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Reading Round Up, 2016

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As another year rolls to a close I find myself making lists :  lists of accomplishments, goals I came close to reaching and what milestones I need to focus on in the coming year.   It is a time of celebration,  a time to honor achievements and successes in the many forms  that they present themselves. One of my benchmarks this year was pushing myself to begin chipping away at my bucket list:  to read one biography of each American President before my eyesight fails me.  Ironically, I did not start in order with George Washington, nor with Franklin Delano Roosevelt ( his presidential Library is up the road in Hyde Park, NY),  but with Calvin Coolidge, a fellow Vermonter,  outdoorsman and enthusiastic fisherman.  I continued to read children’s novels sporadically. My third benchmark was to read a minimum of 60 books during 2016.

Thus, I give you my list of 2016 read materials. Looking back, it was a busy year, a year of trials,  some emotional challenges.  I can proudly say that I have come out of it stronger.  Mainly because I had strong and caring people around me,  but also a solace  afforded to me by the many books which enlightening me, diverted my focus and showed  another perspective to  generate clarity.

  • The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success by Emma Seppälä
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly 
  • Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein 
  • Summerlost by Ally Condie 
  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald 
  • Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom 
  • Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg 
  • Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas G. Brinkley
  • Journey to Munich (Maisie Dobbs, #12) by Jacqueline Winspear 
  • At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier 
  • The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson 
  • Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes 
  • America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray 
  • Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen
  • Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks
  • Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M. Grant
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire 
  •  Coolidge by Amity Shlaes 
  • Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads by Paul Theroux
  • I Am Madame X by Gioia Diliberto
  • Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman 
  • The Ikea Edge: Building Global Growth and Social Good at the World’s Most Iconic Home Store by Anders Dahlvig
  • The Book of Home Design Using Ikea Home Furnishings by Anoop Parikh
  • Behind the Canvas by Alexander Vance 
  • Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business by Paul Downs
  • Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach 
  • The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson
  • Simply Green Giving: Create Beautiful and Organic Wrappings, Tags, and Gifts from Everyday Materials by Danny Seo
  • The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson 
  • The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
  • Modern Lovers by Emma Straub 
  • Common Ground by Justin Trudeau
  • The Ramblers: A Novel by Aidan Donnelley Rowley 
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • Winter by Christopher Nicholson 
  • ’Tis the Season to Be Felt-y: Over 40 Handmade Holiday Decorations by Kathy Sheldon
  • Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe by Dawn Tripp 
  • The Theoretical Foot by M.F.K. Fisher
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
  • Sweet Pea & Friends: The SheepOver by John Churchman
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy 
  • The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans
  • Beautiful day by Elin Hilderbrand
  • A Dangerous Age by Kelly Killoren
  • Mother-Daughter Book Camp (The Mother-Daughter Book Club, #7) by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne by Christopher Andersen
  • Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep by Marah Hardt
  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vo
  • The Food of a Younger Land: The WPA’s Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America by Mark Kurlansky
  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren 
  • In the Spirit of the Hamptons by Kelly Killoren-Bensimon
  • Siracusa by Delia Ephron 
  • If I Forget You by Thomas Christopher Greene 
  • Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity by Carolyn Eckert
  • Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Countrby Craig Pittman
  • Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Succesby Angela Duckworth 
  • The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
  • Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait, 1986-2002 by Arthur Grace
  • Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
  • Fascinators: 25 Stylish Accessories to Top Off Your Look by Hannah Scheidig
  • Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 
  • Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch
  • Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith
  • Peacock & vine : on William Morris and Mariano Fortuny  by A.S. Byatt.
  • Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped: Easy Doughnut Recipes to Fry or Bake at Home by Stephen Collucci
  • The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen
  • Cookie Advent Cookbook: With 24 festive recipes by Chronicle Books
  • Good Housekeeping The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook: 60 Large-Batch Recipes to Bake and Share by Good Housekeeping
  • Christmas Cookie Swap!: More Than 100 Treats to Share this Holiday Season by Oxmoor House
  • A Very Merry Paper Christmas: 25 Creative Ornaments & Decorations by Lark Crafts
  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: Christmas Crafts, Recipes, Activities by Matt Shay
  • Designing Life’s Celebrations by Dejuan Stroud
  • Winter Storms (Winter #3) by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere
  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  • Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler
  • A Lowcountry Christmas (Lowcountry Summer #5) by Mary Alice Monroe 
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber 
  • The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller 
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Thank You for Being Late: Finding a Job, Running a Country, and Keeping Your Head in an Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman


Author: spotwin

While I am a librarian , I am a reading cheerleader. The purpose of this library blog is to better promote reading and information literacy to my community. I love books, reading with my son, properly placed apostrophes, canoeing, locating the nearest Starbucks, cheering the Montreal Canadians, and Cherry Garcia ice cream.

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