My Year in Books

My GoodReads Books {living outside the stacks}

I absolutely adore this graphic by Goodreads that shows my year in books. Isn’t it fun? It’s also a nice big shiny way to see that I didn’t meet my modest goal of reading 10 books in 2016. Yes, I know, it’s a weak goal, but I taught two classes and had a lot of “life issues” to contend with this year so… I guess, technically, there’s still time to finish three more books. But I doubt if I will.

Here are the books that I read and reviewed:

My 2016 Books from GoodReads {living outside the stacks}


To read my reviews, click here. I will say, hands down, my favorite book of 2016 is What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity.  In fact, I so enjoyed the novel that I’m planning to read more books by Liane Moriarity in 2017. I really enjoyed the way she explored marriage, womanhood, friendship, family dynamics, and the myriad other things that make up life. She just hit the nail on the head.

Anyway, would you like to see what else I plan to read? Check out my To Be Read in 2017 Shelf by clicking here.

What was your favorite book of 2016? Do you have any reading goals for 2017?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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  • Loved the movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Cecily Tyson gave such a memorable performance. I enjoyed What Alice Forgot, too. We even did a blog series tie-with the book. You can check it out here, If you are looking for a good read/listen, try Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. I listened to it through Audible via Amazon. Fabulous listen!!

    • Wasn’t her performance amazing? She’s such a talented actress.
      Thank you for the link and the book suggestion! I’m always looking to add to my reading lists {both blog and book}.

  • Rae

    I remember reading The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman back in school. I loved it and it made me want to learn more about the author. I discovered that he was actually from Louisiana and had many exhibits here and there. I still haven’t had the opportunity to attend one, but the next one that he has, if any, I’ll be there.

    • I was planning to use the book for my American history class {I always like to assign a novel}, but I ended up teaching a short session so I didn’t use it. I saw the movie before I read the book; I’m a big fan of Cicely Tyson’s. If you get to go to an exhibit I’d sure love to hear about it.

  • Awesome! I’ll have to check out this graphic myself. I don’t “read” as much as I listen to audiobooks. I think I love Goodreads more now than I ever did. It’s been a lifesaver in helping my pick books for my oldest. He reads like crazy!!! 🙂

    • I love that Mr. P is so into books. My kids were the same way at his age. I truly believe that helps them to be more well rounded later in life.

      During breaks at work, I listen to books and podcasts. Most of the time, they’re history related so that I can share random tidbits with my classes.

  • Don

    Definitely understand how quickly one’s reading goal can get away from them due to life and responsibilities in general. While I didn’t get a chance to purchase/read all the books on my reading list, I enjoyed “Americanah” and “This Is How You Lose Her.”

    C. Ngozi Adichie and Junot Diaz are the respective authors.

    Reading goals for ’17 are pretty much the same: To read the majority of the books/authors on my list.

    • I haven’t heard of those books; I’ll have to check them out. People always think because I’m a librarian that I must read a lot ~ if only. I think I’m going to suggest that we start doing some sort of readers’ advisory at work…

  • I’m not quite finished reading it yet, but I think that “Say You’re One of Them” by Uwem Akpan is going to end up being one of my favorite books this year. I’m reading it this month as part of #ReadTheMargins which is an initiative by the book community on Tumblr to read more diverse books. The book is a collection of short stories about the lives of children in various parts of Africa, and while it keeps being heart-rending, I can’t help but love the book.

    Of the 68 books I have finished so far this year, I think “Vampires in the Lemon Grove” by Karen Russell is my favorite. It is also a book of short stories – this one containing tales with just enough of the supernatural to probably fall into the magical realism category.

    • I remember hearing about that diversity initiative, I think on YouTube… I definitely agree that people need to read a bit more out of their comfort zones. I’m trying by adding a few new genres to my reading list {biographies, being the biggest one}…

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