2016 on Goodreads

You 've probably found your way to this page because you follow reviews here on goodreads. Whether or not you 've had time to write your own reviews, here 's a chance to review your entire 2016 reading and post it under this title so that others can see what your reading year was like. Together, all the reviews of 2016 on Goodreads should make an excitin and varied atalogue of books to inspire other readers in 2017.

For those of you who do n't like to add titles you have n't actually 'read', you can place 2016 on Goodreads on an 'exclusive' shelf. Exclusive shelves do n't have to be listed under 'to read', 'currently reading' or 'read'. To create one, go to 'edit bookshelves' on your 'My Books' page, create a shelf name such as 'review-of-the year' and tick the 'exclusive' box. Your previous and future 'reviews of the wee' can be collected together on this dedicated shelf.

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Because, ey, I had no idea until my GR friends enlightened me that not only was this doable, it 's totally acceptable! And ... .I am buying fewer books now- only good ones thanks to my trusty GR list which I have even learned to export into an excel file.

The remaining 27 were 4* and pretty darn good as well! Maybe for 2017 I 'll even try an ebook ... or maybe not.Thank you, thank you to my GR friends for making my reading experience so extraordinarily wonderful.

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I do n't know what there are fewer of right now: those out looking to anger and offend others, or those ready to be offended by everything they do n't agree with.A couple of months ago, I was ngry at Goodreads and even joined alternative sites like Booklikes and Leafmarks, but I never felt like I wanted to leave.

Beneath all the hit, there are a whole lot of wonderful people on GR.

I 'm sorry if I was a bitch to a nove you loved, but remember always: They All Saw a Cat.Now for the annual Emily Choice Awards.Best Fantasy: Senlin Ascends and The Fifth Season ( pub.

2015) Best Sequel: Crooked Kingdom and A Torch Against the NightBest Soft Science Fiction: We Are the AntsBest Hard Science Fiction: RailheadBest Mystery/Thriller: The TrespasserMost Fun Book: My Lady JaneBest Historical Fiction: Homegoing and The WonderBest Classic I Read This ear: East of Eden ( pub.

2012) Best General Fiction: All the gly and Wonderful Things and You Will Know MeBest LGBTQIA Lit: Bad BoyWeird But Good: Saint DeathOthers worthy of mention: The Passion of Dolssa, Every Heart a Doorway, The Rose& the Dagger, When the Moon Was Ours, Dark Matter, Still Life With Tornado, The Princes of Blood, The Midnight Star and If I Was Your Girl. ****Death by Purple Prose: The GirlsAll of the Cliches: Roseblood ( pub.

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I enjoyed every book I 've posted on this page- for different reasons -- ( I 'm glad I forgot a few others to boot) -- but this was a wonderful year of reading for me!

For the past fifteen years -My book reviews have become a steady incline in length and time invested.

I want to continue to have a great time next year, also, by taking more of a back seat.

If EVER --- any friend has a review you sincerely want me to read, ASK ME.

Goodreads is an extension of pleasure- a private satisfying 'alone time' ... ..pleasure to connect with friends here!!!! At the same time ... ..I feel more powerful when I remember -- I get to choose how much or little I want to participate.

Wishing each of you a peaceful- joyful- New YearBooks I VERY MUCH enjoyed in 2016This road I rideHag-SeedBallsDesperation roadSiracusaKilling TimeA Gentleman in MoscowThe NixValley of the moonIdahoHeroes and FrontierEntwinedBefore the FallHomegoingHighly a Illogical BehaviorScary old sexThe Course of LoveNutshellMischlingHere I AmCommonwealthSmall Great ThingsLiva LoneHistory of WolvesDesperation RoadChristodoraThe GirlsThe Summer that Melted Everything The Unseen WorldThe Gustav SonataThe Girls in the GardenThe Snow ChildTo the Bright Edge of the WorldFredrik Backman Hot MilkLilac GirlsThe Bear and the Nightingale The AnimatorsThe Most Dangerous Place on EarthMoonglowItche& AriIQ The Mother'sThe TrespasserThe WonderThe Angel of HistoryBright Air BlackThe House of SilenceThe Trophy ChildHarmless Like YouSetting Free the KitesDifficult WomenEveningland storiesThe Clay GirlA Woman Looking At Men looking At WomenThe FortunesDragon SpringsAll the Ugly Wonderful ThingsFlannery- teenBlack Widow- thrillerCoulrophobia& Fata Morgana -storiesMamaleh Knows BestMy Last ContinentThe Virginity of Famous MenThe Book of Esther My Name is LeonMoonstoneThe VegetarianMy Father Before MeDancers After Dark -art bookThe Girls Zero KPerfume RiverImbecilesLionsThe Fat Artist and Other StoriesMiller 's ValleyThe Women In The CastleThe Fall of Lisa BellowThe Guest BedSea Change- children 's Year of WonderLong ManA SeparationHillbilly ElegyAt Her Majesty 's RequestOne True Loves GloamingLike FamilyThe Sound of a Wild Snail EatingMultiple ChoiceDear Mr. MThe Glorious HeresiesAll Stories Are Love Stories The Atomic Weight of LoveThe One ManThe Pecan ManLillian Boxfish takes a WalkSwimming LessonsAnd The Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and LongerThe Signal FlameNine Folds Make A Paper SwanLucky BoyNews of the WorldNext Year, for sureWoman No. 17White FurIn the Land of ArmadillosMy Struggle: Book FiveOur SoulsBest Place on EarthHot Little HandsTwo Family HouseTsar of Love and TechnoThe Guest RoomThe Waiting Room

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Finally, after 4 years, no more vague talk of doing a review 'soon' but here it is the 15 books I rated 10 stars in 2016 Food and chefs:1.

Life, on the Line: A Chef 's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat. One of the very best books of the 'chef tells just how hard it is and what a genius but still humble, they are' genre.2.

This is one of the most eautiful boo I have ever read in my life.8.

9. The ook of Night Women Also by Marlon James and just as excellen as A Brief History.

A 100 stars worth of genius writing, tories and a llife that is just like ours but not really, not in any way.History:14.

A very unusual book.This is all about why I never got round to writing this for four decade.

I 've thought of what I want to write for 2016 ( I gave up on 2015 it was frying my brain) but I 've got nowhere to write it since I filled this review up with excuses.

( view spoiler) [ I 'm still at the thinking stage of how to sum up the ooks I read in 2015.

( view spoiler) [ I 'm much better at procrastination than reviewing.

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More recently, I have been reading about Rome ( Gibbon), WII ( Atkinson and Malaparte) and started diving in the incredible Nobel-winning universes of Mario Vargas Llosa and Orhan Pamuk.

As my friends say in Helsinki, nostetaan malja! Favorites for 2016: Best Book I finally finished: Infinite Jest by David Foster WallaceBest book I discovered via a friend: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon JamesFavorite Writer that I discovered: Thomas Pynchon ( but also Philip Roth) Favorite Classical Biography: Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician by Christian Wolff and Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan SwaffordBest Rock-n-Roll Biography: When Giants Walked the Earth by Mick WallBest non-Biography about Music: Play It Again by Alan BusbridgerFavorite Non-fiction: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared DiamondFavorite Graphic Novel Series: Saga by Brian Vaughn and Fiona StaplesFavorite Re-Read: Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the Sout by Cormac McCarthy and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy TooleFavorite Anti-war Novel: either Catch-22 by Joseph Heller or Kaputt by Cuzio MalaparteFavorite Kid 's Book: Billionaire Boy by David WilliamsFavorite Classic: Purgatorio by DanteFavorite Series: Rabbit Angstrom books by John Updike or The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthyFavorite Book I Read This Year Written before 1960: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or The Adventures of Augie March by Saul BellowFavorite Book I Read This Year Written before 1970: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller or Herzog by Saul Bellow or Rabbit Run by John UpdikeFavorite Book I Read This Year Written before 1980: Rabbit is Rich by John Updike or Gravity 's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon or Humboldt 's Gift by Saul BellowFavorite Book I Read This Year Written before 1990: The Counterlife by Philip Roth or Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the est by Cormac McCarthyFavorite Book I Read This Year Written before 2000: Sabbath 's Theater by Philip Roth or Underworld by Don DeLillo or Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace or Mason& Dixon by Thomas PynchonFavorite Book I Read This Year Written before 2010: Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon or Everyman by Philip Roth and My Name is Red by Orhan PamukFavorite Book I Read This Year Written since 2010: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James or The Orphan Master 's Son by Adam Johnson or The Goldfinch by Donna TarttLongest Book Read: Mozart: A Life by Hermann Abert ( 1541 pages!) Shortest Book Read: The Dot and the Line by Norman Juster ( 80 pages but fantastic:) and Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville ( 81 pages) Best Collection of Short Stories Read: Licks of Love by John Updike and Goodbye Columbus by Philip RothBest Book of Poetry Read: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel SilversteinAuthors I Discovered and could not get enough of: Saul Bellow, John Updike, Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, Donna Tarrt, Curzio Malaparte, Mario Vargas Llosa, Marlon James, Orhan PamukNobel Winners Read: Saul Bellow, Orhan Pamuk, Mario Vargas Llosa Pulitzer Winners Read: Adam Johnson, Saul Bellow, John Updike, Philip Roth, John Kennedy Toole, Anthony Doerr, Donna Tartt, Michael Chabon, Edward P Jones, Cormac McCarthy, Junot Diaz, Jennifer Car, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Rick Murphy, Jared DiamondWorst Book Read in 2016: All the Light We Can not See by Anthony Doerr and Zero K, Players and Ratner 's Star by Don DeLilloFor 2017, I want to finish Gibbon 's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fox 's Augustine: Conversions and Confessions, Sebag 's The Romanovs, On the Thighs of Giants edited by Stephen Hawking, more by Roth, more earlier Pulitzers and more writers outside the US ( Vargas Llosa, Javier Marias, Knausgård, etc).

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Oh 2016..how do I love/hate thee? Let me count the ways.Several people asked me if I planned on doing one of these " Year in Review " deals so I figured, why not?

I have no clue what to write here really ... so I figure ... Fuck it.I 'm just gon na let it ride with some stream of consciousness ish and offend some people, ( since that seems to happen with anything I write these days), no? So let 's begin.

I know lifelong friends and FAMILIES that have been torn apart as a consequence of the vilification caused by this election- on ALL sides.

I said doggyness.

Because pugs are people too.

Rock your puggyness.I am just one of those person who does n't like blasting my political, religious, and existential leanings all over the internet.

In the face of all this craziness though, I must say this: ***Life is still pretty fucking good.I am happily married to my best friend in the world.My family is healthy and thriving.

I know I was supposed to make a list of my favourit reads of the mont and all that.

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Every time I read a nove I swear I find at least three I want to read.

I will never finish my list; it perpetually grows, so all I can do is read as much as possible as I travel through life.

Recently I ’ ve delved into Buddhism, though at the moment I have a stack of books on marathon running that need to be read.

I ’ ve only read the irst olume and The Overture, but I ’ m already in love with the series.

The Vegetarian by Hang Kang- This is a truly special book.

Jane Austen- I read three Austen ’ s this year, and guys, that woman sure knows how to write.

Star Wars, the same as last year, is another thing I want to explore muc of.

But, I also have many texts on my university reading lists, so there ’ s going to be the usual random assortment of reviews appearing on my feed.

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Tired of the likes, the competition, everything every book blogger says it does n't matter even though it does, the rolls, the pressure Goodreads puts ( or that I put) on my reading schedule, everything that made being goofy impossible for me anymore.

I 'm frustrated of participating in the Big Forgetting of Real Life every time I write reviews.

I do n't know, but what I do know is this: every time I start writing something, I feel breathless.

Every time I want to comment on something, I find myself pondering my opinion endlessly to not offend anyone or not coming across as a whor.

I do n't want to feel like that.

Until it changes, I 'm not coming back, as much as I miss the elation I used to feel when writing reviews, because THAT feeling?

As for me, I 'm telling you goodbye with some of my avorites from this year.

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