Books are a huge part of my life and there is often nothing I would rather do than curl up with a good book at night. These days, I’m typically reading two books at a time–one before bed each night and one audiobook that I listen to whenever I walk to/from campus or for exercise. A few years ago, I started using Goodreads to track the books I’ve read each year via their yearly challenge to read a set number of books. I’m actually not very concerned with meeting my set number of books each year, though I typically do, but it’s really fun and interesting to look back on each year (they save the challenge list for you) and reminisce over some of my favorites.
The above photo is of all of the books I read in 2016–29! Here were a few highlights:
- The Outlander series. Outlander was the first book I read in 2016 and I only have one more to get caught up with the series. If you love historical fiction/time travel/romance (pretty much my favorite genre), these are for you!
- The Nightingale. I’ve never been a huge Kristin Hannah fan, so I approached this book thinking I wouldn’t really like it despite all of the positive press. However, the historical fiction setting combined with strong female protagonists and beautiful storytelling made this one I couldn’t put down.
- The City of Mirrors. I’ve read the other two Passage novels by Justin Cronin and had been waiting a few years for the final installment to be released. It took some summary reading to remember everything that had happened but overall, I was happy with the conclusion to the series.
- Back from the Dead. This was a random audiobook my parents had listened to that I decided to listen when I had nothing else in the queue. It’s Bill Walton’s autobiography and it ended up being one of my favorite listen of the year due to his humor, honesty, and fascinating life.
- The Light Between the Oceans. I also listened to this book and it was just beautifully written. I highlighly recommend if you’re looking for perfectly crafted historical fiction.
And here’s what’s on my 2017 reading list so far:
- Born to Run. This was another random audiobook that I started to listen to and fell in love with. Bruce Springsteen narrates his own autobiography and his style and voice are pure poetry. He takes you from his childhood to present day and also walks you through the making of several of his albums. I probably couldn’t have named 5 Springsteen songs before this book, so I would take a break every time he described a new album and listen to it in its entirety on Amazon Music.
- Someday, Someday Maybe. I love Lauren Graham and finished her autobiography last year, so her debut novel is next up on my reading list.
- Commonwealth. This Ann Patchett novel has gotten mixed reviews but I’m excited to delve in and see for myself.
Does anyone have any other book recommendations for the new year?