Books of the Year 2016
The first real New Year’s goal I ever made was in 2012. I decided that I would read 52 books and average a book a week from my wedding day to my anniversary. That seemed totally attainable on the honeymoon, but then life happened! I only managed to read 34 books that year but still a success, as I’d been reading zilch for pleasure the previous 5 years of my life! Needless to say, it was all downhill from there!
First, if you love to read, you need to take the time to set up a Goodreads account. Not only can you track your reading, but you can make reviews, win free books, join forums to discuss your favorites, and even have the website recommend books for you based on your previously enjoyed reads. I LOVE IT! Not to mention you can set a challenge for yourself and watch it build throughout the year. Make sure to add me as a friend!
My goal for this year (aside from read more than last year) was to dive in to some of my signed book collection. I was hoping to get to 75% of it, but I’m just squeezing in at 58%. I hope to continue knocking some of those off of my to-read list in 2017. (Aside from books, I might like numbers too much. Just a thought.)
So, why blunder on about books and challenges and all of that? I want to encourage those of you who think you have no time to read, but truly want to. Set a goal today. Goodreads is a website with tons to do, but it is also an app that allows you to use the basic functions of the website. Track your daily progress! It is so easy, and I bet you can accomplish more than you think.
Also, I like giving stuff away, and what better thing to give away than a book! (More on that in just a bit.)
Secondly, I’d really like to know if you’re more of a real book or an e-book type of reader. I’m honestly a bit of both. I find the convenience of an e-reader remarkable and it is my go to choice, BUT I love to be surrounded by the look, smell, and feel of the real thing. I do have a “library” in my home, after all.
I also have a small bookshelf in my office that holds my signed book collection. (It’s that shelf at the top of this post!) I currently have 71 and am about out of space (they even have their own “bookshelf” on Goodreads). If you’re an author that would like to be added to the shelf, I’d LOVE to have you send me a copy! I’ll gladly read and review. Leave a comment and we’ll talk details!
Are you itching to know how to win a book yet? All you have to do is comment whether you prefer e-readers or the real thing and why! Share this post (and let me know that you did) and you will receive a second entry!
Wait? Which book am I giving away? Any of the 72 I read this year (OK 71… one was so bad I refuse to buy it for you)! I will buy you any book on the following list in the format that you choose (via your comment). Some may only be available in one format, but I’ll let you know before I make the purchase. I’ll draw a winner on Monday. Happy reading, everyone!
The following list is in the order which I read them. If you see a heart after it, I gave it 5 stars. On my scale, it simply means I can see myself reading it again.
- The House of Secrets by Chris Columbus
- Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottolinie
- Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
- Wings of War by Chris Smith
- Cancer-Us: It was me. Is it You? by Dywuana M. Sykes
- Sacred Influence by Gary Thomas
- Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline ♥
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- God at the Intersection by Joanie Sellers Edwards
- The Eye of God by James Rollins
- Garden Spells by Sara Addison Allen
- Ike: The Killer Inside Me (this is the only book I will not buy for you. It was that awful)
- The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
- The Guilty by David Baldacci
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ♥
- Stuck by Jennie Allen
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Always Watching by Lynette Eason
- Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon
- Thin Ice by Irene Hannon
- Who is J.K. Rowling by Pamela D. Pollack ♥
- Memory Man by David Baldacci
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis ♥
- Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe
- No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason ♥
- Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline
- First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
- Sins of the Past by Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason, and Dani Pettrey ♥
- The Last Mile by David Baldacci
- The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de Cruz
- Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey ♥
- Submerged by Dani Pettrey
- Shattered by Dani Pettrey ♥
- Stranded by Dani Pettrey ♥
- Silenced by Dani Pettrey ♥
- Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey ♥
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne (and maybe J.K. Rowling)
- Unspoken by Dee Henderson
- Bullseye by David Baldacci
- Undetected by Dee Henderson
- Taken by Dee Henderson
- Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
- Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
- An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer
- The Elite by Kiera Cass
- The One by Kiera Cass
- The Queen by Kiera Cass
- The Prince by Kiera Cass
- The Guard by Kiera Cass
- The Heir by Kiera Cass
- The Crown by Kiera Cass
- The Favorite by Kiera Cass
- Without Warning by Lynette Eason
- The Finisher by David Baldacci
- The Keeper by David Baldacci
- Nightmares by Jason Segel
- Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- After You by Jojo Moyes
- Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
- Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon ♥
- Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben ♥
- Firewall by DiAnn Mills
- Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline
- Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
- Drop Shot by Harlan Coben
- Fade Away by Harlan Coben
- The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales by Chris Colfer
- Back Spin by Harlan Coben
- Double Cross by DiAnn Mills
- Deadlock by DiAnn Mills
There you have it!
REMEMBER: All you have to do is comment whether you prefer e-readers or the real thing and why!
Share this post (and let me know that you did) and you will receive a second entry!
Grab a good book, and I’ll see you soon,