I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
My favourite fiction reads of 2016 were probably as varied as they've been been. While once I was a tried and true mystery-or-bust sort of gal, my favourites this year only include 2 mysteries, both historical. 2 were popular fiction, something I almost never read; 1 an almost forgotten classic re-released, 1 Urban Fantasy and 1 collection of comics from my personal comic hero, Berkeley Breathed.
I had a lot fewer 5 star, books-I-want-to-hug in fiction but I had a lot more 4.5 star fiction reads this year. It's been a great year for me reading-wise: while admittedly generous with my ratings, I rarely rate much 4.5 or 5 stars; I usually top out at 4 (something I'd re-read but not gush about).
My 4.5 star reads this year were:
My first love, mysteries, make a very strong showing in the 4.5 star list. Lots of cozies, of course, and historicals, and lots of UF, but a couple of classics and some great literature are on this list too as well as some YA and a sneaky contemporary fiction.
Overall, I'd incredibly pleased with my reading this year; I broke my personal record for most books read, yes, but I'm even more thrilled with how much broader my reading has become. I even read a Science Fiction book this year! *gasp*. (I still don't like SF.) This is 100% because of this community. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: I owe my TBR mountain range entirely to this community. Without all of you I'd still be reading all cozies, all the time. So thank you, and keep 'em coming!