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Some Ace Book Lists To Help Fuel Your Summer Reading

Best books of 2016

This mightΒ just be the most meta list ever. A list of lists. I KNOW! Gasp.

I’ve really not read as much as I’d hoped this year, so I’m keen to add to my To-Read pile. There’s something reassuring about a decent recommendation that goes a long way to taking the risk out of committing to a book.

Here’s what a bunch of clever types thought were SOME of the best picks of the year.

Add your own recommendations in the comments and before you know it, something amazing will be happening, book-wise. (If you want to!)


2016 books


Ace Book Lists To Help Fuel Your Summer Reading

Barnes and Noble’s Best Young Adult Books of 2016 : here

Readings’ Books That Made Us Laugh In 2016 : here

NPR’s Best Books of 2016 : here

Slate’s Best Audiobooks of 2016 : here

The New Yorker’s Books We Loved in 2016 list : here

Readings Staff Books They Would Not Have Read Without A Recommendation : here

Brain Pickings’ Best Children’s Books of 2016 : here

The Age’s Writer’s Choice Best Reads of 2016 : here

The New York Times TopΒ Books of 2016 : here

The Times Best Books of 2016 : here

Brain Pickings’ Best Science Books of 2016 : here

The New York Times Notable Childrens’ Books of 2016 : here

Readings’ Best Crime Books of 2016 : here

Bust’s Best Books of Winter (they haven’t done their 2016 list yet!) : here

The Guardian’s Best History Books of 2016 : here


What would you put on your very own Best of 2016 book list?

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    December 18, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    I’ve really enjoyed Wolf Hall and Caitlin Moran’s latest one (Moranifesto) this year. Both presents from rellies who must know me well!

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    December 17, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    In addition to The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (mentioned above and SUCH an important, eye-opening book), I absolutely loved What a Way to Go by Julia Forster and How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran – both books about funny, quirky girls coming of age and figuring things out in the 80s and 90s respectively.

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    December 16, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    My stand out non-fiction reads have been Reckoning by Magda Szubanski and The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke. I think,in combination, they really brought home to me the importance of the representation of diversity in the media. And just how cruel people can be about difference and the destructive effect that has. The fiction work I loved is The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna. Just exquisite.

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    December 16, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Oh my goodness without a shadow of a doubt I just adored Ruth Park’s Playing Beatie Bow, recommended to me by my mother in law and I just adore it! Such a sweet, wonderful book I wished I’d read as a teen but there’s deeper themes to get into as an adult too.
    I also found Austin Kleon’s ‘Steel Like An Artist’ and ‘Show Your Work’ – Love them both! Really changed my way of thinking about things creatively.

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    December 16, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    I am reading a lot! I have a pile of 9 books next to my bed right now! The ones I’ve liked the most this year are-
    Goodwood by Holly Throsby
    Skylarking by Kate Middenhall
    A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenburg
    Silent Inhertiance by Joy Dettman
    The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty
    Mercy Street by Tess Evans
    The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

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      Meet Me At Mikes
      December 16, 2016 at 10:41 AM

      I have only read ‘A Homemade Life’ and ‘The Signature of All Things’ on that list, so I am going to make a note of the others! Thanks Reannon-face!!! xx

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        December 16, 2016 at 1:30 PM

        I have just realised that all bar the 2 we have both read are Australian writers so that’s pretty awesome πŸ™‚
        And i really think you will LOVE Skylarking- its a cross between The Strays & The Light Between Oceans & those are two of my most favourite books !

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