The Whisper by Aaron Starmer (Fiction)
Aaron's imagination never ceases to amaze me and I can't give any more away than that or it ruins the surprises. I will be sad when the Riverman Trilogy wraps up this March, but I still can't wait to read the third book.
The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost:A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman (Non-Fiction/Travel)
I loved, loved, loved this book. It will continue to be one of my favorite travel books of all time. Rachel's insights, combined with her humor, makes this a fun, inspiring read. It often made me wish I could go back and have an in my twenties do over.
Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Fiction)
I wasn't sure about this one at first. It starts out very depressing and towards the end there was a moment when I started sobbing. Anything with a cat gets the water works going, but it was worth sticking it out. It's not so much about a main character as much as it is about an ensemble of characters and how people's lives sometimes get unexpectedly woven together and what the outcome of that can be.
Scarlet - Second book in the Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer (Science Fiction)
A Cyborg, a kick ass independent girl, a guy named Wolf, a handsome Prince, and an evil Queen, do you need anything more? Maybe a space ship, they're pretty cool too.
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg (Autobiography)
Because it is always a good idea to get advice and life lessons from an independent, passionate, intelligent lady. She is amazing.
Jackaby - Book 1, by William Ritter (Fiction)
Sherlock Holmes with a touch of The Doctor's personality teams up with an intelligent, spunky teenage girl to solve supernatural crimes. Also they live with a ghost and a duck named Douglas.This book made me smile the whole way through. I think Abigail Rook was the character who was most like me out of all of the books I read this year.
I already finished one great book in 2016. I guess I'll have to wait until the end of the year to see if it makes next year's list.