Even with a rapid start at the beginning of the year, I was unable to reach my Goodreads.com reading challenge for 2016. Having to work so many hours in December, I fell shy of my challenge of 35 books, missing my goal for the first time since starting the challenge in 2012. As the year closed, however, I found myself enrapt in one that I’d been anxiously anticipating for quite some time, Ron Chernow’s highly regarded biography, Alexander Hamilton – possibly, the best of my 2016 reads.

Steve’s reads of 2016

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
The Witches: Salem, 1692
Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West
The Three Battles of Wanat: And Other True Stories
Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots
Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961
Black Hawk Down
The Alchemist
Lone Star Nation: How a Ragged Army of Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence - And Changed America
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Ethan Allen: His Life and Times
Oliver Cromwell
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
Madame Chiang Kai-shek: China's Eternal First Lady
On the Trail of the Assassins
JFK: The CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
Red Rabbit
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Steve’s favorite books »

Though I didn’t reach my goal, it was still a memorable year with lots of good reads. Oh well, maybe next year!

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