Books for 2016

I didn’t read nearly as much this year as I usually do. I chalk it up to teaching more writing classes than literature classes, having a new baby, and getting a smartphone that encourages me to read news instead of reading books. It’s a tragedy, and I’m going to change things up for this year. I do love to read. Bold are books I really liked and would mostly recommend to general audiences.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling)
2. The Possibilities (Kaui Hart Hemmings)
3. Simon v. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)
4. One More Thing (BJ Novak)
5. The Royal We (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan)
6. When the Emperor Was Divine (Julie Otsuka)
7. McTeague (Frank Norris)
8. The Memory-Keeper’s Daughter (Kim Edwards)
9. Suddenly Last Summer (Tennessee Williams)
10. Brokeback Mountain (Annie Proulx)
11. Charlotte Temple (Susanna Rowson)
12. Slaves in Algiers (Susanna Rowson)
13. The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
14. The Astronaut Wives Club (Lily Koppel)
15. The Book of Unknown Americans (Cristina Henriquez)
16. Breath, Eyes, Memory (Edwidge Danticat)
17. Eligible (Curtis Sittenfeld)
18. Jane Austen in Scarsdale (Paula Marantz Cohen)
19. Paper Towns (John Green)
20. Blackout (Sarah Hepola)
21. The Taming of the Queen (Phillipa Gregory)
22. If You Lived Here, You’d be Perfect by Now (Robin Hardwick)
23. The World in Half (Cristina Henriquez)
24. Three Wishes (Liane Moriarty)
25. Summer Secrets (Jane Green)
26. The Rumor (Elin Hilderbrand)
27. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Et al)
28. First Comes Love (Emily Giffin)
29. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert O’Brien)
30. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and How to Listen So Kids Will Talk (Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish)
31. We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Kaitlyn Greenidge)
32. Loving in the War Years (Cherrie Moraga)
33. Borderlands/La Frontera (Gloria Anzaldua)
34. Confessions of a Berlitz Tape Chicana (Demetria Martinez)
35. Black Dove (Ana Castillo)
36. The Kingmaker’s Daughter (Philippa Gregory)
37. The White Princess (Philippa Gregory)
38. The Marriage Pact (MJ Pullen)
39. Confessions of a Book Burner (Lucha Corpi)
40. Lost in the City (Edward P. Jones)
41. Amazing Grace (Megan Shull)
42. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
43. A House of My Own (Sandra Cisneros)
44. Rogue Lawyer (John Grisham)
45. The Sun Is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon)
46. Caroline (Willo Davis Roberts)
47. Emily (Candice Ransom)

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  1. I read that whole cousins war (war of the roses) series by Phillips Gregory this fall and lived them.

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