Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Best of 2016...Part 2

Here we are, more than halfway into 2017 and I've just now put my "Best of the 2nd half of 2016" list together.  In 2016, I decided to do this twice a year and you can see my first half here or, if you'd rather not read me wax on about those books again, here is a quick list (purchase links go to my Amazon Affiliate account).  Again, these are the best of the books that I read in 2016, not the best books released in 2016.



Now, onto my favorite reads from the second half of the year.  These are in the order that I read them and title links go to the review (when possible) and the purchase links go to my Amazon Affiliate account).

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2 by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne (no review)
I opted not to review this because I knew that there would be no shortage of people sharing their thoughts on it.  I read this book in a little over 2 hours and loved it--it's not perfect, but it hit me right where it needed to.  Yeah, it is kind of a Harry Potter/Back to the Future mash-up, but I the central message is one that fits well with the Harry Potter Universe.  I get that this book was not, um, well-received by many--and only you can decide what fits and does not fit in your own HP Universe--but it fits perfectly in mine.
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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
This one came to me through one of my postal book groups--I had never heard of it before but I feel deeply in love with it.  It's not a happy book--in fact, it tears out your heart and stomps all over it--but the pay-off is more than worth it.  An excellent read!
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Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing by Jennifer Weiner
For anyone who regularly reads this blog, it is no secret that I adore Jennifer Weiner.  I've read nearly all her books (I found one book that I purchased and then put it in a pile, which got even bigger...but don't worry, I'll be reading that one soon!).  I think it would have been a shock had I not loved her memoir!  While this is a must-read for her fans, I believe people who have never read any of her other books will also find this worth their time.
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A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev
Another non-surprise.  I've loved Dev's previous two books and, while this one was a bit of a departure, it still stole my heart.  As I say in my review, this isn't exactly a standalone.  While not absolutely necessary, it definitely helps to have read The Bollywood Bride before reading this one.  I'm not sure if Dev will continue with this group of characters, but I'll be eagerly awaiting her next book either way.
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Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies by Chris Kluwe (review 01/20/2017)
I'm not going to say too much about this audiobook now as my review will be posted in 2 days.  Let me just note this, I'm deviating from my normal review schedule (Tuesdays and Thursdays) because I felt that this review should go up on Inauguration Day.  So, come back and check out my thoughts then.
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So, those are the highlight of the second part of 2016.  I'm hoping 2017 is just as good, if not better!

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