The Monthly Round-Up: July

A really great idea I had was to write my monthly round-ups as I go along, so I’m not faced with the task of summing up 30+ books all in one go on the 30th. Sadly, this month I forgot my own brilliant idea, so was faced with the task of summing up 30+ books all in one go on the 30th. The Goodreads challenge total currently sits at 229/200.


  1. Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy
    I really liked this collection. I especially enjoyed reading it while sitting on the floor of the school library getting weird looks from students.
  2. Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green
    This amused me a lot. Although I’m not entirely sure all the representation is entirely PC, it’s got a lot of Adrian Mole about it and that’s obviously a good thing.
  3. We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy
    Interesting novel about two connected families who both have homes on a secluded, private island.
  4. A Change is Gonna Come by various authors
    There are some really good stories in here, especially Phoebe Roy’s and Patrice Lawrence’s. Overall, it’s an excellent collection.
  5. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
    I am usually far too snooty to read anything that has sold this many copies, but one of my students is writing about it for her coursework so I had to. It annoyed me a lot, then the last few chapters nearly gave me a breakdown.
  6. Restless Continent by Michael Wesley
    Don’t tell me you too don’t sit around reading books about the geopolitics of Asia.
  7. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
    LOVED this. Life-affirming, witty, real feminism for teenagers, filtered through a prism of Riot Grrrl and zine culture. It is all the things.
  8. Borne by Jeff Vandermeer
    Wild, crazy speculative sci-fi from the author of the Southern Reach trilogy. It’s brilliant. Review here.
  9. Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
    This was a disappointment and I will now be avoiding all YA books in what I am referring to as the Dead Sibling genre.
  10. The Establishment (and How They Get Away With It) by Owen Jones
    As a champagne socialist myself, much of this was essential reading. Some of it was slightly ranty, obviously.
  11. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
    Verse novel about basketball-playing twin brothers. I liked it.
  12. Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence
    From the author of Orangeboy, a novel about a girl in care who witnessed the murder of her mother by her father as a small child. Overall it’s less bleak than that makes it sound.
  13. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
    Another brilliant July read; I am basically always here for dysfunctional families and this delivered that in spades.
  14. Negroland by Margo Jefferson
    I really liked the style of this autobiographical reflection on being black and middle-class. Jefferson’s perspective is very interesting.
  15. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
    More YA circus fun. Loads of craziness. I enjoyed it a lot.
  16. How Much the Heart Can Hold by various authors
    Pretentious-sounding but pretty good collection of stories, each inspired by a different kind of love, with fancy Greek terms.
  17. The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon
    Initially intriguing but ultimately messy take on modern slavery and people trafficking. Review here.
  18. Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror by Helen Epstein
    Fascinating study of Ugandan politics and US involvement in the region. Quite shocking, very well-explained.
  19. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    Possibly the millionth time I’ve read this book, and doesn’t diminish with each reading.
  20. The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith
    Odd little YA about a girl who runs away from her hoarder mother and finds a motley crew of 20-somethings who take her in. It’s good, but peculiar.
  21. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    I finally read it! I’ve been saving this for my holiday and it was worth it. A brilliant book, as expected. She’s a genius.
  22. Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
    Fascinating and well-executed historical YA about Suffragettes.
  23. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine
    Excellent memoir from the Slits’ guitarist, with great punk anecdotes.
  24. The Ascendance of Harley Quinn, ed. by Shelley Barba
    Excellent collection of academic essays about my favourite comic book character.
  25. Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah
    Slightly underwhelming story of a boy from Zanzibar and his family saga.
  26. How to Be Human by Paula Cocozza
    Incredibly weird book about a woman who gets romantically obsessed with a fox.
  27. The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
    Really compelling vision of a future without bees. An excellent surprise.
  28. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
    Maybe the most disturbing book I’ve read this year; warped father/daughter relationship, abuse, strange survival skills. It’s excellent, but kind of horrifying.
  29. Because You Love to Hate Me, ed. by Ameriie
    Good short stories based on villains, with unnecessary commentary from BookTubers.
  30. Kompromat by Stanley Johnson
    Reasonably silly satire of 2016’s crazy political events. Dizzying array of characters, amusing caricatures.
  31. The Book of Etta by Meg Elison
    Sequel to The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, continuing the scary post-apocalyptic scenario in which most women have died or will because of a childbirth-related illness.
  32. The Glow of Fallen Stars by Kate Ling
    Sequel to The Loneliness of Distant Beings, which I loved. This one’s good too, following Seren and Dom as they try to start a new life on a strange planet.
  33. The Village by Nikita Lalwani
    Really disappointing in spite of an intriguing premise (an open prison in India inhabited by murderers and their families, which becomes the subject of a BBC documentary). An annoying book to end the month!


The Monthly Round-Up: June

Because I am a ridiculous person, I set my Goodreads challenge at 200 this year, with the stupid aim of actually trying to complete it by halfway through the year. Don’t ask me why: I have no idea. Anyway, with June’s 33 books, I’ve got tantalisingly close with 198. Why couldn’t I just have read 2 more books this year? I will never get over the disappointment.

  1. A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe
    This YA about a girl who survived the sinking of a ship of migrants didn’t quite grab me; the magical realism confused the plot, which otherwise was very hard-hitting.
  2. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
    Possibly too snarky even for me, which is really saying something.
  3. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
    I’ve read a few of these adaptations of Shakespeare plays for the Hogarth series; this was a generally light-hearted spin on The Taming of the Shrew.
  4. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
    This was inventive and wild; a teenage boy dealing with confusion over his sexuality at the same time as an apocalyptic invasion of giant bugs is a fairly original plot, I suppose. It used the word “horny” about 75 billion times though which annoyed me.
  5. David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W. Bullock
    Probably the best title I’ve seen all year; this is a chronicle of the lives and impact of LGBT artists, both well-known and obscure. It’s really fascinating.
  6. Rat Queens, Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis Wiebe
    I enjoyed this even more than the first volume. I love the Rat Queens, the artwork, the language – it’s an awesome series.
  7. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
    This has been on my Kindle for ages and I read it as part of my resolution to actually read the books I’ve accumulated. I liked it; it’s a sweet story about a man who collects lost things and the woman charged with reuniting them with their owners.
  8. Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
    I loved The Accident Season so I was excited to read this and it didn’t disappoint. Fowley-Doyle writes in such a mesmerising and magical way, very like Alice Hoffman, and it works so beautifully.
  9. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
    This was far less serpent-based than I expected, and while I actually really hate snakes, this was a bit of a disappointment. There’s some nice character stuff and I enjoyed the Essex setting (being from that illustrious county myself) but it was a bit too slow-paced for me.
  10. Behind the Song edited by K.M. Walton
    A YA anthology of writing inspired by songs, I really liked parts of this, mainly the short stories. David Arnold is in it, so it’s a win.
  11. Troublemakers by Catherine Barter
    I enjoyed this YA novel about a teenage girl wrestling with her discoveries about her activist mother set against the backdrop of political tension in London. It’s an interesting and ambitious set of ideas for a YA novel and it works.
  12. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
    I liked this a lot; the mix of magical realism (doors that open into other countries) and all-too-real political conflict makes this a really special and intriguing book.
  13. Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
    This is a really cool verse novel about a teenage boy who takes up poetry when mono forces him out of baseball for a while. I’m determined to teach this next year.
  14. Black Bazaar by Alain Mabanckou
    Much like Broken Glass by the same author, this follows a misfit in his encounters with a select bunch of weirdos. This time it’s set in Paris, but otherwise Mabanckou’s quirks remain.
  15. The Bombs that Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan
    Very topical (refugees, bullying governments) and something I’ll be adding to my ‘recommended reading’ lists for my students, but not a book that I loved.
  16. Macbeth on the Loose by Robert Walker
    It’s that weird time of year when I read a million things to come up with new ideas for next year’s teaching. This is a play about a school play of Macbeth. It’s quite clever but a bit too consciously school-y for me.
  17. Reading as Collective Action by Nicholas Hengen Fox
    A massively inspiring academic book about the idea of reading as a tactic for understanding or promoting social change; this is a brilliant and fascinating read.
  18. Free? Stories Celebrating Human Rights edited by Amnesty International
    My second collection of Amnesty-curated stories, this is for readers younger than the target audience of Here I Stand, and I’ll be using it at school next year. The writers cleverly interweave hard-hitting social commentary into stories which never seem hectoring or laden down with issues.
  19. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
    I was so disappointed with this; I found the story far too reminiscent of The Hunger Games, but far more boring. I can’t see myself continuing with the series, even though I’ve been told it gets better.
  20. Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
    Disturbing and brilliant, this is a feminist dystopia in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale, set on a creepy island in a world that appears to have been otherwise destroyed. When I say “disturbing,” don’t assume I’m just over-using that word. I was, and am still, disturbed.
  21. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary M. Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot
    A graphic novel focusing on a real movement through the eyes of a fictional creation, this covers a lot of the rivalries between different branches of the campaign for female suffrage. It’s informative and interesting.
  22. Family Life by Akhil Sharma
    A brief but affecting story of a family that leaves India for the US, only to have their lives impacted by tragedy.
  23. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
    The follow-up to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, this is lovely and very character-driven; much like the first book, not much happens and it’s all about the characters.
  24. Noughts and Crosses (play version) adapted from Malorie Blackman’s novel by Dominic Cooke
    I was on the hunt for a topical and modern play for teaching year 9 next year, and I found it. I can’t remember why, but I didn’t really love the book when I read it a few years ago; I think, however, that my students will get a lot out of reading this.
  25. The Girls by Emma Cline
    What a massively over-hyped book! This was really dull. I was intrigued by the idea of the Manson Family-esque cult, but the story is told from the viewpoint of an annoying girl who’s barely involved, so it was all very disappointing.
  26. Dear Boy by Emily Berry
    Smart and sophisticated poetry with plenty of arch commentary on modern life. I liked this a lot.
  27. Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab
    I’m not really sure how I felt about this. It seemed to go on for a long time before a central plot emerged, and my engagement wasn’t helped by the fact that I’d inevitably forgotten what happened in the first book. I really like the world of Verity, but this didn’t quite live up to expectations.
  28. Search Party by George the Poet
    Once again, here I am reading interesting things in the hope of finding gems for inspiring my students from September, and this was another success. I need to listen to George’s performances of these poems, but even on the page, they’re virbant and hard-hitting. It’s a brilliant collection.
  29. Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
    A slightly weird YA book: a teenage girl writes to a man on death row in Texas, slowly revealing her role in a terrible accident. I didn’t quite connect with it; the idea is intriguing but the narrator is really immature and quite annoying.
  30. Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
    If there is one thing in life guaranteed to make me nearly cry, it’s a Sarah Crossan book. This is another verse novel; it’s about a boy whose brother is on death row in Texas (it is a weird coincidence that I read two books about this in quick succession – I’m not obsessed with death row or anything) and it’s predictably excellent. And heartbreaking.
  31. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
    This short classic about pioneers on the prairies reminded me a lot of Annie Proulx. I was, however, annoyed that Penguin have brought this one out in the pretty Pocket Classics range but not the other two books in the trilogy. This creates a dilemma.
  32. Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy
    I read this sitting on the floor in the school library and it’s lovely; I’ve been trying to slog through Duffy’s The Bees for ages and not got very far, but this collection is far more gorgeous and cohesive.
  33. No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein
    Really compelling explanation for Trump’s victory, the problems it represents and how it can be resisted. I’ve not read any Klein before but I’ll definitely be looking up her other books.



The Monthly Round-Up: April

April was a good reading month for me, although I continue to feel slightly stressed by how many books I keep buying when I can realistically only read one a day, and that’s peak performance. One day I will literally be crushed by a pile of unread books falling on my head. But until then, I shall keep recapping what I’ve read each month, just because it’s fun.

  1. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
    Excellent fictionalised account of the Borden murders; it’s suitably creepy and made me think of Shirley Jackson, which is obviously a good thing.
  2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
    It took me three attempts to get going on this but, once I did, I really enjoyed it. The creation of the lost city of Weep by Taylor is exquisite and beautiful.
  3. A Book for Her by Bridget Christie
    Christie is a comedian who’s made her name by talking about feminism on-stage. The book doesn’t contain anything particularly new or world-changing in terms of feminism, but it’s engaging, sometimes funny and often striking.
  4. Patchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku
    A short but really compelling book set in Zambia, about a young girl and her difficult relationships with both her parents. I recommend it.
  5. Watchmen by Alan Moore
    Having bought the complete edition a year ago, I finally read it. I think it would have been nicer to read a year ago when a new Cold War didn’t seem quite so likely…
  6. The Sundial by Shirley Jackson
    My obsession with Jackson continues. I think this is my favourite of her lesser-known novels (by which I mean everything apart from We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House). It’s about a weird family who believe the world’s going to end, and they’ll be safe as long as they stay in their massive house.
  7. Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
    Weirdly, Amazon sent me an email about this and described it as a ‘thriller’, which I think is a bit of a misnomer, but it is an excellent story of an autistic girl with a horrible childhood behind her. That made it sound really depressing but it isn’t.
  8. Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
    The start of this YA about teens spontaneously combusting was brilliant. It tailed off a bit towards the end, but it’s very wrong and weird and what’s not to like about that?
  9. Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? by Katrine Marçal
    An interesting analysis of economics with an emphasis on how women are excluded from economic analysis.
  10. The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
    This is now my pick for the Baileys Prize; it’s very long but really absorbing. It also isn’t as much about horse racing as the title and cover would lead you to believe.
  11. The Jungle by Pooja Puri
    This is a YA novel about the refugee camp in Calais. Some of it is very hard-hitting; there were parts of it that I didn’t find as convincing, but the author has presumably done a a lot more research into this than I have.
  12. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Surely the most talked-about book of the year so far, THUG is as good as I’d been led to believe. I’ll be reviewing it for Fourth and Sycamore and trying to invent new adjectives because I’m pretty sure they’ve all been used already.
  13. Saga Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
    Reading Saga is all very well until your four year old daughter climbs onto your lap and says “can I read your book with you, Mummy?” It’s not exactly child-friendly (yes, robot penis on page 3, I’m talking about you) but it is brilliant.
  14. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
    Why does Jeff Zentner hate me so much? His first book, The Serpent King, made me cry a lot, but Goodbye Days had me choking up all the bloody way through. It’s really lovely and good grief, the dude can write. But be prepared: it’s really, really sad.
  15. No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal
    At times witty, at times touching, this is about Indian immigrants in Cleveland. It’s very much character-based rather than heavy on plot, but that’s no bad thing.
  16. Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood by Hollie McNish
    Brilliant mixture of journal entries and poems, I really wish I’d had this really honest depiction of motherhood when my daughter was a baby; it would have helped me a lot when I was feeling like I had no idea what I was doing. Not because it offers any advice, but because it makes it clear that noone knows what they’re doing.
  17. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
    I really liked this collection of short stories, many of which were either very weird or very disturbing or both. The running theme is to satirise the concept of women being dismissed as “difficult,” and it works beautifully.
  18. Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield
    Once again, Lisa Heathfield decides to make me cry with a beautiful but tragic YA. She is mean.
  19. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
    I received a lovely proof copy of this from My Kinda Book and was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I haven’t been enjoying YA contemporary novels as much recently, but this story of a lottery win and how it affects the girl who buys the ticket and the boy she gives it to really grabbed me.
  20. The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
    Disappointingly short, but an interesting story of environmental disaster and its consequences.
  21. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
    I felt like I had to read this because I’m using an extract from it with one of my classes for revision, and it really shames me when they ask me about a book and I haven’t read it. This went on a bit but was essentially a charming depiction of 1970s England. I mean, I assume it is; I feel it necessary to point out I wasn’t alive then, so it’s hard to know.
  22. The Beauty, Volume 1 by Jeremy Haun
    I liked this weird graphic novel about the consequences of pursuing beauty at all costs. It’s clever and reasonably disturbing.
  23. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
    A companion novel to the lovely My Name Is Lucy Barton, this is more like a collection of short stories, focusing on the residents of the town Lucy left behind. It’s a lovely read.
  24. The Women Who Shaped Politics by Sophy Ridge
    This was completely fascinating, taking in Queen Mary, Margaret Thatcher and the Suffragettes, as well as unfortunately giving me nightmares by ending with Theresa May. I learned a lot from reading this, particularly about the first female MPs and the discrimination faced (and still being faced) ever since.
  25. October is the Coldest Month by Christoffer Carlsson
    A bit of a letdown – I was intrigued by the idea of YA Scandi-noir, but this was a little too slight to fully engage me. It was also far more sexually explicit than I would think was okay in YA. I am basically a Victorian though.
  26. Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan
    Confusion reigned at the beginning of this as I was under the impression it’s YA and this is clearly not the case. That aside, there were things about this I really liked; the space-set sections and the creation of a futuristic utopian society were fascinating, but the romance didn’t really grab me.
  27. Relativity by Antonia Hayes
    I was surprised by how much I disliked this book, but I think the blurb is quite misleading and if I’d had an idea of what the secret at the heart of the story was, I wouldn’t have read it at all.
  28. Fall in One Day by Craig Terlson
    An intriguing YA, set in 1970s Canada, about the disappearance of a teenage boy and the lengths to which his friend goes to get him back.
  29. We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler
    Having adored The Basic Eight and hated Watch Your Mouth, I didn’t know how this would go. It was enjoyably quirky and strange, and I love Handler’s style.
  30. Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh
    This collection of stories was lovely and I’ll be trying to convince my boss to let me buy a load of copies for teaching next year. I really liked how the writers, representing a wide range of racial backgrounds, told stories that were relatable but unique. A really good collection.
  31. How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
    Nice but not particularly ground-breaking look at literary heroines. I liked how the author intertwined her own life with her literary reflections though.
  32. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
    I had mixed feelings about Redgate’s previous book, Seven Ways We Lie, but this YA about acapella, set in a performing arts school, was really fun and I raced through it.

The Monthly Round-Up: December

Despite my lofty ambition for December of reading all the books I acquired this year and didn’t read, I just read whatever I wanted and kept acquiring more books. Oh well.

  1. Armada by Ernest Cline
    Too geeky for me. I reviewed it here.
  2. The Wicked and The Divine Vol.4: Rising Action by Kieron Gillen
    A return to form; volume 3 was awful, but this was excellent. Great artwork and interesting character arcs.
  3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    I loved this; the Prague setting, the creepy fantasy elements, the stuff with angels – it was all good. Now I need to get the second and third books.
  4. Angel Catbird Vol.1 by Margaret Atwood
    I love Atwood and this was an interesting development in her work. Aside from the animal-merging of the main character, I was baffled by the little fact boxes about domestic cats. It was weird.
  5. The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis
    This was brilliant; a historical novel with an anachronistically badass female protagonist. Here’s my review.
  6. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
    I am still not over this one; set in Nigeria, with an Adichie-esque combination of relationship drama and cultural idiosyncrasies. It’s out in March and I strongly urge you to buy it.
  7. Saga Vol.3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
    Hurrah, more Gwendolen. At the time of writing this list, I am halfway through volume 5 which has rendered me incapable of remembering anything about this one. Whoops.
  8. Silver Stars by Michael Grant
    The sequel to 2016’s Front Lines, Grant continues with the story of his female GIs in WWII. My review will be up in February when this comes out, but suffice to say it’s violent and Frangie isn’t in it enough.
  9. Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
    Set in a Mexican border town ruined by drugs and gangs, this is a dark and depressing story but features some amazing writing.
  10. The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Muhajan
    My review of this will be on Fourth and Sycamore in January. It’s a compulsively readable account of a bomb blast in Delhi and its short and long term impacts.
  11. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
    YA f/f love story; this was funny and touching at the same time. I really enjoyed the time I spent reading it.
  12. We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
    You might know Crossan from her verse novel One, which remains one of the best YAs I’ve read. This is also in verse, telling the story of a troubled teenage girl and a Romanian migrant boy who meet in community service. It’s out in January and it’s excellent.
  13. Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy
    I really enjoyed some of the poems here, particularly the one about the laughing school girls (my copy is all the way upstairs so that’s all the detail you’re getting, folks).
  14. The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
    All young people I know rave about Walliams; while I’m not the biggest fan of his TV persona, I can confirm that he can write a funny children’s book. Although the Dahl-esque demonisation of the big-boned is not necessary, dude.
  15. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
    This was ace; starting with narrator Darling’s childhood in Zimbabwe and transporting to America later on, it’s a brilliant representation of contrasting cultures.
  16. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
    I loved Fuller’s last novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and this was excellent too. It’s a family drama in which the mystery of a long-disappeared mother is unravelled.
  17. American Savage by Matt Whyman
    Not as funny as The Savages, but still entertaining, with some bizarre plot twists.
  18. The Global Novel by Adam Kirsch
    A short consideration of how novelists have reacted to globalisation in their work. I’ve not read all the books mentioned here, but Kirsch’s discussions of Atwood and Adichie were interesting.
  19. Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
    I enjoy this series more and more as it goes on, although I do need to read the books closer together to avoid forgetting everything that happens.
  20. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
    I am officially obsessed with Adichie. I’ve written a raving, nonsensical review of this collection of sublimely good short stories which you lucky people will be able to read later in January. You’re welcome.
  21. Saga Volume 5 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
    Yes, I am still reading this series.
  22. Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body by Sara Pascoe
    Making a late play for my favourite non-fiction of the year, this was funny, touching and made me want to punch the air and shout “CRUSH THE PATRIARCHY.”
  23. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
    The sequel to Passenger, this was good in all the ways that book was (time travelly goodness, numerous locations) with added familial complications. Also, it turns out it’s a duology, which I did not know.

And that’s 307 books read in 2016! Woohoo. Now I need a sleep.