It's finally time to say good-bye to 2016... and I am more than ready to move on! As for reading, it's been a fairly average year in both quantity and quality. There were no stand-out reading experiences like last year's "Trolloping with friends" through the Chronicles of Barsetshire, though there were plenty of great books and a few memorable readalongs.
Here are my favorite books read in 2016. Of course, they were not all published this year. An asterisk denotes a read/listen combination. You know how much I love alternating between print and audio, especially with nonfiction.
The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
my favorite novel read in 2016
Shelter by Jung Yun
my favorite 2016 debut novel
*Germinal by Emile Zola
my favorite classic and most memorable readalong of 2016
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
most beautifully written novel and top author discovery of 2016
Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen
my favorite Quindlen novel in twenty years
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
another top author discovery
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett keeps getting better and better!
*Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
my favorite nonfiction read in 2016
*Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman
I went on a "Supreme Women" reading spree this year...
by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
RBG is my hero.
*When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
the saddest book I read this year
*Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
Infuriating, but important..
Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
narrated by Ron McLarty
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
narrated by Juliet Stevenson
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
narrated by Tavia Gilbert