Triple B: Best of 2016

Even though it’s taken two grown ass men and gallons of IPA to complete a still small list, the Triple B thought we’d share our favorite reads of 2016.

1-4tyxcrgmaifo722of11swaThe Vegetarian by Han Kang   
The Vegetarian was one odd duck. On the surface it played itself to be this story about one woman’s vegan revelation, but once the story took hold it took a 180. It’s a story of a midlife crisis that has a midlife crisis. – Joe


Bucky F*cking Dent by David Duchovny
Bucky is a decidedly different, but still related by humor to Duchovny’s first book Holy Cow. What essentially starts out to be a story of a father and son bonding, really turns into one of the very best books I’ve ever read. – Joe

I couldn’t agree more. Duchovny knocks it out of the park (see what I did there?) with this one. Bucky is also the first time I have genuinely enjoyed listening to the audiobook more than reading the physical thing. Duchovny’s writing, even when shit hits the proverbial fan, never comes off as over the top. It always feels natural. Or maybe I curse too much? Find out for yourself. – ericksonnat


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
When I was reading this the only thought that I had was “this is so great, I’m so glad this exists”. And almost five months later I’m still glad it exists, but it certainly doesn’t warrant the five star rating that it got the day I finished it. – Joe


We Stand On Guard by Brian K. Vaughan
This one isn’t exactly a surprise for me since Vaughan is my favorite comic writer. From the early days of his X-Men and Y: The Last Man, Vaughan has been writing compelling and interesting stories. Here he writes a story about what might happen if the USA ever invades Canada; it’s scary to just think about. – Joe


It’s Okay to Laugh by Nora McInerny Purmort
I think this is my only non-fiction read of the year. A memoir by this Minnesota mom and radio host, It’s Okay to Laugh is funny and honest and easily one of the most entertaining memoirs to ever hit shelves. – Joe


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
How can I put this nicely? 2016 was a fucked up year. Who would have thought America would be fighting a war they (wrongly) thought they had won nearly 60 years ago? Between the World and Me is a series of essays written by Ta-Nehisi Coates to his son about race, his experience as a Black man, and its effect on the world. This book will shock you, scare you, make you sick, but it will also make you want to change. – ericksonnat


Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives by Gary Younge
What better to follow up a book about race in America than a book about gun violence in America? Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives tells the story of an “ordinary” day in November of 2013. When I say “ordinary”, I mean ordinary to us, the reader. This day isn’t ordinary to the ten families changed in this book. Here’s how it shakes down: ten children between the ages of nine and nineteen were killed in one 24-hour period by a gun, one way or the other. I know what you’re thinking: “this fricken left wing, anti-gun, rope smokin, hippie trying to push some agenda on me!? Eh-eh!” (think Stone Cold Steve Austin on the middle turnbuckle slamming two beers together and pouring them all of his face). Let’s be clear: I’m the kind of guy that likes to kick back with the bros, throw down a few brewskies and take some target practice, but this book scared the living shit out of me and will you too. – ericksonnat


Might Morphin Power Rangers, Vol. 1 by Kyle Higgins (Author), Hendry Prasetya (Illustrations), Steve Orlando (With).
Go Go Power Rangers! Naaa naaa naa naaaa naaa (epic guitar shreddage emanating from deep within) How much convincing do you need? The motha effin Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are back and cooler than ever! While the story isn’t all that new (roughly based on the first season of MMPP) and filled to the brim with nostalgia, Angel Grove has never felt so fresh. If you’re at all interested in seeing the upcoming series reboot in theatres, make sure you catch up on your reading first! – ericksonnat


Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
Until Disney got their hands on it, I’ve never been over the top crazy about the Star Wars franchise. That being said, with all of the attention the new movies have been receiving I found it only natural that I turn into a rabid, force lovin’ fan. Full of action and adventure, Catalyst helped set the grandiose stage that is Rogue One and I couldn’t be more thankful that I gave it a try. – ericksonnat

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