Reads 2016

As 2016 draws near to it’s closed, I wanted to reflect on all the good and bad books I’ve read this year.  I look forward to seeing what my 2017 reading lists looks like.

Favorite Books of the YEAR!!

Top 21 Sound Recording!!
If you’re like me and have a 45 to 2 hr commute it always goes better with something to list to.  I love listening to recorded books or better known as books on cd.  I listen to books I know are relatively thick or have a topic I’m interested in, but don’t really have the time to read a 500 – 1,000 page book.  These are my top picks for best “recorded books of 2016”.

  1.  The Hired Girl — by: Laura Amy Schlitz
  2. In Need of a Good Wife — by: Kelly O’Connor McNees

  3. The Forgotten Seamstress — by: Liz Trenow

  4. The Other Einstein — by: Marie Benedict

  5. Tarzan of the Apes — by: Edgar Rice Burroughs

  6. Honolulu — by: Alan Brennert

  7. A Tale of Two Cities — by: Charles Dickens
  8. Mrs. Houdini — by: Victoria Kelly

  9. Mrs. Poe — by: Lynn Cullen

  10. The Kingmaker’s Daughter — by: Philippa Gregory

  11. Midnight Thief — by: Livia Blackburne

  12. After Alice — by: Gregory Maguire

  13. The Forgotten Room — by: Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig

  14. The Fortune Hunter — by: Daisy Goodwin

  15. The King’s Curse — by: Philippa Gregory

  16. Howl’s Moving Castle — by: Diana Wynne Jones

  17. A Company of Swans — by Eva Ibbotson

  18. The Spymistress — by: Jennifer Chiaverini

  19. Off the Page — by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

  20. City of Bones | City of Ashes | City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Series) — by Cassandra Clare

  21. The Night Circus — by Erin Morgenstern

Top 21 Reads!!
When I do have time to read, I like to read something that has very few pages and keeps me reading.  There is not a whole lot on TV and reading after a long day at work helps me unwind. These are books & series I enjoyed reading this year.

  1.  The Lavender Garden — by Lucinda Riley
  2.  The Orchid House — by Lucinda Riley
  3.  Lydia Bennet’s Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
    — by Jane Odiwe
  4.  The Confession of Katherine Howard — by Suzannah Dunn

  5.  Graverobber’s Apprentice — by Allan Stratton
  6.  The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy #1) — by Laura Andersen
  7.  Da Vinci’s Tiger — by L.M. Elliott
  8.  The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) — by Renee Ahdieh
  9.  The Book of Story Beginnings — by Kristin Kladstrup
  10.  Evergreen Falls — by Kimberley Freeman

  11. The Creole Princess — by Beth White

  12. The Lost Heiress — by Roseanna M. White

  13.  After a Fashion — by Jen Turano
  14. The Curiosity Keeper — by Sarah E. Ladd

  15. Red Queen | Glass Sword (Red Queen Series) — by Victoria Aveyard

  16. The Counterfeit Heiress — by Tasha Alexander

  17.  The Poe Estate (The Grimm Legacy #3) — by Polly Shulman
  18.  Curtsies & Conspiracies | Waistcoats & Weaponry | Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #2, #3 & #4) — by Gail Carriger

  19. The Mistress of Tall Acre — by Laura Frantz

  20. The Heir || The Crown (The Selection #4 & 5) — by Kiera Cass

  21.  Cress | Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #3 & #4) — by Marissa Meyer

Misc Reads
These books did not quite make it to my top reads, but they are worth mentioning since I did read them this year.  Some of them just did not lead me into wanting to continue the series or continue the book in general.

  1.  America’s First Daughter — by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
  2. The Little Paris Bookshop — by Nina George

  3. Servants’ Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance — by Margaret Powell

  4. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin — by Jill Lepore

  5. The Dream Thief (Drakon #2) — by Shana Abe

  6. Enclave (Razorland #1) — by Ann Aguirre

  7. Echo | Mystic (The Soul Seekers #2 & #3) — by Alyson Noel

  8.  The Nature of the Beast  — by Louise Penny
  9. Brida — by Paulo Coelho

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