If nothing else, 2016 has at least been a good reading year. One of the best in recent memory, I’d say. I discovered new favorites (Helen Ellis) and rediscovered lots of old ones (Grady Hendrix, Donald Ray Pollock, and Shirley Jackson). Thanks to my book club I’ve read some outstanding nonfiction this year, too!
Here’s a link to my 2016 Reading Challenge over at Goodreads. In general I’m not a huge fan of reading challenges that are purely numbers-based, but I think it’s great to have a way to track my reading over the course of a year. Looking over my list from 2016, I see that I branched out a bit more into contemporary women writers. I’ve also dipped back into the historical fiction well, which used to be one of my favorites. I burned out on thrillers, but still love crime (thank you thank you for the new book this year, Tana French!).
I know we’ve still got more than a week to go before the year officially ends, but trust me when I tell you that it is highly unlikely that I’ll be able to finish anything before New Year’s. So below please find my list of favorite reads of 2016. Click the cover to go to the blog post for that book.
Happy holidays, folks!