2016 Book Recap

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I realized I did not do book recap for 2016 and 2017, and I know it is late to do that now, but I will still be sharing this with all of you since some of my readers still ask for a book recommendation. I don’t do book reviews so for sure there is none of that here, but I will add a rating for you to know how I liked the book with 5 as the highest rating and a few sentiments. Lol.

Every year I set a goal of 25 books to read but for the last few years, I have not achieved this goal partly because my schedule is getting tighter and tighter. I will not change my goal even if I have not achieved any of it yet. This year, I am on my 8th book and I only have 4 months left, so we will see about that. Lol. This list is for 2016 only. The 2017 list will follow in few days.

1. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

I only read this book because it won the Pulitzer Prize, but this is too long and too dragging. It is not easy to read; it is like reading a child developmental milestone. It took me a month to finish because it doesn’t have that addicting factor. I can still put it down, read it again and pick up from where I left. Good thing, the ending was great which made up for the first few dragging life elaborations that I can say “unnecessary”. It is still a good read after all.

Favorite Quotes:

“We are so customed to disguise ourselves to others that, in the end, we become disguised to ourselves.”

“Stay away from the ones you love too much. Those are the ones who will kill you.”

Rating: 3 / 5

2. Not A drill – Lee Child
I am not into thriller, though I’ve read Gone Girl which is the best thriller book I’ve read so far, it is still not my cup of tea. I read this because it is a short story and will not take so much time to read; it is not that good but not that bad either.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

3. The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
This is Gone Girl 2 for me. Creepy psychotic characters put me on the edge all the time. I hope I will not meet any of them in real life. Haha!

Favorite Quotes:
“And I’ve just got to let myself feel the pain, because if I don’t, if I keep numbing it, it’ll never really go away.”

“I have to find a way of making myself happy, I have to stop looking for happiness elsewhere. It’s true,”

Rating: 4 / 5

4. Shopping For A Billionaire 1 – Julia Kent
This is the book for hopeless romantic, it is cute and will surely make you giggle.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

5. Shopping For A Billionaire 2 – Julia Kent
I made it to book 2 and it was where the fun started. I stopped until here for this series because I broke my phone where my online library is and I cannot transfer it to my iPhone. I will try to find a way to continue this series this year or next year.

Rating: 3.7 / 5

6. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Album
If you feel discouraged in life, read this and be inspired. I love it for a lot of reason and one of it is my realization of how blessed I am. This book is in my list of “to read again”.

Favorite Quotes:
“You’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely.”

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Let it come in. We think we don’t deserve love, we think if we let it in we’ll become too soft. But a wise man named Levin said it right. He said, “Love is the only rational act.”

“Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hold on too long.”

Rating: 4.7 / 5

7. Miss Peregrine Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
I love the plot, it reminds me so much of the days when I was obsessed with the Harry Potter series. Though enthusiasm has changed since I am no longer in my youth, I still love how fantasy filled it is.

Favorite Quotes:
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

“To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave— that was magical.”

Rating: 3.8 / 5

8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
The book series that started my book obsession.

Favorite Quotes
“It’s tough to live with people stuck in the past, isn’t it?”

“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

Rating: 3.6 / 5

9. Dear John – Nicholas Sparks
This book made me cry, I felt so heartbroken after reading this.

Favorite Quote:
“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have a feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. So I take the memories as they come, accepting them all, letting them guide me whenever I can.”

Rating: 4 / 5

10. She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
I had mixed emotion about this book. It was so depressing, I would not wish anyone to be in her situation. The ending was good that it made me feel like bad spirits left my body.

Favorite Quotes:
“She preferred to get high on life.”

“Love was always the thing that did that—smashed into you, left you raw. The deeper you loved, the deeper it hurt.”

Rating: 2.8 / 5

11. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
I’ve read this book when I was in College, I liked it back then, but there are things that I did not understand because reading a novel and medical-surgical book at the same time is not a good combination. But it did become my all-time favorite book at that time before it got eclipsed by The Count of Monte Cristo. I added it to my “to read again” list for 2016, the shock factor is no longer there but I understood the book and I learned so much from it.

Favorite Quotes:

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked.
“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.”

Rating: 5 / 5

12. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

This book is compelling, not your ordinary story plot that follows a certain path, in fact, it is the opposite. It will make you think outside the box. I finished this book in one day because it defines what readers call “gripping”.

Favorite Quotes:

“You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you.”

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”

Rating: 4.5 / 5

13. Memories of My Melancholy Whores – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

As I got older, I learned to enjoy this type of writing and story plot. It is no longer the magical and fantasy books that I started reading but something close to happening in real life. This is the second book that I read from this author after Love in the Time of Cholera.

Favorite Quotes:

“Age isn’t how old you are but how old you feel.”

“I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right style, was not the well deserved reward of an ordered mind but just the opposite: a complete system of pretence invented by me to hide the disorder of my nature.”

Rating: 3.8 / 5

14.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

This is so fun to read. There are moments when I pause to analyze one sentence the protagonist said that never in my life did I ever think of. This is a good read I tell you.

Favorite Quotes:

“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.

Rating: 4.6 / 5

That’s 14 for 2016, quite far from the goal, but I’ve read the ones that I really liked on that year and I enjoyed most of it. I started doing this book recap blog in 2013. If you want to see what I’ve read the previous years, click here.