But now I have time to do this! Well, it's really me finding time for this because if I let this idleness continue, I don't know how I could pull myself back up. After reading What Light, the book club's book for December, last month, I went through the rest of December without finishing a single book. Lincoln in the Bardo sits patiently by my bedside table, waiting to be picked up again, but always, there's still something else that I end up doing. To be fair, it was also our first holidays at the new house, so I spent a lot of time puttering about and decorating and attending to stuff that needed attention around the house.
So anyway. How was my reading for 2016? Goodreads has been kind enough (as always, every year) to summarize it for me.
|More on "My Year in Books"|
Here, my favorite reads for 2016, in no particular order:
(1) The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber - I'm kinda missing the Oasans. And Jesus Lover No. 5.
(2) The Round House by Louise Erdrich - Started out as a mystery, ended up as a novel about family and identity.
(3) The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards, #1) by Scott Lynch - I will always listen to my husband's high fantasy recos because this was a blast!
(4) A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous (attributed to Marta Hillers) - Diary of a woman in Berlin during the end of World War II.
(5) The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling - All I can say is, I finally got to read it, and it was worth it.
A lot of these books were read because I wanted a blackout on my TFG bingo card, which was a lot of fun! I discovered authors and books I wouldn't even have bothered with had I not joined the challenge, so that was a good takeaway.
As for the least favorites -- let's not.
Also last year was my first time to attend the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival, and I went with my good friend Benny. There, I met two foreign authors, Pulitzer winner Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master's Son) and Paula McLain (The Paris Wife).
|Diminutive 4'11" me and over-six-feet-tall Adam Johnson :D|
|The very charming Paula McLain|
|That's Jenny, Honey, and Christine of PRH with me and Benny :)|
All in all, it was a good reading year. So it wouldn't be too much to wish for a better, if not an equally good, year this 2017, right? :)