Kendra Robinson’s Best Reads of 2016

kendraMy name is Kendra Robinson.  My family moved to Evanston five years ago from Chicago because our daughter attends Baker Demonstration School.  My husband and I work in the private aviation industry and spend much of our time working on our fixer-upper house.

1)  The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (2014)

This is a wonderful twist on a time travel story, with shocking twists and a wonderful main character. Beautifully written and structured.

2)  The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey (2014)

This book had me hooked from the beginning!  A great addition to the horror/sci-fi genre.  This was one of those books I couldn’t put down even when I had other things to do.

3)  Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (1990)

I tend to adore anything written by Neil Gaiman, and this book is no exception.  It is dark and funny.  I found myself laughing out loud.  The world’s about to end.  The only problem is the angels and demons station-eleven(who’ve begun to enjoy each other’s company and understand each other over the eons) aren’t so sure they want Armageddon to come.

4)  Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (2016)

Flavia de Luce is one of my favorite fictional characters.  She literally leaps off the page and takes you along an incredibly intelligent, funny, dramatic and mysterious adventure.  If you haven’t been introduced to Flavia start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and go from there.  My 13-year-old daughter and I both thoroughly enjoy this series.

5)  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)

This is a beautiful, haunting novel about the end of the world.  The use of flashback to connect the characters and establish a “before and after” makes the story even more interesting.  Station Eleven is light on the science and heavy on the philosophy.  It left me pondering the resilience of the human spirit and how much we take for granted our modern world.  This is a book I couldn’t stop thinking about after finishing it.

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