2016 was a tough reading year for me. A couple things happened, both personally and professionally, that left me unable to focus on what I was reading. I would start a book, get halfway through, and then grow bored with it. I kept picking up books thinking, “surely this will be the one to end my slump,” but it never really happened. I finished 2016 dead center in the middle of a slump. So, rather than wallow in self-pity, ashamed of the fact that I can’t write a Best 16 Books of 2016 list (for the pure reason that it would basically end up being a list of the books I read this last year—I only finished 22 books…), I’m going to share with you 8 books that I loved, and 8 books that I started in 2016 and look forward to finishing in 2017.
My reading goal for 2017 is 30 books, but I very much hope to exceed that goal. I have also created a rule whereby I can only read a new book once I have read 3 books currently on my shelf. My book buying reached new heights this last year despite the fact my reading had taken a SERIOUS hit. Here’s to hoping the reading slump ended with 2016!
8 Favorite Books From 2016 (Click links to read my review)
1) Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2) Illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3) A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold
4) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
5) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
6) Mermaids by Patty Dann
7) The Girls by Emma Cline
8) Tenth of December by George Saunders (I never got around to reviewing this short story collection, but it was amazing.)
8 Books I Look Forward to Finishing in 2017
1) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
2) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
3) A Monster Calls by Patrick Nes
4) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
5) Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
6) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
7) Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates
8) In Cold Blood by Truman Capot
Let me know what you read last year and what you plan to read this next year!