2016 Books (Second Half)

Surprisingly, I read less actual books during the second half of the year. This doesn’t include audiobooks or graphic formats, so “less” is relative.

2016 Books (First Half)

2016 Manga / Graphic Novels (Second Half)
2016 Audiobooks (Second Half ) coming soonish

Adult Favorites 


*Homegoing – This was an absolutely beautiful book. It was well written, the style light enough to be quickly readable, but without the sacrificing quality or depth. Each chapter focused on a different family member/generation, alternating between the two branches. The story did not get bogged down in detail, but looked at a highlight or defining moment of a given family member’s life. Even though each character only had one chapter, they were fully formed and fit within their time, location, and experience.
*It Happened One Autumn – I had never read any of Lisa Kleypas’ books before this, but I am now a fan. I’m a sucker for smart, sassy MCs in romance novels, and Lillian fit the bill. She was opinionated, but not to the point that I wanted to throw the book across the room. Marcus was also a well done “asshole with a heart of gold”. He was cold and gruff and superior, but even in the early stages, he still looked out for Lillian’s welfare and safety. I loved how they played off of each other.

Honorable Mention: Touched by an Alien (I’ve read this several times, and love the snarky humor of the series)

Adult Fiction (43)
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Ender’s Game
Touched by an Alien
Alien Tango
Alien in the Family
Alien Proliferation
Alien Diplomacy
The Book of Speculation
Just the Sexiest Man Alive
The Golden Dynasty
Entreat Me
A Wild Swan
The Library of Mount Char
The Girl from Summer Hill
Act of God
A Scot in the Dark
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Practical Magic
The Rook
The Gentleman
What’s a Ghoul to Do?
It Happened One Autumn
Devil in Winter
Do You Want to Start a Scandal
The Gunslinger
Clash of Eagles
The Hopefuls
The Underground Railroad
Bird Box
Eaters of the Dead
The Hobbit
1001 Dark Nights: Dragon Fever
Smoke and Fire
Natural Born Charmer
The Core of the Sun
Pope Joan
Date Night on Union Station
the princess saves herself in this one

Adult Nonfiction (5)
Daughters of the Samurai
I’ll Never Write my Memoirs
A Royal Experiment
The Big Tiny
Why Women Should Rule the World

YA Favorites


*Beauty Queens – One of my favorite satires, and not for the easily offended. A Survivor-style pageant adventure on a not-quite deserted island, it is full of black humor and tongue-in-cheek jabs. The situation was completely ridiculous. The few surviving girls have to overcome their situation using their wit and pageant ready talents. Miss Texas, Taylor, was by far my favorite character.
*Ink and Bone – This was one of the better dystopian stories I’ve read recently. I love how the controlling agency is the Great Library.  What should be a repository of knowledge accessible by all people is in fact a corrupt organization that strictly controls the flow of information. Paper books are contraband because they cannot be controlled. New ideas that could impact the supremacy of the  Great Library are found and then locked away forever. Queue the scrappy, book-thief hero, Jess, who has entered the library’s service as a trainee. During the course of his training, he realizes the what the Great Library is hiding, and the lengths they’ll go to maintain their power.

Honorable Mention: Sunshine (this is one of my comfort books that I reread periodically)

YA Fiction (20)
Beauty Queens
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Girl at Midnight
The Rose and the Dagger
Hex Hall
Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend
Ink and Bone
Across the Universe
The Gilded Cage
The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion
A Shade of Vampire
The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love
Paper and Fire
Throne of Glass
Eat Brains Love
The Great Trouble (MG)

Children’s Fiction (8)
Lions and Lunchtime (MTH #11)
Polar Bears Past Bedtime (MTH #12)
All Hail the Queen (Anna & Elsa #1)
The Candymakers
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
In a Blink (Never Girls #1)

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