A Final Review of my 2016 Reading List

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What a failed attempt…

I didn’t finish the great reading list of 2016, but I feared I wouldn’t.  I spent nearly every last day of December reading while Mike worked, and I still couldn’t pull it off. Upon starting my reading binge, I realized that unknowingly, I left the longest books for last.

Many of them will have to be rolled over into my 2017 list. Last year was the first time I made an actual list of books to read. Now I know that finishing a list of books requires strategy. I really thought I would finish more books than the below, but I just couldn’t make it happen. I’m using January-March to finish the novels on the 2016 list – even if I have to trudge through them. You’ll see them listed on my 2017 reading list.

I mentioned in my recent life update that I hated audiobooks, but they have played a key part in finishing as many books as I have. I’ll note which ones I listened to in my reviews, as that detail played a large part in how I feel about each one.

A final review of the 2016 reading list | Rose Colored Water

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity

This was the first audiobook I listened to on my list, and it was awful. The story itself was just okay, but the narrator was the icing on the cake. I could barely push through it. She read so slow, wasting my days away as I tried to finish it. I don’t recommend reading or listening to it, as the story goes on and on and on. It’s not very good.

A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger

I also listened to this as an audiobook. The narrator was much better, and plot line far more interesting than The Chaperone. I still think I would’ve rather read it, but you take what you can get. I’m fortunate that the library has such an array of online options, even if most of the books are audio versions.

A Burnable Book takes place in medieval times. A book is floating about that everyone in England wants, all for different reasons. There are a lot of characters to remember, and only some of them are followed in-depth. Overall, the story is one of suspense and mystery. I enjoyed the story, but still feel I would have liked and understood it better had I read it with my own eyes. I would recommend this if you enjoy suspenseful historical fiction. Some characters are familiar, such as Geoffrey Chaucer and King Richard. If you enjoy these characters and this timeframe, you might enjoy this book.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

This was so dumb. I don’t know why it is so critically acclaimed. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mindset, but American Gods was far more impressive. I know this was written in a completely different era and that Huxley basically wanted to be the next George Orwell with 1984, but it was lacking. And the ending…. WHAT!? Has anyone read this book? Please tell me if you have and how you felt about it, because I thought it was really, really dumb. On the bright side, it’s a very easy read and short, so you can finish it quickly.

The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud

I’m not going to lie; I don’t even know what this book is about. I listened to it on audiobook, and my mind drifted off so many times. It’s kind of a character analysis, but all the characters are horrible. I really wanted to like this book, but I simply could not. I didn’t hate it. It was well-written, but the characters were so icky. You should read it if you like crappy people living selfishly for themselves.

I’m currently reading The Goldfinch and After You. I should be finished with those in the next couple of weeks. Then I’ll jump into the others.

Next year’s list will have more varying types of genres and I hope to read every single one before 2017’s ends. To read the other reviews of the books I read in 2016, check out the links below.

Did you read any good books this year?

4 thoughts on “A Final Review of my 2016 Reading List

  1. I’ve tried reading The Goldfinch but I couldn’t get into it for some reason! I think I will have to give it another try one of these days. Last two 5 star books that I’ve read have been The Old Man and The Sea and also Milk and Honey which is a collection of short stories. I haven’t picked up a book yet this year though :)

    1. The Goldfinch is not a bad book, persay… but it is slow with too much detail. I’m still trudging through it, but it’s taking far longer than I presumed it would. It’s funny you mention an Ernest Hemingway book (which I haven’t read), but I’m currently reading The Paris Wife, which is about his wife and their experiences when he was starting his writing career. Quite interesting.

      And I’ve been hearing a lot about the Milk and Honey book! I’m not a huge fan of short stories, but I might pick it up sometime to see what all the fuss is about! :)

  2. I haven’t read these books yet, but I love being able to add a few to my list. It can be hard to find time to read, but it is so important! Reading can take you to a whole new world, and that’s not something you can say about a lot of activities. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re absolutely right. In my childhood, I spent so much time reading. Then I went to college and school got in the way. Now I’m in school again and it’s worse this time around because I must stay absolutely focused on the coursework. Still, I want to use my time better so I can read AND study.

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