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I hope you all are having a wonderful season. For my final post of the year, I wanted to share some of my favorite books that I read in 2016. I try to share as many of the books I read as possible on this blog, though I do try and weed out the ones I truly dislike. These books were the tops of the year though…the ones that when I put them down, I just had that “wow” moment of true satisfaction.
Also please note that this shouldn’t be taken as a list of my favorite books which were released in 2016 (you can find some great recommendations for that here, via NPR)
Red Sparrow. I love a well written thriller which keeps me up at night and where the plot doesn’t make me roll my eyes (too much). Red Sparrow is not only all of this, but also manages to be incredibly informative and interesting with all sorts of insights into various aspects of spy craft. The author himself, Jason Matthews, worked for the CIA for more than three decades, which makes it all the more interesting. Red Sparrow is part of a trilogy, and all three are quite good.
When Breath Becomes Air. I know you’ve seen this around everywhere – recommended lists, bookshops, etc. In my opinion, absolutely worth the hype. I’ve re-read this a few times and it has one of the most touching final paragraphs I have ever come across.
The Glass Castle. A book which has been around for decades which I only got around to reading this year. I can’t remember the last time I found a memoir so fascinating and beautifully written. I read this recently after finishing Hillbilly Elegy and in many ways, I found both to be remarkably insightful into areas of my own country I had been incredibly ignorant and judgmental about.
Pines. I think I just recommended this – a great well written thriller for anyone looking to escape for a few hours. The entire trilogy is worth reading but Pines is the best.
Disrupted. Hilarious and fascinating and educational. By a writer on Silicon Valley, about what happens when he joins a startup. Quite a few laugh out loud moments.
An Inconvenient Woman. I’ve read a few more from Dominick Dunne since then and this is still my favorite. Starts off a little slow but quickly builds up. Even more fascinating when you know it’s based on a real story (Alfred Bloomingdale scandal). One of those books which have kind of been forgotten over time…it deserves to be brought back out!
I hope some of you enjoy the selections on this list…some of these were recommendations from you, and I remain thankful for all of you taking the time to share your own thoughts and recommendations for reading. If you have any favorite books of 2016 you read that you’d like to share, please do! I’d love to hear them.
I wish you all a wonderful remainder of your 2016! See you next year!