TTT: Top 10 Favorite Books Read in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week is a freebie, so I will post my favorite reads from last year.  They are in no particular order. Have you read any of these?  Were any of these favorites of yours?  What were your favorites from last year?  If you did your own TTT post today, feel free to link up to mine in the comments section, especially as there isn’t a link up at the Broke and the Bookish.

  1.  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – This is  a historical fiction novel about slavery in America and attempted escape via a virtual underground railroad.  My review
  2. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – This is a work of contemporary fiction that begins with a young woman recovering from complications of appendicitis in the hospital.  Her mother visits her and through their conversations, you learn more about the nature of the woman’s dysfunctional childhood.  However, more is learned by what is not said than what is said.  My review
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – This is a historical fiction novel about two sisters in France during World War 2 and how they participate in the resistance movement there.   My review
  4. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – This is a memoir by a neurosurgical fellow who at the age of 36 has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.  My review
  5. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff – This is a novel about a marriage and the secrets that sustain it.  The first half is written from the husband’s perspective and the second half from the wife’s.  My review
  6. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson – This is a dream-like novel about a woman who is traveling back to Brooklyn to visit her ill father.  She catches a glimpse of one of her close childhood friends who she has not spoken to since childhood and the memories come flooding back to her.  It is a story about growing up black in Brooklyn in the 1970s, about close friendships and how they make you stronger, about not understanding or accepting death as a child…  My review
  7. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood – This is Margaret Atwood’s modern day adaption of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest.’   My review
  8. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – This is a historical fiction novel spanning some 400+ years following many generations of a family, some of which were sold into slavery and brought to America, while others remained in Ghana.  My review
  9. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah – This is collection of autobiographical essays by Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show.  Trevor Noah grew up in South Africa under apartheid, son of a black woman and white man.  My review
  10. Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin – This novel by Russian born author Olga Grushin, takes place in 40 rooms of homes/dorms/apartments within which the protagonist of this novel has lived.   It is a dreamy look into the hopes and aspirations that a woman has in childhood and what they become in the future.  It is about the choices a woman makes in life.  My review

17 thoughts on “TTT: Top 10 Favorite Books Read in 2016”

  1. I haven’t read any of these yet NY The Nightingale, Home going and American Railroad are in my immediate TBR! I find those themes to be really interesting and more than deserving of a proper read!

  2. I’ve read four of these, and Homegoing was on my year-end Best Of. Just a brilliant novel. I finished The Underground Railroad the first part of January and I already know it will be on my 2017 year-end Best Of. Great list! 3 others are on my TBR (Noah, Atwood, and Woodson.)

    1. Thanks for commenting! Homegoing and Underground Railroad were both amazing and won so many awards! You can’t go wrong with reading either of those!

  3. So, I did read When Breath Becomes Air, and if you’re an emotional person like I am, I don’t recommend reading it on public transit, or you might end up attracting concerned looks from strangers as you sit and sniffle and try not to bawl your eyes out like I did! 😉

    1. OMG, that would be an awesome meme – top ten books that made you sit and sniffle and try not to bawl your eyes out in public. I LOVE it! I read that book at home, mostly, but I’ve had that experience with several other books – especially on airplanes.

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