I’m pretty sure the only 2016 goal I have managed to stay on track of so far this year has been my goal to read one book each month…done and done! I know with travel and trips and vacations galore for so many of us this summer, it’s nice to recap and read what others think when you’re looking for a new read. Here’s a little look and see about my first six books for 2016:
January: All The Light We Cannot See. If you’re into historical fiction and/or anything that has to do with World War II, you will enjoy this tremendously… it’s about a blind girl in Paris and a young German boy, on opposing sides of the war, and their struggle to survive during this horrific time in our history. It was AMAZING and I would highly recommend to everyone!
February: The Nightingale. Though the previous read above won the Pulitzer Prize, I actually enjoyed this story a bit more. Again it’s set in France during the beginning of World War II, but follows the story of two sisters who go to great lengths to protect their family and their way of life, while showcasing the important role women played during this era. SOOOOOOO good.
March: The Good Girl. I’m all about the suspenseful novel that keeps you on your toes, and this one didn’t disappoint. It is very similar to the stories by Gillian Flynn [Dark Places, Gone Girl, Sharp Objects] but definitely had it’s own “flair” for keeping me hooked into the storyline. I wouldn’t say this is necessarily a “girly/beach read” but definitely enjoyed this and would read this author again.
April: The Nest. Out o’ f all the books I’ve read thus far in 2016, I’d have to say this has been my least favorite. It wasn’t bad, but I got bored with the story and I think it was drawn out a bit longer than it needed to be. I know some other friends loved it, but it was mediocre for me.
May: Luckiest Girl Alive. Another suspenseful fiction book that I couldn’t put down… definitely a page turner and one that I read in less than a week because I enjoyed it so much. It paints the picture of a life that anyone would dream of, but the main character has a major secret that’s followed her for years. Absolutely loved this one!
June: Me Before You. No, I haven’t seen the movie, and I’m not sure I will anytime soon. I had a feeling how this story would end, and it definitely had me guessing, but in the end, I was right about the main plot and what would happen… it wasn’t shocking, it was a semi-typical love story, but still a good read nonetheless.
There you go! I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon to become a book editior [obviously], but I hope this helps shed some light/opinions on what I thought about my first reads of the year. Hoping I can keep this up through the next six months!