What I Read: 2016

What I Read 2016 [petiteadventures.org]

My goal for 2016 was to read 18 books, just 1.5 per month. It seemed like a SMART goal, in that it was totally attainable and had a definite time limit. I knew that I should be able to achieve this goal given that I had ample time off this year (and took many a flight and bus ride) but I was shocked when mid-year I found myself sprinting towards the finish line. In the end, I managed to blow my goal out of the water and read 32 books!

Now, I can’t lie and say they were all life-changing, amazingly great books – because some of them were the complete opposite – but I’m really glad I made the effort to dedicate more time to relaxing, to learning and to being entertained; it was such a treat to be able to spend so much time curled up with a book.

Here’s the complete list of what I read in 2016, my favourites in bold.

  1. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
  2. Tricky Twenty-Two
  3. Luckiest Girl Alive
  4. Paris Letters
  5. Yes Please
  6. Me Before You
  7. Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong
  8. The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  9. Modern Romance
  10. Spark Joy
  11. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  12. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
  13. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir
  14. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
  15. China Rich Girlfriend
  16. No Way to Kill a Lady: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery
  17. Little Black Book of Murder: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery
  18. A Little Night Murder: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery
  19. The Nest
  20. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
  21. The Husband’s Secret
  22. The Nightingale
  23. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  24. The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
  25. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
  26. Bird by Bird
  27. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  28. Better Than Before
  29. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  30. Truly Madly Guilty
  31. I Will Teach You To Be Rich
  32. 13 Little Blue Envelopes

And with 2016 quickly coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the new year and setting new reading goals.

For 2017, I won’t be embarking on an overly ambitious goal, like reading 1 book per week (how would I keep up with TV?!) but will be switching it up. Most of the books I read tend to be set in North America (mostly the US) or England, which gives me a small window into just a couple of different worlds. So, to broaden my horizons and to add a new element to my travels and memories, for 2017, I’d like to read a book set in each of the countries I’ve had the chance to explore.

Given that it might be difficult to find books set in some of these countries, I’m looking for any and all recommendations you can share with me, reader-friends. If you’re read a great (or semi-great) book set in one of the countries listed below, hit me up!

Austria • Belgium • Belarus • Canada • Costa Rica • Czech Republic • Denmark • Estonia • Finland • France • Germany • Hungary • Italy • Jamaica • Morocco • Netherlands • Nicaragua • Poland • Portugal • Russia • Slovakia • Spain • Sweden • Switzerland • United Kingdom • United States

What are your reading goals for 2017?

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5 thoughts on “What I Read: 2016

  1. theresabb85 says:

    Great job on beating your goal!! It’s really motivating me to get through the books that I’ve outlined for myself… but I think I will save that to start in 2017 now that I’ll have more time! I’d love to hear your take on #29!

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