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The Bestsellers of 2016

Bestsellers of 2016
What a year it’s been. There will be many who are happy to see the back of 2016, but we’re not here to talk doom and gloom. We’re here to talk about books. All the books.

Take a look at some of our bestselling titles of 2016 and see what’s missing from your collection.

Dan Brown – Inferno

Dan Brown - Inferno

The latest in the Robert Langdon series, a Harvard University professor with a habit of getting himself involved in bad stuff; assassinations of cardinals, ancient secret societies and general peril. Inferno is full of many twists and turns as Langdon tries to unravel the past 24 hours after waking up in a hospital in Florence with a cylinder in his pocket marked as biohazardous. (Yikes).

With the help of Sienna, they begin a cat and mouse chase across Europe to solve the riddle, all the while being hunted by suspected US Government officials, who they believe are trying to kill Robert.

Without giving too much away, this story focuses on the world’s overpopulation and the World Health Organisation attempts to prevent the outbreak of a deadly virus.

If you’re a fan of the Robert Langdon series, you’ll like this book as it delivers all the excitement of Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code (the less said about The Lost Symbol, the better in our opinion).

Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl

If you haven’t seen the film yet, definitely read the book. The film seems to have divided audiences much in the same way as Girl on the Train. This books comes highly recommended by the team here at World of Books.

It’s full of suspense, drama and times is incredibly frustrating. You may have to physically stop yourself from reading on and on.

The plot follows a man called Nick Dunne, he comes home to find his wife is missing, and there are signs of a disturbance in the house. The narrative switches between the points of view of Nick in the present day, and past diary entries of his wife Amy.

Nick’s seemingly lack of emotion at the disappearance of his wife, leads to him becoming a suspect in the eyes of the police.

Again – it’s tricky to not give too much away. The second half of the book throws a massive plot-twist into the mix, and by the time you get to the end of the book, well you’ll probably be searching for the last chapter. (Cue: genuine gasps and cries of “that can’t be it?” and “surely there are more chapters”) It’s a bit of a cliff-hanger to say the least.

Jojo Moyes – Me Before You

Jojo Moyes - Me Before You

Wow – where do we start with this book. It’ll get you right in the feels. That much is certain. We saw a big spike in demand for this book when the movie adaptation was released this year.

There’s no getting around it, this is a book about a young woman called Louisa Clark who gets a job caring for a man who was paralysed in a motorcycle accident – pretty sad and poignant stuff. But don’t think this is a depressing book because it’s quite the contrary to be honest. There are genuine ‘laugh-out-loud’ moments and you do become very attached to the pair of them as they start to build a new relationship and life with each other.

It’s so well-written that you find yourself feeling all the emotions the characters are going through. There are some sad moments though, so have a box of tissues handy.

Roald Dahl – The BFG

Roald Dahl - The BFG

This year not only marked the 100th birthday of the wonderful Roald Dahl, but also saw the release of Spielberg’s adaptation of the classic tale of The BFG, so this year we sold lots of copies.

An all-time favourite here at World of Books so we never miss a moment to talk about this fantastic book.

The story follows a young girl named Sophie who lives in an orphanage under the watchful eye of mean old Mrs Clonkers. One night she wakes to find a large cloaked figure blowing something through an open window with a trumpet. This figure spots Sophie and carries her with him back to Giant Country.

Unlike the rest of his peers in Giant Country, the BFG does not eat ‘human beans’ and survives on snozzcumbers. The trumpet he carries is used to blow dreams into the bedrooms of children.

It is whilst they’re in Dream Country collecting dreams, that The BFG is teased and tormented by the other giants. The pair hatch a plan to get the other giants imprisoned by the Queen of England. You’ll have to read the rest to find out more, as we don’t want to give too much away here!

Markus Zusak – The Book Thief

Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

Where to start with this book… It’s beautiful. The writing, the story, the characters, everything. It’s hard not to gush when writing about this book to be very honest.

The story is told from the perspective of Death during World War II, which in itself sounds dark and macabre, but it really isn’t. He describes not only the horror and destruction but also the true beauty in the world. The narrative follows a young girl called Liesel, who following the death of her brother is moved to a new home with foster parents, Hans and Rosa Huberman.

Liesel forms a strong bond with her foster father and he starts teaching her to read and write. Eager to read more and learn more, Liesel steals a book from a burning pile that the Nazi’s are trying to destroy. After, this she starts to regularly steal books and even writes her own. Her journey through life during the atrocities of the Nazi regime is incredibly emotional, pure and wonderful. It is a must read for everyone.

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