For the past two years, I've one a list of my ten favorite reads for the year -- you can read 2014's list here, and 2015's list here. This time, I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish, since their topic today is Top Ten Best Books of 2016.
I read and reviewed 48 books this year (plus a handful I read but never reviewed, and a couple I'm reading right now but haven't finished yet), which seems to be about my usual number. Like before, I'm breaking these down into new-to-me books and re-reads.
New To Me
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay -- I read all four of Reay's books this year, and this one I loved so much I had to buy my own copy as soon as I'd finished it. It's a heartfelt look at the meaning of family, love, and belonging.
Greenwillow by B. J. Chute -- Cute and charming and funny and sweet.
I, Claudia by Charity Bishop -- A brilliantly imagined look at what life as Pontius Pilate's wife might have been like.
Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart -- Second in a series based on the real experiences of one of the first woman police officers in the United States. Much funnier and more rambunctious than it sounds.
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien -- A beautiful labor of love from a highly creative father for his four children.
And Now Tomorrow by Rachel Field -- A moving, rich exploration of a woman's search for meaning and identity.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë -- Simply my favorite book of all time, that's all.
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton -- I consider this the ultimate coming-of-age story.
Shane by Jack Schaefer -- A beautiful picture of how one person can impact the lives of others.
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery -- Another example of how a person can impact others.
How about you? What were the best books you read this year?