Happy New Year!
May your 2017 be joyous, healthy and full of grace.
For the past few years Sheila @Book Journey has hosted a First Book of the Year meme. Participants simply send her a book selfie showing the book/s they will be reading on New Year's Day.
I will (hopefully) be reading two books.
I plan to finish Salt Creek by Australian author, Lucy Treloar on NYD, which I have been reading since Boxing Day. the next book to go will be Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana in preparation for our upcoming holiday.
What are you reading today, to start your New Year off with a bang?
I guess the first day of a brand new year is also the time to reflect on memories of books past.
According to Goodreads I read 116 books in 2016.
74% were written be women.
51% were written by Australian authors.
35% of my books were picture books, junior fiction or teen/YA.
21% were historical fiction books.
19% were classic titles.
12% were memoirs or biographies.
2016 was a great reading year.
My Best Book/s of 2016
Honorable mentions also go to Louise Erdrich for LaRose and Graham Macrae Burnett for His Bloody Project.
My Best Debut Read
Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa
An Australian/Sri Lankan writer who knocked my socks off this year.
My Best YA Book
Just A Queen by Jane Caro
I've thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this planned trilogy about young Elizabeth I.
I just hope that Caro doesn't make us wait four years for the final instalment!
My Best Kids Book
Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell
Another Australian author who continues to impress. Book two in Rossell's Stella Montgomery mystery series is even better than the first.
My Best Picture Book
Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London by Kate Knapp
An honorable mention must also go to Aaron Blabey for his The Bad Guys early reader series.
Best Crime Book
Give the Devil His Due by Sulari Gentill
I don't read a lot of crime.
My crime reading tends to fall under the cosy crime/historical mystery umbrella rather than gruesome murders, political thrillers or forensic crimes.
If you also like your crime on the cosy side with a dash of elegance and a whiff of turpentine, then this could be the series for you too!
My Best Graphic Novel
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss.
This may have been in actual fact my only graphic novel for the year, but that takes nothing away from how stunning and amazing this book is.
My Best Non-Fiction Read
The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage
An honorable mention to Helen Garner for Everywhere I Look and Naomi Klein for This Changes Everything.
My Best Memoir/Biography
Honorable mentions go to Magda Szubanski for Reckoning, Paul Kalanithi for When Breath Becomes Air and Nadja Spiegelmen for I'm Supposed to protect You From All of This.
My Best Classic Read for 2016
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
My Most Disappointing Book
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
I started 2016 with books 2 & 3 of the Elena Ferrante Neopolitan tetrology.
This ended up being a bit of a mistake.
I should have had a break between the two books, because by the end of Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay I was exhausted and not sure that I liked the books at all.
My Most Surprising Read
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Best Readalong for 2016
What were your favourite reads for 2016?