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Best Books of 2016

Posted on: January 2, 2017

booksOkay, I’m retired and have time to read. I also have time to keep lists, so I made one and kept track of the books I read during 2016. Looks like I read around 56; I may not have finished a few boring ones. I know, I know,  it’s a book a week but for some reason it seemed just right. I always have a book going; when I finish one I start the next one. Only one was a reread: East of Eden by John Steinbeck, read the first time about fifteen years ago. I enjoyed it as much this time as the first time, absolutely a classic. If you’ve missed this one, visit your library soon. 

Not to bore you with details, I will share the titles of the BEST of the year, not in any order. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. (Soon to be a movie starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda) Also his trilogy Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, The Whistler by John Grisham, A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows, The All Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg, Walk Me Home by Catherine Ryan Hyde, and the Jeanne Dams Dorothy Martin mystery series.

I hope this will help you find some good reads during 2017 and especially hope you will comment with your favorite titles of the year. I’m off to start my new list with the first book being a collection of short stories by P.D. James. Happy New Year!

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2 Responses to "Best Books of 2016"

Thank you, Marlis. I lived at Burford (maybe gone now)..1969-1971…then Lincoln Quad..great memories from ISU…love the cozy mysteries, maybe because it is fast reading, not real indepth.
Thanks for your insight and suggestions..a good friend read all of P.D.James…I must try that author.
Thank you, have a jubilant January.
Mary Terry Townsley

Jeanne Dams writes cozy mysteries. I like them. She spoke at our book club dinner in June, see pics on my facebook site. thanks for commenting.

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