Best Books of 2016

As is tradition around these parts, here’s a wrap up of the year’s reading/listening history (about 1/3 of my “reading” these days is via audio books in the car):

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Biography 1 3 2 3 2
Fantasy 1 3 5 2 2 2 2
Fiction 3 5 3 4 2 3 1 5
Historical fiction 3
Non-fiction 5 7 4 6 4 18 10 12
Sci-fi 7 3 6 7 1 6 8 5
YA 1 5 1 1 2 1
Grand Total 18 26 21 23 11 29 25 24

And here are my awards for the best things I read/listened to this year.

Best Fiction: Seveneves – very unique apocalypse scenario, extrapolated out very far in very detailed fashion.  The politics pre- and post- “white sky” seemed all too-real.

Best Nonfiction: Thinking, Fast and Slow – reveals some “secrets” of psychology that may be vulnerable to “hacking” (in ourselves or others; in good and bad ways).

Runner-up awards to Apollo and Empire of the Summer Moon for some really interesting history.

 

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