I’m taking a break from food today and instead channeling my inner book nerd. I thought it would be fun to share What I Read in 2016.
While I often share updates and reviews on what I’m reading on my Facebook page and Instagram, it’s been awhile since I shared anything other than a recipe here on Mountain Mama Cooks. I always love hearing the feedback on my recommendations especially because I usually choose my next read based on a recommendation as well! I committed to the book challenge on Goodreads last year and am doing it again for 2017. I fell three books short of my goal in 2016 so am extra committed to hitting my goal this year! I’m hoping that the challenge will encourage me to pick up my book instead of zoning out in front of the tv or computer when I find myself with an extra few minutes.
While I didn’t do a full review on each book (you can check them out for yourselves by clicking on the link), I did give each book a rating, 1-5 and a one liner review. One being don’t bother and five being must read! ps- are you on Goodreads? If so, hit me up so we can be friends!
1. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty- 3.2m
Classic Liane Moriarty. Not my favorite of hers but I still enjoyed it.
2. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal -3.5
The perfect blend of foodie and coming of age. A quick read.
3. A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman -4.5
Sweet. Sad. Well written. All the feelings. Put this on your “to read” list!
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- 3.8
Enjoyed the book, enjoyed the movie and any book that makes me cry did it’s job.
5. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant- 3
Historical fiction. A quick, easy read…..could take it or leave it.
6. The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger- 2.5
Chic lit. Mediocre writing. I wanted something brainless and that’s exactly what I got 🙂
7. The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck- 2
Chic lit. Too churchy for me but the story was cute. Super quick read.
8. All Dogs Go To Kevin: Everything Three Dogs Taught Me (That I Didn’t Learn in Veterinary School) by Jessica Vogelsang- 4
A must for any dog lover. I throughly enjoyed this!
9. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See- 4
I’m a huge fan of Lisa See books and this was not different. Loved it!
10. The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain -3
A good (but not great) mystery. It was an easy read. Middle of the road for me.
11. Open by Andre Agassi- 3.8
I really enjoyed this as I loved me some Andre during the 80’s and love the game of tennis.
12. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- 5
Favorite book I read last year. This is a MUST read. Historical fiction A+
13. The Girls– by Emma Cline 3
Ick. Not my cup of tea. Well written but lift a pit in my stomach. Couldn’t do it.
14. The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah- 5
A close second as my favorite read of 2016. Historical fiction at it’s best. It’s a must read!
15. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin- 3
Chic lit. Cute. Take it or leave it.
16. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – 4
Quirky. Well written. Laugh out loud.
17. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker- 3.8
Mystery. Quick read. Well written. Solid middle of the road read.
Without a doubt my two favorite books I read in 2016 were The Nightingale and The Book Thief. I’m a sucker for historical fiction, what can I say? Coming in just behind them were A Man Called Ove and The Harry Quebert Affair. I also really enjoyed Open. I think it’s a great read even if you don’t like tennis and it’s motivated me to pick at least one or maybe even two memoir/autobiographies this year. A month into 2017 and I’ve read 1 1/2 books. I have no less than 12 “books to read” between my kindle and nightstand. I’m hoping to get in at least 20 books this year. If you’ve read a really great book recently, please share in the comments below or email me!! Have a great week! xo, Kelley