My goal in 2016 was to read 50 books. I didn’t reach that goal - I only read 32 - but I’m happy with where I ended up. I got married at the end of May, and with wedding planning, honeymoon planning, a house renovation, and moving I’m honestly surprised I read as much as I did during the first half of 2016. It didn’t help my total that so many of the books I read were over 600 or 700 pages, but according to Goodreads I read 13,897 pages. I'm proud of that!
This is the first time in years that I’ve bothered tracking my reading, thanks to joining Goodreads! I own all 19 books in the picture below, the rest of the 32 I borrowed from the library. (Not pictured is my copy of Cursed Child that my sister borrowed.)
Sometimes I walk into a bookstore or look at Instagram and get frustrated, because I know I’ll never have enough time to read everything I want. I have to stop and remind myself that it’s not the quantity that matters. Actively cultivating my favorite hobby is what’s important. As long as I’m pushing myself to read and try new genres, I’m good. If I didn’t have a job, I could easily read 300 books a year...but that’s not how it works. I go to my full-time job (with a sucky DC area commute), the gym, hang out with my husband, cook dinner, and on and on. Life is busy!
All that being said, here are my four favorite books of 2016! Homegoing was my very favorite, but the rest are in no particular order.
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (I recommend this to everyone. Read it now.)
- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin (I heart all things Game of Thrones related.)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (My first time reading this classic!)
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (All the fangirl feels.)
If anyone is curious to see my full 2016 read list, check out my Goodreads shelf: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/45408152?shelf=read-in-2016
And add me on there! In the meantime, the rest of my 2016 book reviews will be posted soon!