THE LIBRARY 2016

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2016 WAS SHITTY BUT I READ GREAT BOOKS

HELLO INTERNET!

2016 was rough. We lost some geniuses. We gained some idiots. But, in the words of a Beatles song I found courtesy my ancient iTunes library, everybody had a hard year. Everybody had a good time.

I, too, had a good time or two. Friends adopted new pets! Furniture was rearranged! New challenges were met! Nobody went to jail! I played the entire Bioshock series!

There were other good times, but most of mine were spent in a particular armchair with one of my dogs and these 80 books. Links where appropriate so get clickin'.

Check out last year's Library here. I'm also on Goodreads, natch. Don't get between me and my Goodreads.

BOOKS READ BY RACHEL IN 2016: THE WHOLE DANG LIST

2 BOOKS OF POETRY

c/o Hub City Press

Wedding Pulls -  J.K. Daniels

Magic City Gospel - Ashley M. Jones

8 COMICS OR THAT WHICH COULD BE BEST CALLED "COMICS"

The Worrier's Guide to Life - Gemma Correll

The Oven - Sophie Goldstein

I Kill Giants (I Kill Giants, #1-7) - Joe Kelly

The Best American Comics 2015 - ed. Jonathan Lethem

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art - Scott McCloud

The Lazy Guru's Guide to Life: A Mindful Approach to Achieving More by Doing Less - Laurence Shorter

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth - Chris Ware

Building Stories - Chris Ware

16 COLLECTIONS OF SHORT STORIES INCLUDING ANTHOLOGIES AND, IN ONE CASE, A SINGLE STORY*

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl - Mona Awad

We Show What We Have Learned: And Other Stories - Clare Beams

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories - Lucia Berlin

The Best American Short Stories 2015 - ed. T.C. Boyle

The Best Small Fictions 2015 - ed. Robert Olen Butler

A Collapse of Horses - Brian Evenson

Because They Wanted To - Mary Gaitskill

One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist: Stories - Dustin M. Hoffman

The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories - ed. Ben Marcus

Heartbreaker: Stories -  Maryse Meijer

Revenge - Yako Ogawa

The Unfinished World: And Other Stories - Amber Sparks

Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories - ed. James Thomas

Battleborn - Claire Vaye Watkins

*An Inventory: A Vintage Short - Joan Wickersham

The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories Since 1970 - ed. Lex Williford

32 NOVELS INCLUDING ONE RE-READ

You Will Know Me - Megan Abbott

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets - Kathleen Alcott

The Mothers - Britt Bennett

Find Me - Laura van den Berg

The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

Women - Chloe Caldwell

The Girls - Emma Cline

Over the Plain Houses - Julia Franks

Binary Star - Sarah Gerard

The Last September - Nina de Gramont

Not on Fire, but Burning - Greg Hrbek

 Mr. Splitfoot - Samantha Hunt

The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson

The Vegetarian - Han Kang

The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King

The Gunslinger - Stephen King

Dear Mr. M - Herman Koch

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet - Reif Larsen

Diary - Chuck Palahniuk

Invisible Monsters Remix - Chuck Palahniuk

Today Will Be Different - Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

Hold Still - Lynn Steger Strong

Love Me Back - Merritt Tierce

Harvest Home - Thomas Tryon

The Little Stranger - Sara Waters

Miss Jane - Brad Watson

Before We Met - Lucie Whitehouse

We Eat Our Own - Kea Wilson

The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham

17 WORKS OF BOOK-LENGTH NONFICTION

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living - Jes Baker

What It Is - Lynda Barry

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor - Lynda Barry

Suburban Gospel - Mark Beaver

Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice - Ivan Brunetti

Boy Erased: A Memoir - Garrard Conley

The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town - Ryan D'Agostino

Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer - Bret Anthony Johnston

 Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design - Chip Kidd

Judge This - Chip Kidd

Ongoingness: The End of a Diary - Sarah Manguso

Witches of America - Alex Mar

What We See When We Read - Peter Mendelsund

Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture - Frank Owen

Flight Path: A Search for Roots Beneath the World's Busiest Airport - Hannah Palmer

The Devil's Dozen: How Cutting-Edge Forensics Took Down 12 Notorious Serial Killers - Katherine Laurence Ramsland

33 Artists in 3 Acts - Sarah Thornton

5 JOHNNY DIXON BOOKS

by John Bellairs

The Curse of the Blue Figurine

The Mummy, The Will, and the Crypt

The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull

The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost

The Eyes of the Killer Robot

 

READY FOR MORE? Top 10 of 2016 COMING SOON.

xoxo