Sunday, January 1, 2017

Favorite books of 2016

The best fiction I read in 2016
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Slaughterhouse-Five, or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death, by Kurt Vonnegut

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas (for book club)

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman.  A very scary children’s book.

Salt and Saffron by Kamila Shamsie.  A young woman returns to Pakistan to discover family secrets. A quirky book.  The narrator is excessively chatty, clever with languages, and digresses frequently.   

Green on Blue, by Elliot Ackerman.  About war in Afghanistan, told from the perspective of an Afghan soldier.   A very troubling and violent story, but I read it until the end.   

The best non-fiction I read in 2016
Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence, by Jonathan Sacks

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

With some details here.

What were your favorites, among the books you read in 2016?

(For my "First Lines" of the books I read during December 2016 edition, click here.)


Patience_Crabstick said...

Based on your first lines post and this, I think I need to read A Child's Christmas in Wales.

I think my favorites from this year are:

Juliet in August by Dianne Warren

The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West

My Life Would be Perfect if I lived in that House by Meghan Daum

Dogsbody by Dianne Wynne Jones (A children's book.)

The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope

Alexia said...

It's interesting to see your best books for the year - thanks for posting them. (I've just gone through the same process). I've read the Steinbeck and the Vonnegut, of course - I'm an English teacher - and Coraline too. I love all of Neil Gaiman's books.
I read All the Light We Cannot See in 2015, and thought it was excellent, if very sad.
May 2017 be a happy and rewarding year for you and your family!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

want to read Salt and Saffron. But I read most of your fiction list and they are great books.
Hm. I adored Hyperbole and a Half and Station Eleven was the book I told everyone I met about last year. It was breathtaking.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Salt and Saffron sounds interesting.
I read All the Light We Cannot See and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in 2015, I believe, although my memory might be faulty.
Thanks to your recommendation, I was prompted to read Viktor Frankl's book this past year and I'm so glad I did!
If you haven't read Marilynne Robinson's Home I recommend it. It's sort of a retelling of the Prodigal Son. Now I have to go back and read Gilead which you might want to read first, and also Lila.