fuck yeah reading: 2016 books

January 1st, 2017 1:00 pm by Kelly Garbato

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This year I set my reading goal at 105 books – the standard two a week plus one for good luck – and absolutely smoked it with 155 books. I even beat my old record of 148 (set in 2014).

I can’t figure out how to embed them (sad!), but here are screenshots of my 2016 Reading Challenge and My Year in Books on Goodreads.

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(The reading challenge is one book off, since I had a whopping one reread and Goodreads doesn’t have a way of logging multiple sets of dates. Also, click through each image to enbiggen.)

As always, my favorites are singled out with asterisks, BUT. To make things extra-easy for you, here are a dozen titles that I think deserve a little TLC above and beyond. Like, if you read nothing else this year, make it these bad girls.

In no particular order:

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Not to get all pushy, but.

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fuck yeah reading: 2016 book list

  1. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (2014)
  2. The Gods of HP Lovecraft edited by Aaron J. French (2015); reviewed here
  3. City of Blades (The Divine Cities #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett (2016); reviewed here
  4. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (2016); reviewed here
  5. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (2015); reviewed here *
  6. The Unfinished World: And Other Stories by Amber Sparks (2016); reviewed here
  7. Burning by Danielle Rollins (2016); reviewed here
  8. Daredevils by Shawn Vestal (2016); reviewed here *
  9. I Know What I’m Doing — and Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches from a Life Under Construction by Jen Kirkman (2016); reviewed here
  10. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (2016); reviewed here
  11. The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude (2016); reviewed here
  12. Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill (2016); reviewed here
  13. Heartless by Leah Rhyne (2016); reviewed here
  14. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (2016); reviewed here *
  15. Adulthood is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Andersen (2016); reviewed here
  16. Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood (2016); reviewed here
  17. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (2015)
  18. The Fireman by Joe Hill (2016); reviewed here *
  19. Fowl Language: I Used to Be Cool and Do Cool Things by Brian Gordon (2016); reviewed here
  20. Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth by Guinnevere Shuster (2016); reviewed here
  21. Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris (2016); reviewed here
  22. Every Heart a Doorway (Every Heart A Doorway #1) by Seanan McGuire (2016); reviewed here
  23. Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates (2016); reviewed here
  24. Fellside by M.R. Carey (2016); reviewed here
  25. Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past by Vanita Oelschlager and Kristin Blackwood (2009); reviewed here
  26. Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn (2016); reviewed here *
  27. The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (Les Royaumes du Nord #1) by Stéphane Melchior-Durand, Philip Pullman, and Clément Oubrerie (2015); reviewed here
  28. Dreamology by Lucy Keating (2016); reviewed here
  29. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (2016); reviewed here *
  30. Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann (2016); reviewed here *
  31. The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass (2016); reviewed here
  32. The Girls by Emma Cline (2016); reviewed here *
  33. The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva (2016); reviewed here
  34. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones (2016); reviewed here *
  35. With Malice by Eileen Cook (2016); reviewed here
  36. Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips (2016); reviewed here
  37. Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee (2016); reviewed here
  38. Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard (2016); reviewed here
  39. A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff (2016); reviewed here
  40. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (2016); reviewed here
  41. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (2015); reviewed here
  42. What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club: Bioethics and Philosophy in Orphan Black by Gregory E. Pence (2016); reviewed here
  43. F*ck That: An Honest Meditation by Jason Headley (2016); reviewed here
  44. Three-Year-Olds Are A**holes by Sarah Fader (2016); reviewed here
  45. The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney (2016); reviewed here
  46. The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North (2016); reviewed here *
  47. The Mermaid Girl: A Story by Erika Swyler (2016); reviewed here
  48. The 100 Year Miracle: A Novel by Ashley Ream (2016); reviewed here
  49. Life Without Nico by Andrea Maturana and Francisco Javier Olea (2016); reviewed here
  50. We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler (2016); reviewed here
  51. Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson (2016); reviewed here
  52. The Gilda Stories: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition by Jewelle L. Gomez (2016); reviewed here
  53. A Robot In The Garden by Deborah Install (2016); reviewed here
  54. The Reapers Are the Angels (Reapers #1) by Alden Bell (2010); reviewed here *
  55. The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley (2016); reviewed here
  56. American Girls by Alison Umminger (2016); reviewed here
  57. The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen (2016); reviewed here *
  58. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry (2016); reviewed here
  59. The Shepherd’s Tale (Serenity #3) by Joss Whedon, Chris Samnee, Dave Stewart, Steve Morris, and Zack Whedon (2010); reviewed here
  60. The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis (2016); reviewed here
  61. Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer (2015)
  62. Night of the Animals: A Novel by Bill Broun (2016); reviewed here
  63. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (2016); reviewed here
  64. Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer (2016)
  65. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (2014); reviewed here
  66. The Unseen World by Liz Moore (2016); reviewed here *
  67. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison (2016); reviewed here
  68. The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead (2016); reviewed here
  69. All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (2016); reviewed here
  70. The Sunlight Pilgrims: A Novel by Jenni Fagan (2016); reviewed here *
  71. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011); reviewed here
  72. Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton (2016); reviewed here
  73. The Girl Before by Rena Olsen (2016); reviewed here
  74. Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle (2016); reviewed here
  75. The Conjoined: A Novel by Jen Sookfong Lee (2016); reviewed here
  76. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (2016); reviewed here *
  77. Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (2016); reviewed here
  78. In My Humble Opinion: My So-Called Life (Pop Classics #6) by Soraya Roberts (2016); reviewed here
  79. Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin (2016); reviewed here
  80. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers (2015) *
  81. The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler (2016); reviewed here
  82. The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd (2016); reviewed here
  83. “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker (2016); reviewed here
  84. Serenity, Volume 2: Better Days by Brett Matthews, Joss Whedon, Will Conrad, and Michelle Madsen (2009); reviewed here
  85. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (2015)
  86. Serenity, Volume 4: Leaves on the Wind Zack Whedon, Fábio Moon, Dan Dos Santos, and Georges Jeanty (2014); reviewed here
  87. Senior Dogs Across America: Portraits of Man’s Best Old Friend by Nancy Levine (2016); reviewed here
  88. A Vegan Ethic: Embracing a Life of Compassion Toward All by Mark Hawthorne (2016); reviewed here
  89. Santa’s First Vegan Christmas by Robin Raven (2016); reviewed here
  90. Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics (2015); reviewed here
  91. The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics (2016); reviewed here
  92. Above by Isla Morley (2014)
  93. Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda (2016); reviewed here
  94. The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium Trilogy #4) by David Lagercrantz (2015); reviewed here
  95. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race edited by Jesmyn Ward (2016); reviewed here
  96. Ice Crypt (Mermaids of Eriana Kwai #2) by Tiana Warner (2016); reviewed here
  97. Everfair: A Novel by Nisi Shawl (2016); reviewed here
  98. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky (2016); reviewed here
  99. The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson (2016); reviewed here
  100. Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape by Jessica Luther (2016); reviewed here
  101. The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke (2016); reviewed here
  102. Yesternight by Cat Winters (2016); reviewed here
  103. Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal by Erin Gilbert, Abby L. Yates, and Andrew Shaffer (2016); reviewed here
  104. Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein (2016); reviewed here
  105. Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt (2016); reviewed here
  106. To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown (2016); reviewed here
  107. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest (2016); reviewed here
  108. Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan (2016); reviewed here
  109. Your Orisons May Be Recorded by Laurie Penny (2016); reviewed here
  110. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (2016); reviewed here
  111. Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing by Lauren Beukes (2016); reviewed here
  112. Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Margaret Atwood (2016); reviewed here
  113. Baba Yaga by An Leysen (2016); reviewed here
  114. The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Hunter (2017); review coming soon
  115. Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez (2017); review coming soon
  116. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (2016); reviewed here
  117. Pretty Deadly, Volume 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos (2014); re-read: originally reviewed here *
  118. Pretty Deadly, Volume 2: The Bear by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos (2016); reviewed here
  119. Little Nothing by Marisa Silver (2016); reviewed here *
  120. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (2017); review coming soon
  121. Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online by Bailey Poland (2016); reviewed here
  122. Orphans of the Carnival: A Novel by Carol Birch (2016); reviewed here
  123. Kill the Next One by Frederico Axat (2016); reviewed here
  124. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (1948)
  125. Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny (2016); reviewed here
  126. The Supergirls: Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines (Revised and Updated) by Mike Madrid (2016); reviewed here
  127. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman (2016); reviewed here
  128. My Real Children by Jo Walton (2014)
  129. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton (2016); reviewed here
  130. Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan (2016); reviewed here
  131. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (2016); reviewed here
  132. Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl (2016); reviewed here
  133. Becoming Unbecoming by Una (2016); reviewed here *
  134. Iron to Iron (Wolf By Wolf #1.5) by Ryan Graudin (2016); reviewed here
  135. Labyrinth: One classic film, fifty-five sonnets by Anne Corrigan (2016); reviewed here
  136. Blood For Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2) by Ryan Graudin (2016); reviewed here
  137. The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (2017); review coming soon
  138. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (2017); review coming soon
  139. The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale (2017); review coming soon
  140. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (2017); review coming soon
  141. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (2017); review coming soon
  142. Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu (2016); reviewed here
  143. Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist (2017); review coming soon
  144. Red-Blooded American Male: Photographs by Robert Trachtenberg (2016); reviewed here *
  145. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (2017); review coming soon
  146. They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery (2016); reviewed here
  147. The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own edited by Veronica Chambers (2017); review coming soon
  148. There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker (2017); review coming soon
  149. Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland (2017); review coming soon
  150. The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation by Daina Ramey Berry (2017); review coming soon
  151. Imprisoned: Drawings from Nazi Concentration Camps by Arturo Benvenuti (2017); review coming soon
  152. The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo (2017); review coming soon
  153. The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg (2016); review coming soon *
  154. The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison (2016); review coming soon
  155. The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace (2016)

 

bonus list: cookbooks reviewed

  1. Cookin’ Up a Storm: Sea Stories and Vegan Recipes from Sea Shepherd’s Anti-Whaling Campaigns by Laura Dakin (2015); reviewed here

 

bonus list: miscellaneous

  1. Life-Changing Magic: A Journal: Spark Joy Every Day by Marie Kondō (2015); reviewed here
  2. Collage This Journal by Eleanor Shakespeare (2016); reviewed here
  3. Brain Freeze Journal by PotterStyle (2016); reviewed here
  4. Long May She Wave: 100 Stars and Stripes Collectible Postcards by Kit Hinrichs (2016); reviewed here
  5. Pop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful World by Camilla d’Errico (2016); reviewed here
  6. Me: A Compendium – A Fill-in Journal for Kids by Wee Society (2016); reviewed here
  7. Extraordinary Ordinary Moments: A Journal by Jorey Hurley (2016); reviewed here
  8. The Night Voyage: A Magical Adventure and Coloring Book by Daria Song (2016); reviewed here
  9. Forever in My Heart: A Grief Journal by Tanya Carroll Richardson (2016); reviewed here
  10. David Bowie Retrospective and Coloring Book by Mel Elliott (2016); reviewed here

 

2016 Cover Gallery

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