I set a goal of reading 24 books, and squeaked in on New Years Eve with my 24th. Here are the books I read in reverse order, along with a quick rating of what I thought.
Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham
I have a pretty substantial Gilmore Girls obsession and I adore Lauren Graham. That said, I’d say this book is just ok. Lauren is a good writer, but it seemed pretty surface-level.
A Practical Wedding Planner – Meg Keene
If you’re planning a wedding (like I am), I’d highly recommend this book. Really useful info, and keeps your feet on the ground.
Love Warrior – Glennon Doyle Melton
I tore through this pretty quickly, and the story is really interesting to walk through. I’d say it’s worth a read, but I don’t recall it being mind-blowing.
Rich and Pretty – Rumaan Alam
You can skip this one, it wasn’t remarkable.
Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld
This one was kind of fun – a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for some fluff; the writing was actually pretty good.
Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
Mixed feelings about this one. The premise is good and a few of the moments are gems, but her writing in this book is the same as her writing on her shows, which can get a bit annoying. I started skimming.
Magdalene Rising – Elizabeth Cunningham
Some of my friends are obsessed by this book, I had a hard time getting into it – and it took me over two years to finish. I wouldn’t recommend it, but I think others would. I’m not continuing the series.
Me Before You – JoJo Moyes
Devoured this; was a very fun read on vacation. Recommend.
Maestra – L.S. Hilton
Really liked this one. It’s dark, unexpectedly so if you don’t know the premise (which I didn’t when I picked it up). Not my usual read but I really enjoyed it. Recommend.
First Frost – Sarah Addison Allen
I absolutely adored Garden Spells, and this book continues the story, which is the main redeeming quality of it. I don’t know if I’d recommend it, unless you have Garden Spells withdrawal. I haven’t been able to get into her other books, but might give them a try in 2017.
American Wife – Curtis Sittenfeld
State of Wonder – Ann Patchet
I was excited to read this one, but was disappointed. Don’t think I’d recommend it.
Notorious RBG – Erin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Unexpectedly really enjoyed this one. Recommend! I read the Kindle version, but I’d recommend getting the print book – there’s great pictures and timelines that Kindle formatting didn’t do justice to.
Along the Infinite Sea – Beatriz Williams
Focus – Leo Babauta
Together Tea – Marjan Kamali
Some interesting moments, but don’t recommend.
Getting the Love you Want – Harville Hendrix
Oprah’s favorite relationship book, so I have to recommend it.
Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
One of the best books I read this year – recommend!
Fire Starter Sessions – Danielle LaPorte
I’ve had this book for five years, but only fully read it this year. Love everything she does; recommend.
The Radiance Sutras – Lorin Roche
I’m not sure if I can count this as having “read” it, but I’ve opened it and read most of the passages over the last few years so I’m pretty sure at one point or another I’ve read the whole thing by this point. Given to me by a teacher, love returning to this.
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
I have the hugest girl crush on EG, but this book didn’t resonate with me as I’m not in a creative profession. I’d recommend it if you are.
The Martian – Andy Weir
Unexpectedly really enjoyed this – recommend!
Outlander – Dianna Gabaldon
Way too long.
Coming to My Senses – Alyssa Harad
I really liked this book, about a woman who becomes obsessed with perfume. It was a delightful way to start 2016 – I read the whole thing in two days wrapped up in a blanket. Recommend.
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