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Engen Asks: What were your favorite books of 2016? | Top Ten Tuesday

It’s that time of your for reflection and looking back! We left this up to our authors: best books overall of what they read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases… their choice!


Ali House: A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, The Six Elemental, was released in October 2016. She has also written for the anthology collections Bluenose Paradox and Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  “Because survival is insufficient.” An entrancing book about theater, comics, humanity, and a deadly pandemic. Plus, she’s Canadian. Also, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.  A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best (from the description).”


Amanda Labonté: As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations. Her first novel, Call of the Sea, was published in 2015 with sequels scheduled for 2018 and 2019 through Engen Books.

The Cinder series by Marissa Meyer: A space opera meets old fashioned fairy stories to create an addictive series that ties together more than satisfactorily.”


Ellen Curtis: a writer and web TV personality born and raised in St. Johns, Newfoundland; whose aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began writing short stories, poetry, lyrics and novellas. She writes the Infinity series and edits the From the Rock series for Engen Books.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson.”


Peter Foote: Born and raised in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, the son of an apple farmer, Peter Foote studied archaeology in university, is employed as a boiler and refrigeration operator, and runs a used bookstore out of his basement in his spare time. Believing that an author should write what he knows, many of Peter’s stories are a reflection of his personal life. “The Silence Between Moons” from 2016’s Sci-Fi from the Rock was his first published story.

“With The Shannara Chronicles hitting the small screen and author Terry Brooks revealing that he plans on bringing his four decade long series to an end, I found myself re-reading The Elfstones of Shannara. The magic and wonder was still there even though it’s been 20 plus years since I first read it. The hype and reviews of the T.V. show has also allowed my home-based business (Fictionfirst Used Books) to introduce a new generation to the World of Shannara.”


Matthew LeDrew: Matthew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He has written sixteen novels for Engen Books.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson and Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson. Both are wonderful biographies that show, in vastly different ways, what it’s like to be another person and teach more about the human experience, which is something I’m always excited about.”


Paul Carberry: currently works as a pharmacy assistant and will soon be enrolled in the Reserves with the Canadian Armed Forces. He is currently living in his hometown of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, with his wife, Leah. His first novel, Zombies on the Rock, was released in 2015.

Flight or Fight by Scott Bartlett, Sci-Fi from the Rock by Erin Vance and Ellen Curtis, The Tin Triangle by Linda Abbott, The Walking Dead Invasion by Jay Boninsinga, and The Dead Won’t Die by Joe McKinney.”


Wow, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson got 3 out of 6 shout-outs. Looks like Engen might recommend that one! ❤

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