I’ve read a good bit of books this year, some good, some not so good.

Here’s a quick list of the books I read this year that stood out.

1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

WeHaveAlwaysThis is a really wonderful, odd, dark little story. It was the cover that caught my attention at first, and when I saw it was a book by Shirley Jackson I just had to have it. It tells the story of two women who live in a large house with their wheelchair-bound uncle. The rest of the family had been killed during a meal a few years back, when someone put arsenic in the sugar bowl. The sisters are shunned by the people in town and only Merricat, the younger sister, ever leaves the house, once a week for supplies. The townspeople taunt her, and the children sing songs about them. And we are left guessing…who put the arsenic in the sugar bowl?

2. City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer