What are the best fiction books released in 2016?

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    Homegoing is a young adult, coming-of-age, drama novel written by Yaa Gyasi. It was the debut novel of the author but it won the 2016 NYT Notable Book, NPR Debut Novel of the Year, Times' Top 10,  and a 2017 Hemingway award.


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    Teresa Murphy
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation."
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    #2What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

    What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

    What is Not Yours is Not Yours is a light-hearted, philosophical and fantasy novel written by Helen Oyeyemi. It won the PEN Open Book Award, the NPR Best Book Award, the Washington Post's Notable Fiction Pick, and many others.


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    María Elena Castellanos
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Pretty straightforward commentary. Nice story and way of going about it."
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    #3The One in A Million Boy

    The One in A Million Boy

    The One-in-a-Million Boy is the drama novel for young adults written by Monica Wood and was published in April 2016. It is about a father who tried to make it up to his dead son by completing his unfinished Boy Scout badge.


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    Sandra Kennedy
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "The One in A Million Boy is one of the best fiction books from 2016. The story is well thought through with quite a bit of suspense. I read the ebook and had to buy the physical copy to have at once based on how much I enjoyed reading the first time."
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    #4Mr. Splitfoot

    Mr. Splitfoot
    Mr. Splitfoot is a gothic, mystery novel for young adults and adults written by Samantha Hunt. It was first published in January 2016. It was an NYT Editors' Choice, a Paris Review Staff Pick, and An Indie Next Pick.

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    Mark Collins
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I was a bit skeptical of Mr. Splitfoot since this was a recommendation by some co workers. When it arrived and I read the first few chapter I was a little bit disappointed because it was a bit slow in the first couple of the chapters; However, after reading on I was quite hooked and couldn't be bother to put it down."
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    #5The Queen of the Night

    The Queen of the Night
    The Queen of the Night is the inspirational drama novel for young adults written by Alexander Chee. it was released in 2016. It won the NYT Editors' Choice award, the An Indie Next Pick, NPR Best Book, and many others.

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    Mick Fang
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I've still been catching up on my old reading lists from a long time ago, so I just now got around to this one from 2016. Overall, it's a pretty good read, a decent piece of historical fiction in which the author frames up the characters and events using appropriate period settings and actions. There are some more interesting things out there, to be fair - I'm not absolutely raving about it, but it was a good read."
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    #6Jane Steele

    Jane Steele

    Jane Steele is the young adult, mystery, thriller novel written by Lyndsay Faye. It was released in March 2016. It was nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel. It is a reimagining of Jane Eyre as a killer.


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    Willie Davidson
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This book was a gift, and it's been hard to not tell the person who gave it to me that I'm not a big fan. Another author looking for the easy way out, taking a known classic and simply trying to change all the numbers and backdrops into something modern. It's low effort, and written in a really boring way that didn't grab me at all. Even the author's name is cliche. Jane Eyre, Jane Steele, get it? Because adding the E made it better than just Steel, and Steel of course is a good strong name. Yawn."
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    #7The Woman in Cabin 10

    The Woman in Cabin 10

    The Woman in Cabin 10 is an adventure and mystery book for young adults and adults written by Ruth Ware. It was a Summer Must-Read for both the Entertainment Weekly and the New York Post last 2016.


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    #8Small Great Things

    Small Great Things

    Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things tackles racism through the story of Ruth Jefferson, an African American nurse facing charges after hesitating to save the life of the newborn son of white supremacists.


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    Alan Hawkins
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I never heard of Jodi Picoult and the book doesn't seem that interesting to me. I like more scifi or fantasy novels. This solution is still fine."
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    #9Salt to the Sea

    Salt to the Sea

    Salt to the Sea is a historical adventure novel for young adults written by Ruta Sepetys. It was a New York Times Bestseller a winner of the Carnegie Medal. It is set in the dying days of World War II and is a remarkable story of survival.


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    William Lopez
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Sepetys is an isnpriation to me. It's because of her that I wanted to become a writer myself. You'd see why if you read Salt to the Sea. She has a breath-stopping ability with words, and develops delicate layers of plot with almost lyrical sentences, lattices of detail, and skillfully paced storytelling."
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    #10Before the Fall

    Before the Fall
    Before the Fall by Noah Hawley is a mytery fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in May 2016. This book is an Edgar Award for Best Novel winner. It was also nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

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    Ashley Boyd
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "It's a good read but definitely has moments of predictability. I mean, if it's predictable in a way that meets the audience's expectations for a genre, that's good, but if it's predictable in a way that you've figured everything out by the end, that's bad, and it had a touch of the later."
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    #11The Vegetarian

    The Vegetarian

    The Vegetarian by Han Kang is a contemporary literary fiction novel originally published in October 2007. This book was translated into English by Deborah Smith. It won the Man Booker International Prize awards.


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    Nancy Reyes
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I really can't tell what this book is about because I cannot find the description but from the reviews, it is too sci fi for me."
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    #12Britt-Marie Was Here

    Britt-Marie Was Here

    Britt-Marie Was Here is a fiction novel by Fredrik Bakman. It follows the story of Britt-Marie, a neat freak who finds herself in the backwater town of Borg where she finds new happiness.It was published in 2016 by Atria Books.


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    Samuel Collins
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Britt-Marie Was Here was one of the best fictions released in 2016. It will continue to be praised because of it's story of contrast and conflict."
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    #13A Gentleman in Moscow

    A Gentleman in Moscow

    A Gentleman in Moscow is a historical fiction novel for young adults written by New York Times bestseller Amor Towles. It was published in September 2016. It is now being adapted into a television series with award-winning actor Kenneth Branagh.


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    Larry Keller
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A Gentleman in Moscow was an amazing read. Enjoyed the whole thing."
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    #14Dark Matter

    Dark Matter

    Dark Matter is another novel from the creator of the best-selling Wayward Pines trilogy, author Blake Crouch. The mystery-thriller novel was published on July 26, 2016, by Crown.


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    Beverly Herrera
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Dark Matter is one of the most interesting novels I've read for sure. However, it is a bit over my head at times. There's explanations of quantum physics and things that are out of reach to my mind. It was still readable and good though. "
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    #15Signs of Attraction

    Signs of Attraction

    Signs of Attraction is a standalone contemporary romance novel written by Laura Brown which centers on the relationship of Carli and Reed that is about self-acceptance and letting go of the past.


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    Francisco Paredes
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I read Signs of Attraction and thought it was actually fairly decent. One of my biggest complaints about romance books is the sex scene, which is universally distasteful and inappropriate, and while this book does have some, they're restrained and don't seem to be written by the author with only one hand."
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    Curvy is a standalone adult erotica fiction novel written by Alexa Riley which follows the instant-love story of Flynn Long and Cali Carr who fall in love at first sight.


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    Enrique Juárez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Holy toledo!! That was the fastest read ever for me and I have to say, I was impressed. This one was in my TBR pile for a while and I was initially put off by the very short length of the book. Actually, you could call this a novella, but the pace is super quick. Not a whole lot is devoted to description other than basics and the rest is left up to your imagination, but you get enough. Would I recommend it? Yes, I would and be prepared for it be over in a few hours. Would I read it again?? Maybe. This is one HOT book to read with a big alpha male who knows what he wants and who he is. The h is not a small girl either, but she knows who she is. Anyways, the epilogues were a little confusing for me, but otherwise, you'll enjoy it."
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    #17Swift to Chase

    Swift to Chase

    Swift to Chase by Laird Barron is a science fiction and horror novel originally published in 2016. This book was included in the Publisher's Weekly Top Ten List of Horror and Science Fiction books for 2016.


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    Adam Moore
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "2016 brought some of the best books and novels to us, and Swift to Chase is one of the best ones. All fans of science fiction and horror stories will definitely want to read this book today. It takes place in a dystopian empire, so you will want to keep reading until the very end. This book is worth a read!"
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    #18The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

    The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

    The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047 is a science-fiction dystopian novel written by Lionel Shriver. This was originally published in 2016. This book is about money, family, and economic crisis.


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    Sarah Palmer
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Society doesn't really change in the future. Almost seems to fall back to older practices."


Best What are the best fiction books released in 2016
1HomegoingBooks 30 Paid
2What Is Not Yours Is Not YoursBooks 26 Paid
3The One in A Million BoyBooks 26 Paid
4Mr. SplitfootBooks 24 Paid
5The Queen of the NightBooks 23 Paid
6Jane SteeleBooks 21 Paid
7The Woman in Cabin 10Books 19 Paid
8Small Great ThingsBooks 18 Paid
9Salt to the SeaBooks 17 Paid
10Before the FallBooks 10 Paid

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