Everything I read in 2016


At the beginning of the year I made a goal to read more than I had in the past. Since graduating college in December 2012, I had barely read any books at all -- choosing instead to spend my time listening to music, listening to podcasts or reading Twitter / articles / etc. So I used a conscious effort to seek out authors I had an interest in, and started down that road.

Ultimately I wound up reading 14 books in 2016, which isn't a ton, but that number probably represents the most books I've read in a single year since high school. Amongst the books I read was work by Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King -- the top three authors I had on my list when I started this effort in January. I know I'll read more by them next year, even as I expand into different things.

I also picked up reading comic books, which I couldn't leave out of this post. Focusing on trade paperbacks for the sake of collectability and ease of reading, I read titles mainly with the Batman and Star Wars realms, coming to a total of 25 trade paperbacks.

A full list of all the books and trades I read this year is below. I made the effort of writing about everything I read this year as a way to keep myself engaged on my goal, so I've linked to all the blogs I wrote as well.

And, if you're so inclined, tweet me the best things you read this year and I'll start compiling a list of titles to look into.


  1. Rob Sheffield -- Love Is A Mix Tape [My Blog | Purchase]
  2. Hunter S. Thompson -- Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas [My Blog | Purchase]
  3. Hunter S. Thompson -- The Rum Diary [My Blog | Purchase]
  4. Kurt Vonnegut -- Cat's Cradle [My Blog | Purchase]
  5. Kurt Vonnegut -- Slaughterhouse-Five [My Blog | Purchase]
  6. Stephen King -- Carrie [My Blog | Purchase]
  7. Hunter S. Thompson -- Hell's Angels [My BlogPurchase]
  8. Aziz Ansari -- Modern Romance [My Blog | Purchase]
  9. B.J. Novak -- One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories [My Blog | Purchase]
  10. Chuck Klosterman -- I Wear The Black Hat [My Blog | Purchase
  11. Tina Fey -- Bossypants [My Blog | Purchase
  12. Stephen King -- 'Salem's Lot [My Blog | Purchase]
  13. Laura Jane Grace -- TRANNY [My Blog | Purchase
  14. Mark Titus -- Don't Put Me In, Coach [My Blog | Purchase]

Comic Book Trade Paperbacks

  1. Frank Miller & David Mazucchelli -- Batman: Year One [My Blog | Purchase]
  2. Ed Brubaker & Doug Mahnke -- Batman: The Man Who Laughs [My Blog | Purchase]
  3. Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale -- Batman: The Long Halloween [My Blog | Purchase]
  4. Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale -- Batman: Dark Victory [My Blog | Purchase]
  5. Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale -- Batman: Haunted Knight [My Blog | Purchase]
  6. Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale -- Catwoman: When In Rome [My Blog | Purchase]
  7. Bruce Canwell & Lee Weeks -- Batman Chronicles: The Gauntlet [My Blog | Purchase]
  8. Jason Aaron & John Cassaday -- Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes [My Blog | Purchase
  9. Jason Aaron & Stuart Immonen -- Star Wars Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon  [My Blog | Purchase
  10. Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca -- Darth Vader Vol. 1: VADER [My Blog | Purchase
  11. Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca -- Darth Vader Vol. 2: Shadows and Secrets [My Blog | Purchase
  12. Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen & Mike Deodato Jr., Salvador Larroca -- Star Wars: Vader Down [My Blog | Purchase
  13. Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon & Marcos Martin -- Batgirl/Robin: Year One [My Blog | Purchase
  14. Mike W. Barr, Dennis O'Neil & Jerry Bingham, Tom Grindberg, Norm Breyfogle -- Batman: Birth of the Demon [My Blog | Purchase]
  15. Mark Waid & Terry Dodson -- Princess Leia [My Blog | Purchase]
  16. Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto  -- Chewbacca [My Blog | Purchase]
  17. Charles Soule &  Alex Maleev -- Lando [My Blog | Purchase]
  18. Greg Weisman & Pepe Larraz -- Kanan: The Last Padawan [My Blog | Purchase]
  19. Greg Weisman & Pepe Larraz -- Kanan: First Blood [My Blog | Purchase]
  20. Amy Wolfram & Karl Kerschl -- Teen Titans: Year One [My Blog | Purchase]
  21. Marv Wolfman, George Perez & Dick Giordano -- Teen Titans: Judas Contract [My Blog | Purchase]
  22. Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens -- Nightwing: Year One [My Blog | Purchase]
  23. Dennis O'NeilChuck Dixon & Greg LandScott McDaniel -- Nightwing Vol. 1: Bludhaven [My Blog | Purchase
  24. Alan Moore & Brian Bolland -- Batman: The Killing Joke [My Blog | Purchase
  25. Lee Bermejo -- Batman: Noel [My Blog | Purchase]