As 2016’s behind us, I’d like to share with you some of the best books I read and enjoyed. And since I’m always on the prowl for more interesting reads, I hope this list will aid your own book-hunting! Happy reading! 🙂
Note: This list doesn’t have any particular ranking or genre-specifications.
- SET FREE, Anthony Bidulka
Nothing had prepared me for the nail-biting suspense and tension that acclaimed Canadian writer Anthony Bidulka’s latest venture would drag me into. If you’re a hardcore suspense fan, you won’t be disappointed by Set Free- the story of an author’s abduction in Morocco and the life-changing events that engulfed him. Suspense is one of my favourite genres- Bidulka is definitely an author who knows his game.
If you’re interested, you can read my interview with him here.
- JUNGLE OF STONE, William Carlsen
This book is, I have to admit, one of my guilty pleasures. I’ve read Jungle of Stone so many times, I’ve lost count. Listed by Amazon as one of its top nonfiction books for 2016, Carlsen’s bestseller traces the true journey of explorers Frederick Catherwood and John L. Stephens leading to the discovery of the Maya civilization in Central America. Full of adventure, historical insights, handy footnotes and surreal locales, this book will suit the thriller-seeker as much as the armchair historian. Definitely recommended!
Read Carlsen talk about his journey to Central America and his book here.
- A PERILOUS PATH, Anne R. Pierce
A wonderfully insightful commentary on the foreign policy of the US by knowledgeable Anne Pierce. She analyses in depth the past, current and expected state of foreign relations and has some startling information about the misguided decisions of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Definitely a must-read for every American citizen, but also recommended for people following politics all over the world.
Read my interview with Anne Pierce here.
- SINGULARITY, Kathryn Casey
This book is quite a few years old, but definitely on my favourites list. I’m a big fan of crime thrillers, and Casey never disappoints. I had read her other true crime books before, but Singularity is special- it has dark psychological elements as well as a gripping murder mystery. Although some scenes might be a little too intense, the writing was very powerful and the characters are still in my head, month after finishing the book! Crime fans, go grab this! You won’t be disappointed.
- INCA GOLD, Clive Cussler
Being a scholar of Pre-Columbian civilizations, I have to admit I don’t like reading books with inaccurate facts, which is why I avoid historical fiction. But I’m glad I read this one. Mr Cussler is well-known for spinning a good yarn, and Inca Gold is a wonderful testament to that assertion. This is the first book I read in the Dirk Pitt series, and the best thing I liked about the book was its thickness. I love a story that goes on and on…
The thrills were there, there was also a whole lot of travelling, and very likeable characters!
- MISSION TYPHOON, Bear Grylls
An epic adventure from the master of adventures himself! The protagonist, Beck Granger, who shows a lot of Bear’s own qualities, is guiding an expedition through the jungles of Guangxi. But tragedy befalls the group and they have to struggle for mere survival in the treacherous forests. Will Beck be able to save his team? A compelling adventure with philosophical as well as physical lessons, Mission Typhoon is a book you can’t miss reading.
So this is all I have, guys! It was a wonderful year and I read some true masterpieces. I’m looking forward to what this new year brings! If you have book suggestions, do tell me in the comments!