I read a total of 57 books in 2016, far lower than usual, but it was a particularly busy year for me in regards to writing and other projects. Nevertheless, there were many great reads this year, so many that I would not be able to narrow them all down to just a few. So, here are my favorite reads, all categorized, because that’s how I roll.
Best Science Fiction Novel
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.Â The more I readÂ Connie Willis’ work, the more I admire her as an author.Â Doomsday BookÂ was no exception.Â Set in Oxfordâ€”at a university in which historians are able to actually travel back in time to witness and experience the past eras they researchâ€”the story is split between Kivrin, who travels to the Middle Ages (one of the deadliest eras in humanity’s history), and Dunworthy, her mentor who is terrified to see her go and is left to face his own crisis in the present day as a sudden influenza outbreak flares up, forcing Oxford to go into quarantine. Dealing with disease as it does, it’s a dark story, although it isÂ laced with Willis’ wit and humor. I especially loved Kivrin’s journey to the Middle Ages and fell in love (as Kivrin does) with the family that takesÂ her in. A fantastic book, one that had me itching to read more in Willis’ time travel series.
Honorable Mention:Â Ancillary Mercy, by Anne Leckie, which was the conclusion to theÂ Imperial Radch trilogy (the first book was featured on my list from last year).