Even with all the hours of cycling, building a chicken coop, learning how to care for chicks and then fully grown chickens, and gardening, I still managed to read quite a lot in 2016. I’m not certain how I managed it, but I did. Perhaps it was through a simple combination of long and short books, easy reads and thoughtful reads. In the end it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I enjoyed what I read. In the past I have made a half-hearted attempt to keep track of books I started but didn’t finish for various reasons. This year I didn’t even bother because I have decided those did-not-finish books are not important to me, if they were, I would have finished them. I have not yet written about all the books I finished at the end of the year so you can expect a few reviews to pop up over the next week or so.

Without further ado, the 2016 breakdown.

Books Read: 78

Fiction: 40 (thanks to comics!)
Nonfiction: 28
Poetry: 10

Breaking down the fiction and nonfiction even further:

Biography/Memoir: 9
Children’s: 1
Comics/Graphic Stories: 17
Culture/Social Science: 2
Essays: 5
Environment/Climate Change/Nature: 3
Economics: 2
Politics: 1
Science: 1
Writing/Creativity: 3
Climate Fiction: 1
Science Fiction: 5
Fantasy: 3
Literary Fiction: 9
Literary Criticism: 1
Horror: 1
Thriller: 1
Short Stories: 1
Novella: 1

Books written by…
Women: 44
Men: 34

In translation: 5 (Finnish, Spanish, Korean, Italian, Bengali)

Authors whose books I read more than one of: 6 (Mike Carey, Ryan North, Kim Stanley Robinson, Rebecca Solnit, Brian Vaughan, G. Willow Wilson)

Rereads: 1

Book Source:
ARCs: 6
Library Journal: 4
Project Gutenberg: 2
Own: 2
Library: 64

Publication Dates:
2016: 28
2015: 18
2000 – 2014: 23
1950 – 1999: 7
1900 – 1949: 1
1800s: 1

Favorite Fiction:

The Vegetarian by Han Kang
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
The Sundial by Shirley Jackson
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferranted

Favorite Nonfiction:

Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction by Manfred Steger and Ravi Roy
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
Between the World and Me by Ta-Neshi Coates
We Should All Be Feminists by Adichie Ngozi Chimamanda
The Small Heart of Things: Being At Home in a Becksoning World by Julian Hoffman

Favorite Poetry:

The Book of Medicines by Linda Hogan
To Keep Time by Joseph Massey
Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire by Brenda Hillman

I really thought I was doing better reading books in translation this year, but I must have confused the actual reading with the number of books in translation I added to my TBR. So who knows? Maybe 2017 will be the year of translations!

As far as goals for 2017 go, I am not much on making them for my reading these days since I never seem to keep them. How I can be so disciplined in some things and completely wild in others I have no idea. Perhaps I can only take so much discipline so rebel when I can? That doesn’t mean there aren’t things I would like to try to do. I want to continue to read more about economics. It would be really great if maybe I could read a few books from my reading table — oh how they taunt me! I will be reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace along with Danielle later this year. My poetry focus with my friend Cath is on activist poets (living or dead) so if you have any favorites, I’d love to hear about them. Otherwise my reading choices will be whim-tastical and who knows where that might lead me? That is a good deal of the fun right there.

Happy Reading Everyone!