Friday, December 30, 2016

Favorite Books of 2016


  • Books Read in 2016 - 126 -  (14) of these were non fiction (6) children's books and (32) were audio books. 
  • Approximately 50% of the books read were sent to me by publishers as either eGalleys, eAudios or ARCs and, another 40% were library books.  The remaining 10% were books that I purchased at one time or another.

Favorite Books of 2016
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  1. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things; Bryn Greenwood
  2. My Name is Lucy Barton; Elizabeth Strout
  3. Under the Influence; Joyce Maynard 
  4. Looking Back: A Chronicle of Growing Up Old in the Sixties; Joyce Maynard  (nonfiction)
  5. The Heavens May Fall; Allen Eskens
  6. Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady (NF); Susan Quinn (nonfiction)
  7. When Breath Becomes Air; Paul Kalanithi (nonfiction)
  8. Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter; Kate Clifford Larson (nonfiction)
  9. The Notorious RBG; Cameron & Knizhnik (nonfiction)
  10. My Sunshine Away; M.O. Walsh

38 comments:

  1. I love seeing My Sunshine Away on your list! That was one of my top 3 last year. And When Breath Becomes Air and Lucy Barton made my lists as well.

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  2. I'm making note of your list because I think we have similar taste in books. At least one of those books will be on my best of list too.

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    1. Glad I could help you pad your list Kathy:) Happy New Year!

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  3. I loved Under the Influence...and enjoyed Maynard's Looking Back (both in another year). Rosemary was another book I loved, and so was All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, but they didn't make my Top Ten this year. It was sooo hard to decide!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. YES, too many good books, I struggled with picking just 10 as well.

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  4. Under the Influence has been on my TBR list for a while - hopefully will read in 2017.

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  5. I haven't read any of these! I will refer to your list from time to time, Diane, for ideas. Have a happy and safe New Year. :)

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    1. The happiest of things are wished for you in 2017.

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  6. I really enjoyed My Name is Lucy Barton and am looking forward to reading Rosemary in 2017. Somehow I've never read any Joyce Maynard and I feel that I really need to fix that.

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    1. Glad that you loved, My Name is Lucy Barton - different but, so good. Happy New Year, Katherine.

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  7. Our lists share Notorious RBG and When Breath Becomes Air... Lucy Barton was on my list last year. Looking forward to Eleanor and Hick, Rosemary, and Under the Influence.

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    1. I think that you will enjoy, Eleanor and Hick, Rosemary, and Under the Influence.
      Happy New Year!

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  8. I read a big long excerpt of Rosemary in a magazine - what a story!

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  9. Under the Influence almost made mine. I really enjoyed that one.

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  10. Great list and many good ones!

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  11. Looks like a great reading year! I haven't read any of these books but some are on my radar for sure!

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    1. Happy New Year as well and I hope you will enjoy a few of these.

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  12. What an accomplishment--126 books read! I'm interested that a number of them were audiobooks. I'm considering adding more audiobooks to my booklist in 2017.

    I'd like to ask: From what sources or suppliers do your audiobooks come from? What are your strategies for obtaining audiobooks? (I'm thinking if you get most of them from the library.)

    Under the Influence is on its way to me via ILL.
    So very interested that you selected Looking Back as one of your best of the year.

    Here's to Multitudes of Great Books in 2017!
    Happy New Year!
    Judith

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    1. Most of my audios are downloaded or on ads from the library these days. I hope you'll enjoy Under the Influence - I do love Maynard and actually, I think you suggested her NF Looking Back to me so -- thank you. Happy New Year!

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  13. There was some about Rosemary in the book, Kick by Paula Byrne. Such a sad situation.

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    1. Yes, Rosemary's story was very sad. I tried the Kick book on audio but, wasn't crazy about the narration so I returned it to library after first disc.

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  14. Great list Diane. I loved My Sunshine Away and have My Name Is Lucy Barton on my 'ToRead' list. Happy New Year!

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    1. Glad My Sunshine Away was hit for you as well, Pat.

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  15. I haven't read any of these books! But All the Ugly and Wonderful Things has been on my radar. I like reading non-fiction too. This is a great list.

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    1. Laura, I hope you will try - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things.

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  16. I've read two of them but bookmarking this for the future! so many good ones here.

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    1. Glad u enjoying my list. Sending you New Years happy wishes.

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  17. I loved The Notorious RBG too. That's the only one from your list I've read, but you've given meee some great ideas for future books. Happy New Year Diane.

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    1. Margot, glad I could add to your 2017 reading. LOVE LOVE RBG - she better stay alive these next 4 years LOL

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  18. My wish list just got a whole lot bigger. I haven't read any of your favorites, but I'm now doubly glad to have Under the Influence and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things already in my possession!

    Happy New Year!

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  19. I almost bought All The Ugly and Wonderful Things the other day when it was on a great ebook sale, but couldn't remember if people had liked it. Kicking myself now!

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    1. Lisa, that is a good one, perhaps you can download it from your library. Happy New Year!

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