It was a tossup - MaddAdam was one, and the Golem and the Jinni was another. Where'd you go Bernadette was also a great read.
Why were they so good?
It's very hard to pick one, but off the top of my head, I absolutely loved Christopher Hitchen's 'Arguably'. Full of his astonishing intellect and broad range of interests, it's endlessly interesting.
Existence, by David Brin. I love all of Brin's work because he's one of the few hard sci-fi voices that represents an optimistic future
I enjoyed The Barbarian Nurseries, by Hector Tobar. One of the reasons I love reading fiction is the opportunity to see things from the perspective of people unlike myself. This book is told from the point of view of an affluent woman, her husband, who came from a more modest background, and the Mexican nanny who works in the nursery of these "barbarians".
Ooh, that's hard. I read a lotta books. I enjoyed The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, for novel (as a bonus, it came out in 2013, or maybe 2012, but close enough) and Settled in the Wild by Susan Shetterly for CNF. I liked the quiet, cold imagery and storytelling (weaving a fairy tale into real life) in The Snow Child, and I really enjoyed Susan Shetterly's voice and calm pragmatism when writing about nature.
Ganache, I love that book.
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