Gems of 2016

It’s always interesting to look back over the last twelve months and think about which books have really stayed with me. Here are some of my favorite reads from this year, to which I’ve awarded the Emerald City Book Review Gem. Check out Top Ten Tuesday for many more lists (I couldn’t stick to just ten, but they don’t mind).


2016 releases:
Adult fictionThe Summer Guest
Children’s fictionThe Evil Wizard Smallbone
NonfictionThe House by the Lake

Books everyone should read: Just Mercy; Being Mortal
Children’s/YA: Johnny Tremain; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
Fantasy: Wyrd Sisters
Memoir: My Family and Other Animals; Unearthed; Carry On
Historical: A Man of Genius
Classics: The Makioka Sisters
Graphics: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
New-to-me author: Frances Hardinge
Rediscovered author: Betty MacDonald
Small Press: Hidden View (Green Writers Press)

31 thoughts on “Gems of 2016

  1. What a great mix of books. I am on board for Just Mercy and will hopefully read it in 2017. There are several here that I am not at all familiar with, so I will be sifting through on GR this morning. Thanks for sharing this list, Lory.


  2. I always find that so interesting looking back at what I’ve read throughout the year! I definitely going to have to get my ‘Best of 2016’ post up soon.
    I glad you’ve enjoyed so many books this year! I’ll have to check some of these out 🙂


  3. You always read such interesting books! I can’t say I know much about any of these, but I will definitely look them up, especially The Summer Guest and Just Mercy. Happy new year!


  4. I love both Johnny Tremain and My Family and Other Animals. Have you seen the TV movie of the latter? It’s hilarious! I watch it regularly and it never fails to give me laughs. And the scenery of Corfu is gorgeous!

    Happy reading in 2017!


    1. I can see it not being to all tastes — in some ways I liked Cuckoo Song even better. I need to read more Hardinge to see what else I could recommend.


  5. Aw, and I love that you’re highlighting a press as well! You had a wonderful year in reading, it looks like, and I am of course especially delighted that you discovered Frances Hardinge. She’s great. I think Cuckoo Song remains my favorite of her books so far.


  6. I love how you’ve formatted this AND that The Summer Guest was a favorite. I thought it was so poignant. I admit, I have not read Just Mercy and am going to my library catalog right now to put it one hold.


  7. Oh, I had forgotten about Hidden View! And I’m glad to see Man of Genius on your list. I love seeing best-of lists with books that aren’t getting as much attention as they should! 🙂


    1. Even though I’m intending not to do so many review copies next year, those are two that I would not have read if the publishers hadn’t sent them to me — and I’m very glad they did.


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