2016 in Review(s)

2016, if you go by my Goodreads Reading Challenge (currently at 32/50), was a year of thrillers and non-fiction. Along the way I read a lot of lackluster crime novels and many biographical gems. The following are my favourites reads for 2016. These are items I read in 2016, but were not necessarily were published in 2016.

My Fave…

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Author: Sierra DeMulder
It’s great to see one of my favourite poets come out with another published collection. She sings to my heart with her rumination on life as a modern, flawed woman.

 

 

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Fiction: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
A fast-paced and complex thriller showing how insidious criminals can be. The two main female protagonists were dimensional and captivating. I listened to this on Audible and the voice actors really made it.

 

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Non-Fiction: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
An event that cross-generational consequences which should be a seminal part of our history. This book and the Lacks’ family’s story floored me.

 

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Graphic Novel: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
This built on the insight and comedy of Brosh’s blog. An enjoyable read.

 

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Poetry Collection: Today Means Amen by Sierra DeMulder
My favourite poems in particular are ‘The Seven Layers of Hell’ and ‘Exodus 33:20’. The poems on dementia and eating disorders were touching, and her reflections on her romantic relationships engaging. DeMulder is my favourite modern poet.

 

What were your favourite literary finds of 2016?

~ Emma

Queer YA recommendations

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Good literature with queer (LGBTIIQAA+) characters is hard to find. There might be a lot out there, but it also might not be that great.

(See: books written because queerness is edgy or flavour of the month. Also see: books written by straight authors with no idea.)

That makes good young adult literature with queer main characters trickier to find than the end of a rainbow!

Here are my faves, with a teensy blurb about them.

Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Aliens, government conspiracies and intergalactic dating.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Young love set against the bleak backdrop of World War Two.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Two young girls struggling with their queer identity.

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
The first queer YA I ever read. Gay teens and coming out.

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The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The difficult intricacies of being in the closet in high school.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Classic hollywood and queer romance. Crushing on this book!

Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Christie
Heck yeah for Aussie queer reads. A angsty fare.

Happy bookworming!

~ Emma