I’ve seen several of my Goodreads friends making reading goals for 2016, and it got me thinking: If I were to make a goal, what would my number be? How many books do I normally read a year? And, do I feel that is good enough, or do I need to shoot for a higher amount?
So I took a look at the books I read last year, which was thankfully easy to figure out due to the aforementioned social network. Although I finished a few books in January that I started in 2015, those I do not get to count. I am also not counting the 10 or more books that I didn’t, or couldn’t, finish, nor am I taking into consideration any that I re-read.
I won’t go into specific reviews here, so that I can talk more about some of these in future entries, but below is a list, along with some “awards” I’ve given them.
The Winner Goes to:
Edge of My Seat: The Girl on the Train
Warm and Fuzzy: Charlotte Au Chocolat
Most Motivational: Yes Please
Good, Though Disturbing: Dark Places
Easy Summer Read: The Burgess Boys
Most Thought-Provoking: Bad Feminist
Funniest: Yes Please
Best YA: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Best Poetry: I Explain a Few Things (Even though it was the only new [to me, that is] poetry book I read last year, it’s one of the best I’ve read.)
…And the Runner Ups Are:
Edge of My Seat: Dark Places
Warm and Fuzzy: Wildflower Hill
YA Runner Up: If I Stay
Easy Summer Read: Wind Chime Cafe
Thought Provoking: Modern Romance
Here’s the complete list in no particular order. I would recommend any of these—even the few that didn’t fall into an award category above.
- The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
- #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
- Bossypants by Tina Fey1
- Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
- Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver2
Other Non Fiction
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay1
- Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari1
- I Explain a Few Things: Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda3
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
- The Imagineers’ Secrets of Disneyland by Mike Fox
- The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.4
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins1
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
- Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman2
- Wind Chime Café by Sophie Moss5
- Wind Chime Wedding by Sophie Moss
- My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren
- The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
- The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness1
- Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe2
Happy reading! I hope this helps if you are looking for book ideas. Stay tuned for reviews on some of these coming soon…
1 These books were read for book club meetings.
2 Picked these up at book swaps or library sales without having heard of them before. There were others that didn’t make the list (because I either didn’t like, or haven’t started reading them yet), but I think I walked away liking 70% of the ones I randomly chose.
3 Thanks to Ted from How I Met Your Mother for putting Pablo Neruda on my radar….
4 I read this for work.
5 This was such a good, quick read I was able to get via Amazon Prime’s Borrowers Library that I had to immediately buy and read the sequel (listed directly below it).