Top Ten Tuesday – 2016 Favourites (Dec 27)
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.
This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)’ I didn’t read as many books as I’d hoped to this year, but the following 10 were the ones I enjoyed the most:
- Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship – Trevor Hudson. I have almost finished this one, so it qualifies as one of the best I read this year. I read it as part of the 2016/17 Renovaré Book Club.
- Undermajordomo Minor – Patrick deWitt. Very funny and different. It’s just a shame that deWitt doesn’t bring out books more often, but I guess it makes it worth the wait for his next one.
- Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All – Jonas Jonasson. Another hilarious read from Jonasson. I love his characters and the way he weaves their stories together.
- Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair – Anne Lamott. I always enjoy reading her books and this one was no exception.
- Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
– Rob Bell. This was a re-read, but it was worth it once more. It is probably my favourite book of his.
- A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro. Being a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, I have to admit I had my doubts about reading this one, being that the main character, Charlotte Holmes, was purported to be the great-great-great granddaughter of the famous fictional detective. However, my doubts were dispelled and it turned out to be a fairly enjoyable read after all.
- The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro. It took me a while to get into this one, but I persevered and the effort was worth it.
- The Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire. This was probably the best of the graphic novels that I read this year.
- Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life – Henri J.M. Nouwen. This was the best meditative book I read this year and I found it very helpful at the time I read it.
- My Very Best Friend – Cathy Lamb. I read this one out of curiosity, as it was from a genre I don’t normally read. I was pleasantly surprised by it and it was a very funny and, at times, moving read. Sometimes it is good to try something different.
I’m hoping to get through more books in 2017 than I did in 2016 and am contemplating a reading challenge that might help me achieve this. Whatever happens, I know I’ll have fun trying.