Our Best of 2016

It’s December, which means it must be time for our ‘best books of the year’ post!

It’s often hard for us to keep our list of favourites to just two or three books. We all enjoy an eclectic range of genres each year, and we can like different books at different times for very different reasons, but for now, here are the Brays Books team best reads of 2016…

Philip enjoyed reading The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley, Goodwood by Holly Throsby and dipping into 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think by Robert Arp.


Bronwyn was pleasantly surprised by how much she enjoyed His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien and Ruins by debut Australian writer Rajith Savanadasa were also favourites.


Tim enjoyed The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith, The Good People by Hannah Kent and The Interpreter by Diego Marani.


Libby loved, loved, loved Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar, Our Souls At Night by Haruf Kent and Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain.


Claire enjoyed the quirky Hot Milk by Deborah Levy and Han Kang’s award winning The Vegetarian as well as getting grand ideas from her Spanish travel guides!


Sara’s picks for 2016 are Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth, Hetty McKinnon’s fabulous and very tasty salad book, Community and for a bit of light relief, the early reader Yours Sincerely Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa.


Our newest staff member, Sylvia enjoyed The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon, All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders and the picture book The Most Mysterious Mouse by Giovanna Zoboli


To find out what many of our Australian writers have read and enjoyed this year – check out the recent SMH article here.

You can also be inspired by the 10 best books from the New York Times.

For an extensive selection of authors and their best books of the year check out The Guardian‘s two part list.

That’s a lot of love for a lot of books!

What was your favourite read this year?


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3 Responses to Our Best of 2016

  1. Kate W says:

    Lots of great picks here (and a couple that will make my Best of 2016 list (Hot Milk – still thinking about that crazy book, and Our Souls at Night – so, so lovely). And yay for the Neighbourhood cookbook – I have Community (LOVED it) and recently bought Neighbourhood as a Christmas present to myself – every single salad I’ve made from each of the books has been delicious.

  2. queenwilly says:

    Loved His Bloody Project. But my fave read was the latest Clive James. He’s still got it.

    • Brona says:

      Clive James is always a safe bet for a great entertaining read. And I’m delighted that so many people are loving HBP.

      I could have easily made a second list of three with LaRose, Mothering Sunday and When Breath Becomes Air!

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