GirlReaction Reads: Favorites of 2006

[originally posted on Snip]
[Limiting myself MOSTLY to books published and read this year, as opposed to all the books I read this year.]
The best NON fiction books I read this year were “Guests of the Ayatollah” by Mark Bowden and “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion.
The best novels I read were “Black Swan Green” by David Mitchell, “Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn and “Towing Jehovah” by James Morrow [that one was not pub this year].
The best short stories I read were “In Persuasian Nation” by George Saunders and “When the Messenger Is Hot” by Elizabeth Crane (not from this year either).
The best poetry was “Strong Is Your Hold” by Galway Kinnell.
You can view the entire list of what I read here and reviews of most items are up on Snip (search by author or select category “readin”).