The Year of the Fidgety Reader. That was my 2016. Releasing my own novel and editing a second and third cut into my precious reading time, energy and focus, and that frustrated the hell out of me- reading is as important to me as a writer as writing. But I did encounter the extraordinary, books that I look back on now with gratitude, for they have changed me as a writer and a human being.   The Breakdown: 76 read Novels: 42 Poetry Collections: 6 Memoir: 6 Short Story Collections: 6 Writing Craft: 4 Creative Nonfiction: (social, political, historical): 11 Biography: 1 Authors:  68 women; 6 men; 2 multiple authors If there was any particular theme to my reading this year, it was survival. Diane Les Bequets’s stunning Breaking Wild and the novel that had my…