In the past, I’ve gone super crazy with resolutions/learning goals for a year. And then not met them. I don’t regret it, though. At least making the resolutions and goals encouraged me to try. The half-goals I’ve achieved have still greatly enriched my life.
Last year, I scaled it back a bit and made only two resolutions: 1) to floss every day and 2) to read 52 books/one book per week. I didn’t achieve either. I certainly missed days with the floss. And I came up one book short for the year.
That still makes 2016 a pretty great reading year for me.
I started the year with a bit of a random mix between memoirs, science fiction, and history. Then I started reading some specific memoirs and non-fiction in preparation for that Eurotrip I keep writing about 🙂 Things went forward again from there with a bit less direction until about October, where I started reading for an interstate book club which focused on the fiction nominees for the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize.
|Between Me and the World||Ta-Nehasi Coates|
|My Life On the Road||Steinem, Gloria|
|The King in the High Castle||Dick, Philip K|
|The Thing With Feathers||Stryker, Noah|
|Hunger Makes Me A Modern Woman||Brownstein, Carrie|
|Lafayette and the Somewhat United States||Vowell, Sarah|
|M Train||Smith, Patti|
|A Year in Provence||Mayle, Peter|
|The Perfect Meal||Baxter, John|
|The Basque History of the World||Kurlansky, Mark|
|Ladies of the Grand Tour||Dolan, Brian|
|A Room with a View||Forster, EM|
|Under the Tuscan Sun||Maybes, Francis|
|My Brilliant Friend||Ferrante, Elena|
|Much Depends on Dinner||Vassar, Margaret|
|Zadig ou La Destinée||Voltaire|
|Helping Kids Succeed||Tough, Paul|
|La Femme du Boulanger||Pagnol, Marcel|
|The Rum Diary||Thompson, Hunter S.|
|A Curious Mind||Grazer, Brian|
|The Only Street in Paris||Sciolino, Elaine|
|Modern Lovers||Straub, Emma|
|My Beloved World||Sotomayor, Sonia|
|Americanah||Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda|
|The High Mountains of Portugal||Martel, Yann|
|Only in Naples||Wilson, Katherine|
|The Genius of Birds||Ackerman, Jennifer|
|Sense and Sensibility||Austen, jane|
|Why Nations Fail||Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson|
|1000 Years of the Annoying French||Clark, Stephen|
|Another Brooklyn||Woodsen, Jacqueline|
|My Antonia||Cather, Willa|
|Tender is the Night||Fitzgerald, France scott|
|La Casa en Mango Steeet||Cisneros, Sandra|
|Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life||Finnegan, William|
|The Underground Railroad||Whitehead, colson|
|Here I Am||Safron Foyer, Jonathan|
|The Story of a New Name||Ferrante, Elena|
|The Portable Veblen||Mckenzie, Elizabeth|
|News of Other Worlds||Jiles, Paulette|
|The Association of Small Bombs||Marajan, karan|
|The Throwback Special||Bachelder, Chris|
|Hot Milk||Levy, Debra|
|The Sellout||Beatty, Paul|
|The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo||Schumer, Amy|
|Food Rules||Pollan, Michael|
|The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu||Hammer, Joshua|
|Les Mouches||Sartre, Jean-Paul|
My favorites/main suggestions include The Sellout, Homegoing, My Antonia, Barbarian Days, Americanah, Underground Railroad, The Portable Veblen, and The Basque History of the World. None of these, not a single one, are hidden gems. But wow, these books were recognized and respected for good reason. I would have swapped out a couple books on my list, but for the most part, I read so many things that I enjoyed.
For 2017, I’m sticking with my two resolutions from 2016. And adding a couple others.* My reading resolution isn’t too focused this year either–just reach the 52 mark. That said, my sister and I are doing a mini Shakespeare reading challenge and I’m planning on working more science fiction into my reading list and participating in the interstate book club yet again.
Let me know what you’ve read in the last year!
*I’m going to finally kick that habit of nail biting. And I will finish the knitting project that has been lingering since 2015!