Every year since getting pregnant with Mac, I set a goal for myself on Goodreads to read one book a month. ONE. That's 12 books total for the year, for all you math geniuses like myself out there, counting along on your fingers. Want to take a guess at how many of the last 5 years I've reached that goal? If you guessed a big fat ZERO, then you'd be correct. Not one single year. This English major used to read about a book a week, so it kills me to say that. But all that changed this past year!
2016 was a big year for me. It was the first year in a long long time that I felt like my former self again, now that I've emerged from those first couple post-baby sleep-deprived hormone-raging years. I traveled, I spent time with friends, I started running again. It was also the year that I discovered how much I really like audiobooks. While I'll always love the smell of paper and the feel of turning your own pages, but I cannot deny how much I love the convenience of audiobooks. I don't know how I ever managed to go this long in life without them.
I listen in the car on my way to and from work, on long runs and while working out, in the evening while I'm editing photos and working on the computer, while I'm getting ready in the morning, while grocery shopping. I love that they let me multi-task and get other things done at the same time. Double win. I still listen to my favorite podcasts too, but audiobooks have dominated my attention these days. I ended up "reading" (mostly listening to) 42 books last year! FORTY-TWO!
I've printed the full list below and noted a few of my favorites (and disappointments), but if you want my full review (or want to see what I'm reading now), follow me on Goodreads. You might notice I have an affinity for WW2/Holocaust books - I can't get enough of them, so if you have a recommendation for a good one, please send it my way! And if you have questions about any book in particular, ask in the comments!
Total books read: 42
Best book: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Worst book: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Feel good book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Biggest disappointment: White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Biggest surprise like: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Best biography: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Best thriller: No One Knows by J.T. Ellison
Toughest read: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Most fun to read: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wish I liked more: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Wish it would never end: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Wish it would've ended a bit sooner: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (but loved it)
Easy beach read: Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Best rainy day read: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
2016 Reading List
What was the best book you read in 2016?