Reading Citadel has been doing some book digging in order to bring you book recommendations of books that made headlines back in 2016. Yes, five years sounds like a lot of time however in the literary world it is not! And as a perk, some of the books are at a very good price (on sale) and are in paperback, and ebook format. So go ahead and see which book miss you back in 2016 so that you can be added to your list of 2022 books to read!
There are so many great books being released every week and with anticipation, we forget that great books already exist! So we visited the year 2016 and the books that had great reviews and made headlines and brought them to you.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Publisher : Delacorte Press Publication date : November 2016 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Format: Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, and audiobook Genre: Fiction / Teen and Young Adult
The Premise of the Book:
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
Made into a movie in 2019 this is one book recommendations that I am definitely adding to my reading list!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Publisher : Philomel Books; Publication date : February 2016 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook Genre: Historical Fiction - Teen and Young Adult
My oldest son read this book and was one of his favorites a few years ago. I actually have it next in my nightstand so a review from my side will be posted soon.
The Premise of the Book:
World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.
As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.
A Gathering of Shadows: A Novel (Shades of Magic, 2) by V.E. Schwab
Publisher : Tor Books Publication date: February 20216 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Format: Paperback, ebook, Audiobook Genre: Fiction - Fantasy - Action and Adventure
I read the first one “A Darker Shade of Magic” few months ago and I got the second one already in the house. I haven’t got the third one (yes there is a third one!), but once I start the book I will hurry up and get the third one as well.
The Premise of the Book
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehis
Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.
In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic’s balance, another London must fall…in V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows.
When We Collided b Emory Lord
Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens Publication date: April 2016 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook Genre: Fiction - Romance - Mental Illness - Teen and Young Adult
The Premise of the Book:
A thought-provoking, emotionally-compelling romance featuring a girl, a boy, and the love that has the power to save or destroy them.
Seventeen year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he is not. With a mother lost in a deep bout of depression, Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town.
Vivi is in love with life. Charming and unfiltered, she refuses to be held down by the medicine she’s told should make her feel better. After meeting Jonah, she slides into the Daniels’ household seamlessly, winning over each sibling with her imagination and gameness. But it’s not long before Vivi’s zest for life begins to falter. Soon her adventurousness becomes all-out danger-seeking.
Through each high and low, Vivi and Jonah’s love is put to the test . . . but what happens when love simply isn’t enough?
It Ends with Us: a Novel by Colleen Hoover
Publisher : Atria Publication date : August 2016 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Format: Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook Genre: Fiction - Woman Relationships - Romance
The Premise of the Book:
Kate Darling’s enigmatic mother — a once-famous ballerina — has passed Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most. Lily hasn?t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She?s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up?she graduated from college, moved to Boston and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily?s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He?s also sensitive, brilliant and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn?t hurt. Lily can not get him out of her head. But Ryle?s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his ?no dating? rule, she can not help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan?her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, it ends with us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, 1) by C.J. Redwine
Publisher : Balzer + Bray Publication date: December 2016 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Format: Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook Genre: Fiction - Science Fiction - Fantasy
The Premise of the Book:
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.
In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic of his own—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman—and bring her Lorelai’s heart.
But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Publisher : Crown Books for Young Readers Publication date : March 2016 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook Genre: Fiction - Teen and Young Adult - Coming of Age
The Premise of the Book:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-
Dill isn’t the most popular kid at his rural Tennessee high school. After his father fell from grace in a public scandal that reverberated throughout their small town, Dill became a target. Fortunately, his two fellow misfits and best friends, Travis and Lydia, have his back.
But as they begin their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. His only escapes are music and his secret feelings for Lydia–neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending–one that will rock his life to the core.
Debut novelist Jeff Zentner provides an unblinking and at times comic view of the hard realities of growing up in the Bible belt, and an intimate look at the struggles to find one’s true self in the wreckage of the past.
Symptoms of Being Huma by Jeff Garvin
Publisher : Publisher : Balzer + Bray Publication date : February 2016 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook Genre: Fiction - Teen and Young Adult - Coming of Age The Premise of the Book: A sharply honest and moving debut perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Ask the Passengers. Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn't exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley's life. On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it's really like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley's starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley's real identity, threatening exposure. And Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything. From debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be a person. The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
Publisher : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Publication date : January 2016 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Format: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook Genre: Fiction - African American Historical Fiction The Premise of the Book: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The basis for the acclaimed original Amazon Prime Video series directed by Barry Jenkins. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Publisher : Tor Books Publication date : January 2016 Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Format: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook, Audio CD Genre: Fiction - Science Fiction - Paranormal
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine, a witch, and Laurence Armstead, a mad scientist, parted ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. But as adults they both wind up in near-future San Francisco, where Laurence is an engineering genius and Patricia works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever growing ailments. But something is determined to bring them back together—to either save the world, or end it.
Hope these books bring you some ideas for your weekly reading!