8 Best Books of 2016 Which Everyone Must Have Read By January 2017
Books and best books! There is a huge divide separating the two. Even choosing among the best ones is a tedious process. But we have made your selection a bit easier.
Here are 8 best books of 2016 shortlisted for the avid reader as well as the casual reader. Enjoy these fresh reads and you will have done something worthwhile by year end.
Or ring in the New Year by reading which will give you the feeling of already having begun on a great note!
1. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
How would you feel if you have to rethink the entire logic and means of your existence? A resident neurosurgeon from Stanford, Paul Kalanithi has written an intense book from the depth of his heart and experience. When Breath Becomes Air is bound to stir many emotions within you. Truly, one of the best books of 2016 and a must read memoir.
2. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Swing Time is about two girls; Girls with contrasting personalities joined together by an underprivileged neighborhood. Zadie Smith has penned one of the most brilliant stories cum social narratives of modern times. Hence, this one is undoubtedly one of the best books of 2016.
3. All That Man Is by David Szalay
Strictly evaluated this one is a collection of stories rather than a novel. But the reason for including it in the best books of 2016 is the writing. It tells the journey of the man in different roles. Although the book could have included vivid characters, the narration itself is one of the best we have come across. All That Man Is is an enjoyable casual read.
4. News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Paulette Jiles writes with the greatest possible clarity and a beautiful imagination. Among the best books of 2016, News of the World is probably the finest of the historical fictions. There is a lyrical beauty to the language of the story set in the post Civil War period of USA. Definitely a worthy book if one enjoys dry humor and stories based on individual-community interaction.
5. Home Going by Yaa Gyasi
Some books have beautiful prose while some have hauntingly beautiful writing. Home Going is of the latter type. Yaa Gyasi tells the story of two half sisters separated by an ocean. This historic novel talks of slave trade, looks at events through a compassionate and different angle. You would simply feel like memorizing it. Therefore, I would definitely recommend it as one of the best books to read and remember.
6. All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister
This book includes a feminist angle through and through but with a great deal of study. Rebecca Traister scholarly analyzes the role of women in the larger scheme of things, namely history, society etc. All the Single Ladies may not be the only work of its kind but it certainly is one of the best books of its kind.
7. The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
It is a highly gripping and engaging novel. The previous line is perhaps the best description of The Little Red Chairs. A man named Vladimir Dragan enchanting presence in a small Irish village is about to overwhelm one woman. War, brutality, love and human condition all are perfectly blended in a gripping narrative by Edna O’Brien. The Little Red Chairs is one of the best books both in expression and content.
8. City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Lawrence
City of Thorns might be one of the best books of 2016 but what it accounts is certainly a grave concern for humanity. Dadaab camp in Kenya will make you shudder and rethink your lives. The book attacks politics, hypocrisy and wickedness of human nature even while dealing with the most helpless amongst us. City of Thorns must be read by every aware citizen across the globe!
The best books of 2016 most certainly are not limited to above 8. But is there any particular book which you think should make it to any such list? We would appreciate if you let us know in the comments section.