I didn't join any TBR challenges but created a list from my shelves that I wanted to make sure I read in 2016.
Here's how I did.
- Bring up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel - I finally read this wonderful book. One of the best of 2016 for me.
- Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oates - about Marilyn Monroe, good but oppressive. Glad when I finally finished this long book.
- The Perfect Summer, by Juliet Nicolson - about the summer of 1911, part of my WWI reading project and a wonderful non-fiction.
- Eventide, by Kent Haruf - one of my new favorite authors, this second book in his Holt, CO series was excellent.
- The French Lieutenant's Woman, by John Fowles - finally read this masterpiece, but still haven't seen the movie!
- Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson - good but oppressive, very creative with marvelous writing.
- Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett - simply breathtaking. Loved it, including the wrenching ending.
- Operating Instructions, by Anne Lamott - okay, but not as much a fan of Lamott as I thought I was.
- Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives: The Industrial Resolution in Lancashire, by Sue Wilkes - fascinating look at the world my mother's family lived in.
- What Angels Fear, by C.S. Harris - first in a historical mystery series, featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, a nobleman who fought in the Napoleonic wars. Really good, but never did a blog post on it. Plan to read the next in the series in 2017.
Here's what I didn't finish...
- Time and Chance, by Sharon Kay Penman - next up chronologically in her wonderful historical fiction series, the continuing story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine - currently reading this and loving it!
- The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton - started it but didn't care for the characters, not sure if I will resume.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini - I loved The Kite Runner, which was on my TBR Pile list in 2015, and loved it. I hope to read this in 2017.