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I read either 40 or 44 books in 2016, depending on whether you count unique books read or instances of reading a book. Of those, a little more than half (23) are things I read for the first time. (Methodology note: this only considers books finished; I left out the one I gave up on halfway through.)

Top 5 books/series I read for the first time in 2016
Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst - YA mystery/thriller with magic that does some amazing things with point of view and verb tense.

The Graces by Laure Eve - YA, witchcraft, mysterious/charismatic family, new girl in town, somewhat reminiscent of The Craft.

Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson - YA dystopia with magic that I both enjoyed and kept thinking about for days afterwards.

His Fair Assassins trilogy (Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, Mortal Heart) by Robin LaFevers - This is the medieval assassin nuns of the god of death YA trilogy I never knew my life needed.

The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte - I found this very inspiring, even taking into account that parts of it are more directed at entrepreneurs.

Top 5 books/series I re-read in 2016
The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy - By far my favorite Maeve Binchy novel.

Chalion series (The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, The Hallowed Hunt) by Lois McMaster Bujold - Good fantasy novels with a fascinating theology and people with intense feelings.

Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold - Sci fi, interesting politics, including the gender politics. The only scene I vividly remembered is on page 563. The book is 590 pages long.

The Labyrinth Gate by Alys Rasmussen - This is my second favorite fantasy novel built around a Tarot-style card deck, and I enjoyed rereading it.

Attolia series (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings) by Megan Whalen Turner - This is another excellent fantasy series with an interesting fictional religion.
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Best of the Year

Here are the five best books I read last year, alphabetical by author's last name, with first lines. I'm cheating again by including two separate series as one book each, and by including a series whose first book made this list last year. (And which will probably make the 2013 list again if the third book is as good as the first two.)

  • The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, The House on Durrow Street, and The Master of Heathcrest Hall by Galen Beckett.
    It was generally held knowledge among the people who lived on Whitward Street that the eldest of the three Miss Lockwells had a peculiar habit of reading while walking.
  • A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce.
    When my father died, I thought the world would come to an end.
  • Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta.
    A long time ago, in the spring before the five days of the unspeakable, Finnikin of the Rock dreamed that he was to sacrifice a pound of flesh to save the royal house of Lumatere.
  • Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin.
    A "happiness project" is an approach to the practice of everyday life.
  • Cast in Ruin by Michelle Sagara.
    The worst thing about near-world-ending disasters according to Sergeant Marcus Kassan - at least the ones that had miraculously done very little damage - was the paperwork they generated.
All of the Year

A decade ago, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my notebook. I liked the whole project so much that I've been doing it again each year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2012.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book or links to my reviews if I did one. Note: reviews all contain spoilers.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles.

  • Fan fiction.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.
This year, I read 43 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 3 fewer than last year. 36 of those, or 84%, are books I read for the first time. 21, or 49%, were Young Adult novels. 9, or 21%, were nonfiction. 4 were written by a PoC author; 38 were written by a female author. Of the 34 books for which I counted protagonists, 3 had a PoC protagonist; 29 had a female protagonist.

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Best of the Year

Here are the five best books I read last year, alphabetical by author's last name, with first lines. I have completely cheated on this this year and included two series to count as one book each. I've only put the first line of the first book for the series. (This is actually a double cheat since the first book in one of those series was one of my best books of 2009, and a triple cheat since both series include books I've read before.)

  • The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore.
    For months, I relived the pas de deux in my dreams, in that multisensory Technicolor of a memory I'd much rather forget.
  • The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
    When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
  • Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.
    When I was little, my dad used to tell me, "Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose."
  • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta.
    A long time ago, in the spring before the five days of the unspeakable, Finnikin of the Rock dreamed that he was to sacrifice a pound of flesh to save the royal house of Lumatere.
  • The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner.
    I didn't know how long I had been in the king's prison.
All of the Year

A decade ago, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my notebook. I liked the whole project so much that I've been doing it again each year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2011.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book, including links to my reviews if I did one. Note: reviews all contain spoilers.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.
This year, I read 46 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 15 more than last year. 38 of those, or 83%, are books I read for the first time. 27, or 80%, were Young Adult or children's books. 3 were written by a PoC author; 44 were written by a female author or coauthor. Of the 44 books for which I counted protagonists, 5 or 8 (depending on how you count Katniss Everdeen) had a PoC protagonist; 37 had a female protagonist.

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Best of the Year
Here are the five best books I read last year, with first lines (where I could find them online). Usually I just put these in alphabetical order by last name; this year, the best book is first and the other four are in alphabetical order.
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
    My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.
  • The Third Claw of God by Adam-Troy Castro.
    Later, much later, after I died, I tried to remember why.
  • Rumors by Anna Godbersen.
    It has become almost regular for the lower classes of New York to catch glimpses of our native aristocracy in her city streets, tripping in for breakfast at Sherry's after one of their epic parties, or perhaps racing sleighs in Central Park, that great democratic meeting place.
  • Aurelia by Anne Osterlund.
    The back of her gilt chair bit into her shoulder blades, and the heat generated by close bodies made the dab of face paint on her cheeks gleam.
  • Cast In Silence by Michelle Sagara.
All of the Year

A couple of years ago, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my notebook. I liked the whole project so much that I've been doing it again each year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2010.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.
This year, I read 31 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 19 fewer than last year. 24 of those, or 77%, are books I read for the first time. 4 of those were written by a PoC author; 23 were written by a female author or coauthor. Of the 25 books for which I counted protagonists, 0 had a PoC protagonist; 20 had a female protagonist.

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Best of the Year
These are my top five books of the year, with first lines:
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
    When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
  • Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley.
    The worst part of having it all is having to deal with it all - the good, the bad, and the just plain weird.
  • Valor's Trial by Tanya Huff.
    "Gunnery Sargeant Kerr! Good to have you back!"
  • Deviations: Bondage by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne.
    Noah didn't have much in the way of souvenirs from his vacation in Paris.
  • Rapture Ready! by Daniel Radosh.
    An affable middle-aged man in a bargain-basement pirate costume - striped pantaloons and puffy shirt, vinyl boots and plastic sword - is going to save your immortal soul.
All of the Year
A couple of years ago, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my writing binder. I liked the whole project so much that I've been doing it again each year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2008.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles I read, either for work or for fun.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.
This year, I read 50 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 43 fewer than last year. 42 of those, or 84%, are books I read for the first time. 7 of those were written by a PoC author; 36 were written by a female author or coauthor. Of the 30 books for which I counted protagonists, 7 had a PoC protagonist; 27 had a female protagonist.

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A couple of years ago, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my writing binder. I liked the whole project so much that I've been doing it again each year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2008.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles I read, either for work or for fun.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.
This year, I read 93 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 8 more than last year. 85 of those, or 91%, are books I read for the first time.


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A couple of years ago, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my writing binder. I liked the whole project so much that I've been doing it again each year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2007.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles I read, either for work or for fun.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.
This year, I read 85 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 16 more than last year. 59 of those, or 69%, are books I read for the first time.


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A couple of years ago, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my writing binder. I liked the whole project so much that I've been doing it again each year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2006.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles I read, either for work or for fun.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.

This year, I read 69 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 29 more than last year. 60 of those, or 87%, are books I read for the first time.


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A couple of years ago, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my writing binder. I liked the whole project so much that I've been doing it again each year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2005.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles I read, either for work or for fun.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.
This year, I read 40 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 15 fewer than last year. 33 of those, or 82.5%, are books I read for the first time.


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A couple of years ago, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my writing binder. I liked the whole project so much that I've been doing it again each year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2004.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles I read, either for work or for fun.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.

  • The Bible, which I read in a year, a little bit each day, with a friend of mine.
This year, I read 55 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 37 fewer than last year. 52 of those, or approximately 95%, are books I read for the first time.


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A couple of years ago, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my writing binder. I liked the whole project so much that I've been doing it again each year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2003.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Magazine and newspaper articles I read, either for work or for fun.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.

  • The Bible, which I am reading in a year, a little bit each day, with a friend of mine.
This year, I read 92 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 34 fewer than last year. 71 of those, or approximately 77%, are books I read for the first time.


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Last year, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my writing binder. I liked the whole project so much that I did it again this year.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2002.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.

What's not here:

  • Books I read for school.

  • Magazine and newspaper articles I read, either for school or for fun.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.
This year, I read 126 books. For those of you playing along at home, that's 45 more than last year. 64 of those, or approximately 51%, are books I read for the first time.


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This year, I decided that I would keep a list of all the books I read. It would be, I thought, interesting to see how much, and what, I actually read. So when I read a book, I wrote it down in my writing binder. As you can tell, at times, I forgot to write them down as I went. But I managed to get most of them down with dates.

What's here:
  • Books I read in 2001.

  • Authors of the books.

  • Dates I read the books.

  • Short notes about each book.

  • Approximately how many times I've read the book.
What's not here:
  • Books I read for school.

  • Magazine and newspaper articles I read, either for school or for fun.

  • Web-published fiction I read.

  • Short stories and individual chapters I read to remind myself of what the book was about.
This year, I read 81 books. 50 of those, or approximately 62%, are books I read for the first time.


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