Notable Books of 2016

I blinked and it’s New Year’s Eve. 2016 has been a year of huge changes, both good and bad, and it has not been a fantastic reading year. However, it has been solid, so I thought I’d share some that I enjoyed.

If that isn’t an underwhelming introduction, I don’t know what is. Regardless of how sub-par this post begins (I’d rewrite it if I had more time, but I don’t), I really am recommending reading the following books.

In no particular order:


10. Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington
09. Inherit the Bones by Emily Littlejohn
08. Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt (review).
07. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (review).
06. The Guineveres by Sarah Domet (review).
05. The Girls by Emma Cline (review).
04. Marrow Island by Alexis Smith (review).
03. Goodnight Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes
02. Rush Oh! by Shirley Barret
01. Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser (review).

It’s worth noting, given my typical top ten lists, there are 8 female authors vs 2 male authors. Books worth mentioning that didn’t make the list: Jane Steele, Dog Run Moon, The Heavenly Table, and Hag-Seed.

Let’s all hope 2017 begins better than 2016 ended. Happy New Year!


10 thoughts on “Notable Books of 2016

  1. Happy New Year to you and your dear new bundle of joy, Rory! I know we’ve both struggled since November so I hope her presence (and that of your boys) will keep the positivity flowing. We’re going to need all the help we can get.

    Not to put too much pressure on you, but I had Mr. Splitfoot in a bag to give away. Seeing it on your list has made me add it back to my shelves!


  2. I’m BUSTING to know what you thought of Rush Oh! but I know you have bigger fish (or rather a sweet little bub) to fry at the moment 🙂
    I have Only Love Can Break Your Heart in the TBR stack – saving it for a time when I have a mediocre run of books.
    Much like you, I didn’t feel like there were clear stand-out reads in 2016 however, once I looked back over what I’d read, it was a solid collection.


  3. I haven’t read any of these, but I’m waiting to get Inherit the Bones from the library (thanks for the rec!).
    I hope 2017 turns out to be a much better reading year. Maybe aim for quality over quantity…

    Happy New Year!


  4. I was able to squeeze in All the Ugly and Wonderful Things last month and wow, that was quite a book. Also loved Sweet Girl… hoping to see something new from Mulhauser (although I’m still waiting for something more from Zupan – The Ploughmen).


  5. The Guiniveres was one of my favorites too. It was kind of a surprise. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I would really like to read Marrow Island this year.


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