I read a LOT of books in 2016.
Some were great.
Some were not.
From the best to the worst and everything in between, these books made an impression on me. Here’s how I felt about the books that made it through my TBR stack in 2016.
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Best Read of the Year
Hands down, this was the best book I read all year. I still can’t get over how much I loved this book. The author slowly peeled back the layers of the story to reveal a mystery and a twist that you don’t see coming. I went into this book with no expectations and it blew me away.
Every once in a while, I think that I should care more about celebrities and pop culture. So I get a book like this and then I realize why I don’t care about celebrities or pop culture. It’s so boring! I don’t care about someone else’s spray tan, make-out sessions, or day-to-day routines. Yawn and double yawn. Long story short—I won’t be reading celebrity memoirs in the near future.
Almost 700 pages! That thing was a beast.
Most Conflicted Feelings After Reading
I read this book months ago and I still can’t decide how I feel about it. Since I was so conflicted about it, I gave it to my neighbor to see if she could make something of it. On the one hand, it was an amazing story, on the other hand, I felt very affronted by the attitudes of the characters. I couldn’t figure out if it was simply the characters in that time period or if the author was putting her own agenda into the book.
Most Educational Book
This fabulous book taught me (and my kids) all about America, the history of our country, all about our government, and all about the different geographical areas. It was a fascinating book and a great read.
This book was sad from beginning to end. It was sad in the middle and sad in the good parts and sad in the bad parts. Sad, sad, sad. It didn’t make me cry, but the entire atmosphere emanated sadness.
Most Depressing Book
Ho-ly smokes! What a depressing book. I quit halfway through because I couldn’t take it anymore. It’s such a downer. Everything bad that can happen to a person happens in this book. Apparently, I’m in the minority on disliking this book (it won a National Book Award, Oprah loves it, it’s one of Amazon’s best books of the year, etc), but wow. I dragged myself around for weeks while I slugged my way through it.
There isn’t a better word for this book than “cute”. It was definitely the cutest book I read all year. Young love, text messages, and an easy-to-read plot. Definitely a winner. It’s not coming out until May 2017, but it’s available for pre-order.
I read the entire series back-to-back. I loved these books and couldn’t put them down. If there had been three or four more books in the series, I could have easily devoured them as well. There will be a new installment in the series in 2017 and I can’t wait!
Most Unusual Book
This was such an unusual book I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not. I gave it to my neighbor and she had the same thoughts on it that I did. It was interesting. Not amazing. Not horrible. Interesting.
This is another book that I wanted to like because the cover was so pretty. The story itself was very strange and the writing was unusual. It was a good story, just different. I didn’t understand some aspects of the book and some things weren’t explained well enough, which added to the unusualness of it.
A doctor who documents his own descent into madness. Oh, yes. This book was amazing, beautiful, crazy, and everything in between. It’s the actual journal of a doctor with manic depression and his experiences with the disease and with the mental hospitals at the time.
Best Humor Novel
I laughed my guts out while reading this book! After I finished, I loaned it to anyone that would take it. It was so funny. It’s one of my favorite books of the year.
Most Motivational Book
I loved reading about Sophia’s experiences. She has a way with words. This was one of those books that made me look inside and find my own strengths. It’s a great read if you’re looking for some motivation or inspiration.
Most Disturbing Read
Wow. Can I just tell you how much sleep I lost after reading this book? It made me sick to my stomach. Partly because I’m a Mormon, and partly because my husband’s great-great-great-grandfather was driving one of the wagons and (may or may not have) participated in the massacre. I couldn’t even write a review after I read it. I just put it back on my shelf and left it there.
My kids and I have read this book at least half a dozen times together. It’s one of our favorite books. We have the big combo version, so we devour the entire series all at once. We’ll definitely be reading this one again in the future.
Most Likely to Reread in 2017
2016 was a great year for YA thrillers. I couldn’t stop reading them. Gilt Hollow was one of my favorites and I would love to reread it in 2017.
Series I’m Most Looking Forward to Continuing
This is SUCH a cute series. It’s like Harry Potter for grownups. I’ve read the first three books in the series and I’m looking forward to continuing with it.
New-to-Me Author I’m LEAST Likely to Read Again
Yikes. With all the hype around this book, I expected a lot more. I was sorely disappointed and didn’t even make it 100 pages into the book before I gave up. What a disappointment. Revisiting this author in the future is highly unlikely.
New-to-Me Author I’m MOST Likely to Read Again
I already bought her other two books, so it’s pretty safe to say that I plan on reading more of her work. Dead Girls Society was such a thrill ride. I can’t get it out of my head and I can’t wait to dive into Michelle’s Hexed series.
The Thirteenth Tale knocked my socks off. Of course, I’m going to read more books from this author! It would be crazy-pants not to.
What books left an impression on you in 2016?
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