My Favourite Books of 2016

It’s that time again for my favourite books of the year. Like always these are my favourite books I read this year, they weren’t all published this year.

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. It’s about spiders evolving to the point where they can fly rockets.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré. I watched the movie version of this before reading the book. And I watched it a good few times so I went into this knowing how it would end. Despite that I was still amazed by the ending even though it played out almost the exact same way as the movie.

Goldenhand by Garth Nix. I have literally been waiting for this book since I was 13 and it achieved all expectations I had for it. It continued the world I love so much and also added new and interesting threats to it.

Voyage by Stephen Baxter. This book is about what might have happened to NASA if John F Kennedy wasn’t assassinated. Spoiler alert: a woman becomes the first human to walk on Mars. Thats what happens.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I haven’t read many fantasy books recently because I found they all started feeling the same. This is one of the only fantasy books I read this year and it was a fun adventure with characters I genuinely came to care about.

A Pocket Full of Lies by Kirsten Beyer. This is the best Star Trek Voyager book I have ever read and thats saying something because I have read a lot of Star Trek Voyager books. In fact now that I’m thinking about it I may have read all of them. So basically it was the best out of like 30 books.

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. This is a book that has stuck with me since I read it. It’s a first contact type story but written from a Chinese perspective. Part of this story is told in a video game and I really want to go back and reread those chapters. The whole thing was really interesting.

The Girl In The Road by Monica Byrne. This is a classic adventure story. But this adventure takes place on a one meter wide bridge across the Indian sea. It was a really enjoyable read.

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11 thoughts on “My Favourite Books of 2016

    1. Yup! And it was really cool cause you got to see the spiders evolve over thousands of years. It ended up winning the Arthur C Clarke award last year and totally deserved it.

  1. I’m sure you’ve heard that the English translations of the two sequels to “The Three Body Problem” have now been published (I’ve bought the 2nd one but haven’t read it yet). I liked The TBP a lot too. It was one the more interesting books I’ve read in recent years. My ultra-picky book club even liked it. 🙂

  2. I really should just buckle down and read the Garth Nix books already. I’ve been meaning to check out Tinker Tailor too… this might just be the kick in the butt I need.

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