The best of 2016

At the Library with Denise Corey

Published on December 23, 2016

At the Library with Denise Corey

December is a great time for book list lovers, as everyone is putting out their best of the year lists. I comb through these lists looking for reading suggestions and patting myself on the back if I’ve read something before it was popular.

The social media reading site Goodreads gives the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite books of the year to win their annual Goodreads Choice Awards.  They have a huge variety of categories for every reading taste:  Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Horror, Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir & Autobiography, History & Biography, Science & Technology, Food & Cookbooks, Graphic Novels & Comics, Poetry, Debut Goodreads Author, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Middle Grade & Children's, and Picture Books.

With so many books to choose from, it can sometimes be overwhelming to pick what to read next. Never hesitate to ask your friendly library staff member to steer you in the right direction. We’re always happy to help! Denise Corey, Chief Librarian Cumberland Public Libraries

Whew! I’ve already read some of this year’s best-of winners, such as Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Best Fiction), The End of Watch by Stephen King (Best Mystery & Thriller), and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne (Best Fantasy). Other winners are on my list to read in early 2017, such as Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (Best Historical Fiction) and The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (Best Humour).

If you’re looking for something that is less popular than a Goodreads Choice Award winner, but well-reviewed by critics, check out CBC Books. They compiled a list of 30 award-winning books from 2016, including Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien, winner of both the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award, and The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, the winner of the bizarrely named Kitschies Red Tentacle Award for the Best in Speculative Fiction.

There’s a best-of list out there for every type of reader. All the major magazines publish one, such as Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Forbes.  If you’re only interested in what’s top of the book charts for 2016, check out the New York Times Best Sellers and the Globe and Mail Best Sellers lists.

Cumberland Public Libraries will be jumping on the bandwagon and putting out best-of lists.  Library staff will be posting their five favourite reads of 2016 on the library website in early January. I have a list of 10 books I loved this year, and I’ll be discussing those books on my podcast Bookrage: For the Mad Reader (available through iTunes).

With so many books to choose from, it can sometimes be overwhelming to pick what to read next.  Never hesitate to ask your friendly library staff member to steer you in the right direction. We’re always happy to help!

To find the books mentioned in this article and more, search our catalogue at www.cumberlandpubliclibraries.ca.

 

Denise Corey is the chief librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries