When I look back at the books I've read, it always strikes me how a reading list is actually a reflection of the emotions and events that pop up in a given year. Like tracks in the snow, the books you pick up and respond to are a record of where you've been. 2016 was many things, but one of them was a great year for reading. Out of a pool of excellent books, these five had the most impact on me this year. They opened my eyes, sparked my imagination, helped me understand, and engaged me for hours on end.