Books I Read in 2016

Books I Read in 2016

Since I became a parent, there never seems to be enough time.

I’m constantly trying to catch up (laundry, dishes, house cleaning), or there are endless errands to run (out of milk again?), or I’m simply too busy playing with, feeding, or changing the diapers of my ever growing little girl. Time for myself is limited or non-existent. I’m worn out at the end of the day. Most often, I want to spend the precious quiet moments when A is fast asleep sleeping myself! (Because, who knows what we’ll be in for tonight? She could wake up and cry for hours and hours…)

Reading is something I have always loved. In the days before I was a parent, with few responsibilities of my own, I could devour books. I’d spend the weekend in my pajamas, cozy with a blanket, and read a whole book from start to finish. Only stopping when absolutely necessary! Now that I have a little one who calls me “mama” and needs me for just about everything, reading a good book seems low on my list of things to-do. (Unless it’s Goodnight Moon or Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, of course.)

Since 2009, I have kept a running list of the books I read each year, just for fun. The first year, the year I graduated college and was still living at home with my parents, I read my all-time high of 47 books! In 2015, the year A was born, I read a sad 9 books. You can see all my book lists, past and present, on GoodReads.

In 2016, I read 15 books. Not bad, considering there never seems to be enough time…

I’ll share my list with you here:

  1. The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton
  2. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (a re-read)
  3. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
  4. Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
  5. Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
  6. Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart
  7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  8. Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory
  9. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory (a re-read)
  10. Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Queens by Alison Weir
  11. The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
  12. The Dress Maker’s War by Mary Chamberlain
  13. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  14. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  15. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

My least favorite books were The Buccaneers and The Woodlanders this year. Both I found difficult to get interested in, despite the fact that I have read and loved books by both Wharton and Hardy in the past. My favorite novel this year, was, without a doubt, All the Light We Cannot See. If you haven’t read it yet, you should! It’s profound and beautiful and haunting  all at the same time. I also really enjoyed Lauren Graham’s memoir. It was a light read and, as a huge Gilmore Girls fan, I especially loved reading about her time filming both the original series and the revival. I found myself laughing out loud at times!

My goal in 2017 is to read more!

I’ve also been thinking about writing more about the books I read here. It’s my blog, so, why not??

What were the best and worst books you read in 2016? What’s on your to-read list for 2017?


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