One Year : One Hundred Books


I have to admit. I gave myself this challenge without really understanding that I was doing it. Goodreads asked me how many books I was going to read in 2016 and, on a whim, I said 100. It just seemed like a nice round number.  It wasn’t until I did the math that I realized the pace I had set myself up for. But what the hell. I love a challenge. I was going to read 100 books in 2016. Bring it on.


I mean, I did it. I DID, and I am happy with myself. Of course, I had to spend an entire day of December reading four Roald Dahl books and a Kate DiCamillo back-to-back in order to make it. It feels a bit like cheating, but, also, there are way worse ways to spend a vacation day.

Some thoughts & observations:

  1. I read far more new novels than I had anticipated. Once I had set my heart on the challenge, I became a lot more aware of newsletters, online posts, and other round-ups of new and exciting books. As soon as something caught my fancy, it went on my New York Public Library holds request list.
  2. Speaking of, this would have been IMPOSSIBLE to do without the NYPL. So many things in New York are steamy piles of bureaucracy, but the library system is actually pure magic. In addition to being really efficient in stocking new books and moving holds through their system, I became hyper-aware of how massive a function they hold in the social services realm of the city. My local Bronx library may not be totally representative of the whole system, but I’m sure it’s not alone in being a huge resource for the community when it comes to literacy, computer skills, or merely being a safe and dry place to be.  MAJOR PROPS, NYPL.
  3. Am I going to do this again? No. Probably not. At least not for a while. The volume of books read definitely influenced my book selection. I have a growing pile of long books, non-fiction books, or just difficult books that are going to take me more time and attention to work through.


See HERE for my follow-up with favorites, recommendations, and thoughts, but for the time being, here is what one year of reading looks like in my world.

I’ve included Amazon Affiliate links, because it seem foolish not to, but I highly suggest you search these out at your local bookstore or library!

100. A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles
98. Going Solo by Roald Dahl
97. Matilda by Roald Dahl
96. The BFG by Roald Dahl
94. Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
93. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
92. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
91. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
90. Broken Harbor by Tana French
89. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
88. Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin
87. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
86. The Red Road by Denise Minna
85. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
84. Gods and Beasts by Denise Mina
83. What Light by Jay Asher
82. Twelve and a Half Hearts by Ian Cahill
81. Pasadena by Sherri Smith [YA]
80. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
79. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
78. 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
77. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
76. Still Midnight by Denise Mina [audiobook]
75. Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran [audiobook]
74. The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
73. Faithful Place by Tana French
72. A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin [short stories]
71. What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi [short stories]
70. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
69. Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub [YA]
68. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny [audiobook]
67. Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
66. Girl at War by Sara Novic
65. The Best American Series: Short Stories & Essays 2015 [short stories]
64. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
63. Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson [audiobook]
62. The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
61. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum [YA]
60. The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood [YA]
59. When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson [audiobook]
58. A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
57. See You in the Morning by Mairead Case [YA]
56. With Malice by Eileen Cook
55. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny [audiobook]
54. Still Life by Louise Penny [audiobook]
53. One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson [audiobook]
52. Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson
51. The Girls by Emma Cline
50. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley [YA]
49. A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnson [YA]
48. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin [YA]
47. The Square Root of Summer by Harriot Reuter Hapgood [YA]
46. Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
45. The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson
44. Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick [nonfiction]
43. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
42. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro [YA]
41. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake [YA audiobook]
40. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
39. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
38. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig [YA]
37. Jackaby by William Ritter [YA]
36. Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
35. Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink [short stories]
34. A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller [YA audiobook]
33. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates [audiobook]
32. The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North
31. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
30. Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh [YA]
29. Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson [YA/MG]
28. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry [YA]
27. Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma
26. Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
25. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart [YA]
24. Unspeakable Things by Kathleen Spivack
23. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel [YA audiobook]
22. A Different Bed Every Time by Jac Jemc [short stories]
21. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flannagan
20. Divers Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
19. The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
18. Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
17. Every Day by David Levithan [YA]
16. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman [YA]
15. Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson
14. The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel [MG/YA]
13. After You by Jojo Moyes
12. Wonder by RJ Palacio [MG]
11. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander
10. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende [audiobook]
9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
8. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith [audiobook]
7. Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
5. The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
4. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
3. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan [audiobook]
2. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert [audiobook]
1. The Bees by Laline Paul



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