I know I am so late on this post. Every is soo over 2016.
But I truly love to read, and I just wanted to share some of the books that I enjoyed last year.
These seven books are my favorites of 53 books read in 2016. You will notice a pattern. 🙂
- Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
- In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
- Dead Wake by Erik Larson
- Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
So, yes, I am an Erik Larson fan. I discovered his books at the library at the beginning of the year and read five of his books in a row. These four I positively loved. The fifth, not so much. But I did learn so much from his books and appreciated/adored the fresh perspective and retelling.
This year was also the first time I came across movies that I loved more than the books. This has never happened to me before. I read In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick and Me Before You by Jojo Meyers before I saw the movies and had mixed feelings about them. Philbrick is characteristically an amazing author right from the start, but I feel like he doesn’t know how to finish a book. His books start strong then fizzle out. Meyers just wasn’t my style. But in both cases, I absolutely adored the movies. In the Heart of the Sea left me breathless and I loved how it blended with Moby Dick. And Me Before You…. oh my! There were tears for days.
My book list for 2017 is growing. I have about 115 books that I want to read, but I know that teaching full-time and working a part-time job will slow the reading progress.
As of right now I am looking forward to reading:
- The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson (I am currently half way through the book. It just feels like a warm summer afternoon. Loving it!)
- The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
- The Residence by Kate Anderson Brower
- Hopefully some American classics that I never got to in high school because I love British lit so much 🙂
Remember, there is a book out there for everyone! Of the 53 books that I read in 2016, I only really disliked six of them.
Have fun reading through 2017!