As of this writing, according to Goodreads, I have read 266 books this year. That’s a lot. A good number of them are romance novels that only take a few hours to consume and since losing my full-time job in May, I have lots of extra hours in the day. None of those appear on my “best of” list, however, so those of you who don’t read that genre don’t have to worry.
This list is in no particular order and consists of the books that I gave 4 and 5 stars this year on Goodreads. I have included links to the full reviews on my blog. Here goes:
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
My Soul to Take by Tananarive Due
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy Cano-Murillo
Hurricane by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Pym by Mat Johnson
Surrender the Dark by L.A. Banks
Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
A very clever novel about an man who aspires to leave the corporate world and be a great American novelist. Unfortunately, his father has already achieved great notoriety as just that. Lots of funny anecdotes about the workplace.
The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser
Exactly what the subtitle says. Interesting stories about teens who have emigrated from all over the world and the lengths they have to go through to get an education in this country.
Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools by Steven Brill
Outlines the real problems in our schools today and gives a great history lesson on how they got that way. Especially eye-opening was the information about teacher’s unions and the power they wield.
The Gift by Elle
The GQ Candidate by Kelli Goff
The Shopping Diet by Phillip Bloch
Voice of America by E.C. Osondu
The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate
Peace From Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant
If Sons, Then Heirs by Lorene Cary
Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World by Kathy Freston
An easy way to ease into the vegan lifestyle.
Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters by Donald Bogle
Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer
So, there you have it. Sorry it was so long, but I just couldn’t limit it to just 10.