Tuesday, December 27, 2016

my favorite books of 2016

I'm terrible at retaining books. Thank goodness for Goodreads and rating systems. Here are the books that stayed with me in 2016 and a little bit about why.

Books You've Probably Already Read
The Royal We - it's fun to think about what it would be like to date and marry a prince!
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry - I put this book off because I found the title and description boring,  but it's a great story. Read it if you haven't already.

Nonfiction Worth Your Time
Seinfeldia - tons of tidbits about how the show was made, received, and behind the scenes stories. Read it if you're a fan.
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman - This book is important. From fat shaming to abortion to internet trolls, Lindy West covers how all kinds of issues have impacted her life with humor and truth. I don't like buying books but I asked for this one because I want to reread it and pass it around.

Stories That Stayed With Me
The Girl You Left Behind - I liked the intertwined stories and thought of the characters after I finished the book.
All This Life - Another book with intertwined stories. It shows how a single event can shape us and social media can connect us.
Indiscretion - The narration is different than many other books. The cover makes it look like a romance novel, but it isn't. There's a storytelling device used that I will never, ever forget.

That's the quick version since I've already talked about these in more detail. I never found a book that I loved and recommended to everyone this year, so I'm hoping to get some recommendations today. Linking up with Steph and Jana as usual!


  1. I feel like the title of Shrill is like me in a nutshell. LOL. Not a big reader of those types of books but I added it to my list, along with Discretion. I'm intrigued.

  2. I've put off The Royal We because I feel like I've seen that in Hallmark movie form about 18 times. #truth.
    But The Storied Life is certainly a favorite of mine. I recommend Elsewhere by the same author :)

  3. It's the best when you come across a book you love so much that you want your own copy! I loved Storied Life and really enjoyed The Royal We too. I'm not familiar with All This Life, but the synopsis sounds really interesting!

  4. I'm glad I'm not the only one terrible at retaining books! I'll look at a book I've read and try SO hard to remember what happened, but I basically never can. Ha. Your first two made my favorites of the year list too, I've wanted to read Shrill for quite a while, and I'll probably end up adding the last three to my TBR!

  5. Shrill is already on my TBR. Sounds like the type of book that we most definitely need to read and pass around! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Royal We but it was a fun book. Adding Indiscretion to my TBR!

  6. i am also terrible at retaining books. if it weren't for goodreads, i'd have no idea what i read and how i felt about it. i loved the royal we & aj fikry :) so good. the title for aj fikry turned me off too. i loved the girl you left behind. so good.

  7. I loved the Royal We too! I STILL haven't read AJ Fikry. I need to do that ASAP.

  8. I have Shrill on my TBR but haven't read it yet. I enjoyed The Girl You Left Behind and LOVED AJ Fikry.

  9. You're right - I have already read AJ Fikry and The Royal We and loved them both! LOL. I plan to read The Girl you Left Behind next year :)

  10. I really want to read AJ Fikry; I'm glad to hear that you ended up really liking it! Sometimes titles/covers put me off too, but I guess you just never know.


  11. I loved The Girl You Left Behind! I thought that The Royal We was okay. Indiscretion is on my to read list.

  12. I love how you divided up your list! I hadn't heard of Indiscretion or All This Life before, but they both sound like really interesting reads!


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