What I read in 2016

I love Goodreads. It is such a useful site/app to track both what I’ve read and to find new books to read. The yearly Reading Challenge really does keep me motivated to read more. This year I surpassed my goal of 50 books by 38% – that’s an extra 19 books! I owe those extra books to some travel we did and my commute to work (extra reading time is one of the few advantages of my car/train/subway commute into the office). I’ll also acknowledge sunny days on my back deck, my favourite spot on the couch and reading in bed while Sean watches sports as other good times for reading.

As you can see from the below list, I read my usual mix of contemporary fiction, biographies/memoirs, “delightfully trashy” romance and a smidge of non-fiction. My fascination with Nantucket summers and ‘summer cottage fiction’ has continued, along with biographies of aging rockers.

What can I say, I am a multi-faceted woman.

I enjoyed all the books on this list – some more than others of course. There were a few I didn’t finish that did not make this list. I’m relieved that I’ve finally allowed myself not to finish books I’m not enjoying.

The books I’d really recommend that you read if you haven’t already are:

What did you read this year? I’d love your recommendations.

Melissa’s read-in-2016 book montage

The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom
The Good Daughters
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
After Her
Carry On
Fates and Furies
If You Could See What I See
Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable How I Tried to Help the World's Most Notorious Mayor
Our Souls at Night
I'm Coming
Cat's Eye
Winter Street
The Crooked Heart of Mercy
Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group
Dirty Rocker Boys
Play
The Nest
Nantucket Nights
Miss New India
The Two-Family House



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What I read in 2015

Around August, I didn’t think I would complete this year’s Goodreads Reading Challenge. Sean gave me a new Kobo for my birthday (the waterproof one!) and I started reading again and in the last quarter of the year, surpassed my goal of 50 books.

Here’s the list. What did you read? Do you have any recommendations?

 

Melissa’s read-in-2015 book montage

I Still Dream About You
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
The Vacationers
Adult Onset
How to Build a Girl
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
The Hour I First Believed
Bold Tricks
One Bird's Choice: A Year in the Life of an Overeducated, Underemployed Twenty-Something Who Moves Back Home
Surrender, Dorothy
On Every Street
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
The Position
Captivated by You
Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth
Christopher's Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger
The Girl on the Train
When Everything Feels Like the Movies
Bad Feminist
I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame



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What I read in 2014

Thanks to Goodreads, here is a list of all the books I read in 2014. I fell two books short of completing my 2014 Reading Challenge by reading 48 out of 50 books. There were a few books I abandoned this year, but I can’t count them as complete in good conscience.

As always, I read a mix of fiction of varying quality, trashy romance and a few memoirs. Here is the complete list:

Melissa’s bookshelf: read-in-2014

S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared
4 of 5 stars
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Mad About the Boy
3 of 5 stars
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Barefoot
3 of 5 stars
I’m a sucker for light summer reading that takes place somewhere in New England.
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Silver Girl
3 of 5 stars
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Tell Me
0 of 5 stars
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The Rosie Project
3 of 5 stars
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The Bitch
3 of 5 stars
Supposedly the version I read was updated and completely rewritten in 2012. Outside of a few current celebrity references, I’m not sure how updated it was. Still, it was a fast, easy read and a typical Jackie Collins book.
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We Are Water
5 of 5 stars
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Dead Brilliant
3 of 5 stars
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Eleanor & Park
5 of 5 stars
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The Oakdale Dinner Club
0 of 5 stars
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The Imperfectionists
4 of 5 stars
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No Relation
4 of 5 stars
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The Fire-Dwellers
4 of 5 stars
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Two Sisters
4 of 5 stars
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Infidelity
5 of 5 stars
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Deenie
0 of 5 stars
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Tiger Eyes
4 of 5 stars
Never read this as a kid/teen. Glad I finally read it now.
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Hellgoing: Stories
3 of 5 stars
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On the Rocks: A Novel
2 of 5 stars
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The Glass Wives
3 of 5 stars
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Love Me Anyway: A Novel
4 of 5 stars
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Worst. Person. Ever.
0 of 5 stars
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Four Friends
4 of 5 stars
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How to Love
3 of 5 stars
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Valley of the Dolls
0 of 5 stars
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I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
0 of 5 stars
I felt like a cliché reading this book. Then the ending went ridiculously sideways.
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S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed
4 of 5 stars
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Landline
4 of 5 stars
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Fangirl
4 of 5 stars
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Hidden
3 of 5 stars
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The Interestings
5 of 5 stars
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The Silent Wife
0 of 5 stars
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A Life in Men: A Novel
4 of 5 stars
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If I Could Tell You: A Novel
0 of 5 stars
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How Lucky You Are
0 of 5 stars
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Sinners at the Altar
3 of 5 stars
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Books I read in 2013

I read a lot in 2013. I track my reading using Goodreads (you should add me if you use that site) and participated in their 2013 reading challenge. I challenged myself to read 35 books in 2013 and I ended up reading 62 different books. Here’s a list of what I read in 2013, sorted in the order I read them in.

A summary of my list: lots of trashy stuff, but lots of not-trashy stuff too.

What did you read in 2013? What was your favourite? What books do you recommend, and what books should I avoid in 2014?

What I read in 2013

We Need to Talk About Kevin
5 of 5 stars
The first time I tried to read this, I had to stop. This book is brave in its depiction of motherhood.
Maine
5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were imperfect, and often unlikeable. The story drew me in and the author did a good job letting the reader in on the deeper story bit by bit. So much better than saving the big stuff for the en…
Noughties
2 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this more than I did. I suspect that I’m too Canadian to get the British intricacies. But ultimately it was pretentious and confusing.
Trinkets
4 of 5 stars
Fast read. I enjoyed it.
Losing It
3 of 5 stars
Light and fluffy and very predictable.
Entwined with You
3 of 5 stars
I understated that this series went from being a trilogy to a five-book series. I think there was some heavy editing to stretch this book (and series) out. The ending felt like it popped out of nowhere.
Debutante
3 of 5 stars
Fun read but main characters weren’t very likeable. I didn’t expect the ending that happened. That presented more questions versus tying things up. Room for a sequel I guess
Forget About It
4 of 5 stars
Enjoyed this book a lot. Funny and light.
The Pretty One: A Novel about Sisters
4 of 5 stars
Easy, fast read and I quite enjoyed it.
The Perfect Marriage
2 of 5 stars
A fast, plot-driven read that glosses over details.
Dolls Behaving Badly
4 of 5 stars
This was a fun read. The characters were relatable and the story moved along quickly. The main character’s voice changed slightly throughout. At first I thought that was weak writing but realized that was a result of the growth she was d…
The Engagements
4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed the intertwining of the stories and the story of Frances Gerety in this book.




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What I did on my vacation

May they always look at each other like this
The crowd I spent my vacation with.

Team Mitchell was on vacation last week. We laid low at home and it was wonderful.

Highlights of the week include:

Sean’s birthday. We picked up dinner and had our neighbours over for dinner. I made a cherry cheesecake and it was pretty good for someone who doesn’t bake. I made it from a box, but still, I made cake! I should have made him wear the Dora party hat we have in the cupboard from Flora’s 2nd birthday.

Our ninth wedding anniversary. We didn’t do much to celebrate it, but we did acknowledge it.

I read six novels.  I have completed my challenge for 2013 to read 35 books. Now I need to up the number since there’s a lot of 2013 left. Some novels were trashy, but that’s what summer reading is all about.

I played with Instagram video. I’m not sure if I love it yet, but it is fun.

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I took Flora to the ROM. The train trips to and from were big adventures, but an unexpected highlight of our trip was the bat cave. I was convinced she would be terrified of it, but we walked through that thing at least six times in a row.

Train ride
Pink Teddy enjoyed the trip too.

Lots of time spent outside. We went to the park, the splash pad and spent lots of time in the backyard. My favourite afternoon was spent in the backyard just enjoying my family, talking, hanging out and playing.

We’re back to our regular routine today – Sean and I at work and Flora at her school for summer camp. I think our return to routine was almost welcome, but I’ll still look forward to the next backyard party this weekend.

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