Top 5 Books Read in 2016

I’m part of a small book club that gets together every month or so. It’s mainly a place to stay in touch with great friends, but also a driver to read more since reading is a lost art in today’s Internet driven world (ironic that I’m posting a blog about this).

Scoring

We’ve read a lot of great books, and recently we devised a way to score the books using categories and a 1–10 scale, weighted equally, to “rate” the books we’ve read. A quick breakdown on our categories:

Enjoyable Read, Character Development, Mass Appeal, Dinner Party Value

The categories are purposefully left without a description, b/c the category may mean something to one person, but something different to someone else. But generally, these four categories make up what we feel like is the overall quality of a book.

Results

  1. Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides, 9.33
  2. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, 6.92
  3. Black River by S M Hulse, 6.75
  4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel , 6.50
  5. The Reluctant Fundmentalist by Mohsin Hamid, 5.83

Retrospective

If you noticed, we thought Middlesex was by and far the best book we read this year. It won a Pulitzer Prize, so it’s not an “under the radar” book, but it shocked us by how good it was. Truly spellbinding.

ABHO7K was also a prize winner, grabbing the Man Booker last year. We all think it’s a HBO mini-series waiting to happen.

Both Black River and The Reluctant Fundamentalist are unique books, it made us think and ponder about very real scenarios in today’s world. Both are wonderfully written.

Station Eleven is the only Sci-Fi book to make our top 5, it’s a fun read with lots of characters and time hopping plot twists.

2017

Our first book of 2017, Carl Sagan’s The Dragons of Eden, will be our first non-fiction book :) Share some of your 2016 favorites so that we can read them in the comments!