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.

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The Dysfunctional Family

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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 – good

Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders: A Novel by Julianna Baggott – very good 

The Modern Woman

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American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis – an excellent and funny read

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyesgood, 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

The First Bad Man by Miranda July – different, good

Something Different

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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

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – excellent/a must read

Sunset in St. Tropez by Danielle Steel – okay/not great, a very easy read

Secrets of The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford – very good

Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan – beautifully written

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – excellent, a perfect poolside read

Mystery and Drama

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – really good/gripping

Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie – good

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – good/a page turner

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman – fair/good

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – got much better towards the end


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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – a classic/must 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 Kingexcellent, a memoir/writers guide

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – a cult classic!

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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. Don’t have a lot of time to sit and read? I love listening to Audiobooks on my commute, in bed when my eyes are tired, and even in the bath! Click the link below for a 30 day free trial to Audible.

Here is to a fabulous year of reading!

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