The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik

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December 26, 2016

2016's best

I know there's almost a whole week of reading left in this year, but I'm going to go out on a literary limb and guess that the library books I still have stacked up will be enjoyable but might not surpass these.  But then again, the wonderful thing about the books below is that even though I expected I'd like them, I was surprised again and again by how much I did ... and, for me, what a gift that is.

Looking back, it was a very good year for nonfiction ...

 and for fiction...

and for mysteries {though the mysteries I read by the dozens never seem to stand out from each other as much},..

But one mystery, with very engaging characters I hope to meet again, became even more gripping as an audiobook. And an audiobook with recipes?  It works.  And although Laurie Colwin is wonderful anytime, I started listening to Home Cooking when I especially needed comfort, and it's been perfect. :)

I'm looking forward to your lists, if you have them, and to more wonderful reading with you.


JoAnn said...

I've read a few of these and loved them - The Big House, Mrs. Dalloway, and They May Not Mean To But They Do. Hopefully I'll discover Margery Sharp in 2017 (the beginning of The Nutmeg Tree is delightful) and I've added Night and Day to my list, too. Laurie Colwin is wonderful in print and I'm sure the audio is fabulous! I'm hoping Trollope makes a return to my list in 2017.

Happy New Year, Audrey!

Cosy Books said...

Mrs Dalloway was a highlight of my reading year as well, Audrey. I'm also looking forward to reading The Button Box...but first I need to find a copy. Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas holiday!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a good reading year to me! Here's hoping 2017 yields just as many great books.

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