Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2016 Literary Review

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!

No comments: