Top Ten Tuesday – December 6, 2016

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[Top 10 Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish because who doesn’t love top 10 lists!]

It’s time for another Top Ten! This week’s topic is Top Ten Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016!

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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Have any of you watched his stand-up comedy, African American? Noah’s examination of African and American culture is insightful and usually hilarious (partially because it’s true). So when I requested Born a Crime on Netgalley, I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to be disappointed. What is the BEST thing about his memoir — he finds humour even in ugly or bleak situations. You have to appreciate someone who doesn’t dwell on things that other people have. Also, this book is not just about himself, but trying to educate the American audience on South African culture. More specifically, apartheid. If you haven’t yet — buy it, borrow it, doesn’t matter — read it. You won’t regret it.

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Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett

Ladies! We need to stick together in the workplace and fight for our rights!

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The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong Lee

Two teenage girls are found in their foster mother’s freezer (from the 1980s) after her funeral. How creepy is that?

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

My best friend was dumped a couple months ago. She couldn’t stop obsessing about her ex-boyfriend and started questioning her self-worth. No matter what I said, nothing stuck. After reading Modern Romance she’s gained some insight into online dating.

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Turning Japanese by MariNaomi

Earlier this year I found Turning Japanese along with its author at a comics festival hosted by the Toronto Reference Library. I’m also Japanese, so I felt an instant kinship to Mari. Besides that, what drew me to her character was a strong desire to understand her mother’s culture and language. So much so that she moved to Japan to live and work and experience that unique world.

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

From Book Riot to Booktubers to Bloggers — everyone was talking about Homegoing this summer. Of course, I was intrigued with all the rave reviews. Don’t get me wrong, the writing and imagery depicted is beautiful. But I found it very confusing at times. The plot would leap from one generation to another, the names of the characters were similar at times, and I felt that I would have to read this more than once to make sense of its true meaning. So for now, it remains in my good but not great pile.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

True love ❤ with a box of kleenex

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The Golden Son by Shilpi Gowda

Originally I thought this might be a romance, but it was more about Anil (the golden son) finding his true purpose in life.

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

It’s an emotional story and interesting portrayal of a family who seems to live on the margins of society.

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Slade House by David Mitchell

I found Slade House to be good, but weird. And honestly, I thought I’d be more freaked out then I was.

Have you read any of the books on my list? What new authors have you read this year and what were you’re thoughts?

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