Ten 2016 Books I Missed

January 10, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 57

Top 10 2016 Books I Missed


I love putting together this post every year because it forces me to reexamine my TBR list. I decide whether I’m still interested in reading all the backlist books on my list and remove the ones I’m no longer interested in or can’t remember much about. These are some of the books that made the cut…

Ten 2016 Books I Missed

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry
I was fascinated by the Serial podcast and Catherine at Gilmore Guide to Books raved about this follow-up book. I bought the audio during Audible’s holiday sale…I figured I might as well continue this story in audio form.

All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
Susie at Novel Visits included this mystery on her Best Books of 2016 list and called it “a dark story about two families in a very small town,” which sounds right up my alley.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
This sci-fi novel is 100% out of my wheelhouse, but Carrie Lippert (a TV host and travel blogger, who is also a big reader with taste similar to mine) said it was a sci-fi novel that would appeal to people that aren’t normally fans of that genre.

Forty Autumns by Nina Willner
I’ve always been fascinated by life behind the Iron Curtain and Eva at Paperback Princess put this true story of a family separated by the Berlin Wall on my radar with her review during Nonfiction November.

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
Catherine at Gilmore Guide recommended this novel about the effects of depression on a family and then I saw it on numerous Best Books of 2016 lists.

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
Joann at Lakeside Musing has been raving about this slim novel for months now.

Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte
Monika at Lovely Bookshelf‘s review of this novel about college grads living in San Francisco put it on my radar and I’ve since seen it on multiple Best Books of 2016 lists.

Strangers in their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
I’ve been hearing this nonfiction is a logical companion to Hillbilly Elegy, one of my favorite books of 2016.

The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carre
A memoir by someone who sounds like he could quite possibly be the most interesting man in the world.

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
This memoir of a girl who grew up in a polygamist cult has been on my TBR list for a year now.

What 2016 books did you miss?

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57 Responses to “Ten 2016 Books I Missed”

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Well – I’m #30 something on the library’s waitlist, so I don’t think it’ll be soon, but I’ll get there!

  1. Kay

    I have a couple of these on my shelves – DARK MATTER and ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR. Hope to get to them this year.

  2. Susie | Novel Visits

    Imagine Me Gone went to my DNF list. I just could not get into the story, though now I wish I’d given it a little longer. The Sound of Glass does sound very interesting, and Mothering Sunday I’m very curious about now.

  3. Gabby

    I just picked up Strangers in Their Own Land with a Christmas gift certificate…it looks really good, I can’t wait to read it!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I haven’t heard anything negative about it yet, so am looking forward to it. Plus, I love reading about cultish fringe religions.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I’m reading it now – almost halfway through. Really enjoying it…having a little trouble getting through Michael’s sections, as I’m not super into music, but loving the rest of it.

  4. Angela

    I just finished Dark Matter and it was AMAZING. I’m also not a big sci-fi reader, but this one was so much more than that!

  5. Bri @ Transported By Books

    Dark Matter and The Sound of Gravel are both books I meant to read then promptly forgot about. Especially after hearing The Sound of Gravel be raved about over on my trusted npr podcasts, hopefully soon 🙂

  6. Eva @ The Paperback Princess

    Thanks for the shout out! I think you will love Forty Autumns. I still think about it often – especially about the author’s grandparents.
    Dark Matter was really good too. I don’t normally read the genre either but this was a thrill ride that I really enjoyed.
    I’ve added Imagine Me Gone to my list! And I like the idea of listening to the rest of Adnan’s story via audio…maybe my first audiobook?

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I downloaded 40 Autumns sample and really loved the beginning..she sucked me right in, so I’m planning to read it soon.
      And so glad to hear you say that about Dark Matter – gives me hope!

  7. Michelle

    I’m a huge scifi fan and adored Dark Matter so I always want people to read it. Knowing you are not a fan of the genre, I would love to hear your thoughts. I hope you get around to reading it soon!

  8. Anita

    I missed all of those too! Of these books I do want to read Imagine Me Gone, and I hope I can get to it, one of the downsides of book blogging is spending too much time looking forward. The Sound of Gravel sounds very interesting!!
    I hope you find time for all these books.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I agree! I’m trying to make a special effort to work in backlist. And I’m almost halfway through Imagine Me Gone as we speak 🙂

  9. TJ @ MyBookStrings

    Forty Autumns is on my list as well for this year. There’s a group of bloggers who are planning to read both Hillbilly Elegy and Strangers in Their Own Land, so I have both of those to look forward to. (Your comment about John Le Carre made me smile!)

  10. Donna @ OnDBookshelf

    Imagine Me Gone is one that I wish I had gotten to. And I would like to try Dark Matter, despite the fact that it is out of my wheelhouse. I’ll be moving my books soon and can only imagine the titles from the past that I will uncover!

  11. Lindsay

    I hate doing this list every year because it forces me to reexamine my TBR list and see the absolutely insane number of books I still really want to read! 😉

    I LOVED “Dark Matter” and I totally agree that it’s accessible to all readers, not just sci-fi fans. It’s part science fiction, part thriller and part love story, and it’s also completely engrossing! I think you should move it toward the top of your list!

    The only other book I’ve read (so far) from your list is “The Sound of Gravel.” It was certainly an interesting story and worthy of a read, but I was left with a lot of lingering questions.

  12. maria helena

    I’m waiting to get Adnan’s Story from the library. Looks very interesting (and I was also a big fan of the podcasts – both serial and the one by Rabia)

      • maria helena

        It is called Undisclosed and is by her and two lawyers. They discuss one theme or aspect of Adnan’s case in each episode, and it is really good. The first few episodes are a bit shaky, but give it a chance! (I actually preferred it over Serial)

  13. KatieMcD @ Bookish Tendencies

    I list of books I *meant* to and *wanted* to read in 2016 is insurmountable. I think at the top of my list are Homegoing, Shelter, and The Underground Railroad. Those seem to be three biggies I totally missed out on. Hope you can squeeze a few of these in 🙂

    • Sarah Dickinson

      You know how I feel about Shelter! And I still need to get to the other two as well.

  14. Lauren

    Four of these are also on my shelf waiting. Let’s see if we can both get them done! Re Adnan, I loved the podcast but felt I wanted to see things on paper. So I did get the audio, but the kindle book was on sale for $2, so I bought it and thought I might do a readalong with myself. Hoping that helps, this case is so fact intensive.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Good to know…I’ll keep that in mind and switch to the book version if I get bogged down.

  15. Katy

    Dark Matter is on my list as well, I’m looking forward to it. Some great choices here I’d not heard of, thanks for sharing!

  16. Naomi

    Mothering Sunday is on my list. And now so is The Sound of Gravel – polygamy and cults! (And also the child standing directly under the title of the book looks just like me when I was a kid… even though I can’t tell if it’s a girl or boy… I had short hair a lot, so you couldn’t tell what I was either. 🙂

  17. Megan -- booksandcarbs

    I missed all of these book as well … Private Citizens and Strangers In Their Own Land are languishing on my bookshelves. Mothering Sunday is hiding out in my kindle cloud. Thanks for this post — good reminder that there are some good reads waiting for me.

  18. Catherine

    Yowza, I made the list twice?! That’s a lot of pressure! I hope Imagine Me Gone works. The beginning has a lot of elements that can be confusing at first.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Haha – obviously!! And I finished Imagine last night…really liked it. 4 stars. Like the second half better. Michael’s incessant music talk was annoying. I understand the purpose, I’m just not a music person and didn’t care. Now if he’d been obsessed with books…

  19. Allison @ The Book Wheel

    I’m so torn on Dark Matter. I’ve heard really conflicting things about it and because it’s already outside of my normal genres, I’m hesitant (I even checked it out from the library and returned it unread). Let me know what you think!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      It’s so outside the norm for me too, but I’ve got it on hold at the library, so there’s no risk in at least giving it a shot.

  20. Ginger

    The NIX! By Nathan Hill. The audible recording by Ari Fliakos is hands down the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. You should really take a look back at this one.

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