Best reads in 2016
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
What a lovely little novella this was. Sweet and tragic. Whimsical and terrifying. Complete with his signature note of hopeful melancholy which Gaiman seems to strike in all his works. Also, somewhat of a love letter to power of motherhood and nurturing.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Easily one of the best WWII novels I've ever put my fingers to. Utterly engrossing. I left it knowing every dusty, bomb-blasted corner of Saint-Malo, but in the tactile/auditory/olfactory way Marie-Laure was forced to learn it. A tale of hope and perseverance. Of love and conscience. Doerr apparently spent a decade writing it and this careful approach shows. Also, it won the Pulitzer! So, yeah!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I heard the film was crap, probably because they Americanized it. The Britishness of the thing is what makes most of it. The rain, the extreme isolation. A page-turner to say the least. Though I called the twist a good fifty pages before the denouement, I didn't really care. It was gripping good fun. It's written episodically so I recognize the impetus for the film.
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The first in a three-part series. An vampiric, apocalyptic adventure series that whisks you around a century of viral trauma. It's everything I wanted but didn't get from Stephen King's The Stand. Horrifically violent but immensely satisfying. I'm knee-deep in second outing, The Twelve, right now. So so good.