The 5 Best Books I Read This Year

Only five? I read so many good books this year! I’m sometimes late to the party, so not all of these were new releases. In no particular order:
The Goldfinch. No wonder Donna Tartt was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; this is a masterpiece. 

Orphan Train – heartbreaking and hopeful, funny and desperate. Christina Baker Kline is brilliant. P.S. Looking forward to the movie!

Hausfrau. I love a well-written, dark novel. And this one, set in Switzerland, hooked me from the beginning. Essbaum writes beautifully.
The Girl on the Train. Lots of girls and trains, it seems! This book was compared to Gone Girl, which I also read (I liked this one more).

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. I had bought this book in 2014, but didn’t begin reading it until this past summer. Then I couldn’t put it down! Absolutely delightful.


Still Life with Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen

Let’s Be Real, by Brea Brown 

The Man I Love, by Suanne Laqueur

Still Alice, by Lisa Genova

The Other Wife, by Kathleen Irene Paterka

What books did you absolutely love this past year?

Happy 2016!

11 thoughts on “The 5 Best Books I Read This Year

  1. I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train too (also more than Gone Girl). Orphan Train is somewhere on my radar and I’m off to check out the Ice Cream Queen… based on title alone!


  2. Really interesting to read your list, Martha. The Girl on the Train and Hausfrau are on my to-read list. To be honest, I struggled with The Goldfinch. I read Still Alice a few years ago and was incredibly moved by it. I couldn’t work out why it wasn’t more popular at the time, even though I was telling all my friends that it was a must-read! No surprise that the film has brought it to the attention of many more people. I did enjoy reading The Other Wife last year – loved the fact that it felt so real.


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