Maci’s Best Books I Read in 2016

I have read almost 40 books this year, which is a slow year for me. (School picked up a lot this past year). Here are some of the best books that I have read in 2016.

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For books I have read at school The Color Purple has really stuck with me. It was a shocking and jarring book that showed a whole new world that I never knew before. I love history and pride myself on knowing a lot. But this book really showed me something that I had never seen before. I am also really glad that I read it at school because it helped me understand more of it by having discussions about it.

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My favorite series of the Year is The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvator. I read the first book about two years ago and didn’t like it very much. I didn’t think that I would ever finish the series, so when it would show up in articles I would read about it and found out how it ended (I hate it when books get spoiled, but I was so sure that I wasn’t going to finish reading this series that I was okay finding out the ending). But I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters. So I decided to read the second book, and I loved this one. The characters drew me in more then before and I couldn’t put it down. I also realized just how amazing Maggie Stiefvator’s writing is. Each word she chooses is deliberate and meant to mean something more then it says. I soon ended up finishing the whole series and am very sad that it is over, I miss the characters.

A torch against the night

My favorite fantasy book of the year would be A Torch Against the Night by Saba Tahir. It is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes and it was just as good. I don’t think that it had the second book curse. I enjoyed reading it, despite how I felt about the romances getting in the way of the plot at times. I loved the complex relationships that developed between the characters. I can honestly say that I am eagerly waiting for the next one.

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I have two favorite historical fiction books of this year. I loved both Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wien and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Black Dove, White Raven is about a brother and sister who move to Ethiopia with their mother to train pilots for the Ethiopian air force to fight in World War II. But the catch is that Emilia is a white girl and Teo is a black boy, so this causes them to be treated very differently. This was a really interesting read because I don’t know much about what happened in Africa during World War II despite thinking of myself as a history buff. Salt to Sea also takes place during World War II, but it is about the people in Germany who are fleeing because it is under attack. We follow them trying to get passage on the last ship out of Germany. This was again such a great read because I love learning about hidden parts of history. It showed me an entirely new perspective then ever before. In both these books I learned something new, a part of history that is not mainstream knowledge.

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Some of the most important books that I have read this year are The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. The Female of the Species is a great book about rape culture and how it affects high schoolers. As a high schooler who will soon go away to college it seemed really relevant to understand and talk about this culture that is most of the time ignored. I made sure to make as many of my friends as possible read this book. If I Was Your Girl is about a girl named Amanda who is transgender and just trying to get through her senior year of high school, since after she graduates she will be able to move to a place like New York where she can find a place that accepts her. This is an important book because I haven’t read any other books like it. It is just a great book in general but it is also one of a kind. A lot of books about transgender people are about the transition or realizing that they are transgender, while this book focuses on living life as a transgender person and the issues that transgender people face (like fear of using the bathroom, being outed, attacked, and general unacceptence or ignorance).

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Lastly I would say that my favorite dystopian/sci-fi book this year was Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It is a sequel to Illuminae which I loved. It starts almost instantly after Illuminae ends but takes on an entirely new set of characters. It is just as good and asks more questions then it answers. I loved the writing and there was an even newer form of communication!

There are many more books this year that I read but these are the ones that have stood out to me the most.

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