Bethany’s 2016 Book List


  1. Thom Jones, The Pugilist at Rest (my review)
  2. Sarah Vowell, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (my review)
  3. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (my review)
  4. Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (my review)
  5. Michel Houellebecq, Submission (my early thoughts) (my final thoughts)
  6. William Rosen, Justinian’s Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire (my review)
  7. Jeanette Winterson, The Gap of Time (my review)
  8. Kate Atkinson, Human Croquet (my review)
  9. Don DeLillo, End Zone (my thoughts on the first half) (my final thoughts)
  10. Kate Atkinson, A God in Ruins (my early thoughts) (some charmingly digressive thoughts) (some brief inarticulate gasps) (my final thoughts)
  11. Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History (my early thoughts) (my final thoughts)
  12. Thomas Mallon, Henry and Clara (my early thoughts) (my review)
  13. Richard Yates, Disturbing the Peace (my review)
  14. Diana Gabaldon, A Plague of Zombies (my review)
  15. Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord (my review)
  16. Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (my review)
  17. Dave Eggers, The Circle (my review)
  18. Lily King, Euphoria (my review)
  19. Holly Tucker, Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution (my review)
  20. Jonathan Lyons, The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization (my early thoughts) (my final thoughts)
  21. Zia Haider Rahman, In the Light of What We Know (my review)
  22. Ian Caldwell, The Fifth Gospel (my review)
  23. William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors (my thoughts)
  24. Larry Watson, Laura (my review)
  25. Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle (my review)
  26. Lois Lowry, Number the Stars (my review)
  27. Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (my review)
  28. Umberto Eco, Numero Zero (my review)
  29. Erskine Caldwell, God’s Little Acre (my review)
  30. Lesley Hazleton, After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam (my review)
  31. Larry Watson, Justice (my review)
  32. Stephen F. Knott and Tony Williams, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America (my review)
  33. Paul Kriwaczek, In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World’s First Prophet (my review)
  34. Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (my review)
  35. Diana Gabaldon, Virgins (my review)
  36. Kia Corthron, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (my early thoughts) (my final thoughts)
  37. Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (my review)
  38. Larry Watson, As Good as Gone  (my review)
  39. Brad Watson, Miss Jane (my review)
  40. Gary Paulsen, The Haymeadow (my review)
  41. James Romm, Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero (my review)
  42. Laurie R. King, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice; Or, On the Segregation of the Queen (my review)
  43. Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King (my review)
  44. J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (my review)
  45. Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
  46. Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist (my review)
  47. Hari Kunzru, Gods Without Men (my review)
  48. Richard Yates, A Good School
  49. Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed (my review)
  50. Orson Scott Card, Magic Street (my review)