Looking back on my reading year, I have A LOT of 4 star reads and not a lot of 5 stars. I’m not sure what that says about my reading exactly, maybe I just haven’t read the right books? But that sounds a little too negative. I’ve liked most of the books I’ve read and I even loved a couple. So I should consider this year a success. There, that’s what I’m going with!
I’ll do a separate post where I look back on the reading goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2016. Today, I want to show you my Top 5 books of 2016.
1) HhhH by Laurent Binet
This is one of the books I gave five stars to. It was so different from anything I had ever read. I honestly wish I could write like that. The amount of detail blew me away. I absolutely loved it!! (And I read it in Dutch! I rarely read anything in my mother tongue anymore but this made me want to pick up more books in my own language.)
2) Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
This is of two bookclub books on this list. It was my pick and even though not everyone in my bookclub shared my enthousiasm, I’m still glad to have read it. The language in this book is sublime. It’s a mix of poetry and prose. The four characters (five if you count the mother… I do) are so solid for such a small book and especially Crow is just perfect (is a vile and loathsome way). I was so proud of myself for not crying throughout the book and then I reached the last page and… yeah…
3) City of Thieves by David Benioff
This was a four star read and even though I’m putting it on this list, I’m sticking with the rating I gave it. Then why put it on the list? This book has stayed with me. I first read a library copy, then I found it in a second hand bookstore while on holiday in the Peak District and I didn’t even have to think about it, I bought it immediately. Memories of this book keep popping up out of nowhere and that doesn’t happen very often. I’m not sure what it was exactly, maybe the characters (they’re brilliant), maybe the events and the way they were explained (also brilliant) but there’s something in this book… something amazing.
4) Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Also a four star read and my second bookclub book. After discussing this book, I found out that some things annoyed me a bit about Cheryl. Not the book itself but her as a character. I know that most of the events in the book really happened and that she’s a real life person but there were little things that just bothered me. The reason it’s on this list is that this was the book that made me laugh out loud (several times), it made me want to keep reading (so I did..) and it was just a lot of fun. That’s important too! I’ve read a lot of heavy books this year (heavy in theme, not weight..) and sometimes I just needed something.. fun.. like this one. I’m just very glad to have read it.
5) Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Ah, my crème de la crème. This is THE book of 2016! I loved this book so very much. It’s so not what I would usually read but it carved its name into my soul and now I will never be able to let it go. My god, I loved this book. I loved the references Kurt made to himself, I loved the story, I loved the fact that most of it really happened and I love the fact that I loved it. This is truly amazing. I would recommend it to everyone who likes to read historical fiction (about WW II).
That’s it! My favorite books of 2016.
Next week is a start of a new year with new opportunities for new favorites.
And I can’t wait!!
What were your favorite books of 2016?
Which ones would you recommend?