Sophia’s Read Harder 2016 – Complete!

Success!  I missed finishing Read Harder 2015 by just one book last year (which I still haven’t read…) and I was worried that would happen again this year.  The final book was a hefty non-fiction tome I started at the end of August – a great book, though dense and not really binge-able.  BUT I got it done.

I’ve already discussed what are arguably my three favorite reads from this challenge elsewhere on the blog, so I’ll list them here with links to the original posts:

  1.  A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  3. Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Among the other fantastic books from 2016:

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Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly – This one was an unexpected delight.  Recommended by one of my librarian friends, this fun YA novel features whip-smart dialogue and finely-tuned chemistry among the main characters.  The story is zany and somewhat improbable, but it’s nicely balanced against true intrigue and emotion.  Very much looking forward to the sequel.

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor – The book that almost kept me from finishing the challenge!  That fault is my own, however (nonfiction always slows me down).  Helen Castor is an excellent storyteller, and she captures the complex lives of these powerful women in fascinating detail without coming across as a dry textbook.

1) Horror book – Slade House, David Mitchell
2) Nonfiction about science – A is for Arsenic, Kathryn Harkup
3) Collection of essays – Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit
4) Out loud to someone else – Mother Bruce, Ryan T. Higgins and The Princess and the Pony, Kate Beaton
5) Middle grade novel – Echo, Pam Munoz Ryan
6) Biography (not memoir or auto) – Notorious RBG, Irin Carmon
7) Dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel – Ex-Heroes, Peter Clines
8) Originally published the decade you were born – The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
9) Audiobook that won an Audie Award – Life, Keith Richards
10) Over 500 pages long – A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
11) Under 100 pages – A Late Verdict, Milo Bell
12) By or about a person who identifies as transgender – All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders
13) Set in the Middle East – The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
14) By an author from Southeast Asia – Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Stephanie Tromly
15) Historical fiction set before 1900 – Queen of the Night, Alexander Chee
16) First book in a series by a person of color – Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley
17) Non-superhero comic debuted in the last three years – Get Jiro! : Blood and Sushi, Anthony Bourdain
18) Adapted into a movie – The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
19) Nonfiction book about feminism or feminist themes – Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein
20) About religion – Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh
21) About politics – She-Wolves, Helen Castor
22) Food memoir – Voracious, Cara Nicoletti
23) A play – Hamlet, William Shakespeare
24) Main character has a mental illness – Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson

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