Best Fiction Read in 2016

December 30, 2016 Book Talk 14

Best Fiction of 2016

What is the second favorite thing for list makers to do if they’re not making a list? Reading a list! Ok, well, maybe that’s the third favorite thing cause checking off lists is right up there with making a list. But for flow and purposes of this post can we agree reading and checking off lists are one and the same 😉 My ‘upholder’ daughter is cringing if she’s reading this post! “What? Mom, {be sure to add the correct amount of inflection into that ‘mom’} you can’t make up rules like that!” Poor thing ~ it’s hard having a rebel for a mom and for a husband!

But I digress – you’re here for the list, right?

General Fiction

Favorite reads from 2016
Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
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Timely. Scary. And unfortunately, based on a true occurrence.

My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
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It took me awhile to finally pick up the first in the Neapolitan quintet, but oh my goodness when I finally read My Brilliant Friend, I could totally see why these books were taking the world by storm. Reading this quintet is a completely immersive experience. Some of the best storytelling I’ve ever read.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
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My first Ann Patchett book and definitely will not be my last.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
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ovely, feel-good book about those who love books. Had me laughing, crying and sometimes both at the same time. Loved it!

Science Fiction

by Justin Cronin
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 resisted reading this one for so long because I’d read it was about vampires. I’ve been over vampires since before vampires were even a thing, so I really didn’t want a ‘vampire’ novel. This is more end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it plague kind-of book. And phenomenal.


Best thrillers of 2016
The Kept Woman
by Karin Slaughter
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Karin Slaughter is one of those authors I automatically buy. She never fails to live up to the hype, and I’m always impressed with the detail and focus she brings to crimes against women.

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjilian
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Another author I automatically buy. Chris Bohjilian’s novels are in that same social consciousness category as Jodi Picoult’s. Both authors tackle a current issue in each of their books with deft and precision.

What are some of your favorite reads from 2016?


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14 Responses to “Best Fiction Read in 2016”

  1. Susie | Novel Visits

    Nice list! I agree that Small Great Things is so timely and scary in that it so real. I read State of Wonder a couple years ago, but also was a huge fan and this year thought Patchett’s Commonwealth was amazing! (Possibly my favorite book of the year.) Also, loved The Guest Room!

    • Stacy Millican

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Commonwealth! My daughter still has my copy and told me she found it boring. I can’t imagine boring after falling in love with State of Wonder! I must get my copy back soon so I can finally read it and see. Thank you for reassuring me it’s a great book! Wishing you a most wonderful new year!

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I loved State of Wonder and, after reading Commonwealth this year, have fallen down the Ann Patchett rabbit hole! I definitely recommend Commonwealth and then her collection of essays…This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

    • Stacy Millican

      Thanks so much Sarah! My daughter told me Commonwealth was slow so I’ve been hesitant to pick it up {plus she’s still got my copy!}. I’ll definitely pick up This is the Story of a Happy Marriage with your recommendation – thanks so much for sharing! Happiest of new years to you dear friend!

  3. Chrissy

    I really want to read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. I need to add that to my 2017 TBR.

    Great list! Can’t wait to hear about your reads in the new year.

  4. Lisa

    I put My Brilliant Friend on my book club’s list for 2017 so I can finally make sure I get that series started. I can’t wait!

    • Stacy Millican

      Oh I hope you love My Brilliant Friend as much as I did! There’s one line in the book that incorporates the phrase ‘my brilliant friend’ and it’s just so perfect and so ironic. I can’t wait to hear what you think! Please do let me know when your book club reads it – I’d love to know what all of you think!

  5. Toady

    First time visiter and this is a great post to see what your reading preferences are. I haven’t read many of these, but we seem to have similar reading tastes. I look forward to your posts and wish you a wonderful year of reading and life in 2017.
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  6. Kate @ Parchment Girl

    Small Great Things was one of my favorites too. I really liked the audiobook. I bought a copy of State of Wonder at a library sale a few months ago, so hopefully I’ll have a chance to read it this year. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend looks like something I would probably enjoy. Any book about books, right? 🙂

  7. Catherine

    Wasn’t The Guest Room a shocker? I like Bohjalian for a lot of reasons, but it felt like he really moved into modern day social issues with a gut punch. I could not put that book down. Small Great Things was the same way.

    Do wrestle Commonwealth away from your daughter- it’s quite good. Patchett writes family life really well.

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