57, which is exactly one more book than 2015’s 56 books, accomplishing the one goal I’ve made every year since 2009. I had planned on doing a run down of my top books every year, but apparently I only did that for the Books I Read In 2012. I still highly recommend my top three from that year.
My top three book recommendations from 2016:
(in no particular order)
Bonus titles include: American Born Chinese, The Birchbark House, Black Wolves, & Dealing with Dragons.
Out of the 57 books read in 2016, 7 were electronic books, 4 audio books & the rest were a mix of hardback & paperback. I’m surprised to find myself having read 9 graphic novels since I was convinced they were something I didn’t enjoy.
When Aaron & I were dating we started reading books out loud to each other. *Nerd Alert* In 2016 we read 19 books together, making a lifetime total of 76 books read together. I have to endorse reading out loud together. The story becomes a shared experience, or adventure that spawns many entertaining conversations, discussions, arguments or insights.
Unlike my 2012 review of books I read I am including books I DO NOT RECOMMEND. I half hope someone else has read or attempted to read these & disliked them as much as I do. The books in 2016 I actually read all the way through & gave one star (because there is no option for negative stars) include: The Vanishing Year, A Wife of Noble Character, Station Breaker, Our Endless Numbered Days, & Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. I have (most of them brief) reviews on Goodreads.com as to why I DO NOT RECOMMEND these books, but if you insist I can muster a rant about any of these books here in the comments.
A couple of years ago I decided I absolutely had to have a Goodreads shelf specifically for books that were SO bad I couldn’t force (guilt, trick, or bribe) myself to finish them. For 2016 those two books are: A Walk in the Woods (sexist), & The Sword of Shannara (also sexist).
Tell me all about your recommendations from what you read in 2016 & I would love to hear about the books that you read or tried to read that are just a total disaster.