Things I Read in 2016


I thought it might be fun to show off what all I read last year… I read twenty-nine books in all. Which is a lot, considering I had almost stopped reading entirely in previous years, and it topped my reading challenge goal by two. I had expected my twenty-seven book goal to be excessively optimistic, so as I sit down to consider what I want to set my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge to, I’m a little thrown for where to lay the marker. If we also consider the fact that I didn’t include any of the comics that I read last year (except  Nimona), then I surely read at least twice the recorded number. Which brings me more questions… do I record comics in my challenge too? Just the collections, or singles too? How to I estimate a goal that includes comics and novels and other books?

I think I may be overthinking it a bit… an arbitrary number choice, maybe? Say 36 books. Do you have a reading goal for 2017?

I made up a list to show you of all the books that I read last year, in as close to the order I read them in as I can guess. A few might be off, because I didn’t save them properly as I went or because of Goodreads app glitches. I have links on all of them so that you can check them out over on Goodreads and see the details, reviews, and so on for yourself.

  1. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Hope Nicholson
  2. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink
  3. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
  4. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
  5. Fingersmith  by Sarah Waters
  6. Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It
  7. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  8. Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
  9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  10. Little Girls by Ronald Malfi
  11. The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher
  12. Fated by Benedict Jacka
  13. Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling
  14. The Protector’s War by S.M. Stirling
  15. A Meeting at Corvallis by S.M. Stirling
  16. Cities I’ve Never Lived In by Sara Majka
  17. Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem & Mourning Photography from the Thanatos Archive
  18. Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon
  19. The Road to Bedlam by Mike Shevdon
  20. Strangeness and Charm by Mike Shevdon
  21. The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon
  22. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  23. Tell Me Where it Hurts by J.R. Rogue
  24. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  25. The Sunrise Lands by S.M. Stirling
  26. The Scourge of God by S.M. Stirling
  27. The Sword of the Lady by S.M. Stirling
  28. The High King of Montival by S.M. Stirling
  29. Affinity by Sarah Waters

Right now I’m working my way through two books.

The first is Super You: Release Your Inner SuperHero by Emily V. Gordon. This is a self-help book with a geeky swing to it. I used to be absolutely against self-help books, and it actually makes me wince a bit to talk about it now, but honestly this book is just great so far. It’s well written, entertaining, and most important – helpful. I’ve been journaling through the sections and questions, and I feel like I have a good handle on where I am headed, reflecting on some of the questions presented. I highly recommend it. As a witch, and as a dorky, broken minded woman looking for answers.

The other book that I’m reading right now is a small and painfully beautiful book of poetry: Salt is for Curing by Sonya Vatomsky. It took me almost a week just to flip past the first poem. I kept reading it and being so overwhelmed with the raw beauty, and the feelings that the words inspired in me that I’d just close the book again and set it aside. I imagine that this one is going to take me a while, but I’m looking forward to every line. I highly recommend this one. If only to stroke on your desk, and turn to when you need a little break or snack for inspiration. (Did I mention that the book is arranged by elaborate meal courses?)

Otherwise I don’t have much on my reading list for this year… what would you recommend?
Have you read any of these titles? What did you think of them?

Honestly I’m still slightly haunted by Affinity, and have no idea what novel could possibly step in to follow it. It was absolutely perfect. I was completely consumed by it, and so shattered by the time I finished it.

In a stricken, but delightful way.

Some of these books, I’d read before – like the first three of S.M. Stirling’s Change series which are half nostalgia and half personal torment for me, given some of the ideas and emotions they inspire – and some were brand new. Turns out that I love Patrick Rothfuss’ books with a deep longing – The Slow Regard of Silent Things is going high on my must reads, especially for any of you aspiring witches out there. And obviously Night Vale was amazing, as were Felicia Day’s and Grace Helbig’s books. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a must for anyone with any amount of geek/nerd/whatever in them. It’s an amazing collection. The Six-Gun Tarot was one that surprised me, by how much I loved it.

Now, the Mike Shevdon books sort of had me on the fence in a way… and I realized about half way through one of them that it was because of the depth and realistic flaw of the characters. They were very real – with a few exceptions – and it was this realness of personality which led me to moments of extreme annoyance, given some behavior or other of the male protagonist. But all in all, they were interesting. Possibly especially because of my back and forth. I will not likely read them again, though.

Beyond the Dark Veil, is not for everyone, of course, given the subject matter, but if you are not averse to matters of death, and enjoy the practice of mourning superstition or are even just curious, this book is absolutely for you. It is going into the category of favorite collectables for me, definitely.


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