2016 Books I Read

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****

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