What I Read in 2016

Another year in reading to look back, on what a year it’s been. I’ve surpassed my previous best of 128 reads last year and got up to 135 books read this year. I’m not quite sure how I managed that as it works out to be a book every 2.7 days! This was the year where I decided to read mainly science fiction, and to pick up books based solely on if I liked the sound of it. Read on for the stats…

Once again, the genre breakdown of what I read is pretty much as expected: dominated by science fiction, which accounts for 82% of my reading. Fantasy comes in next at a mere 8%, with the other genres (horror, fiction, urban fantasy) all coming way down the bottom of the list. I may see about adding more genre diversity this year, though ultimately I read what I like the sound of, and that is all-too-often science fiction.

The male-to-female author ratio is once again heavily slanted at 91% male, 9% female. Given my choice of genre this isn’t too surprising, and ultimately it’s down to what I see and what appeals to me. As this stat has barely altered for the past few years I really can’t see this changing without considerable and conscious effort. However, it all comes back to my preferences – if a book doesn’t appeal to me it’s highly unlikely I’ll pick it up, regardless of the author’s gender.

Reading of review copies was down again this year, to 22%, and I can easily see why: I receive a lot less unsolicited review copies nowadays, and generally only request ones I genuinely want to read (and more often than not these are through Netgalley).

Current (2016) release reads were down to 32% from 40% last year, and re-reads were also down to 14% from 20%. It turns out that this year was a year I read mostly new-to-me novels, though the majority of these are from one of my main aims for the year: reading completed series which I blasted through (more on those in another post).

As ever, I’m happy with my reading and can’t say I didn’t read anything I wanted to, though I do have a backlog of books that I’m still hoping to get through early this year. No real goals for 2017, just read whatever takes my fancy!

A where would a post like this be without a full list of what I read in 2016? Look no further! Check it out below, as well as a nice handy image with all the book covers.

(BOLD for 2016 releasesITALICS for re-reads)

  1. Sundiver by David Brin (****)
  2. The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser (*****)
  3. Startide Rising by David Brin (***)
  4. Dark Matters by Michael Dow (****)
  5. The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross (****)
  6. Aliens: Earth Hive by Steve Perry (****)
  7. The Dinosaur Four by Geoff Jones (****)
  8. Misspent Youth by Peter F. Hamilton (****)
  9. Gemini Cell by Myke Cole (****)
  10. Dark Victory by Brendan DuBois (***)
  11. Aliens: Nightmare Asylum by Steve Perry (****)
  12. The Long Walk by Stephen King (****)
  13. The Prison in Antares by Mike Resnick (**)
  14. Renegade by Joel Shepherd (*****)
  15. Approaching Omega by Eric Brown (****)
  16. Firestarter by Stephen King (****)
  17. Aliens: The Female War by Steve Perry & S.D. Perry (***)
  18. A Call to Duty by David Weber & Timothy Zahn (****)
  19. A Call to Arms by David Weber, Timothy Zahn, & Thomas Pope (****)
  20. Ancestral Machines by Michael Cobley (***)
  21. Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey (**)
  22. Earthseed by Pamela Sargent (****)
  23. Farseed by Pamela Sargent (****)
  24. Seed Seeker by Pamela Sargent (***)
  25. On Basilisk Station by David Weber (*****)
  26. The Baba Yaga by Una McCormack (****)
  27. The Honor of the Queen by David Weber (*****)
  28. The Short Victorious War by David Weber (*****)
  29. Field of Dishonor by David Weber (*****)
  30. Flag in Exile by David Weber (*****)
  31. Honor Among Enemies by David Weber (****)
  32. In Enemy Hands by David Weber (****)
  33. Echoes of Honor by David Weber (****)
  34. Arkwright by Allen Steele (****)
  35. Ashes of Victory by David Weber (****)
  36. Quantum Night by Robert J Sawyer (****)
  37. War of Honor by David Weber (****)
  38. Roboteer by Alex Lamb (****)
  39. Crown of Slaves by David Weber & Eric Flint (***)
  40. The Shadow of Saganami by David Weber (****)
  41. At All Costs by David Weber (*****)
  42. Heroes Die by Matthew Stover (*****)
  43. The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu (***)
  44. Storm from the Shadows by David Weber (****)
  45. Torch of Freedom by David Weber & Eric Flint (***)
  46. Mission of Honor by David Weber (*****)
  47. A Rising Thunder by David Weber (*****)
  48. Shadow of Freedom by David Weber (****)
  49. Cauldron of Ghosts by David Weber & Eric Flint (***)
  50. The Authorities by Scott Meyer (****)
  51. The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross (****)
  52. A Swift Kick to the Asteroids by Edward Zajac (***)
  53. Dark Orbit by Caroline Ives Gilman (****)
  54. Night Shift by Charlaine Harris (****)
  55. The Dead Zone by Stephen King (****)
  56. The Truth Beyond the Sky by Andrew M Crusoe (***)
  57. Chains of Command by Marko Kloos (****)
  58. Alight by Scott Sigler (****)
  59. Drysine Legacy by Joel Shepherd (****)
  60. The Evolutionary Void by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
  61. Way Down Dark by James Smythe (***)
  62. The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
  63. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (*****)
  64. Hospital Station by James White (****)
  65. Star Surgeon by James White (****)
  66. Major Operation by James White (***)
  67. The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt (****)
  68. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (***)
  69. Shattered Spear by Jack Campbell (****)
  70. Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh (*****)
  71. End of Watch by Stephen King (*****)
  72. The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker (*****)
  73. United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas (***)
  74. Night Without Stars by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
  75. NOS4R2 by Joe Hill (*****)
  76. Where Futures End by Parker Peeveyhouse (***)
  77. A Window Into Time by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
  78. Ambulance Ship by James White (****)
  79. War Factory by Neal Asher (****)
  80. A Meeting with Medusa by Arthur C Clarke (***)
  81. Troika by Alastair Reynolds (***)
  82. Sector General by James White (****)
  83. Star Healer by James White (****)
  84. The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds (****)
  85. Larry Goes to Space by Alan Black (****)
  86. Star Wars: Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci & Jason Fry (****)
  87. Admiral by Sean Danker (****)
  88. Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka (****)
  89. Thunderbird by Jack McDevitt (**)
  90. Stank Delicious by Steven Campbell (****)
  91. Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry (****)
  92. Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes (***)
  93. From a Buick 8 by Stephen King (****)
  94. Bloodmage by Stephen Aryan (*****)
  95. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (*****)
  96. Code Blue: Emergency by James White (****)
  97. The Genocidal Healer by James White (****)
  98. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan (****)
  99. Aliens: Genocide by David Bischoff (****)
  100. The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North (****)
  101. Aliens: Alien Harvest by Roberts Sheckley (*)
  102. Crossover by Joel Shepherd (****)
  103. Binary by Eric Brown (****)
  104. Breakaway by Joel Shepherd (****)
  105. Misery by Stephen King (*****)
  106. Killswitch by Joel Shepherd (****)
  107. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (****)
  108. Eternity’s Mind by Kevin J Anderson (****)
  109. Revenger by Alastair Reynolds (****)
  110. The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (*****)
  111. Night Without Stars by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
  112. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz (****)
  113. Time Siege by Wesley Chu (****)
  114. Death’s End by Cixin Liu (****)
  115. Brother Odd by Dean Koontz (****)
  116. Family Matters by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
  117. Tracer by Rob Boffard (****)
  118. Odd Hours by Dean Koontz (****)
  119. Horizon by Tabitha Lord (****)
  120. Bloodmage by Stephen Aryan (*****)
  121. Now We Are Ten edited by Ian Whates (****)
  122. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (*****)
  123. Survival Game by Gary Gibson (*****)
  124. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (*****)
  125. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (****)
  126. Odd Interlude by Dean Koontz (****)
  127. Willful Child: Wrath of Betty by Steven Erikson (****)
  128. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz (*****)
  129. Zero-G by Rob Boffard (****)
  130. Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz (*****)
  131. Impact by Rob Boffard (****)
  132. Saint Odd by Dean Koontz (****)
  133. Chaosmage by Stephen Aryan (*****)
  134. The Orion Plan by Mark Alpert (****)
  135. Creation Machine by Andrew Bannister (***)
  136. Shadow of Victory by David Weber (***)

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