Here you are, friends, a list of the books I read in 2016, complete with links so you can buy them for yourselves. I’m a giver.
I read 76 books in 2016, which is pretty standard for me. I like to alternate between big fat bricks and shorter, easier reads. I never set actual reading goals, but it always seems to average out to about 1.5 books a week.
The overall quality was awesome. I lost a whole lot of sleep in order to finish some of these beauties. Technically, all of the books on this list are my ‘favorites’ of the year, because I never ever finish a book I don’t like. EVER. That might horrify thlose of you who are determined to finish every book you start, but for me it comes down to this: Life is too short for me to read all the books I like. I don’t have time, patience, or energy for a book I don’t love.
On that note, I don’t keep track of the books I start but don’t finish, but I’d guess that number to be at least 100 additional books. We visit the library almost every week, and I generally take out 5-10 books at a time. I’ll give a book about 50 pages and if it’s not grabbing me, I move on to the next one.
I had a fairly good mix of genres this year. The majority was literary and contemporary fiction. But of course there was a lot of romance, a few mysteries, and even some Urban Fantasy. There is also a pretty big dose of business, writing and/or self help books, because I’m a big fan of sucking less with each passing day.
One surprise (to me): I didn’t re-read any Jane Austen or E.M. Forster at all. In fact, this year’s list is very light on the classics. I’ll remedy that in January, which is the best month to hunker down with something old fashioned.
Now it’s your turn. What did you read this year? What were your favorites? What do you think of my reading list? Anything I should put on my 2017 list? Hit me up in the comments or shoot me an e-mail so we can talk about all the books!
MY VERY FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
BOOKS MY KIDS LOVED AND ASKED ME TO READ
BOOKS I HAVE READ BEFORE AND NEVER GET TIRED OF RE-READING
BOOKS THAT ARE PART OF A SERIES
AWESOME BOOKS THAT DON’T FIT INTO OTHER CATEGORIES
BOOKS ABOUT WRITING, BUSINESS, OR BEING A BADASS