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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My latest work is the Audible Original The Sound at the End. My other books are Things We Say In The Dark, The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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Best Books of 2016

30th Dec 2016 in Books

This year I read 250 books. 250! No idea how that happened. I did travel a lot for book events and festivals, which meant many hours on trains and evenings in hotel rooms. I get sent a lot of books for review and blurbs. I volunteer in an Oxfam Books and usually buy at least one book per shift. I love the library – I’m a member of four, and my local library now refers to me as a “heavy user”. Also, my job is reading and writing books, and I really fucking like books.

Anyway! Books!

Here is a highly personal, not-very-scientifically-chosen list of my 50 favourites of 2016.

Books out in 2016:

 

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  • Best Apocalyptic Magical Realism: The Sunlight Pilgrims, Jenni Fagan
  • Best Addictive, Beautifully-Written Thriller: The Trespasser, Tana French
  • Best Science-Inspired Novel: The Comet Seekers, Helen Sedgwick
  • Best Literary Horror: We Eat Our Own, Kea Wilson
  • Best Unputdownable Novel: The Last One, Alexandra Oliva
  • Best Feminist, Murderous Retelling of a Classic: Jane Steele, Lyndsay Faye

 

 

 

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  • Best Atmospheric, Sinister Wartime Mystery: The Amber Shadows, Lucy Ribchester
  • Best Romance About a Writer: Tell Me a Story, Tamara Lush
  • Best Funny Feminism: The Trouble With Women, Jacky Fleming
  • Best Book About Pop Culture: But What If We’re Wrong?, Chuck Klosterman
  • Best Book to Read While Travelling Alone: The Lonely City, Olivia Laing
  • Best One-Sitting Read That Made Me Cry: Avalanche, Julia Leigh

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  • Best Novella About Hydropathy & Feminism: Bodies of Water, V.H. Leslie
  • Best Hard-To-Describe Book Written as Tiny Vignettes About Love: Trysting, Emmanuelle Pagano
  • Best Best Poetry Collection To Read Aloud to Someone You Care About: Dirt, William Letford
  • Best Debut Poetry Collection That Made Me Do a Mini Fist-Pump: This Changes Things, Claire Askew
  • Best Poetry Pamphlet That I Can’t Stop Telling People About: Still, Nadine Aisha
  • Best Ongoing Children’s Horror Series: Lockwood & Co – The Creeping Shadow, Jonathan Stroud

 

Books Out Before 2016:

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  • Best Dark, Magical Book I’d Never Heard Of Before: Cobwebwalking, Sara Banerji
  • Best Book Under 100 Pages: Coyote, Colin Winnette
  • Best Book to Read By the Pool: The Lemon Grove, Helen Walsh
  • Best Magical Realism About Mothers and Daughters: The Blue Girl, Laurie Foos
  • Best Deep-Sea Horror: The Deep, Nick Cutter
  • Best Novella About Death: Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter

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  • Best Queer Gothic: Grab Bag, Derek McCormack
  • Best YA Magical Realism: The Accident Season, Moïra Fowley-Doyle
  • Best Bizarre, Dreamy Horror Novella: The Paradise Motel, Eric McCormack
  • Best Beautifully-Illustrated Fairytale Retellings: A Wild Swan, Michael Cunningham
  • Best Creepy Novel About a Stranger Coming into Your House: A Pleasure and a Calling, Phil Hogan
  • Best Fiction By an Author Who I Previously Only Knew as a Non-Fiction Writer: Fly Away Home, Marina Warner

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  • Best Changeling Story: Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce
  • Best Halloween Read: The Night Country, Stewart O’Nan
  • Best Retelling of Welsh Folktales: Dark Tales From the Woods, Daniel Morden
  • Best Fairytale-esque Quest Featuring Bees: The Beekeeper, Maxence Fermine
  • Best Multiple-Parallel-Narrative-Strand Novel: The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett
  • Best Horror Anthology: Skin Of The Soul – New Horror Stories By Women, Lisa Tuttle (ed.)

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  • Best Surreal and Beautiful Children’s Horror Stories: A Whisper in the Night, Joan Aiken
  • Best Cute and Weird Graphic Novel: Nimona, Noelle Stevenson
  • Best Graphic Novel Re-Read: Saga, Brian K. Vaughan
  • Best Graphic Novel About Antarctic Exploration: Shackleton’s Journey, William Grill
  • Best Merging of Fiction and Non-Fiction: The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Best Change-Your-Life Book That Actually My Life: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck, Sarah Knight

 

  • Best Tender, Thoughtful, Intelligent True Crime: Lost Girls, Robert Kolker
  • Best Non-Fiction Book About a Misunderstood Holiday: Trick or Treat – A History of Halloween, Lisa Morton
  • Best Book About a Topic I Didn’t Realise I Was Interested In: The Great Beanie Baby Bubble, Zac Bissonnette
  • Best Surprisingly Readable Academic Book About Horror Films: Gender and the Nuclear Family in Twenty-First-Century Horror, Kimberly Jackson
  • Best Beautifully-Written, Rambling Book About Ghosts: A Natural History of Ghosts, Roger Clarke
  • Best Book About Writing: Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury
  • Best Book About the Complicated Love of Pro-Wrestling: Wrestlecrap – The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling, R.D. Reynolds & Randy Baer
  • Best Book About the History of Food: Consuming Passions, Philippa Pullar

 

One response to “Best Books of 2016”

  1. Jane Smith says:

    This is a wonderful list!

    I only own perhaps half a dozen of these titles, so will be buying a list of lovely books to get me through the next few months. Or weeks. Thank you!

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