Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Year of Reading: 2016

1. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
2. Asking For It by Lilah Pace
3. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
4. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
6. Witches: the Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer
7. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
8. Walter: The Story of a Rat by Barbara Wersba
9. Beyond the Dark Veil, edited by Sue Henger
10. Bitch Planet, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
11. Death of a Stranger by Anne Perry
12. Hild by Nicola Griffith
13. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
14. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
15. A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
16-18. Saga, Vol. 3-5 by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
19. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
20. An Ember in the Ashes by Tahir Sabaa
21. Daredevils by Shawn Vestal
22. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
23. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
24. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
25. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
26. Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins
27. The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
28. Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison
29. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
30. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
31. Faithful Place by Tana French
32. Level Up by Cathy Yardley
33. The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
34. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
35. The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
36. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
37. The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
38. Knit Tight byAnnabeth Albert
39. Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
40. Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski
41. The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
42. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
43. The Crown by Kiera Cass
44. Visible City by Tova Mirvis
45. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
46. Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
47. Pit Bull: The Battle Over An American Icon by Bronwen Dickey
48. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
49. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
50. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
51. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
52. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
53. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
54. Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg
55. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
56. Once Upon A River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
57. Act Like It by Lucy Parker
58. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
59. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
60. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
61. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
62. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
63. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
64. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
65. Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado
66. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
67. Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
68. Roller Girl by Vanessa North
69. Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
70. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
71. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
72. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
73. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
74. The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
75. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
76. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
77. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
78. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
79. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
80. Night by Elie Wiesel
81. Moral Disorder and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood
82. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
83. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
84. Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
85. The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
86. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
87. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (see post from 2015)
88. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
89. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
90. A Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood
91. Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson
92. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
93. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
94. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
95. My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins
96. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
97. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
98. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
99. Unmentionable by Therese Oneill
100. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
101. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
102. The Secret Language of Dogs by Victoria Stilwell
103. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
104. In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

A list of my favorites is here.

Counting books was especially confusing this year. I use my blog and Goodreads to create this list, but I had a blog post about three short works that included a stand-alone short story called Devotion that I blogged about but didn't put on my Goodreads list. I didn't include it because I don't think a 30-page story counts as anywhere near a book. But then I read 3 volumes of Saga and posted about them all at once, but I still counted it as 3 because if I had only read one volume - like with Bitch Planet - it would have gotten a spot all to itself. Oh, and Gillian Flynn had that weird little novella this year that was like 60 pages and that seems like a long short story to me, but I did blog about it in its own post so it got a spot on the list.

I also read both Salt to the Sea and Eligible twice this year, but only blogged about each of them once. And I re-read Station Eleven for the Community Read committee but didn't blog about it because I just did last year and I didn't have enough new to say to merit another post.

So that's it for 2016. Happy New Year and happy reading in 2017!

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