Reading

Favorite books of 2016.

Taking a break from revisions to write up my annual end-of-year book post.

This year I consciously went back and forth reading a book by an author of color for every book by a white author. This was a challenge I’d issued on Twitter at the start of the year to try to encourage people to be mindful of what they were reading, and I found it to be surprisingly more difficult than even I’d anticipated. But I just calculated it and it comes out to: 51% of books I read this year were by writers of color. Though it takes a bit more planning, I’ll definitely stick to this reading pattern going forward.

(On a related note, 69% of the books I read this year were by women, which also surprised me. I had been under the impression that I’d read more female authors than that.)

So anyway! Here are my favorite books that I read this year and which were published this year:

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POETRY
Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

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HISTORICAL FICTION
The Queen of the Night
by Alexander Chee

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MAGICAL YA
When The Moon Was Ours
by Anna-Marie McLemore

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CONTEMPORARY YA
Girl In Pieces
by Kathleen Glasgow

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BOOK IN A FANTASY SERIES
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

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And my favorite book I read this year but which was not published this year:

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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