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Best Reads of 2016


I feel like talking about books.

[Try not to fall over in a dead faint….]

I’m putting together a list of the books I’d like to find under the tree for Christmas, and it occurs to me I’m probably missing a bunch that I’d really like. I’ve started off with Zadie Smith, Ivan Coyote, Ami Mckay, Mary Roach and Joe Hill books on my list, but this is only the beginning.

So — if you had to recommend your favourite read of this past year, which would you choose? If you can tell me why [without giving too much away…] all the better!

I’m going to keep this post open until Christmas Eve, and let’s see what kind of a list we can generate, shall we? I’ll add in any suggestions from twitter and FB, too. I’ve read a TON of great books this year, and my goal is to increase my reading time in 2017. What should I read next?

Can’t wait to read your suggestions!

[Check the list below — adding new updates twice daily!]

~kc

The List:

Danyelle Drexler gives five shiny stars on twitter to Karma Brown’s COME AWAY WITH ME.

Annie Bee suggests Sara Donati’s ‘Into the Wilderness’ series. I haven’t read these books, but I met Sara many years ago, and I know they are very popular with Outlander fans.

On twitter, Tyner Gillies suggests MY SISTER’S GRAVE, by Robert Dugoni. I love Bob’s books — this one goes on the list for sure!

Shari Green, also on twitter suggests an historical YA by Ruta Sepetys called SALT TO THE SEA.

And from @flirtydirtybookblog, a suggestion for Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER, which I can most heartily recommend, as you might imagine. [My friend Emma sorta likes it, too…]

My sister Lisa loved ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. [I’ve read this one, but adding it here for those who may not yet have. It was lyrical and beautiful, but I have to say I was unhappy with the ending. No spoilers, but happy to discuss in a different forum!]

The wonderful Kathy Chung offers her most recent read: LETTERS FROM PARIS by Juliette Blackwell. I am eager to jump on the Blackwell bandwagon!

And Kaitlyn Till [@Bookful42] suggests UPROOTED by Naomi Novik. I LOVED the Temeraire stories — def this one is a keeper!

On Facebook, librarian Sarah Wethered suggested WITH MALICE by the marvellous Eileen Cook. I heartily concur! This twisty marvel will keep you guessing to the very end.

@KarenEmilson suggests Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. And Jillian Foster is very excited about Leisa Rayven’s ‘Starcrossed’ series!

My fellow lover of the macabre Pamela Patchet says she couldn’t put down YOU by Caroline Kepnes. And Val McDermid fan Mary Fangman suggested THE SKELETON ROAD. I read a ton of Val’s books this year — SO scary I had to stop for a while. Mary also enjoyed Louise Penny’s STILL LIFE.

And the great entries keep coming. See the comments below for lists of faves from Shari Green and Kathleen Ladislaus!

Thank you so much, everyone. Keep ’em coming, please! Ask your friends — let’s DO this thing!

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