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Favorite Reads from 2016

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In January, I decided that I was going dedicate this year to reading. I used to be an avid reader, but had found my reading time being replace by scrolling through Facebook and watching You Tube videos. This year was different though. I read a lot of books. Here are my favorite novels from 2016. These books weren't necessarily released this year, I just happened to read them this year.

This list appears in no particular order.

    Never Let Me Go

    This book sat on my reading list for ages. I'm glad I finally got around to it. The narrator tells us about this twisted and horrific dystopian world in a way that seems ordinary and even mundane.

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    Bird Box

    I don't read a lot of horror, but I heard about this book on a podcast and had to check it out. I loved the idea and the execution of it. Reading it made me feel anxious--in a good way.

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    The Sellout

    A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant. Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens―on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles―the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral. Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins―he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

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    I write books. I read books. Most of them have magic in them. Bylines include Toasted Cheese, Defenestration, BARK Magazine, and more.

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