Over the past few years I’ve started using Goodreads more and making reading goals for myself to try to complete. I made it my goal to read 25 books in 2016. In 2015, I finished a whopping 20 and figured I could read 5 more. Well, that seemed to be a little bit harder for me to accomplish this time around! I ended up finishing 2016 having read a total of 17 books and 5,310 pages. Not too shabby, but obviously I was a little discouraged I didn’t reach my goal. I’m trying again to read 25 books in 2017, and so far at 6 days into the new year, I’ve read 2! I always read a lot over winter break (typically because Ryan and I do a lot of beach travel and I loveeee to read on the beach!) so this year was no exception.
Anyway, you guys seem to like my book posts so I figured I’d share the books I read in 2016 and what I thought about them! Feel free to let me know what YOU read lately and what you’re loving! I’m also trying to make it my goal to read the Harry Potter series in 2017 (I’ve only read the first 3.5 books) and also read some classics. I’m tired of taking those dumb Buzzfeed quizzes (“You Definitely Have a 4.0 in College if You’ve Read All of these Books”) and getting a result like, “Nice try, but you’re not very well read! Try something with substance”. SO if any of you have a suggestion of a classic you love and think I wouldn’t stab myself in the eye while reading, let me know!
4 stars. I read this book back in January while in Cancun, it was a quick read for me and super quirky! I loved it and want to read the second book sometime this year. It was especially interesting to me because the main character is thought to be a man with Asperger’s.
3.5 stars. Read my review.
3 stars. I thought this book was good, I finished it in about a day, but it was definitely hyped up too much. I have yet to see the movie but I still would like to!
3 stars. I had to read this book for a psychology class and I thought it was really interesting! It was definitely a book I’m glad I read, it gave me a lot of insight to take into the field of speech-language pathology.
5 stars. I was absolutely obsessed with this book. It was definitely one of my top books of 2016! YOU is unlike any book I ever read before and I mean that in the best way. If you’re looking for something out-of-the-box that might make you slightly uncomfortable, I highly recommend this book!
3 stars. Read my review.
4 stars. Read my review.
5 stars. Read my review.
5 stars. This book is my favorite of 2016. I have nothing more to say except read it! (You can read my previous review here)
5 stars. I also thoroughly enjoyed this book! One of my top picks of 2016 as well. Read my review.
5 stars. I’m embarrassed I hadn’t read this book sooner. I loved it, and though it was a long one, it was well worth the read. If you haven’t read this one yet, you need to. It takes place during the Holocaust, and the narrator is Death which makes the book super unique. Even though this is technically a children’s book, I recommend that everyone read it! It had me in tears multiple times. Such a great read.
3 stars. Left Neglected is written by the same author as Still Alice and while I loved Still Alice, I didn’t feel the same way about this one. I couldn’t connect with the character, she wasn’t very likable so that make it hard for me to love the book! It was still interesting to learn about left neglect so I’d still recommend the book to anyone who is interested in learning more about that!
4 stars. I read this book because I was interested in the movie that was coming out but wanted to read the book first! My Nana had an extra copy from her book club that she let me have which was perfect. I really liked this book, I’m usually not into stories that take place in different time periods but I was totally fine with the 1920’s setting. It allowed the events that took place in the book to happen more naturally! There were some parts that were a little unbelievable, but I took it all with a grain of salt. I would definitely recommend this book!
4 stars. I thought MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE was really interesting! There were two alternate stories being told within one book which I thought would be confusing but it really wasn’t! There were so many things that happened that I found myself gasping out loud about. I thought the ending was perfect and it left me questioning my own life!
2 stars. I was kind of disappointed in this book. Maybe it was because it was about middle aged women and I couldn’t relate, or maybe it was just not that great. Who knows. I just know I wasn’t super into it. All of the characters seemed whiny and the time travel thing was really corny. I finished it because I got too invested and needed to know the ending, but otherwise I would’ve DNF’d it. I’d stay away from this one, unfortunately.
There ya have it! The 17 books I read last year. Which ones do you want to add to your TBR? Be sure to add me on Goodreads to get more updates on what I’m currently reading!