2016 became known as one of the most challenging years in recent history, with thousands of both positive and negative events taking place around the world. Under such circumstances, books provide an excellent opportunity to escape into an alternative reality, and in 2016 there were lots of fascinating fiction, nonfiction, and memoir books written and released. Find new and classic books on Jiji to upgrade your book collection without overpaying, and check out the top 4 noteworthy books of the previous year.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Yaa Gyasi is a Ghanaian-American author whose debut novel, Homegoing, was released in 2016. The story of this novel spans over 300 years and covers the lives of two sisters, one who was sold to America as a slave and the other one who remained in Ghana, as well as their descendants. There are lots of characters and storylines, but each one of them is so well-written that you’ll instantly feel connected to the story.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Noah Hawley is an established novel writer, which is why it’s not surprising that his latest release received accolades from the critics and the public. The story of Before the Fall starts at a plane crash with two survivors, a boy and an unemployed painter. The rest of the book is an exploration of the lives and secrets of the passengers before the crash. If you love story twists and exciting turns, this book, which has been named the thriller of the year, is truly a must-read.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
After the final part of the Harry Potter series was published in 2007, fans were begging for the story to be continued. Finally J.K. Rowling decided to give the series a fresh start, releasing the Cursed Child. It’s a theatre play rather than a usual novel, which covers the life of the iconic Harry Potter long after the events at Hogwarts. Watching him face the challenges of adult life is a brand new experience for Harry Potter fans.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah went from being an unknown South African comedian to being the host of America’s leading talk show. However, life wasn’t always easy for Noah, as being born to a South African mother and Swiss father in the middle of apartheid was more dangerous than anyone can imagine. This memoir covers the life and struggles of Trevor Noah in his distinctive writing manner, which made him a famous stand up comedian author long before this book saw the world.