Wow! We made it! Half a decade! That's crazy talk. I said to a friend the other day how much I couldn't believe how far I've come. Especially in such a hard year, the fact that I could make it this far is really amazing to me.
I haven't done a half-decade round up, so I'm not quite sure the exact number of books I've read and reviewed in 5 years, but it's definitely been a ton. Since starting this blog I have made it most of the way through a PhD program, been on more dates than a girl should ever have to go on, fell in love with my best friend, and moved three times in one year. 2016 was rough; I had a hard time reading at all, let alone reading and putting up reviews. Thank you for your loyalty through my silence. I promised myself that when blogging here that I would only do it as long as I was having fun. I'm still having fun -- so on to another year!
Total stats for my fifth year: 81 books reviewed, 7 of those guest posts from Charlotte. (Thank you, Charlotte!)
Now for my list of Best of 2016. As usual, my disclaimer is that not ALL of these were published in the past year, but I did read them all this year. The list is shorter in past years due to my early 2016 sabbatical, but I am still pretty happy with the list. It's a mishmash of non-fiction, fiction, thrillers, and memoirs. Enjoy!
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Approval Junkie by Faith Salie
The Killing Lessons by Saul Black
The Best of Youth by Michael Dahlie
This is Water by David Foster Wallace
In a Dar, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
The Girls by Emma Cline
While the City Slept by Eli Sanders