1) The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
This has legitimately become one of my favourite books of all time. I did a full review of it which you can find here. I loved this book to the moon and back. The writing is exquisite and the storytelling is phenomenal. Can’t recommend this book enough.
2) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (really all of the Raven Cycle books)
This has definitely become one of my favourite series. I marathonned the three books that have already been released, and I very rarely do that. I’m pumped out of my mind for The Raven King. April 26th cannot come soon enough.
3) The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
This book. Oh man. I loved this book. I just reviewed it last week, and you can check that out here. This book is an emotional rollercoaster and it’s amazing.
4) Giant Days vol. 1 by John Allison
This was an excellent start to a new comic series. I’m definitely hooked and can’t wait for the next volume! This series has got some great characters. The leads are a group of female friends in university and they are just the best. The best.
5) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Yes, I finally read this! It was the first Rainbow Rowell book I’ve read and I loved it. I could relate to Cath so much. I’m not quite as big of a fangirl as she is, and I spend less time on the internet than she does. But her university experience had me nostalgic like mad. I had so many of the same anxieties that she had. If it hadn’t been for my roommate making me socialise right off the bat, I bet I wouldn’t have even been to my cafeteria either!
6) The City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
This was a super fun mystery thriller type book. I did a full review and you can check it out here. I love Kelley Armstrong! It was interesting reading a book by her that wasn’t paranormal.
7) Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
For the past several months, women’s issues like rape and consent have been close to my heart as I explore my identity as a feminist. This piece of investigative non-fiction is shocking and eye-opening. A must-read for those who want to further educate themselves and open up conversations on this horrific epidemic.
8) The Lake House by Kate Morton
This is the first book that I have read by Kate Morton. I’ve heard great things about her books and decided to give her latest a try. Although the ending wasn’t my cup of tea, the rest of the book was right up my alley! It’s story of family and secrets, and a cold case mystery that a detective on leave can’t help but investigate.
9) Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
Before I read this book, the only thing I knew about Carrie Brownstein was that she’s hilarious in Portlandia. I had very little knowledge of punk music, and the Riot Grrl movement. I had no idea that she was in a famous band! She’s not just hilarious and a musician—she’s also a really good writer. I loved learning about her life and her experiences. If this book interests you, definitely read it!
10) Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
This is one of the first books I read in 2016. And I really liked it! It’s a pretty unique YA thriller. I wrote a full review and you can check it out here.
Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.