I read a little over 60 books in 2016.
Granted, I had to sacrifice some sleep to read 4 novels in the last 10 days but I made it! Competitive? Not really. Terrified of the fact that if I don’t complete my challenge, Goodreads will not keep my 2016 books in a neat virtual bundle. This is probably some kind of OCD, but it sure is motivating!
Here’s the complete list, with links and ratings – entirely subjective, with rating explained at the end of this article – only reflecting my own personal opinion.
Switch On Your Brain, Caroline Leaf *****
Heaven, Randy Alcorn (Kindle) *****
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown (Kindle) *****
At Home, Bill Bryson *****
Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell *****
Esther, Beth Moore *****
Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas ****
The Artisan Soul, Erwin McManus (Kindle) ****
Bringing up Bebe, Pamela Druckerman ****
Jesus Is…, Judah Smith (Kindle) ****
7 Men, Eric Metaxas ***
Scary Close, Donald Miller (Kindle) ***
Let’s All be Brave, Annie F. Downs (Kindle) ***
It’s Not What You Think, Jefferson Bethke ***
The $100 Start-up, Chris Guillebeau ***
The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe ****
How to Really Love Your Child, Ross Campbell (Kindle) ***
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie ***
Fired, Kangmyoung Chang ***
Kwon-Sun Chan and Nice People, Ki-Ho Lee ***
Where Would you Like to Go?, Ae-Ran Kim ***
The Xenophobe’s Guide to the Germans ***
A Taste of Hot Apple Cider, N.J. Lindquist (Kindle) **
A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman ****
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Jan Karon *****
The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde *****
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh *****
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion *****
Comfort Food, Kate Jacobs (Kindle) *****
The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs (Kindle) *****
Knit Two, Kate Jacobs (Kindle) ****
Knit the Season, Kate Jacobs (Kindle) ****
Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas ****
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, Alexander McCall Smith ****
Hector and the Search for Happiness, Francois Lelord (Kindle) ****
Counting by 7’s, Holly Goldberg Sloan (Kindle) ****
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, Trenton Lee Stewart ****
Elderberry Croft, Becky Doughty (Kindle) ****
Prairie Rose, Catherine Palmer (Kindle) ****
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell you She’s Sorry, Fredrik Backman (Kindle) ****
Lost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde ****
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett (Kindle) ****
The Christmas Note, Donna VanLiere (Kindle) ***
Sushi for Beginners, Marian Keyes (Kindle) ***
Peril at End House, Agatha Christie (*Kindle*) ***
The Mystery of the Blue Train, Agatha Christie (Kindle) ***
God’s Grammar, Mick Money (Kindle) ***
The Thing About Luck, Cynthia Kadohata ***
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, Katherine Rundell ***
Three Bird Summer, Sara St. Antoine ***
Cross Roads, Wm. Paul Young ***
Something Rotten, Jasper Fforde ***
The Well of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde ***
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster ***
Austenland, Shannon Hale ***
In Between, Jenny B. Jones (Kindle) ***
Me Before You, Jojo Moyes **
Flora & Ulysses, Kate DiCamillo **
Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo **
Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell **
Holes, Louis Sachar **
Black Coffee, Agatha Christie (Kindle) **
Total: 62 books
Non- fiction: 23 books
Fiction: 39 books
Kindle: 25 books (still hooked on hard copy books!)
Most Read Author: Kate Jacobs and Jasper Fforde share this spot with 4 books/each
Books of the Year: Switch On Your Brain, by Caroline Leaf (non-fiction) and A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman (fiction)
Discovery of the Year: Contemporary European authors. Fredrik Backman, Francois Lelord, Jonas Jonasson. I’m delighted with the novel that deals with deep and important issues in a lightweight, humorous manner, with a dash of the ridiculous. Easy-reads with a heart, that’s how I describe them. Don’t be surprised if you shed a tear or two even as you laugh out loud.
2016 To Read List: I have read 8 out 9 titles (complete list here)
– I’ve read quite a few good novels this year, most of them courtesy of the Itaewon Global Village Centre or friends.
– I’ve continued reading Kids’ Lit but it’s been hit and miss with them this year.
– My interest in Agatha Christie is dwindling perhaps because I prefer the Miss Marple stories and I finished reading all of them.
– Haven’t ventured too much out of my comfort zone, although I have read some bestselling titles and I’m not in the habit of doing that – does that count?
– Highlights are the following:
The Ladies’ Book Club in Seoul – we read and discussed some great kids’ lit titles. The Itaewon Global Village even got a new bookshelf specifically for the LBC.
The K-Fiction Young Writer Award – I got to be one of their international reviewers and judges, but sadly missed the Award Ceremony because we were moving countries. Happens.
Paju Book City – I finally got to visit Korea’s Book capital, in the company of dear bookworm friends.
How many books should I plan to read next year? This needs a bit more thought. Will give you the exact number in my next post, together with a list of books I look forward to reading in 2017.
I’ve been documenting (and completing!) my reading challenges since 2011, so do check out my previous lists:
One last thing. Goodreads has their traditional “The Year in Books”, with a few fun stats. Check out mine: 2016 Year in Books.
How many books have you read this year? Any good ones you’d recommend?
*** pretty good
** will do when bored
* why did I waste time reading this?