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Books read in 2016 
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All my 2016 reads are finally posted! I'm so bad at posting my book thoughts in a timely manner. But now I can do my 2016 roundup!

January

February

*** Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, by Daniel Ladinsky - nf
***** The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
**** The Seventh Bride, by T. Kingfisher


March

***** The Terracotta Bride, by Zen Cho


April

***** The Raven and the Reindeer, by T. Kingfisher
**** Breaking Ground: One Woman's Journey into Pastoral Ministry, by Martha Smith Good - nf
** The Brothers Lionheart, by Astrid Lindgren
*** Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig
***** Nation, by Terry Pratchett


May

*** Nine Goblins, by T. Kingfisher
***** Bryony and Roses, by T. Kingfisher
**** Toad Words and Other Stories, by T. Kingfisher
** Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology, by Patrick S. Cheng - nf
*** Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier
***** hernaniste's thesis - nf
**** The Hermit of Eyton Forest, by Ellis Peters
**** Valor's Choice, by Tanya Huff
*** Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Nineteenth Century, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal, by Deborah Cadbury - nf


June

**** Monstrous Regiment, by Terry Pratchett
***** The Blue Castle, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
***** League of Dragons, by Naomi Novik
*** Mike and Psmith, by PG Wodehouse
***Cotillion, by Georgette Heyer
***** Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel - nf


July

**** Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter - nf
*** The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
**** The Better Part of Valor, by Tanya Huff
***** Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
***** Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
***** Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie
**** The Elements of Typographic Style, by Robert Bringhurst - nf
**** The Heart of Valor, by Tanya Huff
*** Freckles, by Gene Stratton Porter
*** Boarding School Syndrome: The psychological trauma of the "privileged" child, by Joy Schaverien - nf


August

***** The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex
***** Valor's Trial, by Tanya Huff
**** Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zahn


September

*** The Masqueraders, by Georgette Heyer
*** Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink
**** The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly
**** The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly


October

**** Quilting: Poems 1987-1990, by Lucille Clifton - nf
**** Dogsbody, by Diana Wynne Jones
***** The Emperor's Soul, by Brandon Sanderson
***** The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now, by Ryan North, art by Erica Henderson


November

**** Trade Me, by Courtney Milan
*** A Tale of Two Castles, by Gail Carson Levine
**** Hold Me, by Courtney Milan
***** Feet of Clay, by Terry Pratchett
***** Sandry's Book, by Tamora Pierce
**** Tris's Book, by Tamora Pierce
***** Daja's Book, by Tamora Pierce
***** Briar's Book, by Tamora Pierce
***** The Will of the Empress, by Tamora Pierce
**** Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
***** Wild Magic, by Tamora Pierce
***** Wolf Speaker, by Tamora Pierce
***** The Duchess War, by Courtney Milan
**** A Kiss For Midwinter, by Courtney Milan
**** The Governess Affair, by Courtney Milan
***** The Countess Conspiracy, by Courtney Milan
**** Emperor Mage, by Tamora Pierce
*** The Realms of the Gods, by Tamora Pierce
*** Unveiled, by Courtney Milan
***** Unraveled, by Courtney Milan
***** Unclaimed, by Courtney Milan


December

***** The Heiress Effect, by Courtney Milan
***** The Suffragette Scandal, by Courtney Milan
**** Talk Sweetly To Me, by Courtney Milan
***** Once Upon A Marquess, by Courtney Milan
***** George, by Alex Gino
***** The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe, by Ryan North, illustrated by Erica Henderson
***** Summer in Orcus, by T. Kingfisher

This year: 73 books, same as last year. Sigh! I was so hoping that this year I'd get back up closer to 100! Though given how dire it was looking at some points in the year, I'm pretty impressed I made it as far as 73 at all this year.

21 books were rereads, again exactly the same as last year. INTERESTING.

Genre breakdown:

39 sff
29 historical fiction
20 ya/children's
16 romance
8 nf
3 graphic novel
2 memoir
2 poetry collection
2 tie-in
1 mystery
1 litfic
1 short story collection
(as always, take genre numbers with a grain of salt. Genres do not have clear-cut divisions by any means!)

57 Female authors
15 Male authors
1 Nonbinary author

17 Books with an author I know is a person of colour

My favourite book of the year that's not a reread....as always, of course, this is a challenging question. My shortlist: the Imperial Radch books, such brilliant scifi! The Raven and the Reindeer, my childhood but better! One of the many five-star Courtney Milan historicals, just a real delight!

Least favourite book: The Brothers Lionheart, by Astrid Lindgren. I explain my frustrations with it pretty thoroughly in my original post about it.

I always feel kind of weird about how skewed my rating system seems, with so many four and five star books, a few three stars, and maaaybe a couple two stars. But this is because I have become very good at abandoning books I'm not enjoying - or, even more magically, not even starting them in the first place! It is a good sign.

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