Fall 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

Fall 2016 Reading Wrap-Up On Novels And Nonfiction

I only started blogging in July so Fall 2016 was Novel And Nonfiction‘s first full season, as well as my first time setting specific reading goals for myself and putting up a TBR list.

I ended up reading 13 Nonfiction books, 12 Contemporary Fiction books, 9 Historical Fiction books and 1 Classic, for a total of 35 books. Only 9 of the books were on my actual Fall 2016 TBR list, but I did come pretty close to the total of 40 books that I was hoping to read during the season.

If you add in the first two novels in Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Series, which I’m currently reading, and classic Villette by Charlotte Bronte, which I hope to review next week, the total before the end of fall on December 20th should actually be 38.Β I’m pretty proud of myself – I think that’s a great result.

You’ll find links to all the reviews I wrote for the books I read in Fall 2016 below divided by category. If a book did not get a review it’s either because I didn’t like the book and didn’t want to review it, or because the review is still forthcoming.


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Spaceman by Mike Massimino

Victoria: The Queen byΒ Julia Baird

The Aquariums Of Pyongyang by Chol-hwan Kang

Dear Leader by Jang Jin-Sung

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The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Sully by Chesley B. Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow

All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

Somewhere Inside by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

The Year Of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

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The Β Making Of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston


The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Upcoming: Working Stiff by Judy Melinek and J.D. Mitchell (review planned for 12/29/16)


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Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

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Leave Me by Gayle Forman

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Rich And Pretty by Rumaan Alam

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The Trespasser by Tana French

Not Included:

Faithful by Alice Hoffman (did not like it so did not review)

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (did not like it so did not review)

All three books by Liane Moriarty (Author Spotlight planned forΒ 1/11/2017)


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A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles

The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

To The Bright Edge Of The World by Eowyn Ivey

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

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Enchanted Islands by Alison Amend

The City Of Palaces by Michael Nava

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedicte

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Circling The Sun by Paula McLain

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin


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The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

Have you read any of the books I read in Fall 2016? Which one was your favorite? Leave your opinion in the comments!

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  22 comments for “Fall 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

  1. Annie
    December 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Black Eyed Susans and The Tea planter’s Wife look soo good πŸ˜€

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    • December 13, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Oooo it’s hard to pick between the two since they’re very different but I think I liked The Tea Planter’s wife slightly better – it was a big more robust of a book. Black Eyed Susans was suspenseful and a great read too though πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment!

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  2. sarahsbookshelvesblog
    December 13, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I didn’t realize you’d only been blogging since July – you’re doing an awesome job! Your nonfiction is so diverse in topic – love it!

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    • December 13, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I often feel like I have no gauge on how I’m doing so it’s good to hear πŸ™‚


  3. December 13, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I’d say that’s an amazing seasonal result! You managed to read such a wide variety of genres! I am looking forward to your Liane Moriarty spotlight – I LOVE her!

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    • December 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you! I’ve really enjoyed her books as well, though weirdly her most recent – The Husband’s Secret – has actually been my least favorite so far, though most people rave about it. I really loved Three Wishes. A little sneak preview of my upcoming opinions πŸ˜‰


      • December 13, 2016 at 5:49 pm

        Have you read Truly Madly Guilty yet? Big Little Lies will always be my favourite. I think I agree with you about The Husband’s Secret although it does seem to be the one most people love.

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      • December 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

        Those are the two that I still haven’t read – I’m going to read them during the holidays and can’t wait πŸ™‚

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  4. December 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    You’ve read such a wide variety of books! From your list, The Trespasser is my favorite, I loved that read and Eileen is my least favorite, I skimmed it to finish it, it was awful.

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    • December 13, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      That’s interesting Renee because I didn’t like The Trespasser and I also didn’t like Eileen πŸ™‚ lol You must be more used to Tana French’s style of writing than I am – I couldn’t handle all the cursing.

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      • December 13, 2016 at 7:05 pm

        Yes, I’ve read several of her books and have to say with all the crime fiction I read I think I’m desensitized to the language for the most part.

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  5. December 13, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    You’ve been reading a great selection of books. A Gentleman in Moscow, The Tea Planter’s Wife and To the Bright Edge of the World are all on my TBR, so I’m pleased you’ve rated them so highly!

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  6. December 14, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Congrats on your first compete season! I adore the format of this post- by genre and rating? It’s so easy to find your favorite reads. If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d do this myself. πŸ˜„
    I haven’t read any of these books yet– but I can’t wait to start Hillbilly Elegy in January. I also have a copy of The Tea Planter’s wife waiting for me at the library. So many great reads, so little time.

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  7. December 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    You’ve read some really great books. I’m not a huge nonfiction reader, but I want to read almost all the ones you have listed here! Overall, I just added a gazillion books to my list. πŸ™‚
    The only one I’ve read is The Wonder (which I also liked), and I have Hag-Seed in my stack – hope to get to it over the Holidays!


  8. December 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I’ve rad a few of the books on your list. Others are on my TBR. I like how you have broken them down by genre / style. A really good mix of books.

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  9. December 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Nice wrap-up post! I’ve seen so many disappointing reviews of Schiff’s book. I so wanted it to be good!

    Amanda @ A Bookshelf Monstrosity


    • December 15, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Yeah, every time I see a positive one I wonder how they could possibly have gotten through it πŸ™‚ lol


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