As I mentioned, this has not been my best reading year. My numbers are astronomical. My subjects and genres wide. It just felt really lack luster. When I think back over the year, there’s nothing that really stood out, nothing that really socked me in the face and left me gutted. Next year I will be reading less, my goal being 52 books, but I hope that the books I choose are… better.
That being said, these books are not CRAP. They are GOOD BOOKS and I enjoyed them. Without further ado, I give you….
My Top 5 Books of 2016
- The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. Yes, yes. It is probably cheating to start with a series but, again, you don’t make the rules around here. I do. And I could not select one book out of this series and forget the rest. For one, they all kind of blend together now that I’ve finished them. For two, it is the sum total that I love. I MISS being in Bon Temps already and I just finished these books in September. I miss Sookie and I miss Eric. I think it says a lot for these books that they made me feel like I was a part of their world. I can honestly say that this series was my best reading experience this year.
- The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home series by Kanata Konami. I lied. These books gutted me. They made me into a crying mess. And they aren’t even that sad! I just love kitties so much and these were so cute and they reminded me so much of my own kitties. I almost needed to hide under my desk and cry for the last one.
- Barkskins by Annie Proulx. When I heard that there was a new Proulx novel coming out this year, I started a vigorous campaign to get my hands on an advanced copy. I would have liked a physical ARC but I willingly accepted the net galley. This was a chunker, coming in at 717 pages. I missed reading big ol’ books though and took to the challenge enthusiastically. It’s about logging, you guys. And it was good. I think about it quite a bit. It probably helps that Michigan plays a fair little part and that made it real for me.
- The Girls by Emma Cline. I wonder how many lists will have this book. There was a lot of hype early in the year about it and it seemed like it was on every “books we’re looking forward to” list. I really enjoyed it. A couple of years ago I went through a Charles Manson thing because of a podcast (You Must Remember This) and I was disappointed when I couldn’t make it through Helter Skelter but I made it through this in a flash. Sometimes being on the periphery is better than being in the thick of things.
- Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevens. Okay. Look. These are some of the best comics ever. I love them! I love the hardcore lady types. I love the enchanted wolves. I love the freaking raccoon. They are fun. F-U-N. And if you haven’t read them, just go buy the trades. They’re worth it.
Honorable Mentions Because I’m a Cheating Cheater:
- Marvel and a Wonder by Joe Meno. Joe Meno has a way of emptying out my soul and leaving me in complete anguish. The only reason this book isn’t in the top five is because it didn’t leave me as much of a ruin as I expected. But I do think about that horse and that boy and his grandfather. I think about that dying town and that old truck. I think about it a lot.
- Dragonflight by Anne McCafferty. Not going to lie, this is one time when time travel didn’t completely blow my mind and it really stuck with me. I’ve mentioned it in conversations with Hubby and I think he thinks I’m insane.
- End of the Watch by Stephen King. It felt weird not having King on this list but now I can see why. I only made it through three of his books this year! And they were not his best books, in my opinion. I DID like this one though and I have fond memories of reading it alone in a cottage on Lake Huron while my friends probably almost died walking along the shore in the dark to watch The Little Mermaid on a projector. It was a good trilogy.
What were your favorite books this year?