On what I’ve read: 2016

I know not all of you are friends with me on Goodreads (and you should be!) but I’m getting close to closing out 2016 for the year and writing my Best Books I Read post.  Just in case you were wondering, this is the competition:

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down Abernathy, Ralph David
Throne of the Crescent Moon (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, #1) Ahmed, Saladin
All the Birds in the Sky Anders, Charlie Jane
Karen Memory Bear, Elizabeth
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #1) Beaulieu, Bradley P.
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 3 (Alias (Alias (2001-2003)) Bendis, Brian Michael
Jessica Jones: Alias, Vol. 2 Bendis, Brian Michael
Jessica Jones: Alias, Vol. 4 (Alias, #4) Bendis, Brian Michael
City of Blades (The Divine Cities, #2) Bennett, Robert Jackson
Crystal Rain (Xenowealth, #1) Buckell, Tobias S.
Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) Caine, Rachel
The Girl with All the Gifts Carey, M.R.
Alexander Hamilton Chernow, Ron
The Tale of Yin Chng, Joyce
The Terracotta Bride Cho, Zen
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 Coates, Ta-Nehisi
Nemesis Games (Expanse, #5) Corey, James S.A.
Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1) Córdova, Zoraida
The Devourers Das, Indra
Are Prisons Obsolete? Davis, Angela Y.
The Wizard Killer – Season One Dreece, Adam
My Soul to Keep (African Immortals, #1) Due, Tananarive
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne
Black Wolves (Black Wolves, #1) Elliott, Kate
Dead Souls: A Novel Fenn, J. Lincoln
A Book of Tongues (Hexslinger, #1) Files, Gemma
The Force Awakens Foster, Alan Dean
The Drowning Eyes Foster, Emily
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5) French, Tana
Kenyatta’s Escape Goines, Donald
Kenyatta’s Last Hit Goines, Donald
Crime Partners Goines, Donald
Death List Goines, Donald
Bloodline Gray, Claudia
Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2) Gray, Claudia
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) Gray, Claudia
Three Slices (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7.5; Blud, #3.5; Miriam Black, #3.5) Hearne, Kevin
Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #8) Hearne, Kevin
The Destruction of the European Jews Hilberg, Raul
A Rage in Harlem (Harlem Cycle, #1) Himes, Chester
Brown Girl in the Ring Hopkinson, Nalo
God’s War (Bel Dame Apocrypha, #1) Hurley, Kameron
The Geek Feminist Revolution Hurley, Kameron
Infidel (Bel Dame Apocrypha, #2) Hurley, Kameron
A Brief History of Seven Killings James, Marlon
The Children of Men James, P.D.
The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2) Jemisin, N.K.
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe Johnson, Kij
Ahsoka Johnston, E.K.
The Unquiet Dead (Rachel Getty & Esa Khattak #1) Khan, Ausma Zehanat
Hammers on Bone Khaw, Cassandra
The Ballad of Black Tom LaValle, Victor
Moth and Spark Leonard, Anne
The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty, #2) Liu, Ken
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Liu, Ken
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening Liu, Marjorie
MJ-12: Inception (MAJESTIC-12 #1) Martinez, Michael J.
Chaos Choreography (InCryptid, #5) McGuire, Seanan
Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid, #4) McGuire, Seanan
This Census-Taker Miéville, China
Lagoon Okorafor, Nnedi
Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) Okorafor, Nnedi
Binti (Binti, #1) Okorafor, Nnedi
Midnight Taxi Tango (Bone Street Rumba, #2) Older, Daniel José
Infomocracy (The Centenal Cycle, #1) Older, Malka Ann
Midnighter, Vol. 1: Out Orlando, Steve
Mr. Fox Oyeyemi, Helen
Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota, #1) Palmer, Ada
The Family Plot Priest, Cherie
Chapelwood (The Borden Dispatches, #2) Priest, Cherie
Concrete Park Volume 2: R-E-S-P-E-C-T Puryear, Tony
Concrete Park Volume 1 Puryear, Tony
The Female Man Russ, Joanna
A Stranger in Olondria Samatar, Sofia
Calamity (Reckoners, #3) Sanderson, Brandon
The Quest for Cush (Imaro #2) Saunders, Charles R.
Imaro Saunders, Charles R.
Fire Boy – Book 1 of the Djinn-Son duology Shah, Sami
Hoodoo Smith, Ronald L.
A.D. After Death, Book One Snyder, Scott
Scale-Bright Sriduangkaew, Benjanun
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) Tahir, Sabaa
The Root (Wrath & Athenaeum #1) Tilahun, Na’amen Gobert
The Rising (The Alchemy Wars, #2) Tregillis, Ian
Pride’s Spell (Sin du Jour, #3) Wallace, Matt
Lustlocked (Sin du Jour, #2) Wallace, Matt
Fluency (Confluence, #1) Wells, Jennifer Foehner
Aftermath – Life Debt Wendig, Chuck
The Hellsblood Bride (Mookie Pearl, #2) Wendig, Chuck
Invasive Wendig, Chuck
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman West, Lindy
Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World Wiseman, Rosalind
Hope Rising Witter, Pamela H.

For reasons that aren’t quite clear to me, that list (which I just pulled off of Goodreads) doesn’t match the number of books that GR says are on my 2016 shelf, but screw it, it’s close enough.  I should pass 100 books read in the year rather easily by the end of the month, which means I read a bit less this year than I usually do– which kind of surprises me.  I’ve read 97 books this year, only a very few of which were rereads– not enough, honestly.  45 of them were by authors who were new to me and 74 were by women or authors of color.  I’m going to keep up this plan next year, too, although I’m going to toss sexuality into the mix– I’m going to keep books by straight white men to no more than about a quarter of what I read.  I liked what that did for my reading choices this year so I don’t see any reason to not keep it going.

Anything on the list you particularly liked?  Anything I should make sure to get to next year?

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Luther M. Siler

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5 thoughts on “On what I’ve read: 2016

  1. I like the way you’ve included groups other than white male authors. I’m trying to do that with my students and have to look back at the books that I’ve read. I’ve been focusing on reading books from specific countries. Like who would have guessed that my knowledge of Canadian literature would be so limited? Thanks for sharing this list.

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  2. I also burned out on white guy SFF this year so I’ve been reading NK Jemisin, Nalo Hopkinson, Ken Liu, et al. Loved Karen Memory, Obelisk Gate, Monstress. I really wanted to like The Root – the concept & characters are great – but the execution was so poor, it made for an unpleasant reading experience.

    I would add Yoon Ha Lee to your author list. 🙂


  3. here’s where I admit that the gender, orientation, race, religion, age, politics, nationality, philosophy, insert status of your choice here, has never once factored into my decision to read a book or not. as far as your list, I’ve read one of those, and have been picking up/putting down another one for years. at this point it’s almost a game.


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