These are the books I read in 2016. If I recommend it, I put an * in front of it. They are listed by date read, not preference.
- *City of Thieves – David Benioff
- The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
- *The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
- *Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes – Jules Moulin
- Silver Bay – Jojo Moyes
- Fast Women – Jennifer Crusie
- *Cold-Hearted Rake – Lisa Kleypas
- The Dinner – Herman Koch
- The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
- *The Nightengale – Kristin Hannah
- The Swans of Fifth Avenue – Melanie Benjamin
- *Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
- Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
- *Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Heart of Fire – Linda Howard
- Troublemaker – Linda Howard
- *The Last Anniversary – Liane Moriarty
- Tangled – Emma Chase
- *The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
- The Girls – Emma Cline
- *Three Wishes – Liane Moriarty
- *Darkness – Karen Robards
- *Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler
- The Vegetarian – Han Kang
- Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
- The Valley of the Moon – Melanie Gideon
- *First Star I See Tonight – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
- *A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
- *Fool Me Once – Harlan Coben
- *When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
- *You’ll Grow Out of It – Jessi Klein
- *The Chemist – Stephenie Meyer
- *The Stranger – Harlan Coben
- Paris For One – Jojo Moyes
- *Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
Some of the books I didn’t put an asterisk by are on other publications’ “Best Of” lists. What can I say? It’s not (always) that I think it’s poorly written or bad, I just can’t think of to whom I’d recommend it.
My top 5 from this list are:
- When Breath Becomes Air
- A Man Called Ove
- City of Thieves
- Three Wishes
- (tie) The Paying Guests & Sweetbitter
The books at #5 are not easy reads. While reading The Paying Guests, I had to put the book down, get up and walk around to shake it off because it is unnerving and tense at times while other moments I would marvel at how beautiful a sentence was. Sweetbitter is about the wild and indulgent life of a waitress. I was a waitress and my life was nothing like that, but I thought it was interesting.
On a lighter note, I just finished Amy Schumer’s, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. There were parts that had me laughing to tears, she really is funny and very readable. It’s definitely raunchy and she curses a ton (Dad, you won’t like it) but she mixes her humor with stories from her life, as well sobering topics like MS and gun control, thus making her very real and likable. I thought it was terrific.
I have kept two new dramas from the fall on my rotation, and sadly I think one of them isn’t coming back.
I, and a lot of America, love “This Is Us.” It has certainly filled the hole that “Parenthood” left. Each week I can’t get over how well the writers are doing. Things don’t go the way you think they will so it’s surprising enough to keep me guessing. I think the acting is terrific and I’m SOOOO happy Milo is back on tv. : )
My other show is “Pitch.” It’s about the first female professional baseball player and I really, really hope it isn’t already canceled even though I’m apparently 1 of 5 people watching it. Mark-Paul Gosselaar is in it and, though I was not a “Saved By the Bell” girl, I am impressed and am enjoying his performance.
(Side note, I’m on episode 7 of “Westworld” and 4 of “The Crown.” I’m just not ready to comment.)
I’m also enjoying the new comedies “Speechless,” “The Good Place” and “People of Earth.” Are they mind-blowing? No, but they are sweet and funny which is good, too.
Other than that, my queue is mostly comedies. Here’s what I’m watching:
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Younger,” “Blackish,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Mom” (This show is deep; very serious yet very funny. Allison Janney and Anna Faris are fantastic. Plus an old neighbor of mine from NY is sometimes on it so that’s fun.), “Life in Pieces,” “Modern Family,” “The Real O’Neals,” “New Girl,” and “Superstore.”
Again, if you haven’t watched “Catastrophe” on Amazon Prime, please do. So funny.
That’s about it for now, no song of the blog today. Happy New Year!