Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday Salon: Happy New Year and 2016's Best

Happy New Year! Am I the only one who reads that in the voice from Rankin and Bass' Rudolph's Shiny New Year? I know, I know. I'm weird, but then that's no surprise to anyone who knows me.  It's a new year and that means a whole new reading year too. I always think a good resolution would be not to buy any new books for the year and just focus on those I already have but I hate to set myself up for failure so very obviously. Plus, who can resist the delectable books slated to come out this year?! So that's definitely not in my plans.  (Apologies to my husband who looks at the bank account in dismay every time I've been within a three state radius of a bookstore!)  I would, however, like to do better at keeping up with my reviews. I did dismally on that in 2016 so here's resolving to be better in 2017. One resolution is probably all I can focus on so I should stop there. :-)

I haven't yet published a best of 2016 list; I'm ever hopeful that I will read a contender for the list right up until the ball drops on the year (or at least until my eyelids close, whatever time that might be). So now that it is officially 2017, I can pull together my 2016 list without fear of leaving something off. Drum roll please...

Kristen's Official Baker's Dozen Best of 2016:

Yours, E.R. by Terence Blacker

The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederik Backman

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett

And Again by Jessica Chiarella

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

West With the Night by Beryl Markham

Do you have a best of list? Do you have reading resolutions for this bright and shiny new year? Share them with all of us so we can add to our tbr lists or cheer you on to accomplish your reading goals.

1 comment:

  1. My best of list will post tonight. I held off finishing my current read yesterday because I didn't want to have to re-do my list. :-)

    You read many great books this past year, Kristen! I am glad you liked Beasts of No Nation. I worried it would be too dark. I really enjoyed The Lost Garden too, although it didn't quite make my favorites list. My mom is leaving me her copy of News of the World, which she just finished last night. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    I hope you have a Happy New Year! I'll miss you in the Postal Mail Group, but I do understand. I may have to re-think my 2017 pick for the group with you and Becca gone.


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