Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – I was somewhat disappointed by this book and actually found the movie to be more enjoyable because it gave a more satisfying ending.
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman – I cannot recommend this book enough. The story is about a man and his wife and their desire to have children. Their grief causes them to break the law and become entangled in a hopeless, heartbreaking, and beautifully crafted story. Probably my favorite book I read in 2016!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Beautifully written novel set during WWII. It was interesting to see how all the characters’ lives intertwined in the end.
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield -This is the intriguing story of a southern family and the many tragedies they face one year. Overall, I loved the author’s style of writing and enjoyed this book. The plot was well developed and unpredictable. Unfortunately, there were several elements in this story that I found disturbing or unnecessary. Most of the characters had a realistic blend of good and bad traits that made them relatable and enduring. However, the two “villains” were so intensely evil, abusive, and self-centered that I think it ended up detracting from the story.
The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon –This book is interesting and opens readers’ eyes to a new way of seeing the world because the story is told from the perspective of a boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome. However, I did not like some of the language used in the book.
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis –Lewis masterfully retells the the tale of Psyche and Cupid in this amazing book. The story is told from the perspective of Psyche’s oldest sister, Orual, whose selfish love for others seems to only bring ruin. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it!
1984 by George Orwell –This could just be me, but I don’t like Orwell’s books. He takes a very dark, hopeless view of life. Written in the late 1940s, Orwell creates a world in the future where people’s minds are manipulated by a tyrannical government. Quite frankly, the only reason I finished reading this book is because I had to read it for English class. If you want to get a taste of Orwell’s writing, I would recommend Animal Farm before 1984 because of the immorality and slightly disturbing torture scenes in 1984.
Darcy’s Story by Janet Aylmer –This book retells “Pride and Prejudice” from Darcy’s point of view. I found it interesting to think of the story from his perspective. I thought the author should have used more dialogue but overall it was a pretty good read.
The Lilies of the Field by William E. Barrett
Lord of the Flies by William Golding –I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed this suspenseful, unique tale of a group of boys stranded on an island. Once I got into the story, it was hard to set the book down!
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck