2016 Review: the Books

Here at last are some of my top favorite books from 2016

First, my standard disclaimer about rating books:

“I have never liked doing a public scale rating of books – the librarian in me would rather describe what’s in the book and let you decide if it sounds good for you. But this year, for the first time since high school, I gave books number ratings on my own private spreadsheet. I shamelessly borrowed the Book Smugglers’ 10-point rating system for this, where 0 is “I want my time and my money back”, 5 is “meh” and so on. For my purposes, 7 is a book I enjoyed, 8 is one I loved and 9 is one I really, really loved. 10 only gets given out retrospectively to books I find myself re-reading and thinking about a lot – a true personal classic.”

A full third of the books I read this year were 9 and above.  In the interests of saving your time, I have ruthlessly and with  suffering cut each category about in half, limiting myself to books that I kept on thinking about after reading went back to, though the shortness of the lists means that many beloved middle grade sequels were cut.  This year, too, I found myself going back to think about books that I hadn’t initially rated a 9 or 10.  I didn’t add them in here, because so many books! 7, for example, is still a really good book. But they do have a habit of turning up in other lists.

Picture Books

Early Chapter Books

Middle Grade



Favorite Rereads

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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