Favourite books of 2016

As we’re approaching the end of 2016, I thought I’d share some of the best books I’ve read this year. I’ve read over 175 books, and these are the cream of the crop!

Tale-within-a-tale graphic novel set in pre-history Arctic
Social and gender politics thousands of years in the future

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.  She has written articles for numerous publications, including the GuardianBuzzfeed, Den of GeekThe Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

7 thoughts on “Favourite books of 2016

  1. I completely loved The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. In fact, I love any book with a spaceship setting which is why I’m so excited about your next novel! 😀 Have you read The Loneliness of Distant Beings? It’s number one on my list of faves this year. Across The Universe is one of my favourite trilogies too.

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    1. Have you read the sequel yet? I’m so excited to start it!

      I have a proof of Distant Beings, I need to check it out! It looks really good. Is it sad?

      I really hope you like LONELIEST then! 😀

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      1. I haven’t but I can’t wait to! I was surprised by how much I loved it considering how little actually happens in it. The characters and setting are just so well done they carry themselves.

        It does have some sad moments but its overall not too sad I would highly recommend reading it. Brilliant stuff.

        I’m sure I will love it, I already love the cover. Can’t wait 😀

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