The New Year is upon us, and with it comes list after list of everyone’s favorite books of 2016. However, here at Zoetic Press we don’t let the constraints of the calendar dictate what thrilled us. Welcome to the Zoetic Press Best of Books List, curated by the staff and placed here in your timeline in hopes it will inspire you to read and discuss. What were your favorite books this year? Let us know! It’s like a comment section book club!
Emily Corwin’s interconnected collection of poetry is the dark side of a fairy tale. It’s buttons made from bone on a wedding dress. It’s ice cream with sauce, but that’s not strawberry, it’s blood. The beautiful language of this collection bangs through my head on a regular basis, the imagery so solid that you can almost touch the crabapple trees. Hands down the best poetry collection I read this year.
Last year, one of my top book choices was given to me by my friend Jessica, and this year is no different—this is the book she gave me in our holiday swap. Your House is on Fire… is like if “The Lottery” were longer, The Witch were good, and they had a spooky baby. Each chapter is told by different children in the town of Hemmersmoor as they grow older, and there is an undercurrent of something wrong in each tale. I devoured this book in a day. You should, too.
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