Welcome to the Top 10 Books I read in 2016. It’s hard to believe this year is almost gone, but seeing how crazy 2016 has been in all sorts of ways, maybe that’s not a bad thing.
Before I get to my top 10 list, there is something you should know about it: This top 10 book list is for books I read in 2016, that doesn’t mean any of these books were released during 2016. Does that make sense? If it doesn’t, too bad. Here are the top 10 books I read in 2016:
10. Titanic 1912: The original news reporting of the sinking of the Titanic
Think you know everything there is to know about the sinking of the Titanic? Think again.
The movies, the books, and the documentaries almost always focus on the actual sinking of the ship. But there was a whole other story happening at the same time on both sides of the Atlantic. This book explains hos the media in the U.S. and in Europe got the story all wrong for days after the Titanic sank.
Titanic 2012 also looks at how Congress handled aftermath of the tragedy, as well as telling you about some of the important people: ones who died, survived, and those who attempted to rescue the doomed ship.
9. WCW: The Alternate Timeline: Saving WCW in 1999
Pro wrestling was at its best, during the late 1990’s Monday Night Wars. Strong competition from WCW nearly put the then WWF out of business. But bad management, stupid contracts, and wrestlers with massive egos brought down World Championship Wrestling.
This book details how author Craig W Atkinson could have saved the company starting in 1999. He goes on to explain how he’d cut payroll, and how he would have booked WCW’s live events, televised shows, and pay per views.
8. The Olympics of 1972: A Munich Diary
Richard Mandel’s Munich Diary is not a sports book, nor is it an eyewitness report on the horrific attack on the Israeli athletes. The tragedy is covered, but it is not the main focus of the book.
A Munich Diary is a first hand account of the 1972 Munich Olympics. Mendel goes to great detail about everything at the ’72 summer games. Everything is covered here: preparations for the games, funding the events, and how Germany had hoped to re-introduce itself to the world.
7. First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies
In First Women, author Kate Andersen Brower lifts the curtain of secrecy on one of the most exclusive clubs in the world: the first ladies of the United States.
Brower covers every first lady from Jacqueline Kennedy on, by showing the bonds between the women; some of the tensions the grew over the years; and personal and political issues that each woman had to navigate through. As Broower puts it: “What makes them so compelling is their shared humanity, their imperfection”.
6. The Eighties: A Bitchen Time To Be a Teenager!
A Bitchen Time To Be a Teenager is coming of age memoir by Tom Harvey. The book is funny, touching and accurate. This book is sure to bring back fond memories for anyone who lived through the 1980’s
To be clear, A Bitchen Time To Be a Teenager is not an 80s encyclopedia, but its is a very entertaining and fun read that I was able to relate to several times.
5. Devil May Care
Funny story: I started reading Devil May Care back in 2008 while I was working overnights. I got about a quarter of the way through, but then I moved and left the book in Boston. After that, I just completely forgot about it.
So I decided to start the Sebastian Faulks novel again, and I’m glad I did, because Faulks crafted a crisp, fast paced thriller.The book brought back the litary Bond in style, by ignoring forty something years of books, and more or less, picking up shortly after the end of Fleming’s final 007 novel, The Man with the Golden Gun (1965).
4. Shocking Wrestling Plans You Won’t Believe Almost Happened
Shocking Wrestling Plans has plenty of stories that are too good to be believed. But the one story that had me on the floor laughing my head off was the one about an early 1990’s WCW situation
Apparently, the then WCW president, a man who didn’t know anything about pro wrestling, decided it would be a good idea to turn the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair into a gladiator. Yup, a Roman gladiator with sandals, sword, and a shaved head. Is it any wonder why slick Ric jumped ship to the WWF in 1991?
3. Don’t Stop the Geekin’
No matter when you grew up, fitting was an important part of your youth. But fitting in when you are a geeky kid like author Marc Allie (and countless others), wasn’t easy.
Chances are you probably teased and/or bullied for liking comic books, sci-fi, and other geeky stuff. For anyone who went through that (I sure did), this book is for you.
2. Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films
Just when I thought I knew all there is to know about the James Bond film series, along comes Some Kind of Hero to teach me a few things. This book starts in early fifties, when Ian Fleming was already trying to get his hero on the big screen, and wraps up with last year’s “SPECTRE”.
In between, I got dozens of interviews with stars, filmmakers, and fans. This book also has bios, and great little stories about each film. There are also chapters about producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli, and even a section devoted to the actors who nearly became Bond over the years, and the 007 films that never happened.
1. I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn’t Cool
I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn’t Cool is the funniest, most relatable memoir I have ever read. Tis was the first book I read by Marc Allie, and it had me laughing until I cried, and I lost count how many times I thought: “Holy cow, that happened to me!”
Everything Aliie wrote about in this book was something I could relate to. From going to the laundromat with his mom, and begging her for a buck to go buy something at the convenience store. I did that.
To those lonely days at school when you had nobody to talk to about your favorite sci-fi tv show or favorite superhero comic. I’ve been there and done that. And who hasn’t puked all over his or her favorite Batman t-shirt as a kid?
Both books by Marc Allie are worth reading, but When Geeky wasn’t Cool brought back so many memories that I just had to put it at number one.