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 is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. 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. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

9 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.


    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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