Books I Read in 2016

Every year I track the books I read. This year, the best books I read were Contagious, by Jonah BergerA 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.

The Ratings

Oh, and I rate each of the books I read in 2016 (and every year) 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.

Without further ado, the books I read in 2016:

Books I Read in 2016

  • 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****
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