It's hard to believe 2016 is half over! The end of June is a good time to pause and reflect on how the year's reading is shaping up, and The Broke and the Bookish is here to help. This week's Top Ten Tuesday asks about our favorite 2016 releases, but I'm adjusting that slightly to my favorite books read in 2016. Each category is listen in the order read.
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
I was so angry over the non-ending of this chunkster, but that feeling has faded. Now I only think about the excellent writing, gripping story, and memorable characters...and how it could have been 300 pages shorter.
Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen
A great story! I think it's Quindlen's best novel in 20 years.
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Maybe it doesn't live up to all the hype, but still a solid, entertaining summer read.
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
Hands down my favorite novel of the year. Why have I waited so long to read Graham Swift?
The Children by Ann Leary
Maybe not quite a good as The Good House, but it still earns a spot on my list of favorites.
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
A tough read, but so important.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My favorite nonfiction this year. Keep the tissues handy.
Kings of Queens: Life Beyond Baseball with '86 Mets by Erik Sherman
I was a rabid Mets fan back in the day... no apologies ;-)
by Julia Claiborne Johnson, narrated by Tavia Gilbert
A good story made great by an outstanding narration.
by Richard Russo, narrated by Ron McLarty
My current listen. Russo is a favorite author and Ron McLarty is Sully... I'm loving this one!
Have you made a list of favorites?
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