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July 12, 2016

Favorite Books of 2016 (So Far)

Looking for a summer read? These are the six 2016 books (in print as of today) I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path (my personal definition of "favorite").

What is your favorite book of the year so far?

The Chimes

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, Anna Smaill's novel The Chimes is a striking debut that poetically portrays a dystopian future where music has replaced the written word.

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

Winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is an exceptional debut, a book that is as much prose poem as novella.


Problems by Jade Sharma

Jade Sharma's Problems is one of the year's strongest debut novels, a powerful book that deals with addiction and gender politics through the eyes of its unforgettable and vividly drawn protagonist.

Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

Sara Baume's novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a brilliant atmospheric debut that has earned her numerous comparisons to Cormac McCarthy.


Tender by Belinda McKeon

Belinda McKeon's Tender is a magnificent novel of unrequited love and obsession.

What Belongs to You

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell's novel What Belongs to You is a brilliant debut, lyrical, evocative, and precise in its language.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Largehearted Boy's Favorite Books of 2016 (So Far)

Largehearted Boy favorite food and drink books of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction books of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2015

lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews