Books of 2016 – Choose your Book of the Year

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by Fingal Libraries on December 19, 2016.

Alberto Manguel, the Argentine-born writer, translator, and editor tells us “the association of books with their readers is unlike any other between objects and their users” (1996, A History of Reading). As 2016 draws to a close, you may like to think back on a particularly memorable book you read during the year. Do you […]

Alberto Manguel, the Argentine-born writer, translator, and editor tells us “the association of books with their readers is unlike any other between objects and their users” (1996, A History of Reading). As 2016 draws to a close, you may like to think back on a particularly memorable book you read during the year. Do you remember how this book made you feel? Is there any book you associate with what was going on in your life while you were reading it? Maybe you connect a book with a certain place or person? What was your favourite book of 2016 and how did you discover it?

Malahide Library is asking you to share a favourite book you read in 2016, old or new, by adding it to our Christmas book tree display. Books chosen by library members so far include:

Maestra by L. S. Hilton; The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle; The Missing Wife by Sheila O’Flanagan; The Dust that Falls from Dreams by Louis de Berniers; Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan; The Girls by Emma Cline.

Young readers too have been sharing their favourite reads of 2016. Among the children’s books chosen are:

The Red- Letter Day by S.P. McArdle; Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson; Irelandopedia: an Adventure Around Ireland by John and Fatti Burke; The Timmy Failure series by Stephan Pastis as well as old favourites The Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. Not forgetting teenagers, Girl online On Tour by Zoe Sugg was chosen from the young adult collection.

You can also let us know about your book of the year via Facebook or Twitter. Author Sheila O’Flanagan got in touch via Twitter to tell us she really liked Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.

Staff Picks – Malahide Library

Favourite books of the year as chosen by staff at Malahide Library include:

The Muse, by Jessie Burton - This book paints a vivid picture of the 1960’s arts scene.

The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan – A perfect introduction to world history from an eastern perspective.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – A fast-paced psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the end.

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson – If you liked Notes from a Small Island, you’ll love this follow-up, The Road to Little Dribbling.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – A heart-breaking true story about how a doctor reacts when he himself is given a cancer diagnosis

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King – This sequel to The Shining lets you find out what happened to Danny Torrance after he grows up

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino – This accomplished mystery has an intricate plot. It will grip you from the beginning and keep you turning the pages.

Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre edited by Tracy Chevalier – This collection of short stories, some set in the present and others in the past, draw their inspiration from Jane Eyre. The different time periods and perspectives make this an enjoyable and varied reading experience.

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine - A demanding yet rewarding read, Alameddine gives the reader a fascinating and intimate insight into the life of Aaliya – a 73-year-old woman living alone in Beirut. Gripping.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond – Desmond follows the lives of a number of families and individuals caught in the cycle of debt and eviction in one American city, Milwaukee. The life stories of these tenants and their struggles to keep a roof over their heads make for an eye-opening and compelling narrative.

All of these titles are available from Fingal Libraries. We look forward to hearing about your book of the year and hope to see you again in 2017 for further memorable reading experiences.

By Orla Drohan, Malahide Library