Books of 2016

This year I did two things that were different. I started writing articles based on books I’d read for a website. And I got a job in a public library. I did my first summer reading challenge which had me reading different types of books. I also renewed my interest in thrillers and historical fiction. I went on a Hemingway kick and reread A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea and read A Moveable Feast for the first time. And this was the year I read some great indie and self-published books, including Eating Bull by Carrie and Calmer Girls by Jennifer Kelland Perry.  Some nonfiction rounded things out, including The Ghost Map, which one of my kids had to read for his freshman seminar in college.

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas – 3.5 stars

After You by Jojo Moyes – 3 stars

An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski – 4 stars

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 4 stars

Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin – 4 stars

The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor – 4 stars

“Same Place, Same Things” by Tim Gautreaux – 5 stars

The Liberty Box by C. A. Gray – 3.5 stars

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – 5 stars

The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring – 4 stars

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume – 3 stars

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – 5 stars

Yes Please by Amy Poehler – 4 stars

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown – 3 stars

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – 3 stars

The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky – 4 stars

“Wild Horses” by Rick Bass – 5 stars

Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast by Margie Miklas

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica – 2 stars

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer – 3 stars

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner – 3 stars

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson – 3.5 stars

The Vacationers by Emma Straub – 4 stars

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout – 5 stars

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – 5 stars

Calmer Girls by Jennifer Kelland Perry – 4 stars

I Refuse by Per Petterson – 3.5 stars

Brooklyn on Fire: A Mary Handley Mystery by Lawrence H. Levy – 4 stars

The Beginner’s Photography Guide by Chris Gatcum – 4 stars

A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates – 4 stars

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – 5 stars

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua – 2 stars

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín – 4 stars

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – 5 stars

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan – 3 stars

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4 stars

The Awakening by Kate Chopin – 3 stars

Onion John by Joseph Krumgold – 4 stars

The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler – 4 stars

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – 3.5 stars

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – 3 stars

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway – 4 stars

“You’re Ugly, Too” by Lorrie Moore – 5 stars

Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig – 3 stars

Helen Keller – The Story of My Life – 4 stars

Things We Set on Fire by Deborah Reed – 4 stars

The Other Wife by Kathleen Irene Paterka – 3 stars

Traveling Mercies – Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott – 4 stars

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