The Books & Comic Books of 2016

I’m unlikely to finish anything else before 2016 ends (writing, currently, is taking up a lot my scheduled reading time), so here’s what I read this year. It’s, er, down from last year, and considering last year was less than I wanted it to be too . . . well, hell with it, it’s what I got.

(Comics are italicized and non-fiction books are bolded. You’ll notice there’s a serious, serious lack of non-fiction books.)

  • Bone Gap – Laura Ruby
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
  • Star Wars: Before the Awakening – Greg Rucka
  • The Girl From the Well – Rin Chupeco
  • The Devourers – Indra Das
  • Courtney Crumin: The Night Things, Vol. 1 – Ted Naifeh
  • Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
  • Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird Trick – Matt Fraction
  • Sex Criminals, Volume 2: Two Worlds, One Cop – Matt Fraction
  • Cuckoo Song – Frances Hardinge
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  • Silver on the Road – Laura Ann Gilman
  • Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
  • NimonaNoelle Stevenson
  • Borderline – Mishell Baker
  • The Killing Joke – Alan Moore
  • Batgirl, Vol. 1 – The Darkest Reflection – Gail Simone
  • A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab
  • Birds of Prey, Vol. 1 – Chuck Dixon
  • The Wicked and the Divine: Year 1 – Gillen McKelvie
  • The Ballad of Black Tom – Victor LaValle
  • Half-Resurrection Blues – Daniel José Older
  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max – Noelle Stevenson
  • The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School – Kim Newman
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us -Year 2, Vol. 2 – Tom Taylor
  • Shards of Honor – Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Girls at the Kingfisher Club – Genevieve Valentine
  • I Hate Fairyland: Vol. 1 Madly Ever After – Skottie Young
  • An Inheritance of Ashes – Leah Bobet
  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible PlanNoelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power – Ryan North
  • The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  • Manners & Mutiny – Gail Carriger
  • The Conclave of Shadows – Alyc Helms
  • Fallout – Gwenda Bond
  • The Steep and Thorny Way – Cat Winters
  • The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
  • Heroine Complex – Sarah Kuhn
  • Bitch Planet: Extraordinary Machine – Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Ascension – Jacqueline Koyanagi
  • All the Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders
  • Not Your Sidekick – C.B. Lee
  • Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  • Romeo And/Or Juliet – Ryan North
  • Labyrinth Lost – Zoraida Córdova
  • Devil in a Blue Dress – Walter Mosley
  • The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World – David Jaher
  • Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
  • The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  • A History of Glitter and Blood – Hannah Moskowitz
  • Vigil – Angela Slatter

As always, I’ll save the Big Conclusions for when I post my Book Superlatives. But to note a few things:

The majority of my favorite books, once again, were YA. Because YA is the best.

I won’t have time to do a Comic Book/Graphic Novel Superlatives (some day, I’m going to be organized and it’s going to happen, damn it), but highlights include Nimona, The Wicked and the Divine, Courtney Crumin: The Night Things, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Lumberjanes (particularly Vol. 2, which I liked considerably more than Vol. 3.) I also discovered that I hated The Killing Joke for so, so many reasons. #BatmanFanFail

I remain a contrary bastard. Some of the books that everyone seemed to love and that I desperately wanted to love . . . I didn’t love.

Books Written By Women: 25
Books Written By Men: 14

Comic Books Written By Women: 5
Comic Books Written By Men: 9

Unlike last year, where I heavily gravitated towards fairy tale stories, I’m not convinced this year has a particular theme. But I did read a couple of Shakespeare retellings! (Well, of a sort.) And it’s the first year in a very long time that I’ve read a tie-in novel!

2016, like 2015, was a very good year for reading. I’m wrestling with my Top Ten Favorites of the Year right now, and it’s a monumental pain in the ass.

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