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colette's library | August - December 2016

My book goal for 2016 was to read (or listen to) 27 books to beat last year's 26 books. I'm happy to say the final count for 2016 was . . .

. . . 35 books! Boo-yah!

What's my secret? I'm usually listening to books rather than music while I'm driving or editing photos (I also love me some podcasts). Audiobooks can get expensive, so I use the good old library to get them for free. Most libraries now have eBook options available to you which include audiobooks. I use the Overdrive App (your library might use a different app) to download books straight to my phone. I love it.

Below are the remaining books I devoured in 2016. {To see the previous books I read in 2016, click HERE}. The little tidbit about each book was taken off Amazon. Click the book title for even more info on the book. The "recommendation" of each book is my personal opinion. 😊 21. The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer by Gary L. Stewart (non-fiction): When Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father at the age of thirty-nine, he never imagined his quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself. *Highly Recommended

22. Escape by Carolyn Jessop (non-fiction): The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children. *Highly Recommended

23. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (fiction/thriller): In this tale of a kidnapping gone wrong, Mia, the black-sheep daughter of prominent Chicago judge James Dennett, impulsively decides to go home with Colin, a young man she meets in a bar. *Highly Recommended

24. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandburg (non-fiction): Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. *Recommended

25. Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton (non-fiction): In this moving personal account of faith and fortitude, internationally ranked surfer Bethany Hamilton tells how she survived a shark attack that cost her arm--but not her spirit. *Recommended, especially for preteens/teens

26. My Story by Elizabeth Smart (non-fiction): Ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime. *Recommended

27. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (fiction): In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. *Recommended

28. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín (fiction): Committed to a quiet life in little Enniscorthy, Ireland, the industrious young Eilis Lacey reluctantly finds herself swept up in an unplanned adventure to America. *Recommended

29. The Circle by Dave Eggers (fiction): When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. *Not my favorite book but I'd still recommend it.

30. Seriously . . . I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres (humor): If you like Ellen, you'll like this book. 😜 31. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (fiction): From the first sentence, we know the oldest daughter of the Chinese-American Lee family has died. What follows is a novel that explores alienation, achievement, race, gender, family, and identity. *Not my favorite book but I'd still recommend it.

32. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (humor): Feast along with America’s favorite food comedian, bestselling author, and male supermodel Jim Gaffigan as he digs into his specialty: stuffing his face. *Funny but not for everyone. 😁

33. The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (non-fiction/humor): For a comedian of unbridled (and generally hilarious) causticity, Schumer has written a probing, confessional, unguarded, and, yes, majorly humanizing non-memoir. *Funny but explicit

34. Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (non-fiction/humor): *Not terrible but not my favorite

35. Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (fiction/series): It pains me to say I could hardly finish this book. I liked the 1st book but this one was too juvenile. *Not recommended

What were your favorite books of 2016? Have you read any of the books I have??

Happy reading!



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