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Books of 2016

Submitted by alycia on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 15:07

Books I read in 2016, in reverse chronological order according to when I read them, favorites starred.

I made it past my goal of 60 books, and then basically didn't finish anything in all of December. Writing up this list I saw a lot of books that now seem like they weren't worth the time, or now are barely worth remembering--somehow I seem to have ended up finshing things this year that I might have let go in other years. But I also read some really great stuff, and it was great to get so many things read this year. I didn't make it to my goal of 25 books by women of color, but I did read 16, and setting that goal did make me really think carefully about how I cho(o)se what to read, what is most promoted at large, and what is suggested to me/in my filter bubble.

  1. Behold the Dreamers / Mbue *
  2. Train Your Dog Positively / Stillwell
  3. Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It / Meloy *
  4. The Everything New Puppy Book / DeVito
  5. Dear Sister / Factora-Borchers
  6. Asking for It / Harding *
  7. Baise-Moi / Despentes
  8. Turning Japanese / MariNaomi
  9. Post-Digital Print / Ludovico
  10. The Century of Artists' Books / Drucker (re-read)
  11. A Child of Books / Jeffers *
  12. Americanah / Adichie *
  13. King Kong Theory / Despentes *
  14. The Promise of Happiness / Ahmed
  15. The Selfishness of Others / Dombek
  16. Trace / Savoy
  17. The Gentrification of the Mind / Schulman
  18. Misfit Sisters / Short
  19. Becoming Attached / Karen
  20. Adult Children / Friel
  21. I'm Supposed to Protect You From All This / Spiegelman
  22. Recreational Terror / Pinedo
  23. A Secure Base / Bowlby
  24. What Is Not Your Is Not Yours / Oyeyemi
  25. An Abbreviated Life / Leve
  26. The House of Spirits / Allende
  27. The Color of Heaven / Kim
  28. The Color of Water / Kim
  29. The Color of Earth / Kim
  30. Horror and Film Affect / Reyes
  31. Cutting Edge / Hawkins
  32. Pigs in Heaven / Kingsolver
  33. Perspectives on American Book History / Casper
  34. The Happiness Project / Rubin (audio book)
  35. The Bean Trees / Kingsolver
  36. Lumberjanes #1 / Stevenson
  37. The Red Parts / Nelson
  38. Jane / Nelson
  39. Cities I've Never Lived In / Majka
  40. The Warmth of Other Suns / Wilkerson
  41. Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness / Lazarre
  42. A Raisin in the Sun / Hansberry
  43. Belonging / hooks
  44. Hold Still / Mann
  45. Wounded in the House of a Friend / Sanchez
  46. Lit / Karr
  47. The Access Principle / Willinsky
  48. Patience / Clowes
  49. Getting the Word Out / Bonn
  50. The Queer Art of Failure / Halberstam
  51. Cherry / Karr
  52. Radical Acceptance / Brach (audio book)
  53. The Liars' Club / Karr
  54. Groceries / Scott
  55. The Idealist / Peters
  56. A Little Life / Yanagihara
  57. The Argonauts / Nelson
  58. The Golden Compass / Pullman (audio book)
  59. Sharon and My Mother-in-Law / Amiry
  60. Red Rosa / Evans
  61. H is for Hawk / Macdonald (audio book)
  62. Minnesota Nice? / Bonnema
  63. Drawing Blood / Crabapple

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