TE TAKERE’S TOP TWENTY FOR 2016!
Kia Ora, everyone; it’s that time of the year again when all the lists of ‘The Best Of’ are published so, not to be outdone (by whom, you ask!) I am recommending the Crème de la Crème of the books I have reviewed this year for our library. The list is not in any order; I felt they were all of equally high quality.
I have to say that it was a mammoth task deciding which books would make this list – I read and reviewed dozens of books this year, but your library has such a fabulous range of fiction that there truly IS something for everyone, regardless of their preferences.
A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson reviewed January
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanigihara “ “
The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brook reviewed February
The Year of the Runaways, by Sanjeev
Suhota reviewed March
Flood of Fire, by Amitav Ghosh “ “
The Sword of Justice, by Leif G. W.
Persson reviewed April
Riders, by Veronica Rossi Young Adults “ “
Coming Rain, by Stephen Daisley reviewed June
The City of Mirrors, Justin Cronin “ “
The Quality of Silence, by Rosamund
Lupton reviewed July
One Dog and his Boy, by Eva Ibbotson
Junior fiction “
The Dying Detective, by Leif G. W.
The Sympathizer, by Viet Than Nguen reviewed Augus
The Sport of Kings, by C. E. King reviewed September
Nutshell, by Ian McEwan “ “
My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante reviewed October
Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler “ “
The Mare, by Mary Gaitskill “ “
The Underground Railroad, by Colson
Whitehead reviewed November
Brilliant, by Roddy Doyle Junior Fiction “ “
Wolf by Wolf and sequel Blood for Blood
By Ryan Graudin Young Adult fiction reviewed December
The Story of a New Name, by Elena
Ferrante “ “
Well, shucks! That’s more than twenty, isn’t it? Never mind, the more the merrier, I say, and on that happy note I wish you on behalf of the excellent staff, Friends of Horowhenua Libraries fund raisers and volunteers (have I left anyone out?) a blessed Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
(And I have to add, that Ben, ace designer of the new Horowhenua Libraries website will remodel my blog – he promised! - so that you can click on to each title and the review in the month in which I posted it. Please, Ben? TA!)