2016 was the year I decided to read more.My younger sister is the kind weirdo that can devour a book in a day, like a mental word goblin.But, Not I. At times, a book takes me 3 or 4 days to read, depending on the book’s length and my laziness levels that week.So , to challenge myself, I set out to read 12 books and almost reached my goal. But, To make up for my crippling failure, this year I increased the game to 2 books for a total of 24 in 2017. Here are a list of the books I read, along with my top five favorite reads of 2016. Did you read any of these? And what were your favorite books of 2016 (or all time favorites)? I’m always looking for recommendations, so do comment some of your favs. Happy reading.
1. Girl at War-Sarah Novic
2. Stoner-John Williams
3. Our souls at night-Kent Haruf
4. Girl with the pearl earrings-Tracy Chevalier
5 Girl on the train-Paula Hawkins
6. A man called Ove-Fredrik Backman
7. Everyone’s hanging out without me-My BFF(I wish) Mindy kaling
8. Persepolis 1+2-Marjane Satrapi
9.The Book Thief (Forgot I read, it was amazing)
10.Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps-Kelly Browm
11.I failed and did read an eleventh
12. or twelfth, But it’s ok that life, that life
(Order does not display more favoritism , I share the love equally)
1. A man called Ove-Fredrik Backman
I adored this book. Between Ove’s delightful hate for people and his hidden compassion, I enjoyed it. Somehow, watching Ove’s growth from losing everything and wanting to take his life, to finding some purpose through the people around him was a satisfying touch. I found myself laughing, shedding a tear and clinging on to these pages.
2.Girl with a pearl Earring-Tracy Chevalier
I caught myself grinning in the middle of publicly folding my clothes at the Landry mat today. Why? This book. That’s how much I enjoyed it. It’s quite a simple book, but it had a lasting impression. I enjoyed Griet’s character’s fight for survival. She comes from a family of nothing yet has to do everything she must to cope with her new life. In addition, something about the relationship between her and Vermeer’s character was fascinating. Mostly because the meaning of the relationship was completely different when views from each side. I’m not going to spoil anything, but it was one of my favs that drove me to write this post.
3. Girl on the train-Paula Hawkins
Aka the book everyone and their mother read. I hate plunging into mainstream things. Why do it, when there are other things that are better. But, I sucked it up and devoured this book. I sneaked under my covers, flipping pages after pages, while having to tell myself to breath and control my squeals. Once a year, I have this craving to read a good mystery and this hit the spot. I can usually tell the who, but this kept me in the dark till the very middle or so. I guess sometimes you have to dive into the mainstream pit and I liked the fall.
The tone of this book is spot with the cover. It was a slow moving, but once you pass the background info, it’s one that you’ll remember for a very long time. The recommendation came from my ethic literature professor, a year ago, despite having other projects and stuff to complete, I gave it a go. This follows William stoner, a farm boy who finds himself falling in love with literature. So, he become a professor, settles down and we the reader follow his so called “Unfulfilling life”, from his failed marriage and relationship with his daughter, along with an affair. The author forces you to ask yourself, did this man live a good like? The take way for me, reflects on life and how depending on the path we take we at times spend it feeling unfulfilled. But despite our failures and emptiness, does that mean we stilled lived fulfilled life in the end?
5. Girl at war-Sarah Novic
This was also a read from my ethic literature class. The identity struggle of the main character pulls you into the book. Torn between the girl she is and the one she was, she fails to realize that old girl is her now, despite the memories she tried to bury.