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My Top 5 Reads for 2016

It has been another incredible year of reading with some truly outstanding books. Trying to put my favorite reads of the year in order has been a nightmare. My number one read has been a standout since I read the first sentence way back in January but the rest of my Top 5 has been very, very close but I think I have got them in their appropriate order. Some readers may notice my number one pick differs here from my Book of the Year at Pages & Pages. This is because there was a bit of horse trading involved at the shop picking just one title between five staff members which has resulted in a different number one.

So here goes my official and definitive Top 5 books of the 2016…

1. The Dry by Jane Harper

2. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

3. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

4. The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

5. The Fireman by Joe Hill

Honourable mentions go to The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller, a political thriller with compassion, The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan which is a simply beautiful end of the world story,  The Good Lieutenant by Whitney Terrell which was up their with Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds, Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker which gives an incredible new perspective to war and lastly but not leastly A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers another incredible science fiction novel full of humanity and belonging.

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