It was another year of reading for me. I’m grateful our public library system – I borrowed many books from Waterloo Public Library and sometimes Kitchener Public Library too. I also received an Amazon Kindle for Father’s Day, and caught up to my octogenarian father with e-reading.
At the start of the year, I focused mostly on short-story collections. Short stories deserve much wider readership. In July, I started on my Read the World quest to read a book from every country in the world. You can read the full list here. In between, a sprinkling of mysteries and horror.
Here are my favourite books of 2016.
- Danny Lenin and other stories / Guy Vanderhaeghe – a Canadian master
- The Fishermen / Chigozie Obioma – exceptional first novel, set in Nigeria
- All the Light We Cannot See / Anthony Doerr – a true masterpiece
- Vampires in the Lemon Grove / Karen Russell – a short-story master
- Instruction Manual for Swallowing / Adam Marek – surreal short-story collection
- Get in Trouble / Kelly Link – fantastic stories that defy genre boundaries
- Fifteen dogs / Andre Aléxis – Scotiabank Giller Prize winner
- The Vegetarian / Han Kang – Man Booker International Prize winner
- Martin John / Anakana Schofield – Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle / Shirley Jackson – a classic
- The Golden Scales / Parker Bilal – mystery set in Cairo
- The Hatching / Ezekiel Boone – exceptionally well-written horror
- The Invisible Dead / Sam Wiebe – noir set in Vancouver
- Three by Atiq Rahimi / Atiq Rahimi – three short novels set in Afghanistan
- Chronicle in Stone / Ismail Kadare – early novel by Albanian master
- A General Theory of Oblivion / José Eduardo Agualusa – Man Booker Int’l shortlist
- Ghosts / César Aira – challenging short novel from one of Argentina’s top writers
- A Narrow Road to the Deep North / Richard Flanagan – Man Booker winner
- A Whole Life / Robert Seethaler – Man Booker International shortlist
- The Good Muslim / Tahmima Anam – wonderful book set in Bangladesh
- Turing’s Delirium / Edmundo Paz Soldán – reminds me of William Gibson
- Crow Blue / Adriana Lisboa – finding identity and belonging between Brazil and US
- East of the West / Miroslav Penkov – short stories linked by Bulgaria past and present
- In the Shadow of the Vanyan Tree | Vaddey Ratner – personal look at Cambodia
- Indian Horse / Richard Wagamese – a must-read for every Canadian
Here’s to another year of reading in 2017!