(This is a hurriedly put together post that I just wanted to somehow get in before the year was over, so apologies for grammar, spelling and other errors if any!)
2016 has been an extremely rewarding year reading-wise for me.
I hadn’t done any significant reading for about 4 years and I had begun to worry that the once treasured habit had faded away. But I guess the habit of reading is something like knowing how to ride a bike or swim.
I read a few books at the end of 2015 and then, to get back into the swing of things, I decided to set myself a reading challenge for 2016 – to read 15 books that I already owned (or from my parents’ vast collection) at the end of 2015 but had never read.
I am happy to report that not only did I complete my challenge with 16 books, but I also ended up reading a further 19 books, bringing my grand total for the year up to 35! I did surprise myself, as I had thought I would struggle to complete even 10.
Below is the entire list of books I read, with links to the ones I have reviewed.
BOOKS READ IN 2016:
- My Sainted Aunts by Bulbul Sharma
- The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
- The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
- The Mousewife by Rumer Godden
- Words of Freedom (Bhagat Singh)
- Women of the Raj by Margaret MacMillan
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo
- Hindu Gods – Priya Hemenway
- How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
- The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
- Golden Rules by Wayne Dosick
- The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
- The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- The Kalahari Typing School for Men (The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #4) by Alexander McCall Smith
- The Full Cupboard of Life (The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #5) by Alexander McCall Smith
- Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- Villette by Charlotte Bronte
- Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons by Gerald Durrell
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Kingfishers Catch Fire by Rumer Godden
- Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
- The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gabraith
- The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Nemesis (Miss Marple #12) by Agatha Christie
- In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #6) by Alexander McCall Smith
And now a few trivia-style snippets:
A book I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did: The Bridges of Madison County and The Call of the Wild
A book I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would: The Girl on The Train
A book that made me want to travel to a new country: Burial Rites
A genre I discovered wasn’t for me: Magical realism
Most rewarding genre: non-fiction, including Women of the Raj, Golden Rules and The Power of Habit.
Favourite series: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Favourite topic: The Raj, including Women of the Raj and Kingfishers Catch Fire and self-management, including Golden Rules, The Power of Habit and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (currently reading)
Favourite new genre (for me): – Crime/Detective/ Mystery, including Nemesis and The Cuckoo’s Calling
Most difficult book to get through: The Sound and The Fury
Books I admired for research, layout, writing, style and editing: Women of the Raj and Burial Rites
Favourite Classics: Villette and The Secret Garden
Christmas Read for 2016: Little Women
All round favourite read: How Green Was My Valley
That’s it for now. I shall return in the new year with the pending reviews.
Here’s to more reading in 2017! Happy New Year everyone!