At the beginning of 2016, I set my Goodreads goal to 30 books. As of today, December 4th, I am at 20. Goodreads likes to remind me that I am 7 books behind schedule. Well, Sorry, sir, but I’m not sure I can slam out 10 books with the few days left in the year. Although I did not reach that goal, there were some excellent books this year that are worth a mention.

Thriller — The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi

11038479This book is not for everyone or the faint of heart. It can be rather graphic at times. I also remember I read this during the Blizzard in February. My husband was in California on business, so while the snow piled up outside the window, I sat in bed with my dog and read this.  I found this at the library while looking to stock up on the aforementioned blizzard. I enjoyed reading a book by an Italian author – which I had never done before. It is translated from Italian and it was a nice variation on reading American or English-based authors on a topic of murder and investigation. Awesome read!

 

Humor/Lighthearted — Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

13526165 The first book read in 2016 and I still remember it. I loved it! It was so original, fun, and well-written. I heard about this on a Podcast. I saw at Barnes and Noble yesterday that Semple has another book out which I will be a 2017 read for sure. Perhaps I will have that one be the first read of 2017?

 

Classic Fiction — Mrs. Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day I adored this book. So cute, so fun, and unlike anything I had ever read. Although it takes place in the 1930’s, the themes and characters easily translate to modern times. The characters were so memorable and as I read this I felt like I was part of the group. The drawings were also wonderful. A nice touch!

 

Non-Fiction — How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Aubrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are I must admit I picked this up with the hope of learning a few tips and tricks on how to be a woman of a city in which I do not live, been to when I was 14 and have not connections – bloodline or otherwise. I was wrong. This book was a tongue-in-cheek book by Parisian women essentially mocking themselves and the stereotypes. I laughed out loud many times. It did have some “serious” ideas but most of it was so funny you couldn’t help but smile at them and yourself. This is a book I do not own, but plan on owning by the time this year is out. The reviews of this one are all over the place and most of the negative ones are people who simply didn’t get it. They went into the book with the same intention I did but left without being able to laugh at it.