I’m closing out my first full year as a reviewer at AAR with a list of my top ten favorite books of 2016!


Twenty Five Mystery Science Theater 3000 Films That Changed My Life In No Way Whatsoever by Frank Conniff

I’m a long-time MiSTie  who has devoured Kevin Murphy and Mike Nelson’s books, and Conniff – a natural storyteller – surpasses both of his colleagues with this tome.  Conniff’s contribution to the MST3K canon is a stroll through the ten movie he screened (It was one of Conniff’s main jobs during the Sci Fi era run to screen potential movies for the show to tear apart) while working for MST3K.  A delight.

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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

You can never go wrong with Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical work, whether she’s reliving her life as a child of Hollywood, talking about her time as Star Wars icon Princess Leia Organa, or discussing her personal struggles.  Her voice is even more important to me now, in the light of her early passing.  The Princess Diarist recounts her life filming the three original Star Wars films.  Everyone’s been talking about her revelation of a on-set affair with Harrison Ford, but there’s much, much more to unpack here.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

You probably don’t need me to tell you to try out this little sparkler of a romantic comedy featuring two longtime work rivals in a battle royale for a promotion.  Everyone loves it for a reason; it’s wonderfully written and the best sort of throwback to old fashioned romantic movies without being regressive.

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Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Ms. Smith’s latest is a beautifully written story about the power of friendship and music to haunt even years after the relationship’s been extinguished.

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The Muse by Jessie Burton

I love historical fiction.  I love stories about the struggle between muse and artist.  So naturally this one caught my eye and managed to perch itself in my heart to boot.

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Wild at Whiskey Creek by Julie Ann Long

This one was like catnip for me.  Small town setting?  Musical Heroine?   Sheriff who believes in the heroine’s art even when she doesn’t?  This is a delight.

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Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

A gripping story about the nature of motherhood, following a woman who abandoned her child at the crotch of a pear tree to escape her small town for a better life – only to return years later unfulfilled and find herself pitted against the rum-running adoptive mother of her biological child.

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Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

I am a sad, sad case for Julia Quinn; I freaking love everything she does and this book is no exception to the rule.

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Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack

I’m sort of cheating since this one wasn’t released until early January, but Ms. Kilpack earned a spot on my top ten for spinning some involving historical fiction that absorbs and grabs the reader right from the first paragraph.

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Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Title

This is one heck of a charming novel.  I reviewed it for AAR this past summer and let me tell you – it’s a sparkler of a book.  If you have a thing for college professors, small dogs, goofy but hot romances or small town stories, pick this up!

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