Must Read Novels From 2016

October 3, 2016

Looking for some awesome novels to enjoy this year? While the year has not yet ended, we have already enjoyed some classic books in 2016. Since Christmas is also fast approaching, it’s a good time to take note of the novels so far and perhaps add some of these to your gift basket. As the winter weather draws closer, it’s time to grab a book from the below list and snuggle up with a hot cup of tea.

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
Yann Martel’s breakthrough novel the Life of Pi is a book that tends to divide people. Some can’t get enough of it, while others would rather not have read it. It’s no wonder than that Martel’s newest novel has everyone talking again. The new book is a story of a young man called Thomas living in Lisbon in 1904. He finds an old journal, which begins his journey to finding a hidden secret. Along the pages, we follow three different stories across four centuries, learning about love and loss.

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
Karan Majahan’s book is a perfect look into the depths of terrorism and the different political dimensions the subject brings alive. The novel tells the story of Monsour, a 12-year-old by who loses two of his friends in a terrorist attack. The act is perpetrated by Kashmiri separatists, whose voices are also told in the gripping and moving book.

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All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
Elizabeth Brundage’s novel is a classic murder mystery that will keep you reading until the final pages. The story of George Clare is dark, but simultaneously beautiful tale of a broken man. He spends 20 years attempting to clear his name after his wife is killed and their daughter found alone in her room. While the mystery is gripping, the story about their marriage is captivating.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing is extremely exciting novel from a 26-year-old Ghanaian writer from Alabama. The debut is a breath of fresh air and deals with timely topics of race and identity. The novel traces the descendants of two sisters back to Ghana. Their lives lead to different outcomes along the way, with the journeys including slave trade, tribal warfare and colonization. As the novel spans over three centuries, you’ll even be able to explore modern-day Harlem.

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The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
Julian Barnes’ previous novel, The Sense of an Ending, won the Man Booker Prize in 2011 and so the expectations were high for this one. The book tells the story of Dmitri Shostakovich, a famous Soviet composer who had to follow the Communist Party’s rule when composing music. He struggled with the power and he began seeing his societal status change from an icon to a denounced “westerner”. The book is an ambitious work of literature, but definitely a powerful read.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Stephanie Danler’s book is the perfect choice for those moments when you want something simple and fun. While the book is relatively easy in terms of the subjects, it doesn’t mean there aren’t moments of joy and sadness. The book tells a story of a back waiter working at Union Square Café and who falls head over heels with what New York City has on offer.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Matthew Desmond’s book is from the non-fiction category and at times you wish it were fiction after all. The harrowing story of eight families who faced eviction from their homes is a devastating read. Nonetheless, the stories are real and that’s ultimately what makes this novel a must-read. It’s a timely reminder of the problems the modern society is facing and the burden average citizens need to carry.

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The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
If you are a fan of gripping stories and insightful mysteries, then Rosamund Lupton’s newest book is a definite must-read. The book tells a story of a mother and a deaf daughter living in the wilderness of Alaska. The two women start a journey to discover the surroundings of the father’s death and they go on an unexpected and emotional journey.

Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists by David Aaronovitch
If you want to take a look at the once powerful political force of Communism in British politics, the autobiography of David Aaronovitch is worth reading. The book is a riveting look at the Communist Party of Great Britain, its rise and decline. Inside the pages, you’ll also find a deeply touching personal tragedy, as Aaronovitch was betrayed by his own parents. The book is not just interesting for history or politics nerds, but a touching account of the complex family relationships most of us have.

The above novels definitely deserve a spot on your reading list. Each one of them is a captivating story of life and the complexity around it. If you love reading or you are looking for gift ideas for Christmas, these must read novels of 2016 are a place to start.