Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Reading Envy 075: After the Year We've Had - The Best of 2016

Scott and Jenny discuss our best books of the year and share some of the contributions people sent in. These books might include books from any decade, just books that were read in 2016.

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Books discussed:

Kinder than Solitude by Yiyun Li
Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Benediction by Kent Haruf
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The First Men on the Moon by H.G. Wells
Pavane by Keith Roberts
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
Half Wild: Stories by Robin MacArthur
The North Water by Ian McGuire
My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Empire of Deception by Dean Joff
Ark by Ed Madden
Physical by Andrew McMillan
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
Guapa by Saleem Haddad
Doc by Mary Doria Russell
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
The More They Disappear by Jesse Donaldson
Atomic Robo: The Everything Explodes Collection by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegoner
Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
Light Years by James Salter
The One in a Million Boy by Monica Ward
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew
The First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy by Pauline Chiziane
Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
Kalahari by Jessica Khoury
Spaceman by Mike Massimino
The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichi
The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trolloppe

Other mentions:

Kij Johnson
Stephen King
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
A Good Story is Hard to Find Podcast - Dante 1 | 2 | 3
Science Fiction Book Review Podcast (Luke & Juliane)
Andrew McMillan reading his poem "Yoga"
Beyonce - Lemonade 
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
Secret Stacks podcast

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  1. I hope I am not too late to say, "Thank you."
    Thank you for giving all of us this space and amazing podcast.
    In the world we live in, hearing passionate intelligent people discuss books they are reading is refreshing, and it also helps me discover great things to read.
    So, thank you!

    1. Thank you for such kind words! People who read are the best kind of people.

  2. I loved this episode. Thanks for all of those that contributed a favorite book of 2016.


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