I read 144 books in 2016.
That’s above my yearly goal of 104 (two per week). I rate books as I finish them, and here’s a list of the books I liked best. Most are “old”. They’re in no particular order, though I did group authors and editors. Please note, these are favorites, not “best books”.
- Wait For Signs by Craig Johnson
- Maltalbano’s First Case & other stories by Andrea Camilleri
- The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
- Ink and Bone by Rachael Craine
- Vermillion Drift by William Kent Krueger
- Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger
- Curtains for Three by Rex Stout
- In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
- Bodies Are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday
- Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel
- A Time of Predators by Joe Gores
- The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part V: Christmas Adventures edited by David Marcum
- The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon
- The Hard-Boiled Detective – Stories from Black Mask Magazine 1920-1951 edited by Herbert Rhum
- Murder At the Manor edited by Martin Edwards
There were many other books that I liked, just not as much. There were also, not counted in the total of books I read, a dozen or so books I didn’t finish, and were permanently set aside (aka sold or donated) or returned to the library.
My very favorite of all? That’s hard to decide, but it may have been The Blessing Way or Trickster’s Point or The Hard-Boiled Detective. Or, wait, maybe it was…