As you may be able to tell I took a 3 week break from blogging to get my college work finished. I’m now on my summer holidays and I thought since it’s now almost the end of June I should share my favourite books I’ve read so far in 2016. I should like always point out that most of these were not actually released in 2016, it’s just the books I’ve read so far.
A Pocket Full of Lies by Kirsten Beyer. I have read many many Star Trek books in the last 10 years and the thing you have to understand about Star Trek books is they are all terrible. You don’t read these because they are good science-fiction you read them because they are set in the Star Trek universe. A Pocket Full of Lies managed to buck that trend and actually be a good book. It managed to continue the Voyager reboot while also calling back to some of the best Voyager episodes. It was heartbreaking and I cried at the end and this is still the best book I’ve read so far this year.
Voyage by Stephen Baxter. Voyage is a very well written alternate history book. Basically it asks what might have happened if Kennedy didn’t die and NASA sent astronauts to Mars. You get a fascinating look into the workings of NASA and astronaut training. This may sound horrible but the most fascinating part was how they coped with a nuclear reactor exploding in space. You get to see three people die of radiation sickness and though it sounds awful, radiation is one of those things that is so scary it’s almost interesting to read about. Or maybe I’m just a little weird… But it’s a good book, honest.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I pretty much gave up on reading fantasy books last year, I love fantasy but they all start to feel the same after a while. Six of Crows was surprising because it was something new and interesting and a really well written fantasy book. I also liked the fact that you didn’t need to read the other books in the Grisha series to enjoy this.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. I’m pretty sure books written by neurosurgeons are the in thing this year. I’ve read two so far and both have been fantastic. This one happened to be just a tiny bit better because not only is a neurosurgeon writing about cutting into people’s heads, it also goes on to document his cancer diagnosis and eventual death (this is not a spoiler (before anyone says anything)). But it’s also not really a book about cancer, it’s more a doctor writing about what it’s like to be a patient and coming to terms with his own eventual death.
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. This book is about smart spiders. It’s basically the story of how a bunch of spiders go from spiders (like normal regular spiders) into space travelling spiders. There is other stuff going on as well with humans living on a stasis ship but the really important thing is smart spiders. Because that’s a terrifying thought.