2016 ended with 70 books read. You can see my favorites for the year here. I’ve already got a few good ones lined up for this year. I also got a subscription to the Book of the Month club for Christmas. I’m patiently waiting for my January book to show up, but so far I’m loving it.
The Girls by Emma Cline
The end of the 1960’s in Northern California. Evie, a bored teenager whose parents are divorced and pay no attention to her, gets involved with a group of people where she feels accepted. Her parents find out what she’s been doing and send her to live with her father and his girlfriend. While it’s fiction, it’s based on the Manson family. The group commits a gruesome murder and we learn how Evie is involved and everything that played out. I loved this one. It’s easy to see how she gets involved with them and how all the events led to what happened.
The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah
A man is in hospice care. To help pass the time, a nurse suggests a game to name all the body parts going from A to Z. He does, but adds a story to each part involving his ex-girlfriend. In these stories, we learn about her, what happened with them, and why he is in hospice care. This was a quick read, but I liked it. It made you really think about all the decisions and everything that led up to where he was now.
In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch
Six friends lived together their last year of college. Now, almost 20 years later, few are in touch anymore, but they all receive a letter from the estate of the one who died, asking them to all get together at the alma mater. We see the life that each currently has, all their troubles, and how they portray themselves to the world. Getting back together leads to arguments and rehashing why they don’t really talk. They learn a lot about themselves and rekindle their relationships. One of the characters had super successful blog and was kinda like Martha Stewart. That stuff always cracks me up. This was good though. There was a lot going on and while not everything got worked out and we didn’t see the aftermath, it seemed believable.
Overseas by Beatriz Williams
I have a very one sided love affair with Williams. This was her first book. I had heard it wasn’t that great, but since when do I listen to other’s opinions? Besides that fact that it was a bit slow and could have maybe lost some pages, I really liked this one. It’s a time travel one. Kate is an investment banker on Wall Street. She meets a man in a meeting one day, a man she only knows my reputation, and he starts pursuing her. They have a whirlwind romance and she finds out that he has actually traveled in time and was born in 1895. At the same time, the book is jumping back to 1916 France, where she has traveled back in time to find him. I couldn’t quite figure how this was going to go until it happened. It was a good read though.
People I Want To Punch In The Throat by Jen Mann
This has been on my to read list since I read the holiday version last year. It’s a bunch of short stories/essays about people she encounters that she can’t stand. She’s got a blog by the same name. Hilarious and written in a way that is enjoyable to read. Some people (mainly celebrities) who write similar type books aren’t always the best writers and the books are hard to read. Not this one. If you are that mom who picks their kid up from school while still wearing pajama’s while all the other moms are decked out in designer gear with the hair expertly done, you’ll appreciate this. I have yet to figure out how to expertly do my hair, so naturally I loved it.