Tough reads of 2016

I had a fantastic 2016 in terms of reading a varied number of books. There were some phenomenal reads and some good reads. There were also some reads that I truly struggled with. Then there were some that I just couldn’t read and had to abandon.

Good reads of 2016

In 2016 I read some phenomenal books. These books made it to the Best reads of 2016 posts. But, I also read some very good books that almost made it to the list as well! Therefore, this post is about the books that did not make it to that list.

Best reads of 2016 – Part II

I enjoyed a lot of books this year. Therefore, I had difficulty narrowing down to only 10 books for my Best Reads of 2016 list. So here is a continuation of my Best Reads of 2016 list!

Best reads of 2016 – Part I

The new year has begun and with it a new Goodreads challenge has started. Last year, my initial goal had been to read 30 books. I quickly realized that I had underestimated my reading habit. I read a whopping 63 books in 2016! Obviously, I loved some and hated some. This is a complied list…

Third Time Lucky

“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo – Lee – Ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.”

Purple Hibiscus

“The educated ones leave, the ones with the potential to right the wrongs. They leave the weak behind. The tyrants continue to reign because the weak cannot resist. Do you not see that it is a cycle? Who will break that cycle?”

Unbearable lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain – Portia de Rossi

“I didn’t decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude.” Unbearable lightness tells the story of Portia de Rossi’s battle with anorexia. She is the actress who is popular for her roles in Ally Mcbeal, Arrested Development and most recently, Scandal. I have not read many…

My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

“The only way to save your daughter     Is to sacrifice her sister” This is what my paperback copy of My Sister’s Keeper reads on the cover. That alone should pique your interest enough to buy the book and read it. However, because you are you, you go on Goodreads and read the summary and the…

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race – that rarely do I ever simple estimate it. I wanted to ask her…

And then there were none – Agatha Christie

“In the midst of life we are in death.”  Have you ever read a book that left you feeling aghast? Or left you feeling electrified? Or just plain old stunned? Agatha Christie’s And then there were none is one such book. The premise of the book is that 10 people, who are strangers for each…

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

“And the story of Lili Elbe is of course a story of identity. Lili is now recognized as an icon in the trans movement. She has inspired many of us, both trans and cis, to be ourselves. Lili knew that a false life is no life at all. Who are we? Whom do we want…

Nearest thing to crazy – Elizabeth Forbes

Nearest thing to crazy by Elizabeth Forbes is a psychological drama set in rural Worcestershire. The story begins with Ellie moving to Worcestershire to seemingly work on her novel. According to Ellie, she likes to place herself in the middle of her plots and this is what she wants to do here as well. It…