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.
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
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
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 Now she is social withdrawn and she meets him again and they start to date.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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