It wouldn’t be New Year’s without a ‘Best Of’ List

top ten for 2016 on what's inside that nut

Lists upon lists upon lists

Last year I listed my top 15 books for 2015. As I was considering my top 16 picks for this year, it occurred to me that if this blog continues for many more years, it’s going to be increasingly difficult to come up with enough list-worthy reads. (Top 25 of 2025? Setting realistic goals should be my New Year’s resolution.)

This year I’ve opted for the more traditional Top Ten Reads of 2016, with some Honourable Mentions thrown in for good luck and links to previous posts for more info.

My Top Ten Reads of 2016:

commonwealth by ann patchett on whats inside that nut?Commonwealth by Ann Patchett because it was the best book I read this year.


agatha christie an autobiogrphy on whats inside that nut?Agatha Christie: An Autobiography for the humour and the history.


The Illegal on what's inside that nut?The Illegal by Lawrence Hill for the tension, excitement, and a great story well-told.


children of earth and sky guy gavriel kay on what's inside that nut?Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay for the historical fiction with the hint of fantasy.


furiously happy jenny lawson on what's inside that nut?Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson for all the laughs.


Me And Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews on what's inside that nut?Me And Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews for the quirky characters and witty dialogue.


Wonder by RJ Palacio on What's inside that nutWonder by R. J. Palacio for the satisfyingly heart-breaking story. An excellent book for all ages, despite the fact that it is on the 9-12 shelf.


half a kng by joe abercrombie on whats inside that nut?Half a King trilogy (with Half the World and Half a War) by Joe Abercrombie for the political intrigue and Viking-like setting. Might be cheating on the ‘top ten’ by listing a trilogy, but you have to read all three.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown on What's inside that nutRed Rising by Pierce Brown. For Mars, social hierarchy, and class struggle, with some Hunger Games-esque action.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab on what's inside that nut?A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab for the multiple Londons in parallel universes and the kick-ass characters.


My Honourable Mentions:

The Girl with all the gift by M R Carey on What's inside that nutThe Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey for the mysterious beginning, the action-packed middle, and the end. Ahh. the end.


We are still tornadoes by Kun and Mullen on What's inside that nutWe Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen for the 80s setting and the great musical references.


The bear and the nightingale by katherine Arden on What's inside that nutThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden for the historical time period and the interweaving of Russian fairy tales.


Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2017:

(Stay tuned for future reviews…)

do not say we have nothing on what's inside that nutDo Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien for obvious prize-winning reasons.


the witches of new york by ami mckayThe Witches of New York by Ami McKay because this cover is beautiful.


golden-son-by-pierce-brownGolden Son and Morning Star by Pierce Brown because I have to find out what happens next (see Red Rising, above).


the table of less valued nights by maire phillips on what's inside that nutThe Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips because Gods Behaving Badly was excellent and this one is about King Arthur’s knights.


the fate of the tearling by erika johansen on what's inside that nutThe Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen but first I have to re-read the first two so I remember what is going on.


The Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss (the third Kingkiller Chronicles book) if it is released in 2017…

The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch (the fourth Gentleman Bastard book) if it is released in 2017…

What’s on your best of list for 2016? And what are you reading next year?

Happy New Year!


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