2016 Wrap-Up

159/100 Goal Books Read

Here it is. The complete 2016 wrap-up. I read a ton of books this year and surpassed my challenge with flying colors. I’m so happy I did, and that has caused me to increase the number of books I want to read in 2017 so as to actually make it a challenge. I feel limitless right now, but we’ll see how I feel after the first week.

But, enough talk about the future, let’s delve into the past. Here are all the books I finished this year and their ratings. Titles are linked to Goodreads; if I’ve written a review, link is specified separately.

Here we go!

Fiction

Adult

Star Trek: Twilight’s End by Jerry Oltion ★★★★★ (my review)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Heart of the Warrior by John Gregory Betancourt ★★★ (my review)

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King ★★★★★ (my review)

Holy Cow by David Duchovny ★★★★½ (my review)

Alice by Christina Henry ★★ (my review)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Long Night by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch ★★★★½ (my review)

Carrie by Stephen King ★★★★½ (my review)

Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks by Terrance Dicks ★★★

Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell ★★★★½

YA

37 I Love (in no particular order) by Kekla Magoon ★★★★ (my review)

OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Reody Vaughn ★ (my review)

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards ★★★ (my review)

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness ★★★★ (my review)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ★★★★★ (my review)

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ★★★★★ (my review)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 by John Tiffany ★★★★★

Learning to Swim by Annie Cosby ★★★★★ (my review)

The Merciless by Danielle Vega ★★★★

First & Then by Emma Mills ★★

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer ★ (my review)

We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean ★★★★

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede ★★½

Flight by Sherman Alexie ★★★★★ (my review)

Children

Doll Bones by Holly Black ★★★★ (my review)

Goody Hall by Natalie Babbitt ★★★★ (my review)

Dinobots Strike Back by Casey Todd ★

Deep Trouble (Goosebumps #19) by R.L. Stine ★★★★½ (my review)

Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires ★★★★★ (my review)

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires ★★★★★ (my review)

Binky Under Pressure by Ashley Spires ★★★★ (my review)

Upside Down: A Vampire Tale by Jess Smart Smiley ★★½ (my review)

The Incredibles: Family Matters by Mark Waid ★★½

Humor

This Book Loves You by PewDiePie ★★★★★ (my review)

Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literature Characters by Mallory Ortberg ★★★★★ (my review)

Flipping Brilliant: A Penguin’s Guide to a Happy Life by Jonathan Chester ★★★★★

Nonfiction

Islands Lost in Time by National Geographic Society ★

My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman ★★★★★ (my review)

MuggleNet.com’s What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Falls in Love and How Will the Adventure Finally End by Ben Schoen, Andy Gordon, Gretchen Stull, Emerson Spartz, and Jamie Lawrence ★★★½

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose ★ (my review)

A Cup of Comfort for Writers by Colleen Sell ★★★¾ (my review)

Twister: The Science of Tornadoes and the Making of a Disaster Movie by Keay Davidson ★★

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner ★★ (my review)

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell ★★★★ (my review)

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson ★★★★★ (my review)

Time: Great Discoveries: An Amazing Journey Through Time and Space by Time-Life Books ★★★★★

Haunted Wisconsin by Michael Norman ★

Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti ★★★★★

Secrets of Universal Orlando Revealed by Laurie Flannery ★★★★ *no image*

Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything In Between by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein ★

UFOs Caught on Film: Amazing Evidence of Alien Visitors to Earth by B.J. Booth ★★★★★

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek Girls by Sam Maggs ★★★★★ (my review)

 Short Story

“The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn ★★★★½ (my review)

“Metzengerstein” by Edgar Allan Poe ★★★★★

“The Duc de L’Omlette” by Edgar Allan Poe ★★ *no image*

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens  ★★★★★

Collections

Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Shwartz illustrated by Stephen Gammall (reread) ★★★★★ (appreciation post)

Ten Women Who Shook the World by Sylvia Brownrigg ★★★★★ (my review)

Graphic Novels

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang ★ (my review)

The Graveyard Book, Volume 2 by P. Craig Russell and Neil Gaiman ★★★★★ (my review)

Blankets by Craig Thompson ★★★★ (my review)

Amulet, Volume 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi ★★★★★ (my review)

Amulet, Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi ★★★★★ (my review)

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks ★★★★★ (my review)

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud ★★★★★ (my review)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (reread) ★★★★★ (my review)

Nonfiction

Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley ★★★★★ (my review)

An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley ★★★★★ (my review)

Dragon’s Breath: and Other True Stories by MariNaomi ★★★★★ (my review)

Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley ★★★★★ (my review)

Turning Japanese by MariNaomi ★★★★★

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley ★★★★★

Manga

Deathnote, Vol. 2: Confluence by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata ★★★★ (my review)

Deathnote, Vol. 3: Hard Run by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata ★★★★★ (my review)

Death Note, Vol. 4: Love by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata ★★★ (my review)

Death Note, Vol. 5: Whiteout by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata ★★★ (my review)

Death Note, Vol. 6: Give-and-Take by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata ★★★ (my review)

Death Note, Vol. 7: Zero by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata ★★

Monster, Volume 1: Herr Dr. Temna by Naoki Urasawa ★★★★ (my review)

The Earl and the Fairy, Volume 1 by Mizue Tani ★★★½ (my review)

Monster, Volume 2: Surprise Party by Naoki Urasawa ★★★★★ (my review)

Monster, Volume 3: 511 Kinderheim by Naoki Urasawa ★★★★★ (my review)

Monster, Volume 4: Ayse’s Friend by Naoki Urasawa ★★★★★ (my review)

Death Note, Vol. 8: Target by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata ★★

Comic Books

Collection

The Walking Dead, Vol. 12: Life Among Them by Robert Kirkman ★★★★★

The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960 by Charles M. Shultz ★★★½

Spider-Girl, Vol. 4: Turning Point by Tom DeFalco ★★★★★ (my review)

The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone by Robert Kirkman★★★★★

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson ★★★★★ (my review)

Revival, Vol. 1: You’re Among Friends by Tim Seeley ★★★★½ (my review)

Return of the Living Deadpool by Cullen Bunn ★★★★½ (my review)

Spider-Girl, Vol. 5: End Game by Tom DeFalco ★★★★★ (my review)

She-Hulk, Vol. 1: Law and Disorder by Charles Soule ★★½ (my review)

She-Hulk, Vol. 2: Disorderly Conduct by Charles Soule ★ (my review)

Batgirl, Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart ★★½ (my review)

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson ★★★★★ (my review)

The Death of Superman by Dan Jurgens ★★★★★ (my review)

Transformers Classics, Volume 2 by Bob Budiansky ★★★★★ (my review)

Deadpool, Vol. 2: Soul Hunter by Brian Posehn ★★★★½ (my review)

The Walking Dead, Vol. 14: No Way Out by Robert Kirkman ★★★★★

DC: The New Frontier, Volume 1 by Darwyn Cooke ★ (my review)

Batman/Two-Face/Scarecrow: Year One by Bruce Jones ★★★★½ (my review)

Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists by Chris Duffy ★★★½ (my review)

Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeff Loeb ★★★★★ (my review)

Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass ★★★½ (my review)

Supergirl, Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton by Michael Green ★★★★★ (my review)

Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction ★★★★ (my review)

Bob’s Burgers, Volume 1 by Chad Brewster ★★★★★ (my review)

Hellboy, Vol. 3: The Chained Coffin and Others by Mike Mignola ★★★★ (my review)

The Walking Dead, Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves by Robert Kirkman ★★★★★

Black Widow, Vol. 3: Last Days by Nathan Edmondson ★★★★½ (my review)

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young ★★★★★ (my review)

Revival, Vol. 2: Live Like You Mean It by Tim Seeley ★★★★★ (my review)

Giant Days, Volume 1 by John Allison ★★★★½ (my review)

Giant Days, Volume 2 by John Allison ★★★★½ (my review)

The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll ★★★★ (my review)

28 Days Later, Vol. 1: London Calling by Michael Alan Nelson ★★★★ (my review)

28 Days Later, Vol. 2: Bend in the Road by Michael Alan Nelson ★★★★ (my review)

Shutter, Vol. 1: Wanderlost by Joe Keatinge ★★★★★ (my review)

Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight by Kelly Sue DeConnick ★★★★

Princess Leia by Mark Waid ★★★★ (my review)

Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes by Jason Aaron ★★★★★ (my review)

Star Wars, Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon by Jason Aaron ★★★★★ (my review)

Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation2, Volume 1 by Scott Tipton ★★★★½ (my review)

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson ★★★★★

Wolf, Vol. 1: Blood and Magic by Ales Kot ★★★★½

Simpsons Comics: Hit the Road! by Matt Groening ★★★★

Batman Versus Predator: The Collected Edition by Dave Gibbons ★★★★

Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants by Matthew Inman ★

Suicide Squad, Vol. 2: Basilisk Rising by Adam Glass ★★★½ (my review)

Deadpool, Vol. 3: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Brian Posehn ★★★

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (reread) ★★★★★

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson ★★★★

Atomic Robo and the Fightin’ Scientists of Tesladyne, Volume 1 by Brian Clevinger ★★

Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson ★★★★

Deadpool Kills Deadpool (Deadpool Killogy #3) by Cullen Bunn ★★

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore ★★★★★

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Means by Kelly Sue DeConnick ★★★

Spider-Gwen, Vol. 0: Most Wanted? by Jason Latour ★★★★★

Spider-Gwen, Vol. 1: Greater Power by Jason Latour ★★★★★

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe ★★★★★

Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far-Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe ★★★★★

Deadpool Killustrated (Deadpool Killogy #2) by Cullen Bunn ★★★

The Adventures of Sock Monkey by Tony Millionaire ★★★★★

Hawkeye vs. Deadpool by Gerry Duggan (reread) ★★★★★ (my review)

Fanboys vs. Zombies, Volume 1 by Sam Humphries ★★★★

Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Volume 1 by Shane McCarthy ★★★

Batwoman, Vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III ★★★★★

Transformers: All Fall Down by Simon Furman ★★★★

Invader Zim, Volume 1 by Jhonen Vásquez ★★★★★

Single Issue

Catwoman “Gotham City of the Dead” (Issue #41) by Doug Moench ★★★★★ (my review)

X-Man: All Saints Day by Ben Raab ★★★ (my review)

Simpsons Comics (Issue #218) by Ian Boothby ★★★★★

Harley Quinn “Be Careful What You Wish For” (Issue #1 One-Shot) by Amanda Conner ★★★★★

Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man in “The Tenant” (Issue #33) by Fred Van Lente ★★★

Wonder Woman “The Men Who Moved the World” (Issue #115) by John Byrne ★

Wonder Woman “Level 2” (Issue #110) by John Byrne ★

“Wolverine and the X-Men: Savage Learning Part 3: Generation Dog” (Issue #27) by Jason Aaron 

World’s Finest “Superman & Batman: For the Lives of Bruce Wayne & Clark Kent Part Two: Presentiments” (Issue #28) by Paul Levitz ½

Faith (Issue #1) by Jody Houser 

THE END

O.M.G. This took me forever to format. I hope you all enjoy it, or I might cry.

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5 thoughts on “2016 Wrap-Up

  1. Aww man. Sorry to see you didn’t like Francine Prose’s book. It took a while for me to get into it but I learned a lot from it. It certainly made me pay more attention to sentence structure and word choices.

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    1. I think it’s because I studied English in college and have a BA in Professional Writing and Publishing plus a minor in English Literature, so it was more of a review for me on what I spent 4 years studying in depth. I also felt that Prose took too many examples from white male writings of the past and I wanted to see more diversity in her examples (but that’s more of a personal complaint than a complaint about the book/writing style as a whole).
      I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, though, and that it helped you see writing/sentence structure differently. As someone who’s studied literature and has such a passion for words that makes me happy 🙂

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  2. I love the variety that you read! and that you weren’t afraid to include graphic novels, and anime. That is quite a list!

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