35 Reads in 2016

In 2016 I managed 35 books, roughly one every 1 and a half weeks. There have been some real good ones in among this lot, but also a few that I have had to force through to the end. Here are the books I read from the start to the end of this year:

 

1- A Daughter’s Secret, by Eleanor Moran      A Daughter's Secret by [Moran, Eleanor]

2 – Confessions of a GP, by Benjamin Daniels  Image result for confessions of a gp

3 – Natural Born Heroes, by Christopher McDougall  Image result for natural born heroes

4 – Behind Close Doors, by B A Paris    Image result for behind closed doors

5 – Stasi Child, by David Young    Image result for stasi child

6 – The Lost Daughter, by Diane Chamberlain   Image result for the lost daughter diane chamberlain book

7 – Reflection, by Diane Chamberlain     Image result for reflection diane chamberlain book

8 – Eat and Run, by Scott Jurek    Image result for eat and run scott jurek

9 – The Teacher, by Katerina Diamond   Image result for the teacher katerina diamond

10 – Luckiest girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll   Luckiest Girl Alive

11 – Surviving Camp inca, by Julienne Burleson   Image result for surviving camp inca

12 – The Leipzig Affair, by Fiona Rintoul    Image result for the leipzig affair

13 – While My Eyes Were Closed, by Linda Green     Image result for while my eyes were closed by linda green

14 – Between You and Me, by Lisa Hall    Image result for between you and me lisa hall

15 – The Photographer’s Wife, by Nick Alexander  Image result for the photographers wife

16 – Lies We Tell Ourselves, by Robin Talley  Image result for lies we tell ourselves

17 – In the Unlikely event, by Judy Blume   Image result for in the unlikely event judy blume

18 – Summer’s Child, by Diane Chamberlain   Image result for summers child diane chamberlain

19 – The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine N. Aron     Image result for the highly sensitive person book

20 -The Half Life of Hannah, by Nick Alexander   Image result for the half life of hannah

21 – Other Halves, by Nick Alexander  Image result for other halves nick alexander

22 – The Headmaster’s Wife, by T.C. Greene  The Headmaster's Wife

23 – My Husband’s Wife, by Amanda Prowse     Image result for my husbands wife

24 – The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, by Anna North  Image result for the life and death of sophie stark

25 – The Accidental Life of Greg Millar, by Aimee Alexander   Image result for the accidental life of greg millar

26 – The Girl on The Train, by Paula Hawkins   Image result for the girl on the train

27 – The Johnson Project, by Maggie Spence     Image result for the johnson project

28 – The Traitor’s Story, by Kevin Wignall   Image result for the traitor's story

29 – The Things We Wish Were true, by Marybeth Mayhew Whelen    The Things We Wish Were True by [Whalen, Marybeth Mayhew]

30 – Confessions of a Male Nurse, by Michael Alexander    Image result for confessions of a male nurse

31 – Let the Light Shine, by Nick Alexander     Image result for let the light shine book

32 – The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena   Image result for the couple next door

33 – Haus Frau, by  Jill Alexander Essbaum  Image result for hausfrau book

34 – Edward Unspooled, by Craig Lancaster   Image result for edward unspooled

35 – The House by the Lake, by Ella Carey   Image result for the house by the lake

 

I struggle to remember too much about some of the books, so I take that as a sign that they maybe weren’t quite so meaningful for me, though not necessarily a bad read at the time! In no particular order, my favourite reads of the year are as follows:

Haus Frau, by  Jill Alexander Essbaum  Image result for hausfrau book

I found this book really interesting from a cultural perspective. It is set in Switzerland so I learned a bit about the nuances of Swiss culture that I had been unaware of. I also learned that Swiss Deutsch is a  distinct language and not just “German” which I had thought previously. The story itself was a sad but real look at a person suffering within her own mind.

The Photographer’s Wife, by Nick Alexander  Image result for the photographers wife

I have become a bit of a fan of Nick Alexander’s books this year. As is often the case with his books, this one is told through the perspective of several characters over a period of years.It gives a fascinating insight into family dynamics and the impact of complex relationships.

 

Eat and Run, by Scott Jurek    Image result for eat and run scott jurek

This was one of my non-fiction reads this year that once again got my adrenaline pumping and got me thinking about ultra-marathoning! Reading this inspired me, but also makes me realise that running distances of 50 + miles in one go just isn’t going to happen with this runner (probably!!). Scott Jurek’s story is well worth reading.

 

The Leipzig Affair, by Fiona Rintoul    Image result for the leipzig affair

I do love a Cold War thriller! I especially love books set in East/West Germany, so this book ticked the boxes. It involves a Scottish lad on an exchange programme who falls in love with an East German girl and ends up entangled with the Stasi. I am looking forward to more books of this ilk from the author.

 

The Half Life of Hannah   Image result for the half life of hannah and  Other Halves, by Nick Alexander  Image result for other halves nick alexander

I am cheating a little by including two books, but they follow the same characters in two parts of a story. I really recommend reading both books as you are left with a different perspective of the characters after reading the second part, Other Halves. The story is again about families and their relationships. A husband and wife are forced to really examine themselves as individuals and as a couple. I really enjoyed both books and as stated previously, I am a fan of Nick Alexander’s brand of writing.

 

Have you read any of these books? What are your favourites? What can you recommend?

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