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Final Reading List 2016 
1st-Jan-2017 04:09 pm
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In 2016, I read 56 new books. How did I do on my 2015 goals?

-Read 50 new books - Done!
-Finish the I am Number Four series (including companion novels) - Done!
-Read 5 classics - I'm calling it done, by counting the very first novel Agatha Christie wrote, as well as her most famous
-Read at least 15 books that I have on my own bookshelves. I read a lot of Kindle books, because it's easier to read at work during lunch, and I also get a lot of books from the library. But I also have a ton of perfectly good books sitting on my shelves, and last year I only read a handful. I need to work on that. - Failed. I only read 9
-Finish my book goal with enough time to re-read His Dark Materials, especially with the BBC series coming next year - Done! And I sobbed.

So what were the 56 books?


Here is the list:

** = Definitely recommend
* = Enjoyed a lot
^^ = Hated. Stay far, far away

1. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells**
2. The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley**
3. The Nerd by Larry Shue
4. The Short Drop by Michael FitzSimmons**
5. Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
6. Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg**
7. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow**
8. The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher**
9. The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams & Lauren Willig*
10. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie**
11. The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello*
12. The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
13. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey*
14. The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
15. Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie*
16. The One That Got Away by Simon Wood
17. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah**
18. Arrival by Ryk Brown
19. Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan**
20. Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer**
21. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
22. End of Watch by Stephen King**
23. A Holiday for Murder by Agatha Christie**
24. A Penny for the Hangman by Tom Savage*
25. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman*
26. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II by Jack Thorne*
27. Round the Moon and Back Again by Jules Verne
28. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty**
29. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison*
30. Joyland by Stephen King**
31. Tell No One by Harlan Coben**
32. The Seventh Day by Tara Brown
33. Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files: Hidden Enemy by Pittacus Lore**
34. A Death in Sweden by Kevin Wignall
35. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green*
36. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg**
37. The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen*
38. The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore**
39. Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files: Rebel Allies by Pittacus Lore**
40. The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore**
41. Breakthrough by Michael C. Grumley**
42. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
43. Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files: Zero Hour by Pittacus Lore**
44. United as One by Pittacus Lore**
45. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon**
46. Poisonfeather by Matthew FitzSimmons**
47. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn**
48. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens**
49. An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne
(The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman)
50. Home by Harlan Coben
(The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman)
(The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman)
51. Abandon by Blake Crouch
52. Leap by Michael C. Grumley**
53. Ocean of Storms by Christopher Mari
54. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie**
55. A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman*
56. Catalyst by Michael C. Grumley**

I don't really have a highlights/lowlights list like I normally do. I didn't read any complete duds this year. Abandon was probably the worst; it was terribly written and dreadfully dull, but the plot was interesting, and the ending redeemed it a bit. The biggest disappointment was The Red Pyramid. After following Percy Jackson and his friends through 10 books, I never really warmed up to the characters in this one, and I don't have much interest in reading the second and third books, but since I already own them, I probably will eventually. I also didn't realize Harlan Coben's Home was part of a series. I think it was the 11th, but I hated the characters, and the writing was not nearly as tight as other books of his I've read, so I don't think I will be revisiting Myron Bolitar anytime soon.

Among my favorites this year were The Short Drop and its sequel Poisonfeather, The Nightingale (though I prefer Kristin Hannah's The Winter Garden), The Husband's Secret, and Michael Grumley's new series, which included Breakthrough, Leap, and Catalyst.

I was also pleasantly surprised by An Abundance of Katherines, which I found infinitely better than John Green's Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn was looking better than Gone Girl until it unraveled quite a bit at the end, but I'd still recommend it. I liked The Ocean at the End of the Lane, even though I did not care for Gaiman's American Gods at all. I liked both of Charlie Holmberg's non-magician books (Followed by Frost and Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet), but I still really want her to write more Ceony Twill.

I ended up really loving the I Am Number Four/Lorien series. It wasn't the best written or the most cerebral, but it was fun, and the characters were likable and relatable.

So, goals for 2017:
-Read 50 new books
-Read 15 hard copies of books I own (let's try this again)
-Reread Harry Potter
-Read 10 Agatha Christie novels (I'd like eventually to read all of them)
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