My Favorite Reads of 2016

Because this is a thing writers do, I went through my Goodreads list and found the books I enjoyed reading the most last year. Some of them were published earlier, but why should that matter? I try to read a varied list, but it’s always something I struggle with, because there are so many great books I haven’t read yet, and my library request list is currently over 350 books long.

In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, edited by Lawrence Block.
You Will Know Me, by Megan Abbott
The Nix, by Nathan Hill
Ratlines, by Stuart Neville
Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was, by Sjón
The Cold Cold Ground, by Adrian McKinty
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe
Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, by Joyce Carol Oates
Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt
True Grit, by Charles Portis
The Last Samurai, by Helen DeWitt
The Jealous Kind, by James Lee Burke
Cutting Teeth, by Julia Fierro
Stranded, by Bracken MacLeod
The Big Rewind, by Libby Cudmore
Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart
All the Bridges Burning, by Neliza Drew
The Devil’s Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea
God of the Rodeo: The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana’s Angola Prison, by Daniel Bergner
No Happy Endings, by Angel Colón
The Fade Out, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
Twilight, by William Gay
Last Night at the Lobster, by Stewart O’Nan
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Cannibals and Other Stories from the Pine Barrens, by Jen Conley
Midnight Falcon, by David Gemmell
On the Move: a Life, by Oliver Sacks

And I read many more, but these stood out the most.