More favorite reads from 2016

I listed my favorite fiction books from 2016 in this post: My favorite reads of 2016. I also had many non-fiction favorites from 2016 and I will be listing them here along with some of my other favorite fiction reads from 2016. 2016 was a good reading year for me as I read many amazing books and I ended up liking most of the books that I read. Here are my other favorites from 2016:

  1. 84, Charing cross road by Helene Hanff –  This is a non-fiction book consisting of letters that were exchanged between a woman in US and a bookseller in London. It is quite short and can be read in one or max two sittings. I wish Helene and Frank had met though 😦 and I miss snail mail after reading this book. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I realized that Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society was probably a rip off of this book in a way. But this book is so much better than that book as this is a true story. charing
  2. The arrival by Shaun Tan – No words to describe how beautiful the artwork is! This is a graphic novel which tells the story of an immigrant using just drawings without any text. arrival
  3. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – It is a graphical novel about a girl who was stuck in Iran during the Islamic revolution. It gave us a first hand account of the changes that Islamic revolution brought into the country. One of the best graphical novels for sure. persepolis2
  4. My brief history by Stephen Hawking – This is the autobiography of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking. Read my complete review here. brhis1sm
  5. Enid Blyton: The biography by Barbara Stoney – I thoroughly enjoyed reading about my most favorite author. She shaped my childhood and I always wanted to know more about her. Read my detailed review here. blyton
  6. Cold comfort farm by Stella Gibbons – Hilarious and it hooked me right from the very first chapter. One of the funniest books I have read with some of the funniest characters possible. It is about a girl who moves to countryside to live with her extended family after she loses her parents. It is supposed to be a parody of novels which were based in English countryside. My favorites were Amos, Aunt Ada Doom and Judith. I did not like the way Flora fixed them though and hence had to deduct 1 star. But the writing was so great and made me chuckle so many times. coldcomfort
  7. Flatland – a romance of many dimensions by Edwin A. Abott – This is a science fiction narrated by the geometrical figure “square”. It is pretty interesting as it talks about dimensions and our perception of the world. Read my detailed review here. flatland_sm
  8. The adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi – This is the first time I read the original story. I must have read the Disney version a billion times as a kid. I have also seen the Disney movie a million times. Pinocchio was my most favorite Disney character as a small kid. For some reason, I was fascinated with this story. Reading this story again made me nostalgic. The original story is more violent compared to the Disney version. I loved this edition as it had amazing illustrations. I also heard that this is the best translated edition – this one is by Roberto Innocenti. I will definitely read this story to my son once he is old enough to understand. pinocchio
  9. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin – Historical fiction on 1800s US slave states and steamboats + a commentary on slavery in US with a pinch of fantasy = a great book. This book has vampires – the good and bad kind. When I read about the good kind, I was immediately reminded of Twilight and then it struck me that Twilight was most likely inspired by this book. But this book is loads better. There is adventure, history, fantasy, horror, suspense and a commentary on racism in this book. I have a feeling Martin really disliked slavery, as we can see references to that in A song of ice and fire series as well.
    All the characters were amazing! This was totally a character-driven book. Loved it. The atmosphere in the book is so great, I felt I was transported back to 1800s USA. If you like A song of ice and fire series, please do read this book. fevre
  10. Adulthood is a myth by Sarah Andersen – This book describes adulthood so well. I haven’t read a book as funny as this one in quite sometime. Highly recommend it. adulthood

Rereads:

I also did quite a few rereads this year. These are the books that I read again in 2016:

  1. The fellowship of the ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The two towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. The return of the king by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. Harry Potter and the half-blood prince by J.K. Rowling
  5. Batman: The killing joke by Alan Moore

My Goodreads stats:

I read 55 pages per day on an average in 2016, which is not bad.

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24 thoughts on “More favorite reads from 2016

  1. 89 books in a year is truly wow! I managed 35. I usually don’t re-read books, but I am suddenly finding that appealing. So planning to re-read more this year.

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  2. Wow! 55 pages a day! That’s something. I fared very poorly. I need to stay focused this year. So far I’m in tune with my goals but you know, it is only January. I think I would love ‘Adulthood is Myth’.

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  3. I think there may have been an animated movie made of Flatland that I wanted to see when I was younger, but never got the chance (I could also be completely wrong about this and/or confusing it with another film I think may have been called The Point). I didn’t know it (if it exists) was based on a book, but I’ve added it to my ever growing TBR list. I have Martin’s Fevre Dream. One of my goals is to read all of his other works as his ASOIAF series is my favorite. I’m currently embroiled in his Tuf Voyaging, and Fevre is on my shelf and list, too.

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    • I think there is a movie with the same name and I have been planning to watch that movie so I guess it might be the one that you saw. I want to read other books by GRRM so I think I will also pick up Tuf Voyaging sometime soon.

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      • I loved the stories of Tuf I read in his Dreamsongs, and I just picked up the Kindle version of Tuf Voyaging. So far I’m really enjoying it. Tuf’s personality is so quirky and interesting. He talks in this almost scholarly way and has this mannerism and appearance that definitely make him stand out from a crowd. I think I read somewhere the Tuf was kind of an Author Avatar for GRRM, but then I’ve also heard that Martin sees himself as a character called “Turtle” in the Wild Cards series. It’s all so convoluted 🙂

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      • I’ve heard that, too about Fevre Dream! He likes having Author Avatars. I believe (don’t quote me though) that he says Tyrion is the character who’s closest to him in ASOIAF. I’d love to know what you think about Tuf!

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      • Oh my yes. I’m remembering an early line about him. Like really early as in beginning of AGOT. The end of one of the first Jon chapters. “A small man can cast a large shadow.” I don’t know if that means he’s going to ride a dragon or if it’s more metaphorical. Knowing Martin, it’s probably more metaphorical 🙂

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      • Also there is a rumor that Tyrion is Targaryen and son of the mad king. Tywin just before dying says that “you are no son of mine”. People were saying that he is not Tywin’s son and that’s why his father disliked him so much. I also read that Mad King liked Tywin’s wife.

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      • I actually think the twins are more likely to be Aerys’s children than Tyrion just because it would be the best kind of irony that Tyrion was Tywin’s only issue and he hated him for killing his beloved wife AND being a dwarf or “deformed” according to him. I think the Tyrion “Targ” thing may be a huge red herring hehe just because I don’t think Johanna was in King’s Landing when the youngest Lannister was conceived. But Aerys DID send Tywin the twins’ weight in gold when they were born, which may be significant (I’m a huge ASOIAF dork if you didn’t know :p)

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