2016 Reading Review – List

A friend’s recent post prodded me to finally write up last year’s reading. My plan is to break this into a few posts, starting with the list here. In borrowing from my friend’s post, I’ll asterisk my favorites. You can read my thoughts the books by following the linked genre titles.

African American Literature

  • The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man – James Weldon Johnson
  • Loving Day – Mat Johnson
  • Imperium in Imperio – Sutton E. Griggs
  • *Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  • Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson


  • *When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
  • *Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett
  • *Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – Alison Bechdel
  • Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

Sci Fi

  • *The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North
  • *The Girl With All The Gifts – Mike Carey

Young Adult Literature

  • The Education of Little Tree – Asa Carter
  • *A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  • A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle


  • We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • *Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
  • Cosmopolitanism – Kwame Athony Appiah
  • The United States Constitution (in graphic novel form) – Jonathan Hennessey
  • Without You, There Is No Us (non-fiction) – Suki Kim


  • Searching for Sunday – Rachel Held Evans
  • Accidental Saints – Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • *Short Stories by Jesus – Amy-Jill Levine


  • *The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline
  • I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister – Amelie Sarn
  • *The Patron Saint of Liars – Ann Patchett
  • Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
  • *Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf
  • Benediction – Kent Haruf
  • *The Orphan Master’s Son (fiction) – Adam Johnson

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