Best and worst books of 2016

Towards the end of the year, just like everyone and their dog I decided to look back at what I read this year. What I liked, what didn’t go that well, the treasures I was happy to find. Here’s my subjective list ob the best and the worst.

7 besties in random order:

We Have Always Lived in a Castle – Shirley Jackson (r)

The Children Act – Ian McEwan (r)

The Shore – Sara Taylor (r)

Beloved – Toni Morrison (r)

Hot Milk -Deborah Levy (r)

The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling (r)

Solar Bones – Mike McCormack (r)

3 awfulies, don’t get anywhere near those! I think I have one more Elkins book somewhere on my kindle, I’ll probably read it just to see if it’s as bad as the other two:

Alone (The Girl in the Box #1) – Robert J. Crane

A Cruise to Die For – Charlotte and Aaron Elkins

The Art Whisperer – Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins

3 best non-fiction. I read a lot more of non-fiction this year than usually, other bloggers encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, I’m very grateful for that:

Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World – Mark Miodownik (r)

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson (r)

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past – Giles Tremlett (r)

1 best find of the year. I’m very happy to read my first Kazuo Ishiguro, looking forward to reading his other books:

Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (r)

Please share your best reads of 2016 in the comments!

I’m travelling home this week, so there is a chance that with all the Christmas preparations and catching -up with people I won’t have time to blog until 2017, if it comes to this I want to wish you all lovely and peaceful Christmas and crazy and fun New Years Eve!

Photo by Violetta Kaszubowska

3 thoughts on “Best and worst books of 2016

  1. Hot Milk will make my Best of 2016 list as well – truly a book I can’t stop thinking about and one that deserves a re-read.
    I also really enjoyed The Children Act but it was outdone by Nutshell for me (yes, two McEwan’s in one year!). Nutshell was mad but a fabulously original story.

    I don’t normally post a list of my worst reads of the year although might have to break that rule because Kathleen Spivak’s Unspeakable Things still haunts me!


  2. I blogged about my best of on January 1 so I won’t repeat that here. I was glad it was 60/40 fiction/ non-fiction like my actual reading. George Eliot and Virginia Woolf both featured, and it was a good reading year on balance. I don’t list worst ofs but I had a few run-ins with Did Not Finishes through the year …


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