2016 in Books

I read 75 books in 2016 (I thought I had read 76 but Goodreads counted a book that I hadn’t read in 2016, that sassy website).

I’ve already blogged about some of my favorites, but here’s the whole list (this post is inspired by Justin Blanton’s. He and I read very different kinds of books):


The Sparrow by Mary Russel Doria
A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, ) by Becky   Chambers
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, ) by Becky   Chambers
The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, ) by Liu Cixin
Woman with a Blue Pencil: A Novel by Gordon McAlpine
Slade House by David Mitchell
Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, ) by V.E. Schwab
Anatomy of Evil (Barker & Llewelyn, ) by Will Thomas
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
Stiletto (The Checquy Files, ) by Daniel O’Malley
Zero K: A Novel by Don DeLillo
Necessity (Thessaly, ) by Jo Walton
The Yard (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad, ) by Alex Grecian
The Devil’s Workshop (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad, ) by Alex Grecian
The Harvest Man (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad, ) by Alex Grecian
Lost and Gone Forever (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad, ) by Alex Grecian
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Lady Cop Makes Trouble (Kopp Sisters, ) by Amy  Stewart
The Privilege of the Sword (Riverside, ) by Ellen Kushner
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky


The Trials (The Red Trilogy Book 2) by Linda Nagata
Night Life (Michael Cassidy, ) by David C.  Taylor
Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, ) by Kevin Hearne
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Strangler Vine (Avery & Blake, ) by M.J. Carter
The Steel Remains  (A Land Fit for Heroes ) by Richard K. Morgan
Acceptance (Southern Reach, ) by Jeff VanderMeer
Updraft (Bone Universe, ) by Fran Wilde
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, ) by N.K. Jemisin
Linesman (Linesman, ) by S.K. Dunstall
Alliance by S.K. Dunstall
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Singer from Memphis (The Athenian Mysteries ) by Gary Corby
Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
The House of Shattered Wings (Dominion of the Fallen, ) by Aliette de Bodard
The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
New Pompeii by Daniel Godfrey
The Black Country (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad, ) by Alex Grecian
Four Roads Cross (Craft Sequence, ) by Max Gladstone
Dark Run by Mike Brooks
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel  Gonzales
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, ) by Naomi Novik
The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese
The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay
The Zig Zag Girl (Stephens & Mephisto Mystery, ) by Elly Griffiths
The Cold Between (Central Corps, ) by Elizabeth Bonesteel
A Night Without Stars by Peter F. Hamilton
Look to Windward (Culture, ) by Iain M. Banks
Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding, ) by Bruce Alexander
Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Daggerspell (Deverry, ) by Katharine Kerr
In the Land of Giants: A Journey Through the Dark Ages by Max    Adams
Swordspoint (Riverside, ) by Ellen Kushner
The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner
Hell Bay (Barker & Llewelyn, ) by Will Thomas


Murder at the 42nd Street Library (Raymond Ambler ) by Con Lehane
Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe
The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires, ) by Jim Butcher
Dr. DOA (Secret Histories, ) by Simon R. Green
Hour of Judgment (Jurisdiction, ) by Susan R. Matthews
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
Wolf Star (Tour of the Merrimack, ) by R.M. Meluch
Dead Man Walking (Ishmael Jones, ) by Simon R. Green
All Those Vanished Engines by Paul Park


Manhattans & Murder (Murder, She Wrote, ) by Jessica Fletcher
Raising Caine (Tales of the Terran Republic, ) by Charles E. Gannon
Surrender, New York by Caleb Carr
The Myriad by R.M. Meluch

I read lots of books from a variety of publishers, but here’s the top three:

Tor Books: 8
Del Rey: 4
G.P. Putnam’s Sons:4

I got to wonder about the author gender breakdown of the books I read in 2016, and it is pretty good:


I didn’t make an effort to read any particular kind of author’s work, and I don’t plan to. I read whatever strikes my fancy, but I think these numbers are telling me that I’m hearing about more books written by women, which Im all for!

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