My 2016 Reading List


In regards to reading, I had two goals this year.  Actually, I’m going to refer to them as one goal and one hope.

The goal was to read one Shakespeare play each month.  The few I had read before this year were school assignments, which I mostly wasn’t prepared to read and didn’t get much out of.  I got a bit behind during the fall semester, but I managed to catch up just this week in order to complete my goal.

My hope was to read 100 books this year.  Why 100?  I don’t know.  It’s a fairly arbitrary number, but it’s nice and round, and I thought this was the year that I could do it.  Unfortunately, I’m a bit short, clocking in at only 91 books read this year (full list below).  I admit that almost half of those books were poetry books, which means that many were a bit short.  Still, 91 is a respectable number, or so I’m telling myself.

Here’s the full list.  FYI, a few of these books are unpublished manuscripts.  You won’t find them for purchase yet, but I hope you’ll find them one day soon.

  1. Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
  2. Diane Cook – Man V. Nature
  3. Steven Pressfield – The War of Art
  4. David Daniel – Seven-Star Bird
  5. Charles Dodd White & Larry Smith – Appalachia Now
  6. William Trent Pancoast – Valley Real Estate
  7. William Shakespeare – Othello
  8. William Kelley Woolfitt – Beauty Strip
  9. William Kelley Woolfitt – Charles of the Desert
  10. Richie Hofmann – Second Empire
  11. Jill McCorkle – Creatures of Habit
  12. Junot Diaz – The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  13. Michael Ondaatje – Divisadero
  14. William Shakespeare – The First Part of Henry VI
  15. Jeremy Jones – Bearwallow
  16. Elijah Burrell – The Skin of the River
  17. William Shakespeare – The Second Part of Henry VI
  18. Wesley Browne – Slice
  19. Pauletta Hansel – The Lives We Live in Houses
  20. Alex Taylor – The Name of the Nearest River
  21. Major Jackson – Holding Company
  22. Kyle McCord – You Are Indeed an Elk, But This is Not the Forest You Were Born to Graze
  23. Jodi Lynn Anderson – Tiger Lily
  24. Brent Martin – Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Bend
  25. William Shakespeare – The Third Part of Henry VI
  26. Robert Zubrin – The Case for Mars
  27. Rose McLarney – The Always Broken Plates of Mountains
  28. Rose McLarney – Its Day Being Gone
  29. Lee Smith – Cakewalk
  30. Amy Willoughby-Burle – Out Across the Nowhere
  31. Darnell Arnoult – Galaxie Wagon
  32. William Shakespeare – Richard III
  33. Pasture Art – Marlin Barton
  34. Barrett Warner – Why is it so hard to kill You?
  35. New Stories from the South 2008 – ZZ Packer
  36. A Fox Appears – Jennifer Stewart-Miller
  37. Larry Brown – Joe (June)
  38. Bob Shachohis – The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
  39. Geoff Dyer – Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It
  40. Theodore Wheeler – Bad Faith
  41. Joanne Proulx – We All Love the Beautiful Girls
  42. William Shakespeare – The Tempest
  43. Ross Gay – Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
  44. Jim Elledge – Tapping My Arm for a Vein
  45. William Shakespeare – Two Gentleman of Verona
  46. Keith Stewart – Bernadette Peters Hates Me
  47. Cassie Pruyn – Lena
  48. Nathan Hill – The Nix
  49. Erica Anderson-Senter – Seven Days Now
  50. J.K. Daniels – Wedding Pulls
  51. Sue Weaver Dunlap – Knead
  52. Lauren K. Alleyne – Difficult Fruit
  53. Major Jackson – Hoops
  54. Brandon Courtney – Rooms for Rent in the Burning City
  55. Henry Real Bird – Horse Tacks
  56. Jen Leija – Good Bones
  57. William Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  58. Lyrae Van Clief-Stafanon – Open Interval
  59. Ron Houchin – Death and the River
  60. David Armand – My Mother’s House
  61. William Shakespeare – The Merry Wives of Windsor
  62. Thomas Rain Crowe – Radiogenesis
  63. Dorianne Laux – The Book of Men
  64. Mark Eisner – The Essential Neruda – Selected Poems
  65. Richard Hague – Possible Debris
  66. Nathalie Handal – Poet in Andalucia
  67. Saeed Jones – Prelude to Bruise
  68. Joseph Bathanti – Anson County
  69. Jim Minick – Burning Heaven
  70. Jim Harrison – Letters to Yesenin
  71. Tim Peeler – Fresh Horses
  72. Mark Wagenaar – Body Distances
  73. Richard Hague – Alive in Hard Country
  74. Connie Jordan Green – Darwin’s Breath
  75. Grace Paley – Later the Same Day
  76. William Shakespeare – Measure for Measure
  77. TJ Jarrett – Zion
  78. Carrie Mullins – Night Garden
  79. William Shakespeare – Comedy of Errors
  80. William Shakespeare – Love’s Labour’s Lost
  81. -91. (11 poetry manuscripts I read for a contest)

I’d love to know what you read this year.  If you don’t want to include your full list, what were your favorite books of 2016?

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