Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2016

This week’s TTT (hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) is too hard, so I’m cheating. I can’t pick just 10 books, so I’ve split it into 2 lists; a top 10 of adult fiction and an extra one for YA. Just be glad I didn’t do separate lists for non-fiction, books about the Brontës and children’s books about koalas.

Adult Fiction

10 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I was late to the party on this one, but I loved the richness of the imagery, the amazing clocks and the weird gothic vibe.

9 The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
Very weird feminist-tinged tale of women imprisoned in a camp in the Australian Outback.

8 The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis
Gloriously mad historical “romance.”

7 Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I am now obsessed with Adichie. The end.

6 His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
My Booker pick; the varied style of this really grabbed my attention.

5 All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
This was my top book of the year, but I read it right at the start of 2016 and too many books have been and gone since. I have vowed to reread it soon.

4 Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
So weirdly heartbreaking and lovely. And I don’t even like dogs. (Sorry.)

3 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Superlative, sweeping tale of two linked families, rooted in slavery in Africa and resulting in modern day America.

2 Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
I remain in awe of this wonderful book about a dysfunctional Jewish family and a crisis in Israel.

1 The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
I am so pleased I stumbled across this beautiful and subtle book. I raved about it here.

YA Fiction

10 A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
I feel very wrong for not putting this higher up the list. I am taking out my feelings of frustration about waiting for the third book by punishing this one.

9 The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
Possibly the loveliest book I’ve read all year.

8 Lydia by Natasha Farrant
This reimagining of the troublemaker from Pride and Prejudice was very funny.

7 Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I still can’t think about this WWII story without wanting to do a little cry.

6 Front Lines by Michael Grant
Girls in war! Woohoo! This was a fun read, with some serious stuff about sexism too.

5 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
So tragic! So heartbreaking! But also so hilarious?

4 Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy
Ahh, Willowdean, my fictional BFF. Just thinking about this book makes me want to do a celebratory dance.

3 Vivian Vs the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle
I’m so pleased to have discovered these books completely by accident. It’s a brilliant, entertaining duology which now has slightly frightening connotations, post-US election. Is Katie Coyle actually psychic?

2 Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Obviously this is on here. It was brilliant. More please. NOW.

1 The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
The only book lovely enough to beat The Museum of Heartbreak to the title of Loveliest Book. Because it’s lovely. Also, Alaska. And lots of salmon.

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2016

  1. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    I’ve always thought AGOS/ADSOM/that series in general is pitched more as adult fiction with a YA appeal! But that would be one of my picks as well. 😉

    I’m looking forward to reading The Night Circus. I’ve had that on my TBR since forever.


    • Katy Goodwin-Bates says:

      Weirdly, AGOS&pals seem to be marketed as both adult and YA here in the UK; I’ve seen them in both sections in bookshops. I think of them the opposite way round: as YA with adult appeal. But they are a perfect crossover either way.


  2. Bri says:

    I finally took the plunge and bought Homegoing for my kindle (like 2 dollars on amazon today) after thinking/talking about reading it for so long. Great List!


  3. curlygeek04 says:

    I loved Americanah and All the Birds in the Sky. I really liked The Smell of Other People’s Houses too. I really, really need to read Homegoing! Also I’ve never read the Night Circus, but keep wondering if I should.


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