It is that time of year when anybody may be forgiven for making a list. So bear with me and share with me 2016 in books.
The older I get, the more likely I am not to finish a book I’m not enjoying. This means that most of the books I do finish, I can generally recommend. This year’s big disappointment was A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, a Man Booker Prize winner. I struggled to get into the book, then got caught up around page 80, but finally gave up some fifty pages further on.
Here is my final list, with the really outstanding books marked with five stars.
My vote for Book of the Year? Probably Ian McEwan’s Nutshell, with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale a good second.
Have a great new year and happy reading!