The past year was an interesting one for me reading-wise, marked by some of the highest highs and lowest lows. The big event, of course, was the start of my podcast, which reshaped my reading in radical ways. My official total for 2016 was 98 books. I say "official," as there were some graphic novels and books that I read to my son which didn't make the official count. But of the books I counted the total came to just shy of the century mark.
Of all of the books I read -- and I was fortunate to read quite a few this year -- the best book by far, and one of the best books I have ever read, was Andrew Gordon's The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command. For the worst it would have to be a tie between three of the novels I read for the Eric Hoffer Award, which left me wondering if having a publishing industry serving as a literary gatekeeper really was such a bad thing. I'm definitely not going to miss that experience!