2016 Books Read

My goal is to finish 50 books this year and this list is what I have read so far! I’ve rated each 1-5 (1: not great, 5: legit the best ever). Titles in pink made it into my all time favorites and the 4-5 stars I definitely recommend, obviously.

 

JANUARY

They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky, Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng & Alephonsion Deng ★★★★★

I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, Ryan O’Connell   ★☆☆☆☆

Miracle in the Andes, Nando Parado   ★★★★☆

First They Killed My Father, Loung Unh   ★★★★☆

Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon Northup   ★★★★☆

On Paradise Drive, David Brooks   ★★☆☆☆

 

FEBRUARY

The Reason I Jump, Naioki Higoshida   ★★☆☆☆

The Alchemist, Paul Cohelo   ★☆☆☆☆

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald   ★★★☆☆

Born to Run, Christopher McDougall   ★★★★☆

 

MARCH

Between the World & Me, Ta-Nahesi Coates   ★★★★★

The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien   ★★★☆☆

The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer   ★★★★★

 

APRIL

A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis   ★★★☆☆

 

MAY

Gnarr, Jón Gnarr   ★★☆☆☆

Food Rules, Michael Pollan   ★★★☆☆

 

JUNE

Little Bee, Chris Cleave   ★★★☆☆

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley   ★★★★☆

Watership Down, Richard Adams   ★★★★☆

 

JULY

The Gate, François Bizot   ★☆☆☆☆

The Kiss: A Memoir, Kathryn Harrison   ★★☆☆☆

I Am Malala, Malala Yousafaiz   ★★★★★

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson   ★★★★★

Euphoria, Lily King   ★★★☆☆

The Ledge, Jim Davidson & Kevin Vaughn   ★★★☆☆

The Piano Tuner, Daniel Mason   ★★☆☆☆

Nelson Mandela: No Easy Walk To Freedom, Bryan Dengenre   ★☆☆☆☆

The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama   ★★★☆☆

 

AUGUST

The Assault On Reason, Al Gore   ★★☆☆☆

The Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto “Che”Guevara   ★★★★☆

Blink, Malcolm Gladwell   ★★☆☆☆

The Road, Cormac McCarthy   ★★☆☆☆

An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redsfield Jamison   ★★★☆☆

 

SEPTEMBER

The Light Between Oceans, M. L. Stedman   ★★☆☆☆

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown   ★★☆☆☆

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck   ★★★★☆

The Rosie Project, Graeme Samson   ★★★☆☆

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins   ★★★☆☆

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini   ★★★★★

 

OCTOBER 

The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd   ★★☆☆☆

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot   ★★★☆☆

 

NOVEMBER 

 

DECEMBER 

Man’s Search For Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl   ★★★☆☆

Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler   ★☆☆☆☆

A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson   ★★★☆☆

 

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