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What were your standouts in 2016? I had a great reading year overall, with several books I rated as 5 stars. Top favorites for me this year were (in no particular order):
The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks (I know I said no particular order, but this one may be #1 of the year for me!)
An Officer & a Spy, Robert Harris
The Truth According to Us, Annie Barrows
Glory Over Everything, Kathleen Grissom
Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys
The Bookman's Tale, Charlie Lovett
The Gilded Hour, Sara Donati
Biggest surprise award would have to go to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, by Laurie King. Such a fun book and I had no idea how much I would love it.
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An Officer & A Spy was such a surprise ... I didn't know anything about the Dreyfuss Affair ... not sure I even knew there was such a thing. And then the book was so well-written ... I enjoyed it immensely and then recommended it to both Linda & one of my brothers. Mom raced through it, but my brother felt like it moved a little slow for his tastes.
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2016 was also a very good reading year for me with several 5 star reads:
Seven for A Secret by Lyndsay Faye (the second of her New York police series)
The Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough (a revelation; the world still misses her!)
Euphoria by Lily King (this one was a surprise but I love anthropology)
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (how did I go so many years without reading this one?!)
The Twice Born by Pauline Gedge (a dependable, gifted author who writes about ancient Egypt)
I enjoyed most of what I read for the historical fiction challenge but the best by far was The Musuem of Extraordinary Things.by Alice Hoffman. There are a few moments of magical realism but the strongest parts are those that are historically true-the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, The Dreamland fire on Coney Island, the exhibition of "freaks," the chaos that was New York at the turn of the century.
I found some really great authors and their series this year:
Lyndsay Faye's Timothy Wilde trilogy -loved her writing, characters. I actually felt like I was in old New York.
CS Harris's Sebastian St. Cyr series- could Sebastian BE any hotter?!
I didn't read a lot of historical fiction this year as YA suited my reading schedule with the school load but I read 4 I really liked:
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon by Weina Dai Randel
and Hanging Mary by Susan Higginbotham
Linda's favorites for 2016:
The Girl from the Train (Irma Joubert)
Once We Were Brothers (Ronald H. Balson)
Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys)
Bloodline (Conn Iggulden)
Glory over Everything (Kathleen Grissom)
Mary Called Magdalene (Margaret George)
Shaman (Noah Gordon)
An Officer and a Spy (Robert Harris)
The Gilded Hour (Sara Donati)
And I loved the final 2 books by Lyndsey Faye about the early NYC police department. Seven for a Secret and The Fatal Flame.
Although I don't think the latest Saxon books are as fascinating as the earlier one, I still love Uhtred, and enjoyed Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell.
Very best was Benioff's City of Thieves. Other really good ones include Istanbul Passage by Kanon, Rise to Rebellion by Shaara and The Archer's Tale (which I'm still finishing) by Cornwell.
Kelly, I also read and put The Secred Chord on my best of year list! I have yet to be disappointed by her books. Also, I have The Bookman's Tale on my TBR and I'm really excited to read it. I'm pleased to see it made a "best of year" list!
Donna, I've had A Cry to Heaven on my TBR for so long and remember buying it because it was so highly recommended. I'm going to bump that one up the list!
My best HF book of 2016 was The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. For non-HF, I'd have to name Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
Some of my best reads this past year (in no particular order):
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon
Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris
Child Thief by Dan Smith
Plague by C C Humphreys
Mercury's Rise by Ann Parker
When Falcons Fall by C S Harris
Wow! This thread is going to lengthen my TBR by so many but these are the ones I want to share. I've included a historical because it was so good and so well written, Letters from Yellowstone by Diane Smith.
Regeneration by Pat Barker2/11/2016
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Just noticed this thread some of my favorites for 2016 are
My Lady Judge by Cora Harrison and everyting else I read by her
Along the Infinite Sea by Beatrix Williams
Madame Chanel by C.W Gortner
A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber
Murder at the Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick
Hanging Mary by Susan Higginbottom
America's Frist Daughter by Stephanie Dray