prose this might be a good read!

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             I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN – by Jandy Nelson.        

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

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Jandy Nelson deserves all the praise, I have absolutely adored every book this woman has written and this is my favorite. Firstly, the transition between the past and present from one twin to the other is amazing, I love how until  the end you are receiving bits of pieces of stories from the both trying to put them together. I love to think about how it must be for them being twins, I fell in love with Noah then Jude and then all the other characters because they’re so real, broken and beautiful. And majorly, I love the infusion of art in the novel. I know you’re thinking it’s just another YA book but I promise you it’s not.


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                                  1984 – by George Orwell.                     

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

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When I started reading this book I didn’t think I would like it since I haven’t read many books in this genre. I thought the book would be political and boring and boy how wrong was I. The “negative” utopia that Orwell has created in this book is quite original and fascinating and REAL. This book was written for the year 1984 but it couldn’t be truer for this generation, there’s just too  many similarities. It just goes to show what an intelligent perspective Orwell had of the coming world, I feel like he was onto something, maybe this is a warning. This comes under the category of fiction but it is a wonderfully constructed novel with raw truth and if that interests you then do give it a read, don’t blame me if you look at “society” and your “government” a different way after reading this though. Also, can we talk about the end?

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CARRY ON
– by Rainbow Rowell.              

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…

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I LOVE books with LGBTQ+ characters. After reading Fangirl I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Carry On, I was really excited to read the story Rowell would give the characters outside of Fangirl and I was not disappointed. This book is centered around the “Chosen One” and one wouldn’t expect to find it too entertaining but I love the take on this book. It makes fun of the concept of the chosen one, it is hilarious, childish and full of wild imagination and also the LOVE between Baz and Simon, I totally fangirled over the two and it was a fun and light read! Oh and look out for the twists and surprise endings guys!

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                    THE ALCHEMIST – by Paulo Coelho.          

               
Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

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About Paulo Coelho… I won’t say a lot but if you’ve read his stories you’ll know what a brilliant man he is and so very talented. I like adventure, travelling, getting out of my comfort zone. I am lost in life, I don’t really know what I want for sure and I am scared. If you feel the same way, this book is for you. It explores the life of the young shepherd Santiago and his journey and the decisions he makes on the way leading up to an unknown treasure, I think this book came to me at a perfect time. I needed a pick me up, something to incite my curiosity, to remind me again and again to follow my heart and not be scared. This is a very inspirational book and I don’t really like these kinds of books because they usually say the same thing but I fell in love with this, It’s not a world-wide best seller for no reason guys. And it’ll leave you thinking a long time after you finish reading it!

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I’ve come to realize that reviewing all ten in one post would be too much. I don’t want the post to be too long and boring so I’ve decided to make it into two parts. I hope you enjoyed reading this, do comment and tell me what you liked about these books or if you think you’ll read any of them! Have a great day guys 🙂 Happy Reading.

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  1. Hi, of all these books, I haven’t read a single one! You’ve made me want to read Caryy On so bad and you’ve really given me inspiration to try Wuthering Heights again! Great post!

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