December 27, 2016

Best of 2016

So it is time for the best books I read this year. There were a lot, so I'll just try to keep it to 10.

  1. The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jasskelainen - Nobody will be surprised to see this at the top of my list. It's still the best book I read this year.

  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - This YA book was fantastic! The story was great, but also the way it was printed. It was government documents and classified files and direct messages. It was so cool!

  3. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin - This Seuqoyah Award list book was just fabulous. In an alternate history, Hitler won WWII and the main character is bent on killing him.

  4. Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee - So beautifully written! Just so great. The story is big and sweeping and epic.

  5. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina - Here's another YA novel that was just fantastic. It takes place in the summer of 1977 while the Son of Sam murders were happening in New York City.

  6. The Enchanted by Rene Denfield - This weird, magical realism novel takes place mostly in the mind of a prisoner on death row.

  7. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance - This is a really interesting look at poor whites in America. You know I love those sociology books.

  8. Deep South by Paul Theroux - On a related note, this is a travel narrative of small towns in the South and the people who live there.

  9. Simon Vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - This is a great book about a gay guy in high school. It's sweet and fun and even my daughter loved it.

  10. Jane and the Waterloo Map by Stephanie Barron - Of course, I had to get the Jane Austen mystery on the list!

So there are my top 10 books of 2016. What great things did you read this year?