2016 Wrap-Up

December 31st, 2016

I read 52 books in 2016, which is not as many as I read last year or the year before, but that’s OK. The break-down:

Picture books for kids/middle-grade books/YA: 15. Highlights included Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, which was gripping and made me cry; several of Luke Pearson’s charming “Hilda” books, and Brian Selznick’s beautiful Wonderstruck. I also listened to my first-ever audiobook, which was How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant. I continued pleasantly working my way through Lois Lowry’s “Anastasia” books with Anastasia Has the Answers and am looking forward to the next in the series.

Fiction (for grown-ups): 21. I unexpectedly loved Toby Barlow’s Sharp Teeth, a werewolf novel in verse. I had way more fun with Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age than I thought I would. I loved Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor even though alien-arrival stories are not normally exciting to me. I quite enjoyed re-reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, especially because I was in England for part of it and it felt really apt. And I finished the year really strongly with the delicious writing of Danielle Dutton’s Margaret the First and the unputdownable Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple and The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas.

Non-fiction: 16, including autobiographical comics. Hyperbole and a Half was as amazing and funny as I expected it to be. I liked the essays in Vivian Gornick’s The Odd Woman and the City and Teju Cole’s Known and Strange Things, differently. And I had lots of fun with Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, not just because of the interactive/text-messaging element, though that was pretty neat.

I did about half of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, and am undecided as to whether I want to try the 2017 one or not particularly: I like the idea of these challenges, but I also like reading without a plan.

4 Responses to “2016 Wrap-Up”

  1. Stefanie Says:

    A good year! I hope 2017 is off to a fabulous start!

  2. Heather Says:

    Thanks! I hope your 2017 is off to an excellent start as well :)

  3. Danielle Says:

    After several years of not reading as many books as I used to…I finally broke out of that pattern last year. In the end it doesn’t matter-right, just to read good books. I want to read Code Name Verity and I have the Danielle Dutton book out of the library at the moment (for maybe the third time now…. ;) ). Happy New Year and hope it is filled with more good reading!

  4. Heather Says:

    Happy New Year to you too, and I hope 2017 is full of good books for you as well :) I’ll be curious to hear what you think about Code Name Verity and/or the Danielle Dutton book, if/when you get around to them!

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