2016 Best Read

2016 was an interesting year in many ways. We lost many great authors, actors, and musicians (many of which can be considered poets). Here in the US, and because of the global nature of the internet, around the world, we saw a big change politically. Both in positive and negative ways. Along with all this we’re still seeing natural and human-created disaster all over the news.

While this isn’t erased once the calendar flipped to 2017, we can at least hope to keep all of this in mind when moving into the new year. Maybe to improve on what we don’t want to see again. Maybe to honor those who won’t be there in the coming years. As long as we’re taking a step forward, and don’t continue moving backward, maybe we’ll be doing something right.

And as you know, this is a book blog. And the books are coming! It may not have felt like a great year overall, but for this reader, books helped. I’d like to share some of those books with you today.

I’ve put together a few “best of” lists from what I read in 2016. It consists of novels, non-fiction, kids books, graphic novels/comics, and some poetry. The length of the lists vary, depending on how much of each category I read. They’re not in a ranking order. I just made the lists by going chronologically in my spreadsheet. And, if you click each title, you’ll go to my review/rating on Goodreads. Some I’ve reviewed. Some I’ve just rated. The ones I reviewed, you’ll find here on the blog too if you want to search them.

If you’re wondering what short stories I enjoyed in 2016, you’ll have to wait for another day. That’s a list of over 100 stories and novellas. It’ll take a little more time to narrow those down, but look out for it this week.



  1. Skyscraping by Jensen Cordelia
  2. Ari by S.M. Boyce
  3. Focus on Me by Megan Erickson
  4. Shame on Him by Tara Sivec
  5. The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit
  6. Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  7. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  8. One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
  9. The Devil’s Reprise by Karina Halle
  10. The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton
  11. In Every Way by Amy Sparling
  12. Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci
  13. The First Vagabond by S.M. Boyce
  14. Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec
  15. Saving Red by Sonya Sones



  1. Doc by Dwight Gooden
  2. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
  3. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  4. Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores by Bob Eckstein
  5. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham



  1. The New Testament by Jericho Brown
  2. Unfinished Ink by Joanne Marlowe
  3. Krypton Nights by Bryan D. Dietrich
  4. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
  5. Between Hurricanes by Jennifer Rane Hancock


Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga

  1. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  2. Ms. Marvel (vol 3-5) by G. Willow Wilson
  3. Outcast (vol 1-3) by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta
  4. Spider-Gwen (vol 0) by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez
  5. Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (vol 1-5)/Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man (vol 1-2) by Brian Michael Bendis
  6. Deathnote series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
  7. Avengers vs. X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis
  8. Habibi by Craig Thompson
  9. Maus (I and II) by Art Spiegelman
  10. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud


Middle Grade and Children’s Books

  1. Demon Dentist by David Walliams
  2. Alexander series by Judith Viorst
  3. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  4. Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade
  5. The BFG by Roald Dahl


Because I gave you my favorites from 2016, I’d like to hear about yours! I already tried to get some input recently, but only ONE person responded with some pics. Well, lets try this again. CLICK HERE or HERE or HERE. It’ll bring you to a poll. Give me up to 5 of your favorites books along with the authors. That’s it. I’ll put a post together in a week when the poll closes to share with everyone. It’ll be anonymous, so don’t worry about any embarrassing choices. No book shaming here.



That’s out of the way, now for a few stats, since Goodreads counts books read as ANYTHING (novel, short story, 1 page, 1000 pages, doesn’t matter) and it’s not an accurate count. It tells me I read 236 books. Well, I didn’t. It was more like:

  • Novels
    • 31 books
    • 8234 pages
    • 99:43:02 hours listened to.
    • Average rating of 4.3/5 stars
  • Non-Fiction
    • 10 books
    • 1923 pages
    • 28:59:25 hours listened to.
    • Average rating of 4.4/5 stars
  • Short Stories
    • 113 stories
    • 2653 pages
    • 21:51:23 hours listened to.
    • Average rating of 3.6/5 stars
  • Poetry
    • 14 books
    • 839 pages
    • 0:22:10 hours listened to.
    • Average rating of 3.7/5 stars
  • Graphic Novels/Comics
    • 64 books/issues
    • 11717 pages
    • Average rating of 4.1/5 stars
  • Children’s Books
    • 17 books (I’ve already read about that many in this category in 2017, oops)
    • 1614 pages
    • 4:25:42 hours listened to.
    • Average rating of 4.1/5 stars
    • 136 books and 113 stories read.
    • 26980 pages read.

2 responses to “BEST READ IN 2016

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