Best And Worst

A few days ago, I posted a couple of videos on my YouTube channel of the top 10 most influential Fiction and Non Fiction reads of 2016. If you haven’t seen them, click the pictures below to watch my recaps.

Fiction

 

The novels that influenced me most were:

10. Olive Kitteridge /Elizabeth Street
9. Streetcar Named Desire / Tennessee Williams
8. November 9th / Colleen Hoover
7. The Rosie Project / Graeme Samson
6. Boy Snow Bird / Helen Oyeyemi
5. Everything Everything / Nicola Yoon
4. Beloved / Toni Morrison
3. Everything I Never Told You / Celeste Ng
2. Interpreter of Maladies / Jhumpa Lahiri
1. Me Before You / Jojo Moyes

Non Fiction

My most influential Non Fiction reads were:

10. Intentional Living / John Maxwell
9. Draw To Win / Dan Roam
8. Moonwalking with Einstein / Joshua Foer
7. Rich Dad Poor Dad / Robert Kiyosaki
6. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind / T. Harv Eker
5. Between The World And Me /Ta Nehisi Coates
4. The Art of Creative Thinking / Rod Judkins
3. Business Secrets From The Bible / Rabbi Daniel Lapin
2. The Richest Man In Babylon / George S. Clason
1. Think And Grow Rich / Napoleon Hill

Most Disappointing

I haven’t really thought too much about the worst reads of the year. As a writer myself, I hesitate to use a single bad reading experience to judge an author. I don’t want to label any of these artists as “bad” writers when indeed, this might just have been a book that was published too soon and that with some good editing, could have been a truly remarkable novel. But that’s part of the experience, isn’t it? The fact the author/publisher decided to release a book that clearly didn’t connect, well that’s a bad book.  Given all that then, these are the books that disappointed me the most last year with a short synopsis of the story and why I disliked it.

The Problem With Forever / Jennifer L. Armentrout Mouse grew up in foster care and after an incident where her best friend sacrificed himself for her, she gets adopted and moves away. Now she is social withdrawn and she meets him again and they start to date. Also, she doesn’t speak. I had a problem with the situation, the relationship between the two teen characters read like incest since they had grown up together and a mostly silent main character made for a weak story.

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl / Jesse Andrews A Jewish privileged kid and his poor black friend befriend a girl in their class who is dying of cancer and they all change each others lives. Also, they make movies. This story was told in stereotypes and cliches and I thought the language was wildly inappropriate for the genre.

Exposure to A Billionaire / Ann Menke  – A stewardess on a billionaire’s private plane goes through relationship issues. Although this was a novel, it was written like a journal of fantasies and so, had no climax, no resolution and there was a lot of telling instead of showing.

Audrey Wait / Robin Fenway Teenaged Audrey breaks up with her musician boyfriend and when he asks her back and she refuses, he makes a song about her that shoots his band to superstardom and propels her into unwanted fame. For a YA novel, I found some of the situations inappropriate and there was an emotional disconnect.

Now That It’s You / Tawna Feske A woman hears that her ex-fiancé is in hospital but when she goes to visit him to mend things, he dies before she can apologize. The story then becomes a romance between her and the ex-fiance’s brother, culminating in a love scene at his funeral of all places. I found the situations unrealistic, the treatment of death uncaringly nonchalant and the characters very unlikable.

 

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One Comment Add yours

  1. You’re lucky! I’ve read a few books last year of I should say started a few that were just terrible and I was shocked they were even published, I don’t finish books like that anymore. I used to try to finish all, but I recently got to the point of asking myself why… Why not pick up something better instead!
    You have great reading tastes, they are a bit different than I am into these days. But a few on your top 10 list are ones I may consider one day. You can laugh at this, a lot of people do. But a few years back I used to only read adult fiction and most of it was either same ol or the authors were trying to push their intelligence onto the reader and I just lost interest. Well a few of my friends and many in my writers group one day were talking and we all realized we felt the same way, LOL
    So we gave up on adult fiction that year and only read Young Adult that is written with adults in mind. Mostly because those authors can’t risk filling up their pages trying to push their over intelligence off onto the reader, they have to keep the readers attention and I liked that better. Well although I’ll venture back to adult fiction from time to time, I have gotten so used to enjoying the writing and storylines better in YA that it’s been a few years and several of us in the group still prefer it and mainly stick with it, LOL
    Okay, sorry that was a comment post made for a book club, LOL

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