Books Read in 2016

A few years ago, inspired by some of my favorite bloggers, I started keeping track of the books I read during the year and posting a list of them at the beginning of the following year. I enjoyed seeing what fellow book-lovers had been reading, so I thought it only fair that I  share my own list, in the hope that some may find it interesting.

I read a lot of books (but a lot less than some of you!). I’m not a speed reader. It’s just that reading books is my hobby. We don’t have a television, so we spend our evenings with books instead. In 2016 I read 50 books. Cherie read a lot more than that.

This is the last year I’m going to do a post like this. Not because I’m going to stop keeping track of my reading, or because I’m no longer interested in seeing other folks’ lists, but because I’ve finally discovered Goodreads. At Goodreads you can keep track of your reading and see what your friends are reading. You also get the benefit of their reviews and ratings. It’s a fun site for bookaholics like me. Feel free to “friend” me, if you’re on it.

Lots of good reading in 2016. Here’s my list, in the order I read them.

Civil War Blunders—Clint Johnson

The Chimp and the River—How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest—David Quammen

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom—Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius

A Taste of Generation Yum: How the Millennial Generation’s Love for Organic Fare, Celebrity Chefs and Microbrews Will Make or Break the Future of Food—Eve Turow

A Maggot—John Fowles

In Search of the Silent South: Southern Liberals and the Race Issue—Morton Sosna

Bread Wine Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love—Simran Sethi

Wines from a Small Garden: Planting to Bottling—James Page-Roberts

Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey–Robert Knox Sneden

The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & The Risk of Commitment—Daniel Taylor

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture—Toby Hemenway

Great Expectations—Charles Dickens

The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-to-the-Land Family’s Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit—Ben Hewitt

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food—Dan Barber

Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War—Joe Bageant

Youngblood Hawke—Herman Wouk

Totem and Taboo: Some Points of Agreement Between the Mental Lives of Savages and Neurotics—Sigmund Freud

Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill—Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd

Pictures from an Institution—Randall Jarrell

What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth—Wendell Berry

Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir—Joe Bageant

The Redneck Manifesto: How Hillbillies, Hicks and White Trash Became America’s Scapegoats—Jim Goad

The Michelin Green Guide: Alsace Lorraine Champagne

All Over but the Shoutin’—Rick Bragg

Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday—Shane Stanford

Danville, Virginia and the Coming of the Modern South—Michael Swanson

Jane Eyre—Charlotte Bronte

The Awakening—Kate Chopin

The Guns of August—Barbara Tuchman

A Decade of Revolution: 1789-1799—Crane Brinton

The Coming of the French Revolution—George Lefebvre

Cousin Bette—Honore de Balzac

Madame Bovary—Gustave Flaubert

The Bluest Eye—Toni Morrison

The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Tradition in English—Ed. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar

The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivor’s Toolkit—Dmitry Orlov

Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish—C. Christopher Smith

Tending—Laura Grace Weldon

Pittsylvania’s Eighteenth Century Grist Mills—Herman Melton

A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America—Jim Webb

A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology—J. Richard Middleton

Rabbit, Run—John Updike

The Bonesetter’s Daughter—Amy Tan

The Corrections—Jonathan Franzen

The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food—Ted Genoways

A Soldier of the Great War—Mark Helprin

I, Claudius—Robert Graves

The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work—Ben Hartman

Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered—E.F. Schumacher