2016–the year in books

So for 2016, my book count was a pretty strong 76. Unlike most presidential election years, I managed to read serious books in the months leading up to the election (my normal pattern up till now has been a heavy focus on trade fiction during the most active times of campaigning, and then serious books in later November and December). But I lost the ability to focus in the weeks following the election, and had a semi-lax period up till about Thanksgiving.

Some notable titles (in chronological order, as I read them):

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. Not my favorite of her books, but still good.

The Small-Mart Revolution by Michael Shannon made me think very differently about local economic development.

Nearly Everybody Read It edited by Peter Binzen. h/t to Chris Krewson for recommending this history of the Philadelphia Bulletin, as told by its reporters.

The Haters by Jesse Andrews. YA lit for the win.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (because it’s probably the third time I’ve read it)

Band of Angels by Robert Penn Warren (second time through)

Brown is the New White by Steve Phillips. I feel like I lived this book, in 2004-2015.

Platform Revolutions ed by Geoff Parker et al. A work-related read, but pretty important in the development of my thinking around digital organizing.

In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Homicide by David Simon (again, second read)

The Sellout* by Paul Beatty

Super Sad True Love Story* by Gary Shteyngart

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932* by Francine Prose

*All three of these were deeply affected by my reaction to the election. I’m sure I would have felt differently about all three of them, had I not read them in the wake of Trump’s victory–but I did. I have a feeling I’ll be reading a bunch more dystopian fiction in the coming months…