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.

2015 Recap: #ShortStories Read


That’s right. Here is the list of short stories I read in 2015. It took me too long to put this post together, so I hope you all get some use out of the list. It’s not easy to copy and paste this much data and the table itself…then search the internet for all the stories to link. Most are linked, and the authors’ websites are linked too. A few are not linked because it seems stories have been unpublished/taken down since the time I read them. Not exactly sure what’s up with that, but I’m not those authors, so I can’t tell you the reasoning.

Either way, there are 203 total stories listed and probably around 190 you can go out and read. 90% (estimate) are free to read. Many of them were also audio-reads found on Librivox. I could have linked to the free audio, but instead I stuck with ebook links. It was a little faster that way. Definitely check out Librivox anyway. Thousands of free audiobooks of public domain work. No reason to stay away from that!

I might do a Best of 2015 sort of post soon. I’m still not sure about that. At the very least, I’ll be posting on Facebook/Twitter to highlight some of the more memorable reads from 2015. Without a clear plan in mind, I figured getting you this list would be somewhat helpful in the year to come. Single short stories tend to go unappreciated in the grand scheme. I’ll always try to keep up short story awareness (should I hashtag that?).

Enjoy, if you check some out. And enjoy 2016!

P.S – Don’t forget about the bottom of the post. There’s a question down there…




Title Author Name Genre
Last First
1 When You’re Gone Summers Eli LGBT
2 The Ideal Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
3 Moxon’s Master Bierce Ambrose Sci-fi
4 What Was It? O’Brien Fitz-James Sci-fi
5 The 4-D Doodler Waldeyer Graph Sci-fi
6 The Toy Shop Harrison Harry Sci-fi
7 Martian V.F.W. Vandenburg G.L. Sci-fi
8 The Repairman Harrison Harry Sci-fi
9 Bread Overhead Leiber Fritz Sci-fi
10 The Banshee Anonymous   Horror
11 Accessory Before the Fact Blackwood Algernon Horror
12 The Worlds of If Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
13 Vicarious Fate Prioleau R.M. Fantasy
14 The Point of View Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
15 A Martian Odyssey Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
16 Accidental Death Baily Peter Sci-fi
17 The Good Neighbors Pangborn Edgar Sci-fi
18 Advanced Chemistry Huekels Jack G. Sci-fi
19 And All the Earth a Grave MacApp C.C. Sci-fi
20 The Image of the Gods Nourse Alan E. Sci-fi
21 The Selfish Giant Wilde Oscar Fairy Tale
22 The Horla Maupassant Guy de Horror
23 Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad James M.R. Horror
24 Mandy Cain Agee Jamie Erotica
25 The Mage of Dunnyduff Hill Findlay Louise Poetry
26 Lost Hearts James M.R. Horror
27 The Mezzotint James M.R. Horror
28 The Ash-Tree James M.R. Horror
29 The End Zwain Maxwell Horror
30 By the Waters of Babylon Benet Steven Vincent Sci-fi
31 Hermit Brown-Hobson JJ Literary
32 A Twisted Fairytale Urquhart Anna Horror
33 Night Surf King Stephen Horror
34 Trucks King Stephen Horror
35 The End of the Whole Mess King Stephen Horror
36 Vampire Story Byrnes Gary J. Horror
37 The Lawnmower Man King Stephen Horror
38 Number 13 James M.R. Horror
39 Brea’s Brand New Breasts Nichon Aimee Erotica
40 The Valley of the Spiders Wells H.G. Fantasy
41 Valley of Dreams Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
42 Pygmalion’s Spectacles Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
43 Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by Deduction, the Brig Bazaar Anonymous   Mystery
44 The Hairbrush Raimbault Tom Horror
45 Dumbass Barton S.A. Sci-fi
46 Beside Still Waters Sheckley Robert Sci-fi
47 In a Far-Off World Schreiner Olive Literary
48 How Old Man Above Created the World Judson Katharine Berry Mythology
49 Conjured Lover Raimbault Tom Fantasy
50 Spider Stephenson Richard Dystopian
51 Boundless Warren D Lee Thriller
52 Roadside Assistance Winship Thomas Literary
53 Finis Pollack Frank K. Sci-fi
54 Nice Weather We’re Having Today Barton S.A. Fantasy
55 Song in A Minor Key Moore C.L. Sci-fi
56 Spacemen Never Die! Hersman Morris Sci-fi
57 Benefactor Smith George H. Sci-fi
58 Collector’s Item Young Robert F. Sci-fi
59 Compatible Smith Richard R. Sci-fi
60 Planet of Dreams McKimmey James Sci-fi
61 Native Son Hamm T.D. Sci-fi
62 One Martian Afternoon Leahy Tom Sci-fi
63 I’ll Kill You Tomorrow Huber Helen Sci-fi
64 Ask a Foolish Question Sheckley Robert Sci-fi
65 Games MacClean Katherine Sci-fi
66 The Delegate From Venus Slesar Henry Sci-fi
67 The Marooner Sterns Charles A. Sci-fi
68 Silence of the Heart Ducey Natalie Poetry
69 Nobody’s Fool Ducey Natalie Poetry
70 A Life For Sale Boyce S.M. Poetry
71 The War Within Ducey Natalie Poetry
72 Love’s Illusion Ducey Natalie Poetry
73 Notes of a War-Torn Childhood Novic Sara Literary
74 Cam Girl Prevot Gabrielle Erotica
75 Ride Me Hard Slade Shari Erotica
76 No Hiding Place Smith Richard R. Sci-fi
77 The Boscombe Valley Mystery Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
78 The Five Orange Pips Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
79 A Sexual Awakening I Desmond P.R. Erotica
80 A Sexual Awakening II Desmond P.R. Erotica
81 The Man with the Twisted Lip Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
82 Jurassic Jane Eyre Sessarego Carrie Erotica
83 Galatea Miller Madeline Literary
84 A Life in a Year Connor Shae LGBTQ
85 The Hazel Branch Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale
86 The Ear of Corn Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale
87 The Aged Mother Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale
88 Eating the Moon Kos Eleanor Paranormal
89 Asteroid P.S. Brett Sci-fi
90 The Carmichael Mystery Garcia Jeanine A. Mystery
91 Notes Sapp Danika Mystery
92 Death in the Wilderness von Stoller Drac Horror
93 The First Notch Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
94 Dark Mirror Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
95 The Third Level Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
96 Guenhyvar Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
97 That Curious Sword Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
98 Wickles in the Nether Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
99 The Dowry Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
100 First Kiss Thomas J. YA/LGBT
101 Conrades at Odds Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
102 If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
103 Iruladoon Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
104 To Legend He Goes Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
105 The Summer Dress Armstrong W.R. Mystery
106 Unfinished Coopa Arla Erotica
107 The Prom Kids Kaye Verity YA/LGBT
108 Lady of Steel Zelazny Roger Fantasy
109 Origins Erwine J Alan Sci-fi
110 Empathy Scribner Joshua Horror
111 Fly Away Scribner Joshua Horror
112 Foreign Objects Scribner Joshua Horror
113 Life After Connor Shae LGBTQ
114 Craving Scribner Joshua Horror
115 100 Scribner Joshua Horror
116 Come Out Scribner Joshua Horror
117 New World Justice Scribner Joshua Horror
118 Terrible Noise Scribner Joshua Horror
119 Very Short Very Wicked Scribner Joshua Horror
120 The Last Question Asimov Isaac Sci-fi
121 Mike and Jack McComie Li Comedy
122 Baltic Dent Shane Horror
123 The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
124 Two Timer Brown Fredric Sci-fi
125 Shard Rucker Brandon L. Thriller
126 Dagon Lovecraft H.P. Horror
127 Complicated Poetry! Roche Stephane Poetry
128 I Left My Heart in New York Roche Stephane Poetry
129 Engaged 3×12 Masterson Daniel Sci-fi
130 Sunny Day Connor Shae LGBTQ
131 In the Shadow Mouvia Nikolas Horror
132 The End of the World Mouvia Nikolas Sci-fi
133 Ghost Rewards Coopa Arla Erotica
134 Possessive Love Coopa Arla Erotica
135 Ghost Seed Coopa Arla Erotica
136 Gone Grey Shane Thriller
137 Summer (and after) James L. Jordan Poetry
138 Sarah’s Short Travel Blog Fulton Tiffany YA
139 The Righteous Government Kaye Verity Sci-fi
140 Not Alone Coopa Arla Erotica
141 The Time of the Nephilim Ellis Tara Sci-fi
142 An Unexpected Date Hatler Susan Romance
143 An Unexpected Kiss Hatler Susan Romance
144 The Time Being Honeywell Antonia Dystopian
145 The Viscount and the Witch Sullivan Michael J. Fantasy
146 The Homecoming Bradbury Ray Horror
147 Professional Integrity Sullivan Michael J. Fantasy
148 Love Bites Edward Lacey Paranormal
149 During the Dance Lawrence Mark Paranormal
150 The Morning Rempfer Derek Literary
151 Good Bones Erickson Megan LGBT
152 Chance Encounter Warren Nancy Romance
153 Serendipity: Not So Sweet Sahgal Vasudha Romance
154 Tale of Sir Red Embers Dan Historical
155 The Sunshine Club Campbell Ramsey Horror
156 Nine Ladies Dancing Barbosa Jackie Romance
157 Strawberries & Cream Tyler Shyreen Mystery
158 An Unexpected Love Hatler Susan Romance
159 It Doesn’t Snow in November Semtex Jimmy Boom Erotica
160 The Falconry Castillo Angela Fantasy
161 Underground Pound: Ashley’s Bareback Subway Ride Sand Marisa Erotica
162 The Adventure of the Speckled Band Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
163 An Unexpected Proposal Hatler Susan Romance
164 A Christmas Princess Gränd Ofelia LGBT
165 A Public Love Story Gränd Ofelia Thriller
166 Dreaming of a Silent Christmas Slaton Lawrence S. Mystery
167 Love Me, Punish Me Fox Caia Erotica
168 The Contest: Round 1 Mia Candace Erotica
169 The Contest: Round 2 Mia Candace Erotica
170 The Contest: Round 3 Mia Candace Erotica
171 The Contest: Round 4 Mia Candace Erotica
172 My Zombie Mate Kennedy Kevin J. Horror
173 The Night Before College Sones Sonya Literary
174 The Proposal Shea Lisa Romance
175 An Unexpected Wedding Hatler Susan Romance
176 Fragments of an Ancient God Thompson H.K. Mythology
177 Cowgirl Singer Jenna Erotica
178 Humanity Cook Samantha Sci-fi
179 The Sleeper Dreamed Carsen Sela Fantasy
180 Dance of the Shadows Huddlestone Michael Horror
181 Ivy League Loftis Janet L. Erotica
182 Satiated Elise Sadie Erotica
183 How to Feed a Meter Fortier A.E. Humor
184 Late Night Stroll Garnett Phill Horror
185 Peggy in the Valley Fortier A.E. Literary
186 A Heart’s Tale Hays J.L. Horror
187 The Reflection, Only Hers Lane Jeremy Mark Ghost
188 Totally Mine Lanmon Ann Romance
189 The Jester Sullivan Michael J. Fantasy
190 Reluctant Genius Slesar Henry Sci-fi
191 We Didn’t Do Anything Wrong, Hardly Kuykendall Roger Sci-fi
192 Moment of Truth Wells Basil Sci-fi
193 Spies Die Hard! Marmor Arnold Sci-fi
194 Prelude to Space Haseltime Robert W. Sci-fi
195 Earthmen Bearing Gifts Brown Fredric Sci-fi
196 Disqualified Fontenay Charles L. Sci-fi
197 Deceiving Shadows Songling Pu Sci-fi
198 Egocentric Orbit Cory John Sci-fi
199 The Untouchable Kallis Stephen A. Sci-fi
200 Quiet, Please Scott Kevin Sci-fi
201 Bringing Stan In Rochester Julia Literary
202 The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
203 A Breach of Security Hill Susan Crime


Question: Have you read any of these? I read a WIDE variety of stories (ok, and technically single published poems, but I count those) in 2015. So many genres are present here. I’d love to hear about some of your favorite short stories you read in 2015. I’m always on the look-out for more. It’s a great way to get over a book slump or to kill a few minutes of the day when a novel can’t really be tackled.