But, the list is as close as I'm going to get to my favorites of the year. Just my personal list.
10. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald - A small Iowa town won't be the same after a woman from Sweden arrives, discovers her pen pal has died, and opens a bookstore with that friend's books.
9. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - Caught between the Russian and German armies in 1945, four teenagers join refugees flocking to the sea, hoping to escape.
8. Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell - A Quaker midwife hears all the stories in a Massachusetts mill town, post-Civil War, and needs to put together those stories to find a killer and arsonist.
7. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan - A librarian who loses her job shares her love of books by setting out for Scotland in a bookmobile.
6. Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo - Police Chief Kate Burkholder goes undercover to a reclusive Amish settlement in upstate New York.
5. The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller - A baker in Vermont falls in love with the country and music, in this delightful, atmospheric debut novel.
4. Murder in Containment by Anne Cleeland - In the latest Doyle & Acton mystery, Doyle realizes several recent murders are "containment murders" to keep other crimes a secret.
3. The Highwayman by Craig Johnson - A ghost story novella in which Sheriff Longmire and his friend, Henry Standing Bear, leave the county to help a patrolman who is receiving an officer's call for help. And, the voice sounds like that of a trooper who died years earlier.
2. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor - The first in the Chronicles of St. Mary's, stories of historians running amuck through time, and the chaos that ensues in a comic novel that includes romance, tragedy and history.
1. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny - A mysterious map leads Gamache back to Three Pines as he tries to discover the truth in his new position, and protect four young cadets. Kindness and the truth as represented in a great character.
No nonfiction on my list this year, which isn't unusual for my reading. But, there are two debut novels, a few mysteries, a few favorite authors who are still writing at their best. It was a satisfying year for books.
I hope you found some books to love and remember in 2016. What were a few of your favorite books this year?