I have decided to do two separate posts on my favourite books of 2016. This is the first of those posts and includes my top five favourite books for this year. These are in no particular order and would class them as my equal favourites for this year. I have used the term stand-alone a bit loosely with the first book on this list but taken the view that as I read it as a stand-alone book rather than a series (which would take a very long time to read as there are nearly 50 books in this series!) I would highly recommend each and every one of these books below, so if you haven't picked up any of these you need to!!
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Although technically this is part of a series, I read this as a stand-alone so have classed it as such.
Nature versus nurture...
The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly
accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice
skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a
teacher. As random as random can be.
Eve Dallas has seen a lot of
killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After
reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed
by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles
away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the
shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that
particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.
husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal.
And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper,
she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger.
Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and
they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another
sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though
we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just
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Beloved #1 New York
Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable
love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.
Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country
move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in
L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration
Ben has always sought for his novel.
Over time and amidst the various
relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they
continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon
becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a
perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist
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Aristotle is an angry
teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual
way of looking at the world.
When the two meet at the swimming pool,
they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending
time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the
kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this
friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about
themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
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Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step....
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after
graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962,
Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on
her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid
Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared
and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a
black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child.
Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died
while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little
girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman
in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind
her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a
position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But
her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from
one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a
clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because
they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their
times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women
whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a
town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view
one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and
hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.
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A BIG NOVEL ABOUT A SMALL TOWN ...
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an
ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war
with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is
not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the
parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town
has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion,
duplicity and unexpected revelations?