January 2, 2017

2016: My Year in Books


I will admit that 2016 didn't deliver a knockout reading surprise. The best books I read were re-reads from Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book. And to my shame, I only read 40 books this year. I attempted many more than are listed but life is too short to read bad/middling books. If I finished reading it, then it's a book worthy of mine or anyone else's time.

However, I am looking forward to all the reading pleasures yet to be had in 2017.


January

1. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (V)

February

2. Hidden Gardens of Paris by Susan Cahill (L)
3. Paris, Paris by David Downie (L) (E)
4. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (L) (E)
5. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (L)(E)

March

6. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff (L)
7. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (L)
8. The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue de Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino (L)
9. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter (L)
10. My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl (L)
11. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (L)
12. The Flaneur by Edmund White (L)

April

13. The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse (L)
14. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (L)
15. The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (L)
16. The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (L)
17. The Magicians by Lev Grossman (L)

May

18. The Magician King by Lev Grossman (L)
19. The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (L)
20. Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy by Dr. Pat Morris (L)
21. Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in France by Karen Wheeler (L) (E)
22. Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the City of Light by John Baxter (L)(E)

June

23. The Lord of the Far Island by Victoria Holt

July

24. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (L)
25. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (reread)
26. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (reread) (E)
27. Letters from Paris by Juliet Blackwell (NG) (E)
28. The Confectioner's Tale by Laura Madeleine (NG) (E)
29. The Girls by Lisa Jewell
30. The Paris Secret by Karen Swanson

August

31. Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey (L)
32. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (V)

September

33. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (V)

October

34. The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavic (V)
35. The Lost Girls by Heather Young (L)
36. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (L)
37. The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (V)

November

38. Gilded Cage by Vic James (NG) (E)

December

39. The Line (Witching Savannah #1) by J.D. Horn (E)
40. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg (E)

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