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Thoughts, Nonsense, and Inanities

Thoughts, Nonsense, and Inanities

My 2016 In Books

First, the numbers.

I read a total of 115 books this year. This is down from 2015’s total of 159, but, you know. Finishing a degree, moving to a new state, and starting a new job will do that to you.

Of those 115, 95 were released in 2016, and 86 were YA. My “diverse” books count has jumped up to over half of my total, which is good progress. I’m going to be more attentive/specific in how I quantify that in 2017, so I’m looking forward to delving into the results in next year’s wrap-up.

I read the most books in December (21), while I managed a grand total of 2 in August (see above re: moving and starting a new job), which marked it as my slowest month.

Okay, numbers done, so onto the fun stuff. I decided to go with entirely random categories this year, rather than a more traditional list. The categories are not meant to be exhaustive and the lists of books within them are not (unlike my rankings of Hallmark Christmas movies) scientific—there will be plenty I loved that doesn’t show up here, because that is the nature of such things. (I’m thinking I’ll do some thoughts on my comics reading for the year later on, so none of those will be showing up here right now.) Enjoy!

Books That Were Really Fun To Talk About With My Book Club


Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee


Books That Do Interesting Things With Narrative and Genre


The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Ericka Johansen

Wake of Vultures and Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen


Books That Made Me Yell A Lot*

*Please note that yelling loudly about books is very satisfying and does not necessarily indicate displeasure.**


Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury


Books With Queer Girls Being Awesome (An Incomplete List, Because I Got To Read A Lot Of Them This Year YAY!)


The Scorpio Rules and The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

Run by Kody Keplinger

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine


Books That Were Amazingly Entertaining To Read Random Excerpts From Out Loud To My Friends While On An Airplane And Therefore May Have Been My Favorite Reading Experience Of The Entire Year


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows


Books With Sufficient Amounts Of Horses, Sassy Or Otherwise


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst


Books With Sufficient Amounts Of Ships (Literal, Not Figurative)


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie


Books With Sufficient Amounts of Soccer


Pls to read more soccer books?


Books From Which I Expected More Ships And/Or Horses And/Or Soccer, Based On The Cover


Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Riders by Veronica Rossi

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally


Books I Bought Extra Copies Of While I Was In England


Persuasion by Jane Austen

A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton


Books About Which I Have Lots Of Feelings And Just Really Wanted To Put In This Year-End Summary Somewhere


The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkowski

Look Both Ways by Alison Cherry

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromley

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers


Books That Find A New Way To Break My Heart Every Time I Read Them, Seriously, I Don’t Know How That Works, But There’s A Reason It’s My Favorite Book


Fire by Kristin Cashore


**Except when it does. Hit me up in private if you want the breakdown, including the book I refused to put on this list in the off chance it would look as if I intended to recommend it.

BooksCasey Wilsonbooks, YA, 2016