6 Best Reads in 2016 (so far)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is something that I’d actually like to do periodically. Since we’ve already gotten through a third of the 2016, I figure it’s about time to do my quarterly list of best reads so far this year. This year has a great year for books so far, and I’m excited for what’s next. Read below for some of the best books I’ve read this year; there’s a great mix of genres, settings, and authors to pick from if you’re looking for some new reading material. If you need a little more information, click the title of each book for my reviews!

  1. The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri: I just had to continue my love affair with Jhumpa Lahiri. She’s amazing, and I’ll read just about anything she writes.
  2. Awakening Kali, by T.S. Ghosh: This book was such a pleasant surprise. Read it straight through to the end so you really understand the author’s motivations for writing.
  3. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng: The plot of this book isn’t necessarily anything new, but Ng adds so much to make it her own. It was incredibly interesting to read the perspective of racism through the lens of another race.
  4. Writing My Wrongs, by Shaka Senghor: Listening to Senghor speak at my church really cemented my feelings about this book. Read it if you have any interest in prison reform, but also in a repentant killer’s outlook in the aftermath of his crime.
  5. Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine: This was our most recent book club selection. It’s not an easy read for those of us who rarely read poetry, but definitely worthy of a glance.
  6. Dreams From My Father, by Barack Obama: I’m so ashamed I didn’t read this book earlier. It was our February book club choice, and I still haven’t gotten around to reviewing it. I will, though, because I adored the writing. In lieu of a review, here’s the Goodreads page if you’d like to learn more.

Once again, I didn’t list a full 10. Although Goodreads says I’m 4 books ahead of schedule for my reading goal of 50 books, I really don’t feel like I’ve read enough books this year to give an honest top ten list. Each of these books was distinctive for different reasons, but I recommend each of them without reservation.

What have been some of y’alls favorite books in 2016? Are you on track to reach your reading goals this year? Let me know in the comments! As always, feel free to leave a link to your own Top Ten Tuesdays, or reviews for these books so others can peruse them. 

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