I have had a fantastic reading year. I read over 150 books which is well beyond my normal number of books per year. There were some fantastic books to read in 2016 and I really tried to make a list of my Top 10 favorites but just couldn't reduce the list to 10. Here are my Top 12 books - the best of the best for 2016.
1. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. A look at race, privilege, prejudice and compassion in America today.
2. Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypole White. How mental illness not only affects the person but everyone around them. A gritty, compassionate story of courage.
3. The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian. A look at human trafficking and the effect it has on a family.
4. The Girls by Emma Cline. A young girl is caught up in a cult that helps ease the loneliness in her life.
5. A Question of Mercy by Elizabeth Cox. Set in the 60s, this book looks at how we treated the mentally ill and the importance of family.
6. Redemption Road by John Hart. A dark gritty novel full of page turning suspense.
7. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. A story of three very different women and their lives during WWII.
8. Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey. Annabelle lives in a perfect world with a perfect family...or does she? A fantastic southern novel.
9. Leave Me by Gayle Forman. A young girl runs away with her high school teacher and causes fear in her family.
10. The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman. A young girl meets her scandalous grandmother as the Nazis are invading Paris.
11. The Choices We Make by Karma Brown. A beautiful story of friendship and motherhood.
12. The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart. The story of a very dysfunctional told through the eyes of 11-year-old Dixie in the late 60s.
Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their grandson. Susan reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.
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