2016: Top Ten Books

It’s our Top Ten Books lists!

To refresh, we pick our top 10 from the things we read this year, publication year is irrelevant to us.

Bethany’s list:

10. Charlatan’s Boy, Jonathan Rogers
9.What You are Now Enjoying, Sarah Gerkensmeyer
8. In an Uncharted Country, Clifford Garstang
7. The Motion of Puppets, Keith Donohue
6. Gentlemen and Players, Joanne Harris
5. Underground Airlines, Ben Winters
4. In the Woods, Tana French
3. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
2. Time and Time Again, Ben Elton
1. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

Part of me wanted to include Station Eleven twice because I read it twice and it was that good. This year is the first, I think, where three Indiana Authors Award winners made the list — two from this year and one from last year. One-time Hoosier Ben Winters also made the cut with his inventive and relevant Underground Airlines. Lastly, this year’s somewhat dark horse is Jonathan Rogers’ “Charlatan’s Boy.” I met him, briefly, and decided to look up his work and this one at least was well worth the read.

Stacie’s List:

10. Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo
9. And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
8. Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair by Anne Lamott
7. The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (plus The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages)
4. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
3. Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas
2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
1. The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

Most of these are books I recommended to someone during the year, and out-right pushed on a couple of people.  I’m really thankful to people who recommended books to me, especially when I love them enough to put them on the top ten list.  Finding good books, that have characters that resonate for weeks (or months) after, is always my goal with reading.

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