Yes, there were good books, even in a year like 2016. Let’s not lose [all] hope, shall we? In fact, after careful consideration, there were more serious contenders than I could allow through to the final round. Sorry about that.
During 2016 I seem to have read and reviewed 154 books. Before you gasp with admiration, I should mention that 40 of those were picture books.
And here, without me even peeping at other best of lists, are my favourites, in alphabetical order:
Beck, by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff
Broken Sky + Darkness Follows, by L A Weatherly
Crongton Knights, by Alex Wheatle
Five Hundred Miles, by Kevin Brooks
Front Lines, by Michael Grant
Knights of the Borrowed Dark, by Dave Rudden
More of Me, by Kathryn Evans
The White Fox, by Jackie Morris
I believe it’s a good list, and I’m glad that two of the books are dyslexia friendly; one at either end of the age spectrum.
And, you are human after all, so you want to know who just missed this list. I’m human enough to want to mention them. They were Hilary McKay, J K Rowling, Malcolm McNeill, G R Gemin, Jonathan Stroud, Kate DiCamillo and Philip Caveney.
Two dozen more on my longlist, and we mustn’t forget; if a book has been reviewed on Bookwitch at all, it has passed quite a few quality tests. So there. You’re all winners. But some are more winners than others.
I love you.