I don’t feel the need to re-hash much about 2016…but I did want to highlight my favorite reads of the year. I didn’t make it through all of the books on my to-read list, but there were still some notable ones I’ve read and enjoyed!
The Perfect Find by Tia Williams – The Perfect Find was hands down my favorite lighter read of the year and I’m glad I went ahead and purchased it in case I want to re-read it. What’s not to love about a book set in NYC about a seasoned fashion journalist/style diva who works to pick up the pieces of her life after a tough break-up of a serious relationship? The protagonist Jenna promptly falls in love with a much much younger man. But does a steamy May-December romance have the makings of a long-term love story? Read the book to find out!
Talon YA Series (Talon, Rogue, Soldier) by Julie Kagawa – YA novels are a great little escape if you’re a reader who loves a good story that doesn’t require too much brain power and require following complicated plots. I especially enjoy Julie Kagawa’s books. I read her whole Iron Fey series (it feels weird to even admit that since I’m way beyond her teen demographic…). I breezed through Talon (Rogue, Soldier) and am patiently awaiting the next book in the series (Legion). The series is about ancient dragons who live hidden among us in the modern days society. There’s also a secret society who think all dragons are evil/dangerous and systematically work to exterminate them. There’s also a love triangle or sorts as there usually are in YA novels of course. These books were a nice break from the usual dystopian themes seen in a lot of YA novels lately.
How Not To Die by Michael Greger, M.D. – I don’t have a perfect diet by any means but I’ve become more and more interested with the connection to food/nutrition and health/longevity. This books touts the health benefits associated with a plant based diet and how they can prevent many diseases.
Love, Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi – I’m sure I’ve proclaimed that foodie memoirs are a favorite and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I don’t watch Top Chef, (the reality food competition show that former model Padma hosts) and really didn’t know much about her except that she was previously married to author Salman Rushdie. But I really enjoyed her memoir. In it she discusses childhood in India and moving to the States with her mother, her modeling career, her life-long passion for food, her Endometriosis, and carving her own path after her marriage ended.
Rising Strong by Brené Brown – I admittedly didn’t read this entire book and will likely go back to it at some point, but I read enough of it to be inspired (as I usually am by Brené’s books). Brené breaks down life lessons in a really compelling way and I always come away from her books with inspiration to be a better person and have more compassion for others. Overcoming challenges, conflicts, and loss are issues that were addressed in the book. I’ll definitely revisit it.
Radical Self Love by Gala Darling – I’ve been a long time reader of Gala’s blog and while her book doesn’t really cover a whole lot of new ground, I still enjoyed reading it. Learning to love yourself, overcome limiting beliefs, and taking charge of your own happiness by simply being your authentic self are things themes from the book that are resonated with me.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – Living a creative life isn’t always easy and it was validating in a certain way to see that even a celebrated writer like Elizabeth Gilbert doesn’t always have an easy way with being a creative person. This is a great book to pick up early in the year for inspiration if creativity in some capacity is a goal in 2017.
Other books I read and enjoyed this year included: The Wait by Devon Franklin and Meagan Good | Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari | Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
And what’s next up on my list? I’m sure others will arise as the year goes on, but the next books on my to-read list are: Swing Time by Zadie Smith, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson | The Mothers by Brit Bennett | Difficult Women by Roxane Gay | Grit by Angela Duckworth | Originals: How Non-Conformists Change the World by Adam Grant