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2016 reading: one book addict’s tale of 40 literary loves and fiction fails

A book club leader and compulsive reader, Stylist’s Jamie Klingler knows a good read. Here, she shares her verdict on each and every new book she consumed in 2016.

To say that I’m a big reader is probably putting it lightly. I read at any point I’m stationary – so when I’m not asleep and not in a pub (aside from the cinema of course). It’s my go-to escape from a world I can’t quite deal with facing after the events of 2016.

I run London Book Club which forces me to read some books that I might not have otherwise picked up, and last year I also tried to read the entire long list for the The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 (I finished 15 of them).

So if you’re after frank reviews on some of 2016’s literary offerings from a genuine fiction addict, scroll on for my take on 40 of the year’s new releases, from the spellbinding to the over-hyped.

Do you agree with Jamie’s verdict on the books she loved and those she didn’t? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @stylistmagazine or on Facebook.  

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