The Books I Read in 2016

Here’s a round-up of my 2016 in books.

Little Books

Halfway through 2016, I started freaking out, because I had only read a handful of books, and was very far from reaching my goal of reading 27 books. Therefore, I started collecting and reading a bunch of little books, like the following.

  1. Only Dull People are Brilliant at Breakfast by Oscar Wilde
  2. The Great Winglebury Duel by Charles Dickens
  3. The Night is Darkening Round Me by Emily Brontë
  4. The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen
  5. In Defence of English Cooking by George Orwell
  6. The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells
  7. The Sea Raiders by H.G. Wells
  8. To Be Read at Dusk by Charles Dickens
  9. The Kiss by Anton Chekhov
  10. Femme Fatale by Guy de Maupassant
  11. Murder by John Steinbeck
  12. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  13. The Dressmaker’s Child by William Trevor
  14. On Love and Death by Patrick Süskind
  15. Hannibal by Livy

My favourites were Femme Fatale by Guy de MaupassantMurder by John SteinbeckThe Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins GilmanThe Dressmaker’s Child by William TrevorOn Love and Death by Patrick Süskind and The Kiss by Anton Chekhov, and a disappointment was The Sea Raiders by H.G. Wells.

Books in Maltese

  1. Gramma by Leanne Ellul

I’m glad I read at least one book in Maltese this year, and thankfully it was an outstanding one. Heavy, with great rhythm, and what a protagonist’s voice.

Books in French

  1. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  2. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne

Miraculously, I read three (including the graphic novel below) books in French this year (and bits of others). Le Petit Prince was beautiful to read in the original language, and I always love a bit of Jules Verne, especially when it’s simplified.

Graphic Novels

  1. Les Jours Sucrés by Anne Montel and Loïc Clément
  2. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (adapted)

So I’m foraying into the world of graphic novels now. I read the Christie in one glorious sitting, but took my time with the beautiful Les Jours SucrésThe latter was incredible – the detail, the illustration… Such a heartwarming read. Please let me know if you’d recommend any graphic novels to me – I already have several on my to-want list.

Poetry

2016 felt like a big year for poetry for me. I completely lost myself in these two poetry collections, and would recommend them very highly, particularly to 20-somethings.

  1. Graffiti (and other poems) by Savannah Brown
  2. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Non-Fiction

  1. Between You and Me by Mary Norris

I loved this book. It was a birthday present from my boyfriend, and it was perfect for me – all about proofreading.

Novels

Novels are my favourite kind of book, usually. This year was a so-so one for novels. The new McEwan was fascinating, but nowhere near a favourite. In a Dark, Dark Wood was a pleasant surprise, but Where’d You Go, Bernadette? was a little disappointing. Satin Island was incredible, but the ending did leave me a little disappointed and bewildered – I really expected some massive, strange twist to the tale. I finally read Lord of the Flies and it was creepy AF. And while I found Middlesex to be a little problematic, I still enjoyed it very, very much.

  1. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
  2. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  4. Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
  5. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  7. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
  8. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Disappointments

  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  3. The Sea Raiders by H.G. Wells

(And, to a lesser extent, Satin Island.)

Favourites

  1. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  3. The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells
  4. Femme Fatale by Guy de Maupassant
  5. The Dressmaker’s Child by William Trevor

No stand-out favourite book this year, but I guess Adichie came out on top, as per.

In Summary

I read a total of 31 books in 2016. After a bit of a slump during the first half of the year, I suddenly found myself gobbling books up. It was great. I also went on a little of an over-buying-books binge. It’s not pretty. Or rather, it’s very pretty. I want more. Always.

Check me out on Goodreads (please add me as a friend!) and let me know your biggest recommendation for me from the books you read in 2016.

2 thoughts on “The Books I Read in 2016

  1. Robert Pisani

    Great Graphic novels:

    Blankets – Craig Thompson
    Peresepolis – Marjane Satrapi
    Maus – Art Spiegelman
    Asterios Polyp – David Mazzucchelli
    Box Office Poison – Alex Robinson
    The Gigantic Beard that was Evil – Stephen Collins

    I am DYING to read The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg – my gut feeling is telling me that it’s a good one.

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    1. clairebonello Post author

      THANK YOU. I’m dying to read Maus, for sure, and I’ve heard the The One Hundred Nights of Hero is amazing, so we’ll definitely need to get to that this year.

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