Top 16 Books of 2016

Man, this was a sucky year. One saving grace is that there were still books in it. Oh, looks like Goodreads has already done the work for me. If you don’t have access to the link, here’s a shorter, simpler annual best-of list. Note: these are not necessarily in order and not necessarily published this year, just read this year. By me. And possibly you. This is always a difficult task but my usual means of deciding which ones make the cut is asking myself “would I actually purchase a second copy and/or re-read this book and/or foist this book on others?” The winners are:

  1. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda (bonus for the accompanying earworm, mindworm, soulworm)
  2. The Devil You Know (Felix Castor, #1) by Mike Carey (first in an enjoyable series) but also Fellside by the same author
  3. Wake of Vultures (The Shadow, #1) by Lila Bowen (first in an enjoyable series)
  4. Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg (side-splittingly funny)
  5. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  6. Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
  7. Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  8. The Bolds by Julian Clary (kids book but delightful for adults too)
  9. The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3) by Justin Cronin (satisfying conclusion)
  10. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (despite the fear and trembling I experienced whilst reading this potentially prescient tale)
  11. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
  12. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (xkcd)
  13. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  14. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
  15. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  16. You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

5 responses to “Top 16 Books of 2016

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  2. i haven’t read any of these – yes, i’m bad like that. but i have read a few pieces from Ta-Nehisi Coates on the atlantic’s website over the years.

    how many total books read for this lousy year btw?

  3. you should make a resolution to read more. i hear the beginning of the year is a good time to make those!

    51 books; 16,830 pages
    and that’s just the ones i’ve recorded (i.e. it doesn’t include all the kid books or romance books i’ve just ripped through in an hour).

  4. stats like that are fun!

  5. I did better in 2015: 90 books; 31,571 pages
    and in 2014: 85 books; 27,999 pages
    I wonder why my numbers were so low in 2016.

    Serendipity: I just received two books from the library: “A Burglar’s Guide to the City” and “The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living”.

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