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Wow..I can't believe it's the last day of 2016 already!! The year started off rough, but has been pretty great after discovering Prozac..I can live instead of exist and enjoy things again! Otherwise 2016 was crazy! Too many great people died..I hope 2017 is kinder

Here are all the books I read this year (one of my favorite parts about the end of the year LOL). I read 52 books..my second best year, woohoo! My goal was to read longer books I had been putting off, and I read at least three of them: The Worst Journey in the World, A Dance With Dragons, and Alaska. I never thought The Worst Journey would have affected my life this hugely though, wow..

January
The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Jan 4-18) (100/100. <3 Can't give this book enough stars LOL)
Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home by Bob Tarte (Jan 18-21) (3/5)
Home by Nightfall by Charles Finch (Jan 22-29) (4/5)


February
Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived by Andrew Wilson (Feb 1-11) (4/5)
Borderline by Nevada Barr (Feb 16-23) (4/5)

March
Master of Thin Air: Life and Death on the World's Highest Peaks by Andrew Lock (Feb 29-March 7) (4/5)
The Good, the Bad and the Furry: Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat and Other Whiskery Friends by Tom Cox (March 8-13) (5/5)
Shackleton's Boat Journey by Frank A. Worsley (March 13-19) (4/5)
The Windhorse by Elaine Brook and Julie Donnelly (March 20-24) (4/5)
The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska by Sherry Simpson (March 25-29) (2/5)

April
One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story Tragedy and True Heroism on K2 by Freddie Wilkinson (Mar 30-Apr 9) (3/5)

May
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin (Apr 10-May 6) (4/5)
Crossing Denali: An Ordinary Man's Adventure Atop North America by Michael Fenner (May 8-13) (4/5)
The Fur Person by May Sarton (May 16) (4/5)
Riding the Ice Wind: By Kite and Sledge across Antarctica by Vere Alastair Nicoll (May 17-21) (4/5)

June
Alaska by James A. Michener (May 22-June 18) (5/5)
James Herriot's Cat Stories by James Herriot (June 19-21) (4/5)
Paw Prints in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor (June 22-24) (4/5)
My Cat Spit McGee by Willie Morris (June 24-26) (4/5)
Sherpa: The Memoir of Ang Tharkay by Ang Tharkay (June 27-30) (5/5)

July
Darkness Descending by Ken Jones (June 30-July 4) (4/5)
Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite's Half Dome by Bob Madgic (July 5-8) (4/5)
Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson (5/5. Thanks for helping me get obsessed with Cherry LOL)
Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch (July 24-27) (4/5)
Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith (3/5)

August
Saturn Run by John Sandford and Stein (July 28-Aug 9) (5/5)
A Walk to the Pole: To the Heart of Antarctica in the Footsteps of Scott by Roger Mear (Aug 9-16) (3/5)
Legs on Everest by Mark Inglis (Aug 16-20) (3/5)
A Cat Named Squeeky by Vic Reskovic (Aug 21-22) (3/5)
Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard by Sara Wheeler (Aug 27-30) (4/5. I really wanted to give it 5 stars, but the last part of the book was so depressing :()
Crossing Antarctica by Will Steger and Jon Bowermaster (Aug 23-31) (4/5)

September
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Sept 1-7) (4/5)
Icefields by Thomas Wharton (Sept 8-10) (2/5)
Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party by George R. Stewart (Sept 11-15) (4/5)
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (Sept 16-20) (2/5)
Moonwalker: Adventures of a Midnight Mountaineer by Alan Rowan (Sept 21-25) (5/5)
Life With Badger by Maurice Wiggin (Sept 26) (3/5)

October
The Loneliest Continent: The Story of Antarctic Discovery by Walker Chapman (Sept. 27-Oct. 3) (5/5)
The Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival by Douglas Mawson (Oct. 3-13) (4/5)
Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure by Richard E. Byrd (Oct. 16-19) (5/5)
Karluk: The Great Untold Story of Arctic Exploration by William Laird McKinlay (Oct. 20-24) (4/5)
Fatal North: Adventure and Survival Aboard USS Polaris, the First U.S. Expedition to the North Pole (Oct 24-29) (4/5)

November
The Sea Shall Embrace Them: The Tragic Story of the Steamship Arctic by David W. Shaw (Oct 30-Nov 2) (5/5)
Farthest North: The Incredible Three-Year Voyage to the Frozen Latitudes of the North by Fridtjof Nansen (Nov 3-13) (4/5)
The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen by Stephen R. Bown (Nov 14-20) (4/5)
In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic by Valerian Albanov (Nov 21-22) (4/5)
A Negro Explorer at the North Pole by Matthew A. Henson (Nov 27-29) (4/5)

December
The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration by Alec Wilkinson (Nov 29-Dec 3) (5/5. THE WIND WAS TOO WINDY!!! Best book review ever LOL)
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff (Dec 4-10) (5/5. I gave this book to dad to read since he likes to read WW2 stories and mom said he couldn't put it down haha!)
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides (Dec 11-19) (5/5. Dad read this one too..he was like "it starts off slow, but then it's like 'holy mackerel Andy'!!" LOLOL. Yeah, all these polar survival stories are crazy!! It's amazing anyone even lived..)
Shackleton's Forgotten Men: The Untold Tragedy of the Endurance Epic by Lennard Bickel (Dec 19-25) (5/5)
South: The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition, 1914-1917 by Ernest Shackleton (Dec 26-31) (4/5)


I don't think I'm going to set a specific reading goal for 2017 except to read as much as I can (I can't believe I only read 27 books in 2012, when I first started tracking my books haha. Being happy makes reading nicer too :P). See you next year!
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