Whether you read at night before you fall asleep, in transit, or under a shady palm tree, most travellers share a common love for reading. I always love to hear what other people are reading, and receiving recommendations. If fact I love chatting about books so much I started my own online travel book club, which you can join here if you wish!
I set a reading goal of 30 books in 2016, and managed to do it with ease (surprisingly!) My reading journey took me to some amazing places and introduced me to some wonderful characters.
These are the books I read in 2016, and what I thought of them all in a nutshell. I read a good variety of genres, from short stories, to mystery, to chick lit, to classic gothic novels. So if you are looking for your next in flight read or book to devour, you should find something here.
The Dysfunctional Family
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume – an excellent read
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – very good
Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld – very good
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – okay/not great
Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders: A Novel by Julianna Baggott- very good
The Modern Woman
American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis – an excellent and funny read
The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes – good, easy read
I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron – very good
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple – okay/not great
The First Bad Man by Miranda July – different, very good
The Girls by Emma Cline – very good
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – very good
Moonglow by Michael Chabon – excellent/a MUST read
Swing Time by Zadie Smith – very good
Hollywood by Charles Bukowski – very good
Take Me Away
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – excellent/a must read
Sunset in St. Tropez by Danielle Steel – okay/not great
The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford – very good
Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan – good
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – excellent, a perfect poolside read
Mystery and Drama
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – really good
Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie – good
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – fair/good
Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman – fair/good
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – got much better towards the end
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – excellent/ a MUST (and quick) read
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – excellent/a MUST read
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – really good
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King – excellent, a memoir/writers guide
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – good/fair
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Let me know in the comments below if you have read any of the above or have a book to recommend that you just can’t keep to yourself! I would love to see you on the book club, so be sure to check that out!
If you want to do more reading, or like me love to read, I really recommend setting yourself a reading goal. You can manage this easily on goodreads. Having a reading goal in place really added a lot of depth to my life, and this year I have upped the goal to 40 books – wish me luck!
Here is to a fabulous year of reading!
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