Back in April I did a list of my favourite books of the year so far, and as it’s now July time for another update.
For the months April through June, I read a total of fifty seven books, forty of which were graphic novels. I’ve also started but not as yet finished two other titles. Nothing about this is an exact science.
So, in the order I preferred them when I wrote the list ten minutes ago (and, of course, it may be subject to change), here are my top thirteen books for 2016 so far, with new entries shown in bold:-
The Pleasure Merchant – Molly Tanzer (Lazy Fascist Press)
The Sea of Blood – Reggie Oliver (Dark Renaissance Books)
The Night Clock – Paul Meloy (Solaris)
Horrorology – Edited by Stephen Jones (Jo Fletcher Books)
A Song of Shadows – John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)
Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed – Edited by Joseph Nassise & Del Howison (Tor)
The Sadist’s Bible – Nicole Cushing (01Publishing)
Paper Tigers – Damien Angelica Walters (Dark House Press)
Rapture of the Deep – Cody Goodfellow (Hippocampus Press)
Vermilion – Molly Tanzer (Word Horde Press)
The Scarlet Gospels – Clive Barker (Macmillan)
Sing Me Your Scars – Damien Angelica Walters (Apex Book Company)
The Witch of the Wood – Michael Aronovitz (Hippocampus Press)
It breaks down as seven novels, three collections, two anthologies, and one novella. Hippocampus Press is the only publisher to appear twice on the list, while writers Molly Tanzer and Damien Angelica Walters are the only individuals to appear twice.
By my count, ten of these books weren’t first published in 2016, including those in the top four spots, so it is a ‘best of Pete’s reading in 2016’ rather than ‘Pete’s best of the year’ (a not too subtle distinction) and, of course, I only read a fraction of what gets published.