And now it’s time for one of my favorite annual blog posts—Year in Review! This is where I stand back and evaluate all of my reads of the past year and decide what were my favorites and why.
But before we get to the Awards, I want to make a confession: for the second year in a row I did not complete as many books as I would have liked. I have realized that some things in my life have changed and I have other interests so that I just don’t have the same amount of time as I used to. This hasn’t meant I’ve quit reading or quit accumulating a never-ending TBR list! Just means I’ll probably be finishing that list on the other side of heaven (you know- I mean, after I die). I am trying to not be so hard on myself, and to just accept what I do get accomplished.
This year I read a total of 17 books (11 fiction + 6 nonfiction), down from last year. L I still hope to finish 3 other books yet by the end of the year, which are: “Tangled Ashes,” by Michele Phoenix; “101 Secrets for Your Twenties,” by Paul Angone; “The Lost Shipwreck of Paul,” by Robert Cornuke. But I won’t hold my breath!
As always, I skim read a lot more non fiction books than is listed in my Complete List of Books Read page. But since I don’t count skimming as actually reading it in honesty, the numbers belie how much read-consuming I do. Among the many non fiction subjects I read about were: sales & marketing, modern-day entertainment, biography, rust belts of America, art and philosophy. I’m also quite proud of myself for completing one of the longest novels I’ve read in years.
Here is a fun little exercise I make it my yearly review tradition to complete, using the titles of books I’ve read during the past 12 months:
Describe yourself: Eyes of the Heart, by Christine Valters Paintner
How do you feel: The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope
Describe where you currently live: ?
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: From Bondage to Bonding, by Nancy Groom
Your favourite form of transportation: Sensible Shoes, by Sharon Garlough Brown
What’s the weather like: A Season of Shadows, by Paul McCusker
You and your friends are: A Flickering Light, by Jane Kirkpatrick
You fear: In Sheep’s Clothing, by Susan May Warren
What is the best advice you have to give: How to Live Like a Lady, by Sarah Tomczak
Thought for the day: Lavender and Old Lace, by Myrtle Reed
My soul’s present condition: Finding Truth, by Nancy Pearcey
How I would like to die: The Art of Immersion, by Frank Rose
That was fun! How would you answer these questions with the book titles you’ve read the past year?
And now for booklearned’s 2016 Awards! Click on the pictures below for the winners in each category, along with my comments and links:
2016 Most Thought-Provoking; 2016 Most Resonated With
2016 Best Humor; 2016 Most Beautifully Written; 2016 Best Atmosphere
2016 Best Drama
2016 Best Non-Fiction
2016 Most Admirable Hero (Rudolph Rassendyll); 2016 Most Admirable Heroine (Princess Flavia)
2016 Best Story Plot
2016 Best Romance; 2016 Favorite Fun Read
And my favorite fiction book of 2016 was…
“Titus Groan,” by Mervyn Peake
It was a hard deliberation between Titus Groan and Sensible Shoes. Both made it into my Top 20 list of all-time favorites. On one hand, I learned so much while reading Sensible Shoes. I read it with a book club where we got together periodically to discuss it together and that was a fun experience. But when it comes right down to it, Titus Groan refuses to leave me alone with it’s potent atmosphere. I don’t want to give it away, but count on a book review coming on it soon. In fact, book reviews will be available on all of these reads within the next coming months. As soon as I get caught up finishing my book reviews from last year’s reads! Oh, dear- I’m so far behind. But I am determined to catch up, I promise!
What were your favorite books from 2016? Share them with me!