2016 Year in Review

2016 was a crazy year. I traveled internationally to Mexico, England, Ireland, Canada and Fiji. I completed my first year of graduate school and started my second. I earned my 200 hour yoga teacher certification. And through all this, I wrote countless papers, short stories and essays.

Last year, I wanted to read 100 books. I’ve come close before – clocking 98 in 2013. However, in 2016, I didn’t even get close. I only managed to read 32 books. I keep a journal of all the full titles I read and I’ve found it to be really fun to go back and see what I read when. I think it will be great to look back in the future and see what books I keep returning to or when I discovered new authors. Below is my month by month breakdown – what I read and when.

January 2016 -2 

Tricky Twenty-Two – Janet Evanovich 

Saving Juliet – Suzanne Selfors

February 2016 – 1

Last One Home – Debbie Macomber

March 2016 – 7

Dukes Prefer Blondes – Loretta Chase 

Drop Dead Beautiful – Jackie Collins

Goddess of Vengeance – Jackie Collins

419 – Will Ferguson

Trapline – Carl Hiaason and Bill Moltabano

The Accidental Apprentice – Vikas Swarup

Royal Wedding – Meg Cabot

April 2016 – 0

No books finished.

May 2016 – 2

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen 

June 2016 – 2

The Santangelos – Jackie Collins

Tess of the D’ubervilles – Thomas Hardy

July 2016 -3

The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Phoebe Gloeckner

Undercover – Danielle Steele

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy – Gabriella Coleman

August 2016 -3

The Essential Dykes to Look Out For – Alison Bechdel 

The Great American Whatever – Tim Federle

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

September 2016 – 2

The Constant Gardener – Jon Le Carré

The Day of the Owl – Leonardo Sciascia 

October 2016 – 2

Wicked Appetite – Janet Evanovich 

To Helvetica and Back – Paige Shelton

November 2016 – 3

Winter Stroll – Elin Hilderbrand

Dangerous Kiss – Jackie Collins

Oxford Blue – Veronica Stallwood

December 2016 -5 

When the Snow Flies – Laurie Alice Eakes

The Guise of Another – Allen Eskens

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison – Shaka Senghor

Let it Snow – Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle

One – Sarah Crossan


Of all these, my favorite reads included both Jane Austen novels, which I return at least once a year, if not every few years. I also really loved Shaka Senghor’s memoir. I’m looking forward to finishing the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness.

How many books did you read each year? Do you journal about your reading habits? Do you journal that list online or with pen and paper?

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!




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