A look back at what I read in 2016, broken into the best fiction and non-fiction. You can see my Goodreads Year in Books 2016 for the complete list. I set out with the goal to read 20 books in the year and ended up reading 30, woot! My goal for 2017 is 25 books.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – A really fun book! A lot of 80’s references and pop culture, which works for me since I’m a product of the 80’s and lived through the same period as the author. The story goes quick and a fun adventure, highly recommended, especially for the nostalgia.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – A great book on the story of two sisters living in France during World War II. Even though it is fiction, similar stories likely happened throughout the war, amazing how difficult it must of been.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – A fun classic, we read it to our daughters (5,3) as their first chapter book and they were able to follow along the story and characters and really enjoyed it.
As You Wish by Cary Elwes – A light, fun and wonderful read about the making of The Princess Bride. Great to hear the cast and crew had such a great time making the movie, the joy shows through. If you’re a fan of the movie, you will enjoy this quick read recapping favorite moments and the behind the scenes look.
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan – An excellent book about practicing meditation, mindfulness, and kindness. How by doing so can lead to your happiness, and success — and even world peace. The author includes practical lessons to get started, explains it with research and case studies.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – An amazing story! This book illustrates the atrocities and hardships that come during war, plus highlights the human spirit and will to survive. You wish it was just fiction.
My 2017 To Read List
A few of the books on the top of my To-Read List, the first two are left over from 2016 list. I read a good deal of non-fiction last year, so may try to mix in more fiction. I hope to read the Dark Tower series which is 8 books, so would be a good set there.