So Much Goodness! | My 2016 Reading List

In the past, I’ve gone super crazy with resolutions/learning goals for a year. And then not met them. I don’t regret it, though. At least making the resolutions and goals encouraged me to try. The half-goals I’ve achieved have still greatly enriched my life.

Last year, I scaled it back a bit and made only two resolutions: 1) to floss every day and 2) to read 52 books/one book per week. I didn’t achieve either. I certainly missed days with the floss. And I came up one book short for the year.

boston used bookstore storefront

That still makes 2016 a pretty great reading year for me.

I started the year with a bit of a random mix between memoirs, science fiction, and history. Then I started reading some specific memoirs and non-fiction in preparation for that Eurotrip I keep writing about 🙂 Things went forward again from there with a bit less direction until about October, where I started reading for an interstate book club which focused on the fiction nominees for the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize.

Between Me and the World Ta-Nehasi Coates
My Life On the Road Steinem, Gloria
The King in the High Castle Dick, Philip K
The Thing With Feathers Stryker, Noah
Hunger Makes Me A Modern Woman Brownstein, Carrie
Lafayette and the Somewhat United States Vowell, Sarah
M Train Smith, Patti
A Year in Provence Mayle, Peter
The Perfect Meal Baxter, John
The Basque History of the World Kurlansky, Mark
Ladies of the Grand Tour Dolan, Brian
A Room with a View Forster, EM
Under the Tuscan Sun Maybes, Francis
My Brilliant Friend Ferrante, Elena
Much Depends on Dinner Vassar, Margaret
Zadig ou La Destinée Voltaire
Hellgoing Coady, Lynn
Helping Kids Succeed Tough, Paul
La Femme du Boulanger Pagnol, Marcel
The Rum Diary Thompson, Hunter S.
A Curious Mind Grazer, Brian
Shrill West, Lindy
The Only Street in Paris Sciolino, Elaine
Modern Lovers Straub, Emma
My Beloved World Sotomayor, Sonia
Americanah Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda
The High Mountains of Portugal Martel, Yann
Only in Naples Wilson, Katherine
The Genius of Birds Ackerman, Jennifer
Sense and Sensibility Austen, jane
Why Nations Fail Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
1000 Years of the Annoying French Clark, Stephen
Another Brooklyn Woodsen, Jacqueline
My Antonia Cather, Willa
Tender is the Night Fitzgerald, France scott
La Casa en Mango Steeet Cisneros, Sandra
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Finnegan, William
The Underground Railroad Whitehead, colson
Here I Am Safron Foyer, Jonathan
The Story of a New Name Ferrante, Elena
The Portable Veblen Mckenzie, Elizabeth
News of Other Worlds Jiles, Paulette
The Association of Small Bombs Marajan, karan
The Throwback Special Bachelder, Chris
Hot Milk Levy, Debra
The Sellout Beatty, Paul
Homegoing Gyasi, Yaa
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo Schumer, Amy
Food Rules Pollan, Michael
The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu Hammer, Joshua
Les Mouches Sartre, Jean-Paul


My favorites/main suggestions include The Sellout, Homegoing, My Antonia, Barbarian Days, Americanah, Underground Railroad, The Portable Veblen, and The Basque History of the World. None of these, not a single one, are hidden gems. But wow, these books were recognized and respected for good reason. I would have swapped out a couple books on my list, but for the most part, I read so many things that I enjoyed.

For 2017, I’m sticking with my two resolutions from 2016. And adding a couple others.* My reading resolution isn’t too focused this year either–just reach the 52 mark. That said, my sister and I are doing a mini Shakespeare reading challenge and I’m planning on working more science fiction into my reading list and participating in the interstate book club yet again.

Let me know what you’ve read in the last year!

mug of tea and Ursula K. Le Guin book

*I’m going to finally kick that habit of nail biting. And I will finish the knitting project that has been lingering since 2015!

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