2016 Best in Reading, a Reader’s Superlatives!

I am truly hard-pressed to come up with any kind of list, top ten or otherwise. I read 164 stories in 2016 and I loved so very many of them. So, instead, I thought I would try this:

2016 Best in Reading, a Reader’s Superlatives!

Most Likely to Make Me Split my Sides: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Matthews

Most Likely to Make Me Do An Ugly Cry: The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (Honorable Mentions to The Mothers by Brit Bennett and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson)

Most Likely to Teach a College Course All By Itself: The Secret Lives of Bats by Merlin Tuttle (Honorable Mention to The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery)

Most Likely to Make My Hair Stand on End: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott (Honorable Mention to Printer’s Devil Court by Susan Hill)

Most Likely to Fly Across the Room and Hit the Wall, Straight from my Hand: No One Knows by JT Ellison (Honorable Mention to Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour)

Most Likely to Turn the Pages All By Itself: Sleeping Giants by Sylvian Neuvel

Most Likely to Be The Best Ending to a Series, EVER: The Raven King by Stiefvater

Most Likely to Empower Me to Do…Something: Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin (Honorable Mention to Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley

Most Likely to Leave One Confused, Over and Over Again: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Most Likely to Blind You With Science: Lab Girl by Hope Jahrens

Most Likely to Cut You: The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez (Honorable Mention to Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine)

Most Likely to be Read Twice in the Same Year: The Fireman by Joe Hill (in print and audio)

Most Likely to Blow Up the Meth Lab: Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser

Most Tongue-Tie-able Titles: Fredrik Backman

Most Likely to Poison the Wine: The Dinner by Herman Koch

Most Likely to Invite the Devil to Town: Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt (Honorable Mention to The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel natch)

Most Likely to be Prom Queen: The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Most Likely to Have All the Cool Parties: Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen

So, there you have it. Some of my favorites, and a couple much less than, reads from 2016. Here’s hoping 2017 is just as adventurous!

6 thoughts on “2016 Best in Reading, a Reader’s Superlatives!

  1. Haha – I love these! And so true about You Will Know Me. Need to check out Summer That Melted Everything…I remember it from when it came out, passed on it, but have heard a couple really good reports since then.

  2. Well with all those books I’m sure it would be hard to narrow down some favorites but you did a great job! How did I miss that Susan Hill book. Oh I must look for it as I love her writing.

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