My 2016 Reading List


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Greetings, bookworms! I was too busy to post regularly last year, but it didn’t slow down my reading! Hope you all had productive 2016s and that you’re already well embarked on your 2017 lists.

Here’s my complete reading list for 2016. This year, I made a conscious effort to try to read more fiction from female authors. I didn’t get up to gender parity, but I did discover some awesome writers- Lorrie Moore and Deborah Eisenberg, I’m looking at you.

I’ve also included a completely arbitrary “Best 5 Reads of 2016” at the end of the complete list. Let me know your thoughts on any of these books and please share any recommendations that you think would be up my alley.


Bernard Malamud, The Natural
Alice Munro, Open Secrets
Ted Hughes, Lupercal
Jorge Luis Borges, Brodie’s Report
Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night
Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child
Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters (and Howls & Whispers)
Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


Alice Munro, Runaway
Graham Greene, The Quiet American
Toni Morrison, Tar Baby
Alice Munro, The Moons of Jupiter
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
J.M. Coetzee, Foe
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
Jane Austen, Persuasion
Ian McEwan, Solar
Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV


Saul Bellow, The Victim


Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters


Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
Martin Amis, Night Train
Roberto Bolano, By Night in Chile
Denis Johnson, Train Dreams
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
Lorrie Moore, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?
Lorrie Moore, Like Life
Mario Vargas Llosa, Who Killed Palomino Molero?
Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time


Chuck Klosterman, On Pop
Wallace Shawn, Essays
John Ashbery, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday
C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Elmore Leonard, Touch
Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Jonathan Lethem, You Don’t Love Me Yet
Ali Smith, The First Person and other stories
Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach
Ali Smith, Public library and other stories
Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda
Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety
Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading
Orhan Pamuk, The White Castle


Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King
Oliver Sacks, The Mind’s Eye


Deborah Eisenberg, Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Stephen King, The Shining
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot


Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel
Simon Winchester, The Surgeon of Crowthorne
John le Carré, A Murder of Quality
Isaac Asimov, The Naked Sun
John le Carré, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe


John le Carré, Call for the Dead
J.M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus
Otessa Moshfegh, Eileen
Jonathan Lethem, Gun, With Occasional Music
Ian McEwan, Nutshell
Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler’s Planet
Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary
J. M. Coetzee, Age of Iron
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Ian McEwan, The Cement Garden
J.M. Coetzee, Three Stories
Milton, Samson Agonistes


Elie Wiesel, The Sonderberg Case
Elie Wiesel, Night
Paul Krugman, End this Depression Now!
Jorge Luis Borges, The Last Interview
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
Joe McGinnis, Jr, Carousel Court
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics
Ray Bradbury, The Last Interview

My Best Reads of 2016:
Lorrie Moore, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda
Alice Munro, Runaway
J.M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus

What were the best books you read last year?