2016 Books Roundup

Did I meet my goal for this year?  …Hold on, let me go check Goodreads, where I keep track of that.

…OK, I’m back. I read 16 books this year. (That doesn’t include several that I was unable to finish for one reason or another, and a couple that I re-read.) Which means yes, I finished my unofficial goal of 15. And I just barely did, because three of them I read this month. So, here are some of the briefest description/reviews you’ll ever see (at least from me).

Fiction
1. Home to Seaview Key by Sherryl Woods
A very cute, quick summer read…chick-lit romance

2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Dystopian Young Adult (YA) fiction: I’m going to be reading the sequel next year, I’m sure. Great vacation or summer read

3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Loved it, and it brought about a great book club discussion. See my full review, here.

4. Paper Towns by John Green
Nice quick read…I have not seen the movie yet, though. We also discussed it in a book club.

5. Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Very interesting; I read it so quickly though, that I had to go back and read some parts again. It’s got mystery and intrigue, yet isn’t too dark.

6. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Cute little YA book…I felt it was a little anticlimactic and slow at times, however.

7. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
So mysterious and thrilling! If you like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, give this one a try.

8. The Secret Place by Tana French
It took a little while to pick up for me, but once it got going, it was good. I think it’s probably my favorite Tana French book so far. It reminds me a little of A Secret History or The End of Everything for some reason…two other mysteries I like.

9. Divergent by Veronica Roth
YA dystopian (like Hunger Games and Uglies): It was fast-paced and exciting, plus I was on holiday vacation, so I finished it in a day.

10. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The second in a trilogy. This was equally as good as the first one, which I think is hard to find in a trilogy or series sometimes. I’m looking forward to watching the movies soon and reading the third one. (Yes, I know I’m a few years late on this series.)

Memoirs/Biographies/Nonfiction
11. Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison
I had a roommate once that watched The Girls Next Door and got me curious about how these women could end up there or date Hef. This book cleared everything up and was entertaining/interesting to boot.

12. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Some chapters were hilarious, some were serious, and some I skimmed. But for the most part, Jenny Lawson is a breath of fresh air, bringing acknowledgement, humor, and empathy regarding anxiety-related illnesses.

13. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Amazing! See my review and comments, here.

14. My Story by Ingrid Bergman
The autobiography of the star of Casablanca, Notorious, and many more classic films. You also get to hear about Humphrey Bogart, Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and others. She led an interesting life and writes in detail about how she had to deal with the backlash of her affair, which was apparently a much bigger deal in Hollywood back then.

15. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
I don’t read many writing books, but Stephen King is such a legend, I had to give this a try. And I don’t know why I haven’t reviewed it yet, because it was very inspiring. He even gives some behind-the-scenes talk about some of his books, which was interesting (such as when he was writing Carrie).

16. Evenings With Cary Grant by Nancy Nelson, Cary Grant
My favorite actor, Cary Grant, appeared in North by Northwest, Charade, Monkey Business, and many more classic films. He is hilarious in the films, but a calm, cool, and collected individual. This book was a great tribute to him, and shared a lot of his own words/letters.

… and also
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (Well, I halfway finished this one, anyway…)
Some people will love this book, and others may hate it. See my review and comments, here.

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