Now that we are into 2016, I can look back at my last year's reading and make the all important distinctions like best book of the year and so on. I never want to do it before the year is officially rung out because what if the last book of the year (in my case The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford) is the most enjoyable thing I read all year and I've already made a list? It wasn't, although it was a wonderful read, so the point is moot but I wouldn't like to tempt fate one of these years, just in case. The book that was my favorite read this past year, hands down was: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.
My other favorites, in no particular order, would be:
The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
George's Grand Tour by Caroline Vermalle
Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
The Bees by Laline Paul
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan
It's kind of cheater-y of me to make a list like this because not only is the list itself 11 books rather than the traditional top ten (Tuck Everlasting was a re-read so I could take it off my books for this year if pushed), but I mentiioned two, one of which is actually two novels published under one cover and therefore one book in my accounting, before I made the list. That makes it a baker's dozen list. And baker's dozens are always good, especially if it means a free donut, I mean, an extra book. Interestingly, the list includes 6 fiction titles, 2 sci-fi/fantasy, 2 YA, 1 novel in translation, and 2 non-fiction. That's about as statistically minded as I get. The rest of the books I read in 2015 can be found in the sidebar and many of them were truly entertaining as well. Have fun exploring them, if you are so inclined.
Since I woke up so sick on the first of the year, I did not (yet) end up reading the book I assumed would be my first read of the new year. Instead, in the few hours I was awake and not weeping from the pain of swallowing my own saliva, I reached for a pure comfort read: My American Duchess by Eloisa James. When I feel like dirt, a well-written romance, especially a historical romance, hits the spot for sure. So that was my first read of 2016. What was (or is, if it's still ongoing) your first read of this new year?