Total books read all the way through: 56.
2 rereads: Persuasion by Jane Austen and Graceling by Kristen Cashore. Two much needed books at the time.
9 audiobooks: I got an Audible subscription this year while I was living in Japan. I did a lot of walking there and this helped pass that time.
17 were children's fiction or young adult fiction.
5 classics: I read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for the first time. Pleasantly surprised how good it was, especially considering she wrote it so young. So many themes.
6 award winning books
Longest book was 662 pages The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: This is heart-breaking and a must-read for every human. Opened my eyes as a white person and all the privilege...
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande: Another must-read. If you plan on dying and getting old or have loved ones who plan to do that.
- So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson: Another eye-opener on social media and what monsters it can turn us into.
- Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach: This was visceral for me. An unflinching look at what happens to our bodies.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie: I
- The Martian by Andy Weir: Another audiobook. This was the only way to read it. The narrator was funny and it was really a hopeful and humorous book.
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: The world and character building is just phenomenal.
- The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: Gilbert brings women scientists into the light. She makes a story about a woman who separately comes to the idea of the theory of evolution during Darwin's time. Fascinating look.
Didn't live up to the hype:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: I was expecting more and it just didn't capture my full attention.
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter: I heard what a great thriller it was and after reading The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins, it just didn't come through for me. I kept asking why this story needed to be told? No clue.