My Reading Year 2016

It’s that time again. Man, where did that year go?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Infidel / NF
Jo Ann Beard / In Zanesville / YA
Martyn Bedford / Never Ending / YA
Geraldine Brooks / March / LF
Sheila Connolly / Buried in a Bog / GF (don’t waste your time)
Pat Conroy / My Reading Life / NF
Frank Delaney / Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show / LF
Frank Delaney / The Matchmaker of Kenmare / LF
Louise Erdrich / LaRose / LF
Keith Gessen / Vanity Fair’s How a Book Is Born / NF
William Golding / The Spire / LF
Lauren Groff / Fates and Furies / LF
Matt Haig / The Humans / LF
Joshua Hammer / The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu / NF
Patti Callahan Henry / Friend Request / NF
Georgette Heyer / Bath Tangle / RO
Georgette Heyer / Charity Girl / RO
Georgette Heyer / The Convenient Marriage / RO
Georgette Heyer / Powder and Patch / RO
Georgette Heyer / The Quiet Gentleman / RO
Elin Hilderbrand / The Castaways / WF
Arlie Russell Hochschild / Strangers in Their Own Land / NF
Alison Hodgson / The Pug List / MEM
Nancy Isenberg / White Trash / NF
Joshilyn Jackson / The Opposite of Everyone / LF
Hope Jahren / Lab Girl / MEM
Paul Kalanithi / When Breath Becomes Air / NF
William Landay / Defending Jacob / LF
E. Lockhart / The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks / YA
Bret Lott / Before We Get Started / MEM
Anne McCaffrey / Dragonflight / FA
Milkwood Editions (press) / Literary Publishing in the 21st Century / ESS
Maajid Nawaz / Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism / NF
Ann Patchett / Commonwealth / LF
Louise Penny / The Nature of the Beast / GF
Louise Penny / The Great Reckoning / GF
Anna Quindlen / Miller’s Valley / LF
Marilynne Robinson / Home / LF
Katie Roiphe / The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End / NF
Jon Ronson / So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed / NF
Richard Russo / Everybody’s Fool / LF
Richard Russo / Nobody’s Fool / LF
Richard Russo / Straight Man / LF
Donal Ryan / All We Shall Know / LF
Donal Ryan / A Slanting of the Sun / SS
George Saunders / Tenth of December / SS
B. A. Shapiro / The Muralist / LF
Alexie Sherman / The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian / YA
Helen Simonson / Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand / LF
Helen Simonson / The Summer Before the War / LF
Dominic Smith / The Last Painting of Sara de Vos / LF
Bruce Springsteen / Born to Run / MEM
Jim Sterba / Frankie’s Place / MEM
J. Ryan Stradal / Kitchens of the Great Midwest / LF
Sarah Thomas / Appalachian Serenade / GF
Rufi Thorpe / The Girls from Corona del Mar / LF
Rufi Thorpe / Dear Fang, With Love / LF
Barbara Trapido / Brother of the More Famous Jack / LF
Jennifer Weiner / Fly Away Home / LF
Chuck Wendig / Blackbirds / GF
Sara Zarr / Story of a Girl / YA
#MyReadingYear

Total = 62
NF = 17
F = 44
Wasted Time = 1
Pace = 5.88

GAVE UP
Amy Bloom / Lucky Us / LF
Natalia Fenollera / The Awakening of Miss Prim / Parable
Nathan Hill / The Nix / LF
Siri Hustvedt / The Blazing World / LF
Eimear McBride / A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing / LF
Susan Elizabeth Phillips / Dream a Little Dream / RO

The Category Key:
FA = fantasy
GF = genre fiction
GN = graphic novel (or graphic nonfiction GNF)
LF = literary fiction [very loosely defined]
MEM = memoir
NF = nonfiction
RO = romance
WF = women’s fiction
YA = young adult fiction
YF = youth fiction
ESS = essays
HUM = humor
SS = short stories

Questions?

Tweet: Yes, I track what I read—how much, how often. This is 2016.
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