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Books Read in 2016: A Recap of My Reading Challenge #amreading #bookreport

Sunday, January 1, 2017


This year, I decided that for my reading challenge, I’d do an A to Z challenge. You can see how I came up with it here. (As for the other part of my challenge with the books for my grad school reading group, it petered out about halfway through the six-month list of books.)

Now that the year is over, here’s what I read in 2016. The link on each title will go to Goodreads in a new tab. (See my star ratings matrix here.)

Austen, Jane — Persuasion [Annual Austen | 5 stars]

Balogh, Mary — Only Beloved (The Survivors’ Club, #7) [Historical Romance, Regency | 4 stars]

Cather, Willa — O Pioneers! [Historical Fiction, Classic American Lit | 4 stars]

Doescher, Ian — William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope [Star Wars | 5 stars]

    Also Read:

  • Dickens, Charles — Bleak House [Classic British Lit | 4 stars]

Evanovich, Janet — Wife for Hire (Elsie Hawkins #3) [Contemporary Romance | 3.5 stars]

Forester, C. S. — Hornblower During the Crisis (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #4) [Historical Fiction, Georgian/Napoleonic | 5 stars]

    Also Read:

  • Featherstone, Charlotte — Seduction & Scandal (The Brethren Guardians, #1) [Historical Romance, Victorian | 4.25 stars]
  • Foster, Alan Dean — The Force Awakens [Star Wars movie novelization | 4 stars]

Gray, Claudia — Star Wars: Bloodline [Star Wars | 4 stars]

Harrison, Audrey — The Captain’s Wallflower [Historical Romance, Regency | 2.5 stars]

Ireland, Liz — Trouble in Paradise [Historical Romance, American 19th Century | 3 stars]

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson.
Johnson, Liz — The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams, #1) [Contemporary Inspy Romance | 4.5 stars]

Keene, Carolyn — The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew: #1) [Young Adult, Mystery | 4 stars]

    Also Read:

  • Kenyon, Sherrilyn — Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter, #1) [Paranormal Romance | 1 star/DNF]

Lorret, Vivienne — Tempting Mr. Weatherstone (Wallflower Weddings, #0.5) [Historical Romance, Regency | 4 stars]

McCullough, David — 1776 [Nonfiction, American Revolution | 4 stars]

Novik, Naomi — Uprooted [Young Adult Fantasy | 3 stars]

Oliveira, Robin — My Name is Mary Sutter [Historical Fiction, American Civil War | 2 stars]

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth — Nobody’s Baby But Mine (Chicago Stars, #3) [Contemporary Romance | 1 star/DNF]

    Also Read:

  • Petersen, Jenna — From London With Love (Lady Spies, #1) [Historical Romance, Regency | 2 stars]

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn | Review on
Quinn, Spencer — Dog on It (A Chet and Bernie Mystery, #1) [Humorous Mystery | 4.25 stars]

Rowling, J. K. — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [Young Adult Fantasy | 4 stars]

St. James, Simone — The Other Side of Midnight [Historical Paranormal Romance, 1920s | 4.25 stars]

Thomas, Sherry — The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1) [Young Adult Historical Fantasy, Victorian | 4.25 stars]

Ulrich, Lucie — Diamonds Or Donuts [Contemporary Sweet Romance | 3.25 stars]

Vatsal, Radha — A Front Page Affair (Kitty Weeks Mystery, #1) [Historical Mystery, 1910s New York | 3.75 stars]

    Also Read:

  • Valentin, Barbara — False Start (Assignment: Romance, #1) [Contemporary Romance | 1 star/DNF]

Wilder, Laura Ingalls — Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography (Pamela Smith Hill, Ed.) [Nonfiction/Memoir, American 19th Century | 5 stars]
‘Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography’ | Review Part 1
‘Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography’ | Review Part 2
‘Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography’ | Review Part 3
Pioneer Girl

Yankovic, Al — My New Teacher and Me! (audiobook read by the author) [Children’s Book | 4.5 stars]

    Also Read:

  • Yankovic, Al — When I Grow Up (audiobook read by the author) [Children’s Book | 4.5 stars]

Zarr, Sara and Tara Altebrando– Roomies [Young/New Adult | 3.5 stars]

If I had to pick a favorite book from this list, it would have to be Pioneer Girl, in combination with re-reading the Little House books along side it.

If you have a recap of your 2016 reading list, please share a link in the comments. What was your favorite book you read in 2016?

My rating matrix:
5 STARS = one of the best I’ve ever read
4 STARS = a great read, highly recommended
3 STARS = it was okay
2 STARS = I didn’t enjoy it all that much, not recommended
1 STAR = DNF (did not finish)

View all my reviews on Goodreads

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol permalink
    Sunday, January 1, 2017 6:53 pm

    Here’s a link to my 2016 reading challenge. My goal was 30 books. I read 47. My goal for 2017 is 50 books. My favorite book of 2016 was The War That Saved My Life. It is actually one of the best books I’ve ever read.


  2. Dora Wagner permalink
    Monday, January 2, 2017 7:34 pm

    I don’t have a link or list of the books that I read for 2016. I read an average of 2-3 books a week on audio. I had a goal of 100 books. My intent to was to track my reading, but I fell very short.

    This year I am setting the same goal (100) books, but also to read at least 6 of the books on my Medieval Book Group’s list, and my name (either author’s name or title, maybe both (full name Dora Jo Wagner). Most importantly, my goal is to track my reading for 2017, rather than just read.


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