Monday, January 9, 2017

2016 Reads

Well, 2016 was a slow year of reading for me. I managed to read 7 books, which isn't terrible, but I always strive for 12 or more. And of those 7, I really only liked about half of them. I had a little baby for about half the year, and an exhausting mobile baby the other half of the year. We're gonna call that my excuse for being a bad reader this past year. The baby plus too much binge watching TV after my kids go to bed and then finding myself too sleepy to read. Here's to hoping for less TV and more pages in 2017! I have a big list of want to reads I'm going to list at the can follow more of my reading here on goodreads!

So here were last year's reads, in the order I read them. And for those who may wonder how I choose what to read next, it's almost always determined by what's come in from the library after I've reserved it.

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
4/5 stars on Goodreads

Love Mindy's first book, this was a fun follow up. Not the best, but definitely an entertaining read. If you need something light after a heavy book, this is a great one to throw in. She can always make me laugh out loud.

4/5 stars on Goodreads

I have blogged, tweeted, snapped about my love for Sara Bareilles in the past, so it should come as no surprise that I read and loved her book. The book is a collection of eight essays that talk about the story behind eight of her songs, and through those stories, you learn more about her and where she has been in life. My favorite story was about the time she was on tour with Jennifer Nettles and they wrote a musical together called Lesbians. It's endearing and sad and happy and funny and just the perfect book to pick up if you've ever been a fan of Sara. This was probably my favorite read from the year. 

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
3/5 stars on Goodreads

 I don't like quitting a book, but I considered it a few times with this one because this book was DARK. And not in a twisty way that makes your jaw drop and takes turns you didn't expect. More in a too violent, too graphic, and too unbelievable way. I wouldn't recommend (even without all the dark stuff, I thought that story was kind of....dumb?), but if you do pick up, be warned that it will make it hard to sleep at night.

3/5 stars on Goodreads

I really do like a lot about Jen Hatmaker. I do. And I did like this book, but I didn't love it the same way some friends did. I felt like there were a few essays where she just tried a little too hard to make me laugh and I didn't. And then reading the book as a whole took me weeks because I felt like I was just reading a well written a mommy blog, and each essay didn't say that much different from the essay before it. I did like the book, but I wish I had read it in small chunks while reading another book. 

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
3/5 stars on Goodreads

I can never turn down an Emily Giffin book. And I don't know why, because I haven't really loved the last few books she's put out, but like always, I reserve it at the library and finish it quickly because I can't seem to put down her books. While I did like this more than her last book, I didn't love it. The two main characters were both unlikable, and I think that made it hard for me to really connect to the book.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty 
2/5 stars on Goodreads

Are you guys tired of my "blah" reviews yet? I wasn't a good year of reading. Maybe that was why I didn't read much...I kept choosing bad books? Anyhow, I feel like most of Moriarty's fans felt like I did after reading this book. I feel like I kept waiting for something BIG to happen, and finally after so much build up, the "big thing" happened and I was left thinking, "that's it?" I still love Moriarty's writing and her storytelling, but this story was just not her best.

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
3/5 stars on Goodreads

A friend passed this on to me, and I'm glad she did! I wouldn't rank it up there as one of my all time favorites, but it was a good read to end the year. It was a story about a boy who goes missing in the park with his mom, and the whole book you're questioning where he went and what happened to him.  It has some twists and turns, and while parts are a little predictable, it was an enjoyable fast read for me.  

And there you have it!

My whopping seven books. I really do hope to do better in 2017! I'm already half way through my first book (The Mothers), and I have so many other books I am determined to squeeze in. The Sound of Gravel, Homegoing, Present over Perfect, and Before the Fall are at the top of my list.

What was your favorite read of 2016? What's at the top of your list for 2017?

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  1. Homegoing was my favorite book of 2016! By far!

  2. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is amazing!

  3. Before the Fall sounds great! Adding it to my list as well