It’s possible for a movie critic to see every movie released, though I couldn’t imagine doing it. It’s be a lot harder for a TV critic to see everything that came out this year, though probably not impossible. But there’s no way for someone to read every book or listen to every song released.
My point is this list isn’t the best books of the year; this is simply my favorite books of the 220 or so I got to peruse this year. And to make things so much easier for me, I won’t do them in any kind of order. . . um, they might be chronological, but not from best to worse or vice versa.
Included are links to my reviews as well as the author’s website.
Female private eye in Iowa martial arts her way through
the bad guys.
Random Elements—Kate Donovan
Actress/wannabe FBI agent deals with stalkers, costars, and Machiavellian series creator.
Sweet Girl—Rachel Hollis
She’s sweet because of the food she makes, not her disposition, but one guy tries to change that.
Cold Moon—Alexandra Sokoloff
FBI agent and vigilante serial killer square off for the third time.
Young journalist goes backstage with metal band; love somehow ensues.
Investigating Sherlock—Nikki Stafford
Everything you wanted to know about the show, just in time for the one-off.
Citizen of the Galaxy–Robert Heinlein
One of the famous author’s sci-fi classics done as an excellent graphic novel.
I am Sophie Tucker–“Sophie Tucker”
You may not have heard of this over-the-top actress from the past, but after this you’ll never forget her.
Worrier’s Guide to Life—Gemma Correll
All your worries laid out in graphic form so you can laugh at them, and yourself.
History of War in 100 Battles–Richard Overy
Excellent synopses of exactly what the title says.
Secret Kindness Agents—Ferial Pearson
Teens learn to be nice rather than cynical; this one will warm your heart.
(bonus—her TED talk)
The Customer Service Revolution—John R. DiJulius
Why it pays to be nice to your customers.
Wrapped in Plastic—Andy Burns
Just in time for the Twin Peaks reboot.
Jem and the Holograms—Kelly Thompson
Everything a graphic novel should be: fun!
The Silver Ships—Scott Jucha
This first contact story is the best sci-fi of the year!
Almost there. . . if this was a top 20. . .
Beauty and Chaos/Tokyo’s Mystery Deepens–Michael Pronko
Pointed articles on all the little things that make Tokyo so fascinating.
Summer of Fire—Kitty Pilgrim
A tour of Europe while trying to hunt down a killer (or just stay alive).
Field Marshall–Daniel Allen Butler
Definitive biography of the one and only Desert Fox.
The Future of Sex—Lexi Maxxwell
If this is indeed the future of sex, it’s in good. . . hands.