Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Best Books of 2016
Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. It's the end of the year so it's time to talk about our favorite books of 2016!
I compiled this list by looking at my books in Goodreads to which I assigned 5 stars, and then picking out the ones I read for the first time in 2016.
Here are those six books:
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Far and away my most anticipated and favorite book of the year.
2. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbelestier
This probably is my second favorite. Psychologically creepy!
3. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
I read it twice. Once in print and again in audio. I didn't blog about it the second time because it was so soon after the first, but Cassandra Campbell's narration was excellent.
4. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I read this one twice this year too because my book group at work picked it. It was just as good the second time.
The Crown by Kiera Cass (The Selection #5)
I loved every book in this series. I listened to them all on audio and they were just perfect. I credit this series for my recent healthy running habit, which I fear will now suffer because no other audiobooks can keep me going. I just forgot what I was doing because I was so immersed and invested in this story.
6. The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
One of my most anticipated books of 2016, it came out waaay back in January. I was pleasantly surprised that although it was a very different book from The Piano Teacher, it was probably just as good.
Since I was trying for 10, next I went through my 4-star books to see if any of those stood out. And there were 12. (But the first 3 on this list are my top picks from this group so I guess I do have a top 9.)
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
8. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
9. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
10. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
11. Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West
12. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
13. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
14. Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
Hild by Nicola Griffith
16. The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
17. A Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood
18. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
So my Top Ten Tuesday started at 6 and then leapfrogged to 18. Which is what happens when you try to pick favorites in an honest way - you can't force it to a particular number.
What were you favorite books this year?