Hello, hello! I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday weekend. It’s hard to believe that it already has come and gone, and now we’re gearing up to ring in 2017! I know that many of us are looking back at the best of 2016, and there’s no denying that my love for reading came back strong this year. Out of the 50+ books that I read, I want to share the top 5 books of 2016 according to me.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
A story of two sisters trying to survive during World War II, Vianne and Isabelle couldn’t be more different but equally strong and heroic in their own ways. It has been a long time since a book has impacted me the way that this one did, and I still think back to the story even several months later. While Isabelle’s tenacity and need to make a difference are inspiring, Vianne’s quiet bravery is what struck me the most. As a wife and mother with her husband away at war, she struggles daily to keep not only herself alive but her daughter and those close to her. I think that she even surprises herself with how far she’s willing to go and the sacrifices that she makes to stay safe. If you haven’t yet read this book, I really encourage that you do!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
All bets are off when Louisa Clark enters the life and world of Will Traynor. The story was equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking. It’s hard for me to put myself in Louisa’s shoes and deal with such a profound and controversial life event. It’s even more difficult to think about being in Will’s position both physically and mentally. This book left me assured, however, that all of us have the ability to impact someone’s life in a big or small way no matter how long we are in someone’s life.
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
What choice would you make if you had the opportunity to live out the effects of two different decisions? That’s exactly what Hannah Martin gets to do, and both concurrent story lines give her life twists and turns. Taylor Jenkins Reid was a new-to-me author in 2016, and I am hooked on her writing style. This book was fun to reminisce about crossroads in my own life and what would’ve/could’ve happened if I made the opposite decision of what I did at the time. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, so I enjoyed that this story both questioned and reinforced that exact belief.
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
As a son who’s mother is nearing the end of her life, Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt open up a candid conversation with one another about life’s ups and downs that made them both who they are today. I’m not always one for nonfiction, but I flew through this book. Gloria Vanderbilt is without a doubt one of the most fascinating people that I’ve ever read and learned about. She led a life of scandal, heartbreak, success, happiness … you name it! It’s an eye opening look that just because someone is born into privilege and social status doesn’t mean that everything – or everyone around them – is perfect.
Breaking Up with Barrett by Katy Regnery
Barrett English hires his family’s gardener’s daughter, Emily Edwards, to stand in as his fiancee at important business functions to help make a better impression and connection with clients. But, will the two of them be able to keep each other at arms-length for long? You’re rooting for Barrett and Emily the entire time because they both are likeable characters, and it is suspected that both have had feelings for one another longer than they let on. I couldn’t help but include this book in my top five roundup. The story is ridiculously cheesy, but I loved it. It was a light-hearted read that simply made me feel good. Isn’t that what books should do? I plan to pick up the next books in this series in 2017 to see if they are (hopefully) just as enjoyable.
What are your favorite reads from 2016?
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