I really look forward to looking back at my year in books. Goodreads makes it super easy to put together a list of my favourites and learn interesting little facts about my year of reading. Without it, I probably wouldn’t have realized that the best book I read this year, A Little Life, was also the longest book I read, at over 800 pages. I also wouldn’t have known that I read more books this year than in any other year prior.
To be honest though, the number doesn’t really mean anything to me. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great to set goals for yourself and I really love seeing people pledge to read X number of books at the beginning of the year. But I never really set out to read a certain number of books because, for me, reading is not only a pleasure but also a necessity, so I don’t really need any further incentive to do it. It’s something I look forward to, something I would rather be doing over most other things in life. Reading is always the goal. Period. I don’t care how much, as long as I do it.
That being said, I’m pretty proud of myself for reading over 100 books this year.
Here are some of the best books I read in 2016.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
(Loved the book, but the movie was just okay.)
The Unseen World by Liz Moore
You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
(I listened to the audiobooks and highly recommend both)
How Not to Die by Michael Greger
Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies by Hadley Freeman
(This made me want to rewatch all the 80s movies)
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
(Also watched the movie and liked it better than the book. It happens!)
52 Loaves: One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust
by William Alexander
(I also made a pretty kick-ass reading list about my favourite carbohydrate)
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
(I also compared the book to the movie and discovered both are pretty f*cking scary)
Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover
by Paul Buckley
(I’m still disappointed no one got me this beautiful book for Christmas)
Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 is full of books and plenty of time to read them.