Several of my favorite books read this year were published in 2016. My top read, a memoir, was first published in Germany in 1938.
You’ll see plenty of memoirs on my list. Almost all the fiction is historical. Two are set in the northern Arctic regions.
Why I Write Memoir was by far my most popular post in 2016.
My Most Unusual & Memorable Read in 2016
A Woman in the Polar Night, by Christiane Ritter (memoir)
Favorite Fiction Read in 2016
#1 To the Bright Edge of the World, by Eowyn Ivey
#2 News of the World, by Paulette Jiles
#3 Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien (not yet reviewed on Books Can Save A Life)
#4 My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout
Favorite Memoirs Read in 2016
#1 Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
#2 Ghostbread, by Sonja Livingston
#3 The Beautiful Struggle, by Ta-Nahesi Coates
#4 H Is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald
Favorite Nonfiction Read in 2016
#1 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence, by Howard Means
#2 The Road to Character, by David Brooks (not reviewed on Books Can Save A Life)
Favorite Author New to Me
MOST POPULAR BOOKS CAN SAVE A LIFE POSTS, 2016
#2 A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, by Sue Klebold (memoir)
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (memoir)
The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion, by Jenny Peterson
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What were your favorite books read in 2016, and what is on your list for 2017?