Top 10 Books/Audiobooks from 2016

The Girl on the Glider - Brian Keene, Keith Minnion The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao, Katherine Applegate Written in Red - Anne Bishop Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop Gilded Needles (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Christopher Fowler, Michael McDowell, Mike Mignola Birthdays for the Dead - Stuart MacBride The 45% Hangover [A Logan and Steel novella] (Kindle Single) - Stuart MacBride Close to the Bone - Stuart MacBride The Elementals - Michael Rowe, Michael McDowell

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Last year I read 212 books.


A breakdown of my reads:


Graphic Novels/comics - 146

Audiobooks - 5

Novels/Novellas - 61


Here are some of my book stats



My Favourite Reads of the Year


The Girl on the Glider - Brian Keene,Keith Minnion 


Author Brian Keene tells a tale of being haunted by a young girl. This story works best as a glimpse into the life of the author as he tries to manage work against family life. This for me was a brutally honest and personal read, kudos to the author for baring so much of his day to day life, warts and all.


The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao,Katherine Applegate 


Ivan is a captive gorilla, housed in mall zoo!! He and other animal residents seem resigned to their life until Ruby arrives and Ivan decides he wants more for her.

Beautifully told, heartbreaking at times but ultimately uplifting. Ivan's observations on humans had me laughing as well as crying at the senseless cruelty that is meted out to  animals.


Written in Red - Anne Bishop  Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop  Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop  


The Others series is the book equivalent of crack. I literally can't get enough even though this series should bug the shit out of me, it works. I never expected to like this series as much as I have and I'm grateful to the BL peeps who put up such great reviews that piqued my interest.


Gilded Needles (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Christopher Fowler,Michael McDowell,Mike Mignola 


1880s New York, a power struggle between Black Lena and the upper class Stallworths begins as the Stallworths sentence 3 of Lena's family members to be hanged.

I loved the period feel to this read, there was a lot of detail that went into each area, the dirty, debauchery of The Black Triangle which contrasted sharply with the sterile elegance of Washington Square.

This tale of revenge was brutal and shocking but I still felt myself cheering Lena on.


Birthdays for the Dead - Stuart MacBride 


Gritty and disturbing as most of Macbrides work is, this was still able to deliver a gut punch at the end that left me reeling. Scottish noir at it's best.


The 45% Hangover [A Logan and Steel novella] (Kindle Single) - Stuart MacBride 


A novella that highlights the relationship between Logan Macrae and DCI Steel who find themselves in a tricky but hilarious situation.


Close to the Bone - Stuart MacBride 


Although this book had me disliking the caricature that DCI Steel is becoming it was still a strong read for me. I do feel sorry for poor Logan and hope that Macbride gives him a happier home life at some point.


The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell 


Creepy and something I couldn't read when it got dark as it was freaking me out too much. Amazing to think how much horror you can get out of sand and a dysfunctional family.

Simple but very effective