Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My Best of 2016...so far

Can you believe that we are more than halfway through the year?  Why, oh why, is time speeding up?  Can someone please make it stop?

Okay, I promise no more whining (in this post!).  Since we are past the halfway mark, I thought I'd list my favorite books that I've read so far this year.  Not all of these books were published in 2016, but I did read them all since January 1.  They are listed in the order I read them, NOT in order of preference or review date.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
It's probably a good thing I didn't know exactly what this book was about when I decided to read it, because it isn't my usual fare.  In fact, I believe I found it in the "romance" section of Netgalley.  It is a simply beautiful love story, but not the kind you'd expect.  I also went through about a box of tissues, so there is that.  I am a sucker for a good cry...
Purchase "Lily and the Octopus" from Amazon

Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

I'll admit that I was a little bit wrecked at the end of this book.  The two main characters, a mother and daughter, are so well crafted that they seem to step right off the page and I alternated between wanting to hug them and wanting to throttle them.  I found the end to be..unsettling.  This one will definitely stay with you.
Purchase "Modern Girls" from Amazon

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman
This is an excellent family saga dealing with two brothers and their families, secrets, and one house.  There were parts of this book that really hit home for me, enough so that I lost myself in the book enough that I went along with each twist and turn without trying to even guess what would happen next.
Purchase "The Two-Family House: A Novel" from Amazon

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes (audiobook, read by the author)
So, you know, life advice from one of the most successful women on TV and, more importantly, the woman who gave us Cristina Yang and Mark "McSteamy" Sloan.  Celebrity memoirs are one of my favorite audiobook genre, but this one is something more than that.  It is definitely worth the read/listen/whatever.
Purchase "Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person" from Amazon

As You Wish by Cary Elwes (audiobook, read by the author)
Really, who doesn't love The Princess Bride?  This is a behind-the-scene look at the making of the movie and it is so lovingly done that any fan would love.  This one was especially good since I listened to it with my husband, who adores that movie.
Purchase "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride" from Amazon

The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner
Oh, this book had all the feels for me.  I related to it in so many ways that I, at times, felt like it was my own story.  I immediately sent it off to my mother to read...it was just that kind of book!  This has quickly become my go-to for people who want a mother-daughter memoir.
Purchase "The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir" from Amazon





So, we'll see how the second half of 2016 goes for me!  My guess is that the second installment of this will include at least a few backlist books.


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