2016 Reading Challenge: 22 down, fell short by 8 books

Happy New Year! I’m starting my second Whole30 TOMORROW, January 2… with probably a TON of people. I would assume that January is the most popular W30 month, for obvious reasons. I planned this week’s menus and went grocery shopping this afternoon and am going to do some food and meal prep tomorrow to set myself up for success for round 2.

I wanted to have my first post of 2017 be about one of my favorite things… books! Sadly, I failed my 2016 challenge of reading 30 books. I’ve read 22 1/2… still not too shabby!

Here are the books I’ve read since my last book post.

19. The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood

20. Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate and the Throne by Christopher Andersen

21. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture In Crisis by J.D. Vance

22. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Currently Reading: What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

Book breakdowns:

The One-In-A-Million Boy. This book was recommended by, you guessed it, Modern Mrs. Darcy and her WSIRN podcast. It was on a Kindle sale so I bought it. #goodmarketing Unfortunately, I did not think it lived up to its hype. The synopsis was intriguing, but I just couldn’t get into it. I kept waiting for a Something to happen, but I didn’t feel like it ever did.

Game of Crowns. I love this author, and I love the British royal family. Kate is a goddess. This book just came out a few months ago, and I knew I had to read it. The dialogue is obviously not verbatim from the three main characters, it’s fabricated for sure. But it paints a very good picture of just how major of a deal it will be when Queen Elizabeth II either resigns or passes away. Will her beautiful, polarizing, yet commoner granddaughter-in-law or her cheating, conniving, yet wife to the first in line to the throne daughter-in-law ascend to Queen? It’s fascinating.

Hillbilly Elegy. This book was a recommendation from Laura Tremaine on the Sorta Awesome podcast. It was very fitting during this past Fall’s Presidential election. I didn’t know too much about the mid-West region of America (southern Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, etc.), and this book opened my eyes to how different people in different areas live and are raised. It wasn’t necessarily supposed to be a page turner, but I found myself staying up too late at night trying to finish it. Would definitely recommend it!

Black-Eyed Susans. I needed to read a good old psychological thriller about two non-fiction picks. This author’s plots are always set in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so it’s kind of fun to see names of streets and places that I know of. This is the second novel I’ve read of hers. They were both very good, but it does take her a while to get all of the wheels turning in the story. I wasn’t able to figure out the twists in either of them!

Here is a list of all the books I’ve read in 2016 (and 2015 too), to recap it for anyone wanting to know!

I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to read 30 books like I had originally planned a year ago. I didn’t read a single book in November, because we bought a house! And I was so super busy packing, getting the apartment “move out” ready”, preparing the house for moving in, etc. Hopefully 2017 will be filled with so0o0o0o much time for reading! I’m still aiming for 30 books read this year too. Wish me luck!

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