Favorite Reads of 2016

In this brand new week into a new year, I believe in beauty arising over the new days to come. With new opportunities and memories to create, there is always something good in a warm cup of coffee, in a smile that persists through the day, an effort to weather through struggle. I am thinking about how blessed I have been, as I have found favorite reads within the year that has passed, among a ton, I am sure.

Though 2016 was not really a good reading year for me, there were beautiful books that I have read, all of which have touched my heart.

Tuesdays With Morrie allowed me to view the world in different shades—the pain of each day and the harrowing tragedy of death's cold fingers, looping through the throat of a man named Morrie, who decided that such frigidity could never steal away any spectrum of happiness.

Since reading this book, I have decided that I will be a Morrie to everyone.

All the Light We Cannot See: a book of death, of wonder. It is a story of a blind girl and a German boy thriving in the destruction brought about by World War II. I wept terribly and loved its characters more than I could ever love. A book that compelled in me the feeling of true empathy, real and genuine.

Out of passion and interest, my love for fantasy and contemporary has also made me adore reading The Young Elites and The Unexpected Everything, both of which were filled with magic and reality. I was in awe.

Salt to the Sea, on the other hand, is another World War II book written by an amazing author that I love by heart: Ruta Sepetys. The writing itself was phenomenal, I couldn't put it down.

I could only hope that you read these too.
jillian etc.