My Favorite Books of 2016

I read 50 books this year, which is about average for me. I read a lot, really fast, often too fast, on the subway and almost always before I fall asleep. Mostly fiction. Many writers of color. I like a big and sprawling novel. I read some books over and over again, every few years, and I always keep lists. I read mostly in print, though I love my Kindle too, at least I loved it before the one I had broke about a week into my residency and then I bought a new one and left that one on a plane after a bleary red-eye back to New York two weeks ago. Lost forever. So it’s back to print for now.

There were so many great books this year! Here are some of my favorites, in the order that I read them:

Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
Queen of the Night, Alexander Chee
Monstress, Lysley Tenorio
Normal People Don’t Live Like This, Dylan Landis
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, Heidi Durrow
Tuesday Nights in 1980, Molly Prentiss
Mudbound, Hillary Jordan
We Love You Charlie Freeman, Kaitlyn Greenidge
The Veins of the Ocean, Patricia Engel
Jazz Moon, Joe Okonkwo
The Border of Paradise, Esme Wang
The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst
Private Citizens, Tony Tulathimutte
The Black Notebook, Toi Derricotte
What I Loved, Siri Hustvedt
Problems, Jade Sharma
Innocents and Others, Dana Spiotta
The Last of Her Kind, Sigrid Nunez
Hot Little Hands, Abigail Ulman
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Kiese Laymon
LaRose, Louise Erdrich
Night at the Fiestas, Kirstin Valdez Quade
The Fortunes, Peter Ho Davies
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
Christadora, Tim Murphy
Swing Time, Zadie Smith

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