“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”
― George R.R. Martin,
It’s that time of the year where the majority of blogs will bombard you with favourites and try to convince you to try out various Blogs, Music, Books and all other things that made it for them in 2016. I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoy this sort of post because it’s always a treat to see people genuinely excited about things and I am more inclined to pick up something if it comes highly recommended. Regardless, this post is just close to the favourite list in which I am going to speak about books that were amazing but didn’t make it to the TOP LIST, so stick around and prepare to be introduced to the HONORABLE MENTION BOOKS that should be on your shelves.
Not in any particular order
(If Reviews are present they will be linked at the side of the title)
Also these are not all published in 2016 they are just some that I got to in 2016 🙂
Goodreads Rating: 3.9 ★★★★
My Rating: 5 ★★★★
Genre: Ireland Lit, Cultural, Contemporary, Thriller
Set in Dublin Ireland 1994, the town is infested with drug addicts and crime is at its peak… We follow Billy, a salesman whose only daughter ends up in a coma after a dastardly robbery. The culprits are apprehended and set to be a charged in court but on the day of the sentence the gang leader escapes. Billy decides to take justice into his own hand by tracing the young culprit’s every move as he plans his revenge. But soon things spiral out of control in a very disastrous way. One small decision can ruin everything or make it better? You have to read to find out.
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What an experience, truly dark and beautiful read & the perspective of a 2nd read was even more rewarding than the first time 🙂
“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”
Everyone and their dog has read or heard of this book, so to go into a synopsis will be pointless but It is essentially about a man looking for his missing wife, but it’s way more than that… What Gillian offers is a deeper understanding of what happens in the human mind that people don’t openly share, she manages to showcase the psychology in “Psychological Thriller”.
When I first read this book I was so wrapped up in the plot I missed so much but I enjoyed the twist and turns so much that it instantly became a favourite book. After the re-read, it has broadened my understanding of how much depth this book carries. It made me doubt a lot and feel insecure about the people in my life especially those who you claim to “love” or “your life long partner”… Do you really know the person you’re sharing a bed with or what are they constantly thinking of? The two married protagonist are absolutely terrible human beings and with each page, you find some more loathing information about them and their so-called “marriage”. I enjoyed re-reading about them and they are probably one of those memorable characters because the author nailed the characterization.
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Genre: Crime fiction, Literary fiction
My Star rating: 5/5★★★★
“Fiction had never been Jackson’s thing. Facts seemed challenging enough without making stuff up. What he discovered was that the great novels of the world were about three things – death, money and sex. Occasionally a whale.”
I can’t believe it’s the last in the installment
Average Star Rating: 4.06 Stars
My Rating: 5/5 freaking Stars 🙂
Genre: Mystery fiction. Crime, Thriller, Suspense.
“Which would be worse, to live as a monster or to die as a good man?”
Literally my face during some parts of the book
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