Thursday, January 12, 2017

Books Read in 2016

Some links lead to a post with a single paragraph about a particular title (often within a summary or otherwise longer post) but most lead to complete reviews. 


1. Tales of Accidental Genius - Simon Van Booy
2. Moonlight Over Paris - Jennifer Robson
3. Don't Even Think About It - George Marshall
4. My Story That I Like Best, ed. by Ray Long
5. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
6. Front Lines - Michael Grant
7. Dispatches from Pluto - Richard Grant
8. From the Land of the Moon - Milena Agus


9. What Remains of Me - Alison Gaylin
10. Cakes and Ale - W. Somerset Maugham
11. Weirdo Simpatico - Katy Bourne
12. Orhan's Inheritance - Aline Ohanesian
13. Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
14. What She Knew - Gilly Macmillan
15. Normal Norman - Tara Lazar and S. Britt
16. A Walk in the Sun - Harry Brown


17. In This Proud Land  - Stryker and Wood
18. Other Voices, Other Rooms - Truman Capote
19. Iris Grace - Arabella Carter-Johnson
20. The Heart - Maylis de Kerangal
21. Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel
22. Teeny Tiny Toady - Jill Esbaum and Keika Yamaguchi
23. Pines - Blake Crouch
24. Close Encounters of the Furred Kind - Tom Cox
25. Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
26. Lumberjanes #1 - Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen
27. Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert


28. Father's Day - Simon Van Booy
29. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
30. The Summer of Me - Angela Benson
31. Journey to Munich - Jacqueline Winspear
32. Euphoria - Lily King
33. The Ones Who Matter Most - Rachael Herron
34. Aim True - Kathryn Budig
35. 1914 and Other Poems - Rupert Brooke


36. In a Handful of Dust - Mindy McGinnis
37. Anna and the Swallow Man - Gavriel Savit
38. One Step Too Far - Tina Seskis
39. A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
40. Feather Brained - Bob Tarte
41. Raising Ryland - Hillary Whittington
42. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
43. Signs Preceding the End of the World - Yuri Herrera
44. Tales of Accidental Genius - Simon Van Booy
45. Love Wins - D. Cenziper and J. Obergefell
46. The Nest - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney


47. The Secrets of Flight - Maggie Leffler
48. Lonely Planet Australian Language and Culture
49. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
50. My Brother Jack - George Johnston
51. Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Little Sister - Illus. by Michael Lark
52. Ah-Choo - L.W. Koehler, G. G. Adams, and K. Min
53. All of Us and Everything - Bridget Asher
54. Before the Fall - Noah Hawley
55. The Secret River - Kate Grenville


56. The Secret of Raven Point - Jennifer Vanderbes
57. The Getting of Wisdom - Henry Handel Richardson
58. In the Winter Dark - Tim Winton
59. The Fireman - Joe Hill
60. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


61. Safe from the Sea - Peter Geye
62. Goodbye, Mr. Chips - James Hilton
63. The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone - Tasha Brandstatter
64. Modern Girls - Jennifer Brown
65. Crooked Heart - Lissa Evans (link leads to F2F Report)
66. If a T-Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party - J. Esbaum and D. Tolstikova
67. Mary Had a Little Glam - T. Sauer and V. Brantley-Newton
68. The Woman in the Photo - Mary Hogan
69. Flora and Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo
70. 14 Seconds to Hell - Nick Carter
71. Kid Artists by D. Stabler and D. Horner
72. Hey, That's MY Monster! - A. Noll and H. McWilliam
73. A Square Meal - J. Ziegelman and A. Coe


74. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett
75. Maybe a Fox - K. Appelt and A. McGhee
76. Where Do Pants Go? - R. Van Slyke and C. Robinson
77. Even Superheroes Have Bad Days - S. Becker and E. Kaban
78. Leaping Lemmings - J. Briggs and N. Slater
79. The Bookshop on the Corner - Jenny Colgan
80. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
81. The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil - George Saunders
82. Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye - Tania del Rio and Will Staehle
83. Wonder Women - Sam Maggs
84. Brooklyn - Colm Toibin
85. Girl in the Woods - Aspen Matis
86. Good Taste: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Family and Friends - Jane Green


87. A Most Extraordinary Pursuit - Juliana Gray
88. Landfall - Nevil Shute
89. Carrying Albert Home - Homer Hickam
90. Little Bee - Chris Cleave
91. Killfile - Christopher Farnsworth
92. Spring Torrents - Ivan Turgenev


93. Just What Kind of Mother Are You? - Paula Daly
94. The Optimist's Daughter - Eudora Welty
95. The Paris Review, Issue 218
96. News of the World - Paulette Jiles
97. Your Alien Returns - Tammy Sauer and Goro Fujita
98. Leveling the Playing Field: The Democratization of Technology - Rod Scher
99. Setting Free the Kites - Alex George
100. My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell


101. The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff
102. Sydney Bridge Upside Down - David Ballantyne
103. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
104. Under the Influence - Joyce Maynard
105. The View from Flyover Country - Sarah Kendzior
106. Appointment in Samarra - John O'Hara
107. Think Happy, Be Happy - Workman Publishing
108. Wild Pork and Watercress - Barry Crump
109. Rebirth - Kamal Ravikant
110. I Could Pee on This - Francesco Marcialiano

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  1. You read a lot of great books!

    1. I did! The quantity was a little lower than usual, but I read some great books. :)

  2. Wow! I don't know how you manage so many! Once upon a time I read 108 books one year but I've never managed that again. :(

    1. I'm a bum? :) I've actually dropped my goal, the past couple years. I think the most I've ever read is 209 - something like that. It felt like cheating, though, because I read quite a few children's books, that year.

  3. I also completed 110 books in 2016, which is a lower number than I sometimes read. A few years ago it was usually over 200. This year does include some children's books, since I try to include a wide range of ages on my blog.

    1. Yeah, same here, or close - I think 2009 was my biggest year. That was the year Roger Ebert linked to my end-of-year Books Read list and the little stars on my map lit up like the map had exploded. That was such fun. I'm an eclectic reader in any year, but some have leaned more heavily toward the lower end of the age range. That's always fun. I love children's books.

  4. Great looking list of books! I know you had some reading slumps this year, so I hope in the end it was all worth it!

    1. Yes, it all evened out in the end. I'd lowered my annual goal because I wanted to read some longer books and slow down a bit and I ended up not reading the longer books I'd hoped to read but happy I'd lowered the goal because of those slumps. 2016 was a real rollercoaster reading year!

  5. Look at all those great books! You read a ton. Hope you have a great reading year!

    1. Thanks, Iliana! It was a pretty good year, overall, in spite of several lengthy slumps. I read some terrific books.


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