Books I Read in 2016 | Books to Read in 2017

bookshelf-2Inspired by this Quivering Pen post, I decided to compile a list of the books I read in 2016. It may be understated since I did not keep a record. I would also like to state my reading intentions for 2017. I list them below.

List of Books Read in 2016

Review books:

  • The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, by John Boyne
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
  • Witness: Passing the Torch of Holocaust Memory to New Generations, compiled by Eli Rubenstein with the March of the Living
  • We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, by Russell Freedman
  • The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking through Anne Frank’s Window, by Jeff Gottesfeld
  • Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journey, by Susan Gordon
  • Dreams Are Forbidden, by Danna Banki
  • Anne Frank: Heroic Diarist of the Holocaust, by Hope Lourie Killcoyne
  • Survivors Club, by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
  • Max, by Sarah Cohen-Scali
  • Esfir Is Alive, by Andrea Simon 
  • Irena’s Children: A True Story of Courage, by Tillar Mazzeo and adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell

Craft and Pedagogy:

  • The Emotional Craft in Fiction, by Donald Maas
  • Get Published in Literary Magazines: The Indispensable Guide to Preparing, Submitting and Writing Better, by Allison K. Williams
  • Crafting the Personal Essay, by Dinty Moore
  • Writing with Power, by Peter Elbow
  • A Writer Teaches Writing, by Donald M. Murray

Memoir, other Nonfiction, and Fiction:

  • Safekeeping, by Abigail Thomas
  • The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez
  • Louis Bamberger, by Linda B. Forgosh
  • The Best American Essays 2015, edited by Ariel Levy
  • Finding Mr. Rightstein, by Nancy Davidoff Kelton
  • The Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
  • On the Fringes of History: A Memoir, by Philip D. Curtin
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander
  • Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher (a must-read for anyone in academia)
  • Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories, by Blume Lempel, translated by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
  • Shadows of Shame, by Bruce Askenas (interview to come soon!)

Children’s Books:

  • Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Jamey Christoph
  • Stone Angel, by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Katie May Green
  • One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • The Flower Girl Wore Celery, by Meryl E. Gordon and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
  • The Sundown Kid, by Barbara Bietz and illustrated by John Kanzler
  • Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy, by Richard Michelson and illustrated by Edel Rodriquez

Some books I intend to read in 2017

  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Dubliners, by James Joyce
  • Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Townie, by Andre Dubus III
  • Chasing Portraits, by Elizabeth Rynecki
  • Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin (a -re-read)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
  • Books from the National Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Book Club

Question 4U

What’s on your list? What did you read in 2016 and what do you want to read in 2017? Any books you recommend?

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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4 Responses to Books I Read in 2016 | Books to Read in 2017

  1. Sheila Baslaw says:

    Two life changing books I read this year are: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf and being Mortal by Atul Gawande

  2. One of our best-read books this year was “The Road to Resilience” by Sherri Mandell and “The Long Night” by Ernst Israel Bornstein. We’d be happy to send you review copy if you’d like!
    -Yehudit J. Singer, Marketing Manager @ The Toby Press

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