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Total number of books and scripts read in 2016: 170

It's been a busy year. I read, I researched, I wrote and revised. I surrounded myself with scripts, stories, and songs, and I seized and celebrated as many good opportunities as possible.

Here is my list of the best books of 2016, containing titles released and read in that calendar year. Please note that a title's placement within a category is not an indication of rank of any sort; titles are typically listed in the order I read them. Click on a title to read my review.

Juvenile Fiction
Project (Un)Popular by Kristen Tracy

Young Adult Fiction
Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life by Manoah Bowman and Natasha Gregson Wagner

Graphic Novels
Joe Golem Occult Detective by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola

Check out my year-end booklists from previous years:
Best Books of 2015
Best Books of 2014
Best Books of 2013
Best Books of 2012
Best Books of 2011
Best Books of 2010
Best Books of 2009
Best Books of 2008
Best Books of 2007
Best Books of 2006
Best Books of 2005

I also post a list of my favorite books every month, and I have curated dozens of other booklists filled with titles for different audiences, a wide range of genres, topics, and ages. Enjoy!