My 2016 Year in Books

It was a big year in books for me in 2016. My goal was to read one book per week. I smashed through that goal and ended up with 87 books “read” for the year.

I say “read” because of those, I consumed 47 as audiobooks. I found it to be a great way to read some extra books while doing housework, yardwork, walking the dogs, walking to the train and riding the bus. I found extra time for reading.


Best Book I Read in 2016

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

This was a tremendous work following an escaped slave from Georgia. Mr. Whitehead crafts the escape route from a metaphor into physical existence, with engineers and conductors operating a secret network of physical tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.

The book is a brutal look as race in America.


K2, The Savage Mountain by Charles S. Houston
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Coup d'Etat by Ben Coes
Cockroaches by Jo Nesbø

Lights Out by Ted Koppel
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Echo Burning by Lee Child
Find Me by Laura van den Berg

The Ledge by Jim Davidson
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall
Meeting Tom Brady by Richard J. King
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
It by Stephen King
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
True North by Bruce Henderson
As Good As Gold by Kathryn Bertine
Five Billion Years of Solitude by Lee Billings
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Lumberjanes, Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson
The Only Game in Town by Mohamed El-Erian
The Giver by Lois Lowry
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
We the People by Juan Williams
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Little Pink House by Jeff Benedict
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Political Animals by Rick Shenkman
Without Fail by Lee Child
The Fever of 1721 by Stephen Coss
Persuader by Lee Child
Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff
Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
Armor by John Steakley
Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz
Bluff by Anjum Hoda
Console Wars by Blake J. Harris
Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
RELIGION by Zach Weiner
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Pilgrim Spokes by Neil M. Hanson
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
How to Pay a Bribe by Alexandra Addison Wrage
Rise of the Warrior Cop by Radley Balko
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The US Private Equity Fund Compliance Guide Volume III by Charles Lerner
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica
The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
The Last Refuge by Ben Coes
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Eye for an Eye by Ben Coes
Independence Day by Ben Coes

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Foreign Agent by Brad Thor
13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff
War Dogs by Guy Lawson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
The Fall Guy by James Lasdun

One Shot by Lee Child
The Race Underground by Doug MostThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
We Eat Our Own by Kea Wilson
Grunt by Mary Roach
Welcome to Deadland by Zachary Tyler LinvilleThe Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Star Wars by James Luceno