I'm a bit behind on this, but that's ok. My Goodread's goal for 2016 was 150 books and I missed my goal by 4 books, not bad.
I'll list some of my favorite books of the year in no particular order and write a little about why they made my list.
1. by Khalid Hosseini
The Kite Runner
This one had been on my TBR list for quite some time and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. Such a sad story and so full of self-discovery, who we are and who we thought we were. The story set in Afghanistan and California will be with me for a good long while and remind me to think of how I treat others.
2. Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
Another book about discovering who we are and how one simple act can change our world.
Sort of a cookbook, but so much more, telling the story of Eva who has the palate of a lifetime and becomes a world class cook and the people she meets through the years.
4. Commonwealth by Anne Patchatt
What can I say, I love her writing and this is one of her best. A kiss at a christening party affects a dozen lives.
5. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
What we don't tell others is often more devastating than what we do tell. Growing up a mixed race family Chinese/Anglo is harder than it looks and family expectations can destroy us.
6. Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
What a great little book, I did not want it to end! She works for a publisher in New York City, a reclusive author Mimi, think of a female J.D. Salinger, must finally write a new novel, but she needs someone to run her house and take care of her son Frank while she does it so her publisher sends her Alice. Frank is a joy, so Fred Astaire and Errol Flynn and so much more.
7. Sacred Hearts by Sarah Durant
Imagine being put into a convent in Italy in 1570 against your will, how could you get out. Fascinating story.
8. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Another great book by him.
9. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Slow going, but so worth it.
It was not a banner year for books, many I just read, lots of mysteries that though they're good will probably never make my best list.
Hoping for more good books in 2017.