2016 year in reading

According to Goodreads, I read 88 books in 2016. I don’t ever do a great job tracking manga/comic books in Goodreads, so that represents most of my fiction reading.

Fiction/SciFi/Mystery books I greatly enjoyed in 2016 include The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin, Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt, Uprooted by Naomi Novak, and the Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin. I read a Louise Penny book here and there, and those are always enjoyable despite all the mullioned windows references. Mullions!

YA books – I loved the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Great world building, and thought the quasi Russian setting for this fantasy adventure was refreshing, because all too often fantasy resorts to generic middle ages in terms of settings.

Romance – I read a bunch of the Mercy Thompson series by Patrica Briggs. I also read many of Susanna Kearsley’s books, even if they start to feel a little formulaic if you read them one after another. Her sweeping stories involving time travel are great comfort reading.
I also was happy there were quite a few new releases from favorite authors like Eloisa James, Loretta Chase, and Tessa Dare.

I took a detour into celebrity autobiography and read Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Tina Fey’s Bossypants, both were amusing.

For biggest disappointment, the Paper Magician Trilogy by Clare Hormburg started out extremely interesting, with a unique magic system and the type of spunky heroine I generally enjoy and then the writing, plot, and characterization devolved so much towards the end, I regretted reading it.