2016 was a rough year for just about everyone. On a personal level 2016 wasn’t too bad for me until the very end. Reading-wise I had a good year though. According to Goodreads I read 130 books in 2016 with thirteen 5 star reads and almost fifty 4 star reads. Considering how picky I am about my 5 star ratings I would say that is pretty good! I am going to very quickly mention my favorite and least favorite books and also talk about a few books I am looking forward to reading in 2017 (but not necessarily being published in 2017). Since I’ve already talked about these books you can click on the pictures for my written reviews. I hope everyone had a good year and here’s to an even better 2017!
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu – This is a short story collection that I haven’t seen around too much, but I did see a review by The Poptimist after I had already decided I needed this book. From what I know, this collection is a mixture of Chinese culture, mythology, speculative fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman – Gaiman is easily one of my favorite authors, but I haven’t read one of his most famous novels. I want to correct this in 2017. I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while, but I’ve been afraid to read because what if I don’t like it? I have such high expectations that I’m afraid that it won’t measure up and I’ll be disappointed. It’s silly to feel that way, I know.
A Fortune-Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terzani – One of my goals for 2017 is to read more nonfiction. My favorite kind of nonfiction is anything weird, really. Real life stories that are “stranger than fiction” or cultural/mystic/myth heavy reads. I heard about this book from Jen Campbell and I instantly added to my wishlist. The author is warned about flying by a fortune-teller and he decides to take the advice to heart. He decides to explore many unknown corners of the world. This leads him down a rabbit hole of predictions from other fortune-tellers, soothsayers, and shamans