I missed getting my "Best of 2016" done before the end of the year, but here we go.
I had a bad reading year. I read less than usual AND I didn't get reviews written on all of the books that I read, i.e. some of my book club reads. My favorite book of the year would probably have to be between All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
As the daughter of a
meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents.
Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only
responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern
night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything
changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed
ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a
powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks
tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that
life has to offer.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Richard Mayhew is a
plain man with a good heart - and an ordinary life that is changed
forever on a day he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London
sidewalk. From that moment forward he is propelled into a world he never
dreamed existed - a dark subculture flourishing in abandoned subway
stations and sewer tunnels below the city - a world far stranger and
more dangerous than the only one he has ever known...
The other eight, in no particular order, would be:
The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
Cast-Iron Cooking by Rachael Narins
Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
I've had a slow start to 2017 so far. Let's hope that I can pick up the pace. Let's read!