Category: Books

My Favorite Books of 2016

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. 🙂

  1. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  2. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  3. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  4. Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
  5. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  6. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. 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:

  1. 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!)
  2. The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
  3. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  4. The Residence  by Kate Anderson Brower
  5. 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!