Best Books of 2016

There are so many, which is funny given how garbage a year it was in general. I didn’t review all of them, unfortunately, but I’ve linked to those I did, and I wonder if at some point I might go back and do the ones that have really stuck with me. (It always bothers me when I see that a book I really love doesn’t have a review on my own blog!)


Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

The Diving Pool, by Yoko Ogawa

The Fever, by Wallace Shawn

Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

If Beale Street Could Talk, by James Baldwin

In the Miso Soup, by Ryu Murakami

Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera

Out, by Natsuo Kirino

A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe

Shelter, by Jung Yun

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell

The Vegetarian, by Han Kang

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, by Helen Oyeyemi

Memoir and biography:

Pedro and Me, by Judd Winick

The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Shrill, by Lindy West

Where Am I Now?, by Mara Wilson


But What If We’re Wrong?, by Chuck Klosterman

Dark Money, by Jane Mayer

The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

Originals, by Adam Grant

What You Really Really Want, by Jaclyn Friedman

Women in Science, by Rachel Ignotofsky

Comics/graphic novels:

A+E 4ever, by I. Merey

Black Widow, volumes one and two, by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto

Giant Days, by John Allison

High School Debut (whole series), by Kazune Kawahara

Jessica Jones, Alias (whole series), by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos

Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson

Storm, volumes one and two, by Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

YA/middle grade (excluding ones already listed under graphic novels):

Dumplin’, by Julie Murphy

Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier

Phoebe and Her Unicorn, by Dana Simpson

3 Comments Add yours

  1. svetasbooks says:

    Am jealous you have the sympathizer…Homegoing was definitely a unique read. It’s interesting how much one depends on time markers like wwii or wwi in books, but this one didn’t mention either of them.


    1. Gwen says:

      How funny, I hadn’t noticed that! I loved The Sympathizer. I read it from my library, but I want to buy a copy for my own.


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