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Books 2016

Every year I track the books I read, and rate each on a personally subjective scale:

  • * I couldn’t finish reading it, I hated it so much
  • ** I finished the book, but I wish I had the hours back I spent on it
  • *** It was about as expected, glad I read it but I wouldn’t recommend it
  • **** I really enjoyed reading the book, and would definitely recommend it to others
  • **** I MUST OWN THIS NOW! I want to reread it over and over and over

Looking for past years? Here’s 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. This year, the best books I read were Contagious, by Jonah Berger, A Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, and Travels with Charlie, by John Steinbeck. My favorite by far was A Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve read Atwood’s The Blind Assassin (twice) and couldn’t stand it, but now I can’t wait to read more by her.

Without further ado, this year’s book list:

Personal History, by Katharine Graham ***
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami****
Dune, by Frank Herbert***
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronté***
Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer***
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon****
The Martian, by Andy Weir****
Washington Square, by Henry James****
Iron Kingby Maurice Druon***
Masters of Sex, by Thomas Maier****
Mrs. Miniver, by Jan Struthers****
Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay***
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, by dana boyd****
Girl at War, by Sara Nović***
Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow****
Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver**
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri****
Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie***
Next to Love, by Ellen Feldman****
The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton Christensen***
How to Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran***
The Inn at Rose Harbor, by Debbie Macomber**
Contagious, by Jonah Berger*****
Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger**
Salt: A World History, by Mark Kurlansky***
Star Wars: Path of Destruction, by Drew Karpyshyn***
Star Wars: The Rule of Two, by Drew Karpyshyn***
Star Wars: Dynasty of Evil, by Dre Karpyshyn***
Myst, by Rand Miller, Robyn Miller, and David Wingrove***
12 Chairs, by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov****
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby***
Mistborn: Bands of Mourning, by Brandon Sanderson****
Mistborn: Shadows of Self, by Brandon Sanderson****
House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski***
A Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood*****
Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck*****
Stars of David, by Abigail Pogrebin***
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, by Sydney Padua****
Without You, There Is No Us, by Suki Kim**
Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie****
Leaving the Atchoka Station, by Ben Lerner**
Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin ****
Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey***
The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins***
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova****
In the Garden of the Beasts, by Erik Larson***
Caliban’s War, by James S. A. Corey***
Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie***
Calamity, by Brandon Sanderson****
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin***
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr***
The Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogel***
Love in the Ruins,  by Walker Percy***
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline***
Tess of the D’Ubervilles, by Thomas Hardy****
The Ice Queen, by Alice Hoffman****

Marli Mesibov

Marli is a content strategist with a passion for the user experience. Her work spans websites, web applications, and mobile. Marli is the VP of Content Strategy at the UX design agency Mad*Pow, and she serves as managing editor at UX Booth, a publication about all areas of user experience. Marli is a frequent conference speaker, and has spoken at conferences including Content Strategy Forum and LavaCon. She can also be found on Twitter, where she shares thoughts on content strategy, literature, and Muppets.

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