2016


Bold – favorite and/or best books of the year
* – from my personal collection
  1. Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It, David M. Ewalt (Kindle)
  2. Christmas Pudding, Nancy Mitford
  3. *Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1), Patricia C. Wrede (re-read)
  4. The Princess Diaries (Princess Diaries #1), Meg Cabot (Kindle; re-read)
  5. *The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey (re-read)
  6. *Hex (Hex #1), Rhiannon Lassiter (re-read)
  7. The Necessity of Certain Behaviors, Shannon Cain
  8. *The Moomins and the Great Flood (Moomins #0.5), Tove Jansson
  9. *Mumins lilla bok om Siffror, based on Tove Jansson's Moomins
  10. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Kindle; re-read)
  11. Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher (Kindle)
  12. Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1), Elizabeth Wein (Kindle; re-read)
  13. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (Kindle; re-read)
  14. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark (Kindle)
  15. The Neverending Story, Michael Ende
  16. Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm #1), Diana Wynne Jones (Kindle)
  17. War for the Oaks, Emma Bull
  18. Year of the Griffin (Derkholm #2), Diana Wynne Jones (Kindle)
  19. The Rook: A Novel (Checquy Files #1), Daniel O'Malley (Kindle)
  20. Quicksilver (Ultraviolet #2), R.J. Anderson (Kindle)
  21. Magyk (Septimus Heap #1), Angie Sage (Kindle; re-read)
  22. Chime, Franny Billingsley (Kindle; re-read)
  23. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson #1), Louise Rennison
  24. The Sea and Poison, Shusaku Endo
  25. Some Tame Gazelle, Barbara Pym
  26. Flyte (Septimus Heap #2), Angie Sage (Kindle; re-read)
  27. * Shirley, Charlotte Bronte
  28. *The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising #2), Susan Cooper (re-read)
  29. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, Paul J. Silvia
  30. *So You Want to Be a Wizard (Young Wizards #1), Diane Duane (re-read)
  31. *Deep Wizardry (Young Wizards #2), Diane Duane (re-read)
  32. *High Wizardry (Young Wizards #3), Diane Duane (re-read)
  33. The Price of Salt, Patricia Highsmith (Kindle)
  34. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Felicia Day (Kindle)
  35. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (Call the Midwife #1), Jennifer Worth (Kindle)
  36. Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse (Call the Midwife #2), Jennifer Worth (Kindle)
  37. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1), L. M. Montgomery (Kindle; re-read)
  38. Physik (Septimus Heap #3), Angie Sage (Kindle)
  39. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman (Kindle; re-read)
  40. Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2), L. M. Montgomery (Kindle)
  41. Queste (Septimus Heap #4), Angie Sage (Kindle)
  42. The Sleeper and the Spindle, Neil Gaiman (Kindle)
  43. Once On a Time, A. A. Milne (Kindle)
  44. *The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  45. *The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien (Kindle; re-read)
  46. Exit, Pursued by a Bear, E. K. Johnston (Kindle)
  47. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Helen Simonson (Kindle)
  48. Longbow Girl, Linda Davies (Kindle)
  49. The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1), Samantha Shannon (Kindle)
  50. Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, Amy Ellis Nutt (Kindle)
  51. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, J. K. Rowling (Kindle)
  52. The Martian, Andy Weir (Kindle; re-read)
  53. *Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (Kindle; re-read)
  54. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (Kindle)
  55. The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer (Kindle)
  56. The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Patrick Ness (Kindle)
  57. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N. K. Jemisin (Kindle; re-read)
  58. Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity #2), Elizabeth Wein (Kindle; re-read)
  59. *Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1), J. K. Rowling (Kindle; re-read)
  60. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (Kindle; re-read)
  61. *Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2), J. K. Rowling (Kindle; re-read)
  62. *Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3), J. K. Rowling (Kindle; re-read)
  63. The Magic Toyshop, Angela Carter
  64. *Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4), J. K. Rowling (Kindle; re-read)
  65. *Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5), J. K. Rowling (Kindle; re-read)
  66. *Homeland (Legend of Drizzt #1), R. A. Salvatore (re-read)
  67. *The Summer Book, Tove Jansson (re-read)
  68. *Exile (Legend of Drizzt #2), R. A. Salvatore (re-read)
  69. Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks & the Hidden Powers of the Mind, Alex Stone
  70. *Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6), J. K. Rowling (Kindle; re-read)
  71. *Sojourn (Legend of Drizzt #3), R. A. Salvatore (re-read)
  72. *Geek Feminist Revolution, Kameron Hurley
  73. *The Crystal Shard (Legend of Drizzt #4), R. A. Salvatore (re-read)
  74. Luke Skywalker Can't Read and Other Geeky Truths, Ryan Britt
  75. *Streams of Silver (Legend of Drizzt #5), R. A. Salvatore (re-read)
  76. Wonderful Fool, Shusaku Endo
  77. To the Bright Edge of the World, Eowyn Ivey
  78. *The Halfling's Gem (Legend of Drizzt #6), R. A. Salvatore (re-read)
  79. *Watership Down, Richard Adams (re-read)
  80. His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1), Naomi Novik
  81. *Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert O'Brien (re-read)
  82. *The Legacy (Legend of Drizzt #7), R. A. Salvatore (re-read)
  83. Village School (Fairacre #1), Miss Read
  84. *Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7), J. K. Rowling (Kindle; re-read)
  85. *Starless Night (Legend of Drizzt #8), R. A. Salvatore (re-read)
  86. *Siege of Darkness (Legend of Drizzt #9), R. A. Salvatore (re-read)
  87. Roses and Rot, Kat Howard (Kindle)
  88. *Comet in Moominland (Moomins #1), Tove Jansson (re-read)
  89. The Midwife's Apprentice, Karen Cushman (Kindle; re-read)
  90. *The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1), Catherynne M. Valente
  91. Coraline, Neil Gaiman (Kindle; re-read)
  92. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (Kindle)
  93. The Host, Stephenie Meyer (Kindle; re-read)
  94. Archivist Wasp, Nicole Kornher-Stace (Kindle)
  95. The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1), Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Kindle)
  96. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty, Christine Heppermann (Kindle)
  97. *Passage to Dawn (Legend of Drizzt #10), R. A Salvatore (re-read)
  98. The Feast, Margaret Kennedy
  99. *Finn Family Moomintroll (Moomins #2), Tove Jansson (re-read)
  100. Summerlost, Ally Condie (Kindle)
  101. The Summer Before the War, Helen Simonson (Kindle)
  102. The Wild Robot, Peter Brown (Kindle)
  103. The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Girl of Fire and Thorns #1), Rae Carson (Kindle; re-read)
  104. The Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns #2), Rae Carson (Kindle; re-read)
  105. *Survival (Species Imperative #1), Julie E. Czerneda (re-read)
  106. The Bitter Kingdom (Girl of Fire and Thorns #3), Rae Carson (Kindle; re-read)
  107. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield
  108. Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1), Holly Smale (Kindle)
  109. You Will Know Me, Megan Abbott (Kindle)

Did not finish:
  1. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold (an unusual slow-moving fantasy novel, but after the first day, when I read 70 pages in one go, I didn't have a desire to pick it up again. Perhaps I'll return to this one someday.)
  2. Splendors and Glooms, Laura Amy Schlitz (Kindle) (Gothic, Victorian, puppets. Not a ghost story but felt like one; a bit too creepy for my taste.)
  3. The Glass Sentence, S. E. Grove (I adore maps, the older the better, but this book hinges on magical maps that aren't actually maps at all, and that bothered me too much)
  4. The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise, Julia Stuart (why use the right word when a longer one can show off your prowess at consulting a thesaurus? why not try to cram every fact you've learned about the Tower of London into your narration?)
  5. The School for Good and Evil (School for Good and Evil #1), Soman Chainani (none of the characters were likable, and the book itself wasn't very well-written. I'm so disappointed; I'd been sure I'd love this, but it just felt like a really poor attempt to capitalize on Harry Potter ideas.)
  6. *A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1), Piers Anthony (oh my goodness, the suck fairy has visited this childhood favorite in a big way. Sexism, objectifying women, rape culture, toxic masculinity, it's all there. I'm amazed and appalled and will probably give this omnibus back to my father.)
  7. Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart (couldn't engage my attention, and I was considerably worried about issues of appropriation)
  8. Radiance, Catherynne Valente (it's official, I can't handle her adult fiction)
  9. Lumberjanes #1, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Noelle Stevenson (I tried, but comics are really not for me)
  10. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (creepy creepy creepy. I started this because I thought, like many other "classics," that I should know what it's about. I read quite enough to know what it's about and far too much for comfort.)
  11. Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy, ed. Jon Coburn and Mark Silcox (nope, philosophy really isn't for me, even despite the interesting subject material)
  12. City of Dark Magic, Magnus Flyte (magic plus musicology? Recipe for awesome. If you can manage to get musicology grad school right.)
  13. Little, Big, John Crowley (I spent several lovely introvert nights reading this long and complex book with wine, chocolate, and raspberries. But then things got busy, and I started traveling, and I never made it back. Someday I'd like to return to this one.)
  14. Farenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Why have books been outlawed? It's all the minorities' fault for wanting equal representation. Ugh.)
  15. The Warrior Heir (Heir Chronicles #1), Cinda Williams Chima (just struck entirely the wrong tone for me that day)
  16. Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3), L. M. Montgomery (I finally decided it wasn't worth struggling on with such annoyingly earnest Victorian improvement lit just for the sake of having read the whole series)
  17. Witherwood Reform School, Obert Skye (Writing style didn't interest me, and fat shaming within the first few pages)
  18. Astrid & Veronika, Linda Olsson (the sparse prose in this first novel felt amateur and oddly enough, overwrought)
  19. Sculptor's Daughter, Tove Jansson (perhaps I was too tired for its childlike stream-of-consciousness, or perhaps I'm less interested in her biography than I am in her creations)
  20. Chicks Dig Time Lords, ed. Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O'Shea (I was hoping for feminist critical analysis of the show, but instead it's predominantly memoirs. Interesting, but not what I expected or wanted.)
  21. Child of a Hidden Sea, A. M. Dellamonica (I was so, so excited about lesbian pirates, but the ratio of description to internal monologue was all off)
  22. Gamer Girl, Mari Mancusi (a little too much like my own story, I'll leave it at that. A fun book, though--I wish I'd been able to finish it)
  23. Silent Hall, N. S. Dolkart (authored by someone I know tangentially - how cool is that? I couldn't get into it now, but I suspect that may have more to do with the point in the semester. I'll try this again sometime)
  24. Dissertation Most Deadly, Elizabeth A. Seitz (about writing a musicology dissertation, actually by a musicologist! But while published in 2004, set in about the 1990s--Dictaphones with cassette tapes! I got bored and skipped to the end)
  25. The Sleeping Dragon (Guardians of the Flame #1), Joel Rosenberg (I was upset by both his depiction of women and disabled people. Perhaps it's just standard 1980s male authorship, but with too many good books waiting to be read I wasn't willing to give this one any more time.)
  26. The Silent Blade (Legend of Drizzt #11), R.A. Salvatore (having hit the point in the series that seriously faltered, I faltered in my re-read, which is unfortunate because I wanted to get to all the new ones he wrote since I stopped reading them when I went off to college)
  27. Jane and Prudence, Barbara Pym (I'm in a reading slump and this is not quite the right book to get me out of it. But I love Barbara Pym and I'm trying to read through her entire works, so I'm definitely going to return to this book at a better time)
  28. Last Song Before Night, Ilana C. Myer (I'll need to read this someday for the course I'm planning on music in fantasy fiction, but it's not interesting enough for right now)
  29. Beneath the Visiting Moon, Romilly Cavan (this was recommended to me as akin to I Capture the Castle and Guard Your Daughters, but it wasn't nearly as charming)
  30. Ten Days of Christmas, G. B. Stern (couldn't capture my attention)
  31. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (re-read) (I read about a third of it in England and never picked it up again. Is it possible that I've lost my taste for Austen? That would be so sad.)

Films and Documentaries:
  1. Star Wars: A New Hope (rewatch)
  2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (rewatch)
  3. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (rewatch)
  4. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (rewatch)
  5. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (rewatch)
  6. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (rewatch)
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (in theaters)
  8. Moulin Rouge (rewatch)
  9. The Last Five Years
  10. Beauty and the Beast (rewatch)
  11. Spirited Away (rewatch)
  12. Pitch Perfect
  13. Men in Black (rewatch)
  14. The Last Five Years (rewatch)
  15. My Old Lady
  16. Les Miserables (rewatch)
  17. Stardust (rewatch)
  18. Monsters University (rewatch)
  19. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  20. Blade Runner
  21. We Cause Scenes: The Rise of Improv Everywhere
  22. La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc
  23. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rewatch)
  24. Austenland
  25. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  26. Emma (rewatch)
  27. Home
  28. Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging (rewatch)
  29. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (rewatch)
  30. Sense and Sensibility (rewatch)
  31. Pride and Prejudice (rewatch)
  32. Alice Through the Looking Glass (in theaters)
  33. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (rewatch)
  34. X-Men (rewatch)
  35. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (rewatch)
  36. Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson
  37. The Search for the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich
  38. Star Trek Beyond (in theaters)
  39. Working Girl
  40. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (rewatch)
  41. Finding Nemo (rewatch)
  42. The Martian (rewatch)
  43. The Last Five Years (rewatch)
  44. Home (rewatch)
  45. Star Trek Beyond (rewatch)
  46. Now You See Me (rewatch)
  47. The Prestige
  48. The Illusionist (rewatch)
  49. The Hobbit (1977 animated) (rewatch)
  50. The Lord of the Rings (1978 animated) (rewatch?)
  51. The Return of the King (1980 animated) (rewatch)
  52. Howl's Moving Castle
  53. The Dark Crystal (rewatch)
  54. Twilight (rewatch)
  55. Whisper of the Heart
  56. Brave (rewatch)
  57. Arrival (in theaters)
  58. Only Yesterday
  59. The Danish Girl
  60. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (rewatch)
  61. Ocean's Eleven (rewatch)
  62. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in theaters)
  63. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (rewatch)
  64. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (rewatch)

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