2016 books

THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion

I read this book in November last year and I remember thinking how apt the Halloween season was for this kind of read. The Year of Magical Thinking is Joan Didion's personal account of loss, grief, and pain as she dealt with her husband's sudden death while her only daughter was in a coma battling for her life. Joan Didion's narrative is something to speak highly about, her prose crisp and matter of fact. I have heard too many good things about Joan Didion and her novel Play It As It Lays is on my wishlist shelf for some time now. If it were not for the book bingo challenge I joined (but di...
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My Year in Reading + My 10 Most Favorite Reads in 2016

The Reading Year That Was Being the slacker that I was, I failed to put up a reading goal post when this year started. But even if I may not have been the best book blogger there is, I can’t just not break tradition by not putting up this yearly list. 2016 has been great reading-wise despite my blogger failings, and I had enjoyed not having a set reading goal except for a fixed number of books to read (which I have surpassed months before the year ended.) I read books that caught my fancy and at my own pace. I didn’t hesitate to drop a book if I can’t seem to get into it and because of priori...
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DIGGING TO AMERICA by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler's been one of my favorite author's since I read Breathing Lessons and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Her stories are character-driven and authentic. There is a subtle poignancy in the midst of silent humor in the narrative and in the portrayal of her characters. In Digging to America, however, the humor becomes more evident but it is also balanced out by a melancholy feeling that accompanies it. August 15, 1997 is a significant date for two couples of Baltimore: the all-American Bitsy and Brad Donaldson and the Iranian immigrants Sami and Ziba Yazdan are at the airport waitin...
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FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick

Summary from Goodreads: Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart--obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as t...
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AFTER YOU (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

  Summary from Goodreads: How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On su...
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