Top Five Book I Read in 2016

I didn't read as many books as I'd hoped to in 2016 (only sixteen out of my goal of twenty), but I absolutely loved some of the ones I did read. I decided to share my five favorites with you, in the order that I read them (because I couldn't possibly rank them!). I'll be tracking my reading again this year on Goodreads with the same goal of twenty books, so definitely friend me so that we can see what books each other are loving! x

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

I held off on reading this book for years because I adore Pride and Prejudice and hate zombie movies. I had no idea that this book is actually a brilliant satire and has so many fun references for Austen fans to the original novel. The author clearly has a strong grasp on the history of Regency England and was incredibly clever in how to blend zombies in. You can read my full review here, but I thought the book was much better than the movie...even though I loved the movie!

Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher 

Giovanna Fletcher is my absolute favorite author, but her books are somewhat hard to get ahold of from the United States so I was super excited to get this one for my birthday. And it didn't disappoint in any way! A lovely story about a woman who begins dreaming about an old friend of hers she knew at university...only for him to turn up as the new hire in her office! It's also a great commentary on what it's like to remain friends with an ex and the importance of great friends. I highly recommend this book as it was definitely the best realistic fiction I read this year.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Before reading this book, I liked Anna Kendrick because of her hilarious Twitter account and her role in my favorite movie ever (The Last Five Years). Now? I'm obsessed with her. In the best memoir I've ever read, Kendrick reflects on her upbringing as a child actor on Broadway, her move to LA, and how she's learned to navigate Hollywood stardom. She comes across as incredibly relatable and down to earth, while also quirky (in the best sense) and honest.

Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith

This lovely little book tells the story of several passengers on a train journey who share their life stories with each other. Told in alternating perspectives, the novel is completely unlike anything I've ever read before. I picked it up in a sale bin on a whim and I'm so glad that I did.

On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

I couldn't wait to read Carrie Hope Fletcher's first novel and it was even more amazing than I expected. A beautiful story about love, loss, death, and life, it weaves magic into the 'real' world more seamlessly than I've ever seen before. Carrie's prose is beautiful and I fell in love with every single one of the characters. If forced to choose, I would perhaps say that this is my favorite book I read in all of 2016.

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