Although it may be hard to believe, 2016 is rapidly coming to an end. The signs are all around; cool fall weather, Halloween decorations (and Christmas supplies in stores), and calendars that indicate that a new year will soon be upon us. Until then we have a little bit of time to savor the remaining days and weeks of 2016. As you enjoy the end of this year, why not enjoy some of the best books of 2016! With the cool, blustery weather in many areas of the United States, there is no better time to cozy up with a good book and a warm blanket. Check out these books that were featured on the New York Times bestseller 2016 list. You are sure to find a fantastic book (or even several!) that you will enjoy among this list. So, what are you waiting for? Get reading!
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: This fictional book addresses topics such as hope, fear, racism, and so much more. It is based on a true story. Amazon reviewers describe the book as gripping and thought-provoking. This book is a must-read!
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance: If you enjoy reading books that focus on sociological issues, you will love ‘Hillbilly Elegy.’ This book is written as a memoir of writer J. D. Vance’s upbringing in a poor, rural Rust Belt town. This book explores the struggles of growing up in poor communities in the U.S.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: This psychological thriller is one of the best reads 2016 (especially right before Halloween)! It is full of mystery, yet is also chilling and disturbing. The best part is that it ends with a surprising twist! Amazon reviewers fairly consistently agreed; this is a great book that earned a well deserved spot on the NY Times Best Sellers list.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: Milk and Honey is a fantastic book of prose and poetry about topics such as violence, love, abuse, healing, and more. The poems in this book are elegant and eloquent. Many readers noted that they were moved by the words in this book.
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow: It is no surprise this book rose to the best books of 2016 list considering the success of the Broadway play, Hamilton. In fact, this book was the inspiration for the play! This phenomenal book is a full length biography of none other than Alexander Hamilton himself. If you are interested in historical nonfiction or are a big fan of Hamilton, this book is a must read.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero: This how-to book is full of funny stories, exercises, and beneficial advice that will help you stop doubting yourself. The author hopes to help you see yourself as the badass that you are after you read this book! This is a no-nonsense how-to book that you just have to read!