0

Don’t call it a comeback

Don’t call it a comeback

I been here for years.

My 2016 book list was far smaller than my 2015 list (100 books) or my 2014 list (54 books).  However this year was heavy on the nonfiction and long books.  Purity (563 pages), Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (608 pages) and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (1006 pages) all took forever to read. My favorites for the year are in bold.


  1. Imperium, Christian Kracht
  2. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing my Edge and Found Self-Help that Actually Works, Dan Harris
  3. Echo, Pam Munoz Ryan
  4. The Grownup, Gillian Flynn
  5. It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History: Jennifer Wright
  6. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, Margot Lee Shetterley
  7. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
  8. Armada, Ernest Cline
  9. Neither Snow nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service, Devin Leonard
  10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, John Tiffany
  11. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Manning Marable
  12. The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  13. Keep Me Posted, Lisa Beazley
  14. Bon Appetempt: A Coming of Age Story, Amelia Morris
  15. The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir, D. Watkins
  16. The Girls, Emma Cline
  17. Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical, Anthony Bourdain
  18. The Clasp, Sloane Crosley
  19. The Widow, Fiona Barton
  20. LaRose, Louise Erdrich
  21. Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley
  22. The Dinner, Herman Koch
  23. Bunnicula, James Howe
  24. Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman
  25. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing, Anya von Bremzen
  26. The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss, Anderson Cooper
  27. Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
  28. Rage, Richard Bachman
  29. The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
  30. Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
  31. Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, Johann Hari
  32. Purity, Jonathan Franzen
  33. A Cure for Suicide, Jesse Ball
  34. Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter
  35. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
  36. Parenting is Easy: You’re Probably Just Doing it Wrong, Sara Given
  37. The Vegetarian, Kang Han
  38. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Erik Larson

Books I hated and quickly put down:

The Witches: Salem, 1692, Stacy Schiff

A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson


What did you read in 2016?