Best books of 2016*

It's the time of the year where everyone is putting out their 'best of' lists. I'm a huge fan of the best books lists from newspapers, bookstores, Amazon, and bloggers. They give me ideas on what to read, or not read, next, and I like getting a feel for who the outlet deems their typical reader. 

Because it's downright frigid today here in Denver, all I plan on doing this afternoon is reading (Zadie Smith's latest, Swing Time) with many cups of hot tea (herbal with honey). If you're feeling the same way, or need some suggestions for gifts or what to read on your holiday downtime, I'm sharing my list of best books of 2016. 

Here's where the * caveat comes in: as I'm only one woman, I can't read only books that came out this year. So these are the best books that I read in 2016, not that were published in 2016 (though some were). If you really want, see all the books I read this year

Bonus: best rockstar autobiography I read in 2016

These are definitely my guilty pleasures. This year it's a toss-up between Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen and Graham Nash's Wild Tales. Bruce's book packs an emotional punch, with lots of insight and childhood history. Plus it's Bruce.

Nash, of the Hollies and CSN(Y), delivers a more typical rock bio: small on reflection, huge on stories from a drug-inducing trip through the '60s, '70s, and '80s with the likes of Neil Young, David Crosby, Steven Stills, Mama Cass, and more.

If you've read any of these, what do you think? Or, let me know which one you'll be picking up to read.