Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What We're Reading Wednesday {January}

I am so excited for today. I've been looking forward to launching What We're Reading Wednesday (WWRW) since the group of hosts put the idea together. Maybe it's because this linkup is book themed and my bookworm heart loves a chance to talk "book". I'm truly excited to share with you the books my family reads each month as well as get ideas from you as to what new books we should add to our reading list.

WWRW happens the first Wednesday of the month. This once a month link-up allows others to share what they've been reading, what books they've been reading to or with their children, what books their spouses have been enjoying and so on. Books, online articles, blog posts all count as a WWRW item so be sure to join us and share what you've been reading so others can discover something new to add to their reading list. 

This month I want to share my 2016 reading list. I use Goodreads to track the books I've read along with the books I want to read. You can join me by signing up for your own Goodread's account. I was able to read 27 books total and will share my a few favorites of the year and new to me authors. Here are all 27 books in at a glance.

My favorite book of all year was It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. This was the first book I've read by Hoover and instantly made me what to read more from her. I read it in just 2 days and truly think This is one that you’ll want to share with your friends, your sister and even your mother. At least, that’s how I felt. Whether or not you ever find yourself in this situation, chances are, you might know someone who is. The ending isn't one that you would normally want but as it plays out, you start to side with the author on the ending. 

The most disappointing book I read was See Me by Nicholas Sparks. I've been struggling with the more recent books written by Sparks. This one had more angry undertones which isn't usually in his novels. I couldn't help but think it's because he was going through a divorce. Maybe as an author you write what you know or what you're experiencing, using what your going through as material? I am reading another book by him now, Two by Two so I'll be sure to share that with you next month once I've finished it. 

I read a few new to me authors last year: Colleen Hoover, Richard Paul Evans and Elin Hilderbrand. I read multiple books by each author and have yet to find a bad book. I will be reading more from each author over the next few months. Ones on my reading list include Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans and Here's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand. 

I've set a goal of 25 books for 2017 as well. I read one book a month with my book club along with those on my bookshelf. I have 30+ books that need to be read so that's my goal this year; to read through my bookshelf at home before going to the library for new books. 

Now it's your turn to share. Link-up with us what you've been reading -- books, online articles, blog posts. Join us back here next month so another What We're Reading Wednesday. I am looking forward to sharing new books with you and discovering what you've been reading as well. 

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