Print Story Books I've Read This Year 2016
By TheophileEscargot (Fri Dec 23, 2016 at 12:58:57 PM EST) Reading (all tags)
See also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Non-fiction 25
SF 22
Non-SF fiction 17
Comics 1

The List
Title links to my diary, author links to Amazon.


  1. Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder
  2. Ruling the Void by Peter Mair
  3. Inventing the Future by Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams
  4. Drone Warfare by Medea Benjamin
  5. The Badge by Ashley Topham
  6. Narcoland by Anabel Hernández
  7. Bloody Nasty People by Daniel Trilling
  8. Bare-Faced Messiah by Russell Miller
  9. The Joy of Tax by Richard Murphy
  10. Callsign Hades by Patrick Bury
  11. Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police by Paul Lewis, Rob Evans
  12. Narconomics by Tom Wainwrigth
  13. Islam Beyond the Violent Jihadis by Ziauddin Sardar
  14. The Tale of Sinuhe by R. B. Parkinson
  15. 1864 by Tom Buk-Swienty
  16. The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan's Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul
  17. Up in Smoke: The Failed Dreams of Battersea Power Station by Peter Watts
  18. The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson
  19. Frank by Jon Ronson
  20. SPQR by Mary Beard
  21. The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner
  22. 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear by James Shapiro
  23. Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle
  24. Good Cop, Bad War by Neil Woods, JS Rafaeli
  25. The Corporation that Changed the World by Nick Robins
  1. Touch by Claire North
  2. This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong
  3. Farthing by Jo Walton
  4. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  5. A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock
  6. This Census-Taker by China Mieville
  7. Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
  8. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  9. The Destructives by Matthew De Abaitua
  10. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  11. Nod by Adrian Barnes
  12. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
  13. The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
  14. Bête by Adam Roberts
  15. The Night Clock by Paul Meloy
  16. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  17. Cold Earth by Sarah Moss
  18. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  19. The Gradual by Christopher Priest
  20. Death's End by Cixin Liu
  21. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  22. The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
Non-SF fiction
  1. Make Me by Lee Child
  2. Badlands by C. J. Box
  3. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  4. Dictator by Robert Harris
  5. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  6. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon.
  7. The Thicket by Joe Lansdale
  8. Submission by Michel Houellebreq
  9. The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh
  10. Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel
  11. The Guts by Roddy Doyle
  12. Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski
  13. A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin
  14. Evelyn After by Victoria Helen Stone
  15. Dietland by Sarai Walker
  16. High Heat by Lee Child
  17. Fractured by Dani Atkins
  1. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Books by Genre 2016

Books per Year 2016

Overall picture
Another fairly light year, though not the lightest. Spend most of my waking life either working, doing chores or doing childcare: fortunately can get a certain amount of reading done while looking after the toddler.

Non-fiction: highlight has to be Mary Beard's "SPQR", magnificent history of Rome that still manages to take a distinct angle on what should be a familiar subject. "Ruling the Void" is already slightly dated, but I think summarizes a political era that is now coming to an end. "Bloodlands" was a grim read but informative on the massacres in Eastern Europe around WW2.

SF: Lots of good stuff this year. Cixin Liu's trilogy starting with "The Three Body Problem" was excellent, original hard SF. N.K. Jemisin's "The Fifth Season" is excellent softer SF with great characters and worldbuilding, though I don't know if its sequels will live up to it. Claire North's "Touch" and "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" were good fun standalones. "The Girl With All the Gifts" was a decent original zombie novel.

Non-SF fiction: "Rage" by Zygmunt Miloszewski was a good Polish detective novel. "Dietland" by Sarai Walker and "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison are both fast and funny works of satire.

< Dr. W | I find that answer vague and unconvincing >
Books I've Read This Year 2016 | 3 comments (3 topical, 0 hidden)
Three Body Problem by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Dec 23, 2016 at 06:20:16 PM EST
So, I voted for that because it was the only one I'd read. And it is the best novel of the year for basically the reasons you mention. I also liked Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice.

The most interesting book I read this year is probably An Engine Not A Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets, an intellectual history of finance theory. Though it is technically work related, I don't have a very deep connection to the field - it was the broader implications and the historic detail that was more interesting. Mackenzie also has a decent take on the idea of "performing theory", without being tedious about it.

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WIPO by R343L (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Dec 23, 2016 at 10:49:31 PM EST
There are four books in that list that I've read - Three Body Problem, The Fifth Season, Bloodlands and SPQR - and there is no way I could pick one as best. Cruelty.
Maybe I'll re-read them all someday. Actually except Bloodlands (shudder) I probably will.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
If I get through the next 100 pages this week ... by lm (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Dec 25, 2016 at 03:30:25 PM EST
... I might finish 2 books this year.

Probably an all time low for me.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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