Every Book I Read in 2016

In 2016, I set myself a goal of reading 52 science fiction classics in one year. The idea was to immerse myself in the history of science fiction, so that I could better understand how the genre has formed over time, as well as what influences today’s authors. Originally, I had the idea of writing a short post about every book as I read it, but realized I didn’t like doing that. For most books, I could quickly write the equivalent of a review, but again, these are the classics that have formed the foundation of the genre. You can already find a million reviews of them online. I wrote about a few, then tapered off, and may eventually circle back around to write more in depth about those that I really enjoyed.

I finished 50 books this year, but only 33 of them were on my SF list. If you scroll through the books below, at number 37, they start to be nonfiction titles about culture and theology. That’s about where my reading derailed for the year, and never recovered. There are also some random fiction books in there, because I was so overwhelmed by the anger, frustration and hurt that drove me to read those books that I needed to give myself a break with whatever light-hearted reads I had on hand (or neutral, at least, in the case of books like Write Great Fiction). I don’t need to say that a lot happened in the US this year, especially around the issue of race. When I don’t know how to deal with something, I start seeking more information on it, to the point of obsession. I have innumerable questions around race, culture and theology, and I have found a distressing lack of answers.

For 2017, I’m planning to do a nonfiction year. My reading list is nowhere near as structured, but you can look at it here.

Here is every book I read in 2016, more or less in the order I read them:
1. Dreamweaver’s Dilemma, Lois McMaster Bujold
2. Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold
3. Shards of Honor, Lois McMaster Bujold
4. Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold
5. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
6. The War of the Worlds, HG Wells
7. A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs
8. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
9. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
10. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
11. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
12. A Case of Conscience, James Blish
13. Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein
14. Foundation, Isaac Asimov
15. Foundation & Empire, Isaac Asimov
16. Second Foundation, Isaac Asimov
17. The Bicentennial Man, Isaac Asimov
18. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
19. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
20. Way Station, Clifford D. Simak
21. Babel-17, Samuel R. Delany
22. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
23. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
24. Camp Concentration, Thomas M Disch
25. The Left of Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin
26. Ringworld, Larry Niven
27. Childhood’s End, Arthur C Clarke
28. The City and the Stars, Arthur C Clarke
29. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C Clarke
30. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C Clarke
31. Descenders
32. Houston, Houston, Do You Read?, James Tiptree, Jr.
33. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
34. The Stand, Stephen King
35. The Prodigal God, Tim Keller
36. The Demons We Cherish, D. W. Kavanaugh
37. Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters & Voice, Orson Scott Card
38. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
39. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart, Christena Cleveland
40. Write Your Novel From The Middle, James Scott Bell
41. Write Great Fiction – Plot & Structure, James Scott Bell
42. The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures, Jayson Georges
43. Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations About Sexuality and Spirituality, Debra Hirsch
44. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, E. Randolph Richards, Brandon J O’Brien
45. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire
46. The Mexican Wars for Independence
47. Roadmap to Reconciliation, Brenda Salter McNeil
48. Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, Denise Grover Swank
49. Elah’s Pearl, Shean Pao
50. Monstress

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