Happy 2017 everyone! Looking through the archives, I just realized that this is the eighth year in a row that I will be continuing my tradition of doing an awards list for the books I've read in the past year. I do this partly for myself so that I can look back and remember what books especially stood out for me each year and partly for any readers as a source of book recommendations.
This was a particularly big reading year for me. I don't know how that happened, as I didn't set out to read more books than usual. I guess it was just a good year for reading. In any case, here's how the awards work. I have a set of categories, which are usually pretty standard, but fluctuate over time. For each category, I pick the book I read in the past year that I enjoyed the most. The only books in the running are books I'm reading for the first time this year, so it's possible that I may have a really good book on my reading list that doesn't get picked because I've read it before.
With all that in mind, allow me to present the awards for 2016!
Best Fiction Book I Read This Year:
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
Best History Book I Read This Year:
Lost Worlds by Leonard Cottrell
This book is a bit on the dated side with some of its information, but it was just so much fun to read.
Best Theology Book I Read This Year:
The Works of Aurelius Augustine, Vol. 9 (J. F. Shaw and S. D. Salmond, trans.)
The Universe and Dr. Einstein by Lincoln Barnett
Fermat's Enigma by Simon Singh
Best Nonfiction Book (Other) That I Read This Year:
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Best Book I Read Out Loud to My Kids This Year:
Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater