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2016 Favorites

January 3, 2017

I managed to read 132 books in 2016.  If anyone asks me what genres I prefer I never mention historical fiction so imagine my surprise when I set to work on coming up with a list of favorites of the year that it would be so heavy on that genre.  I tried to make a list of my top ten books but couldn’t whittle it past twelve.  Without further ado, here are my favorites in no particular order (with links to my reviews):

Historical Fiction







A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A book I’m not sure how to categorize but everyone should read

Another Brooklyn

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?

32 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2017 4:14 am

    I haven’t tried to mark my favs this year. I can’t even try!

  2. January 3, 2017 6:00 am

    The Book Thief was one of my favorites as well. I’ve always meant to read Being Mortal but never got around to it, maybe in 2017.

    Wishing you a great 2017!

  3. bookingmama permalink
    January 3, 2017 7:38 am

    You’ve read some great ones. There are a few I haven’t read yet, but I think I have all of them but STIR.

  4. January 3, 2017 8:13 am

    Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and I am always surprised how little I read from it in recent years. Looks like you had a great reading year. The Melanie Benjamin is one I had hoped to get to in 2016 but didn’t happen. 2017 for sure!

  5. January 3, 2017 8:36 am

    I read Behind Closed Doors and Being Mortal (both very good books but didn’t make my favorites list). I absolutely love historical fiction but the era of history makes a big difference in my enjoyment. Brooklyn has been on my shelf for quite a while – thinking I should make time to read it this year.

  6. January 3, 2017 9:11 am

    Good list! Many of them were “runners up” for me, only because I had too many listed already! I loved Stir also for the recipes!

  7. January 3, 2017 10:02 am

    I’ve read 3 of your top 11. I agree on Being Mortal especially. It was amazing. I liked The Life We Bury a lot. It was a 3.625/4 and one of my top books. And I liked Under the Influence – 3.25/4 – just not quite as much as you did. I will have to read The Book Thief at some point.

  8. January 3, 2017 10:11 am

    The Book Thief and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn were two of my all time favorite books. I would love to reread them this year.

  9. January 3, 2017 10:42 am

    I loved The Book Thief and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as well. Happy New Year!

  10. January 3, 2017 11:26 am

    Under the Influence was a book I loved, with 5 stars, but for some reason, it didn’t make the list. Hmm. I loved Behind Closed Doors, too, and Brooklyn…. I enjoyed Swans of Fifth Avenue.

    I have a copy of Another Brooklyn, waiting to be read. Now I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing.

  11. January 3, 2017 11:49 am

    I love those surprises–finding out you read more of a certain type of book than you expected when looking at your year end stats. I am glad you liked The Book Thief so much! I haven’t yet read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but I’d like to. I hope to read Brooklyn this year, as well as Being Mortal. I want to read Missoula and Another Brooklyn. So many good books.

  12. January 3, 2017 12:07 pm

    I’ve only read 4 of these, but they all made it to my favorite list, too. Most of the others are on my wish list… a great year for you!

  13. sarahsbookshelvesblog permalink
    January 3, 2017 12:27 pm

    YAY for Swans! After much handwringing (since I rated it 4 stars at the time I read it, mostly b/c it’s a light book…then decided that’s silly rationale) – it made my list too.

  14. January 3, 2017 12:30 pm

    What a fantastic list! I have both The Book Thief and The Swans of Fifth Avenue on my bookshelf, and I’ve added Another Brooklyn on my TBR list. So glad you’re reading more historical fiction!

  15. January 3, 2017 12:46 pm

    I read the Book Thief and loved it. I reread A Tree Grows in Brooklyn a few years ago and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Both Swans and Behind Closed Doors are sitting on the stacks.

  16. January 3, 2017 3:16 pm

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!!!! My favorite ever. So glad you loved it.

  17. January 3, 2017 3:19 pm

    Excellent list, Kathy! I read The Book Thief a few years ago, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn many years ago (I am due for a reread). I saw the movie Brooklyn not too long ago.

    Happy reading in 2017!

  18. January 3, 2017 3:20 pm

    Wow, look at all that Historical Fiction! You found some good ones. Don’t you love when books surprise you!

  19. Rhonda permalink
    January 3, 2017 3:34 pm

    Good selection I loved Brooklyn Horrified by Missalou so sad the way they treated victims.I really thought Stir was terrific the author was amazing,

  20. Patty permalink
    January 3, 2017 3:42 pm

    An interesting mix! I have read four from your list.

  21. January 3, 2017 4:16 pm

    I have not read any :/ But I have read some of the authors 🙂

  22. January 3, 2017 4:52 pm

    I enjoyed Another Brooklyn and have Stir on my list to read this month.

  23. January 3, 2017 9:04 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read Another Brooklyn! and I love this – you’ve got historical fiction on your list! Woohoo! though I must admit I haven’t read Brooklyn :-/ but do have it on my list. AND you read Atul Gawande’s book – such an amazing author and incredible book. Love your lists!

  24. January 3, 2017 10:13 pm

    Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres. I also am making a note of some of your reads as I think these must be very good. The Atul Gawande book in particular.

  25. January 4, 2017 3:45 pm

    I am so glad to see your list. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn is the only one I’v read. This leaves me with a great want-to-read list. I’m already on the library’s waiting list for a couple of these. Thanks for sharing your list. You had a great reading year. I hope 2017 will be even better.

  26. January 4, 2017 5:38 pm

    Loved Under the Influence!

  27. January 4, 2017 8:59 pm

    I haven’t read too many BEST of lists by my blogger friends – I’m late to even think about mine! trying to write reviews of all my December books. I really liked Another Brooklyn, too. You had quite a reading time in that location this year, yes?

  28. January 4, 2017 9:02 pm

    Behind Closed Doors made my list also. I want to read Book Thief, this year may be a great time to do that, I did enjoy the movie. I have heard a lot about The Life We Bury, that is on the list this year also. Happy 2017 Kathy

  29. The Cue Card permalink
    January 7, 2017 4:26 pm

    Thanks for the list & recommendations Kathy. I hope to get to Another Brooklyn and The Life We Bury. I put them on hold at the library. You had a great reading year.

  30. January 10, 2017 1:25 am

    Wow! That’s a lot of books! What a great reading year. I haven’t read any of these but several are on my wish list.

  31. January 13, 2017 5:28 pm

    You had a great year of reading, didn’t you?!! Let’s see. I’ve read The Book Thief, Being Mortal, Behind Closed Doors, The Life We Bury and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Loved every single one! I have Joyce Maynard’s on my nightstand and hope to read it soon.

  32. January 18, 2017 11:34 pm

    Looks like a good list. I tried to listen to The Book Thief about two years ago and could not get into it. I know it is highly rated so I do plan to try again. Missoula and The Life We Bury are two that I have been eyeing. Thanks for sharing your list.

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