Book Recommendations: 2016 Favorites

Goals, unlike resolutions, have a finite end. It is ‘I will run a marathon’ vs. ‘I will exercise more often’; ‘I will save enough to take a trip to New Zealand’ vs. ‘I will be more careful with my spending’; ‘I’ll graduate with distinctions’ vs. ‘I will study every day and not only the week before the exams’.

One of my 2016 goals was to read 40 books in a year. 

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Even for a prolific reader like me it can seem daunting. I managed about 26 books and a handful of half-read ones.

Overall, I think that setting such a high target messed up my … reading habits, both in a positive and negative manner.

On the one hand, reading can easily turn from a pleasurable pastime to a race against time.

On the other hand, it compelled me to set aside books that I lost interest into. Hence the half-read ones. In the past, I used to be an almost compulsive reader; forcing myself to half-heartedly finish books for the sake of being able to say that I read them from cover to cover. I feel that I grew as a reader by resisting that.

Bland books aside, here’s a list of books that I devoured like triple-chocolate muffins that have just gotten out of the oven:

If you seek something bold, human, poetic, unapologetic and relatable, read:

The Carousel of Desire by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt

If you feeling like dipping your toes into World War II with a love-story glacing, read:

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

If you want a moody and twisted classic, visit you local bookshop to buy:

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

If you use a generous mixture of social research, humour and the rules of modern dating, reach out for:

Modern Love by Aziz Ansari

If intricate page-turners that combine history, science fiction and thriller elements are your cup of tea, pick:

Fatherland by Robert Harris

If you’re looking for a novel that will challenge your way of thinking, please read both: 

The Woman’s Room by Marilyn French

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

What was the best book that you read in 2016?

Bookworm-ish (as always),

F.

 

 

 

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  1. you should read the changers Series by Alison Glock and T Cooper. They give so much insight into every feeling that anyone ever had… I don’t really know how to describe it, but if I told you what it’s actually about you might not be that interested.

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