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2016 Year in Review: What I read

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 I READ 262 BOOKS IN 2016

Finally. I made up for 2015 when I only read a pathetic 28 in the entire year. A lot of what I read were part of a series, namely detective / crime fiction.

You can see that in some months, I just didn’t read at all.

I probably had a lot to do or shopped a heck of a lot. 😉 Most likely the latter.

All of the longer book reviews are in the months I bought them, link is provided to the right.


OF 2016


OF 2016


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OF 2016

  • Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus (July 2016) – The best relationship & even interpersonal business relations book I have read in a while.
  • Raising Boys (July 2016) – So that I don’t screw up Baby Bun. It is a good read though, backed up by a lot of research. It has helped me a lot.
  • Manhood (August 2016) – Terry Crews is a good actor but what I liked best was his raw honesty in how he was taught and raised.
  • The Whole Brain Child (May 2016) – I hate parenting books and I liked this one because it has helped me see that I need to be less yell-y as frustrating as it may be. I am trying my best, I really am.


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OF 2016

  • Bringing Home the Birkin (November 2016) – It is a book about Hermès Birkins and the craze to buy one (they’re everywhere now); and a good inspirational read.
  • Bargain Fever (June 2016) – The history of shopping and how to get the most out of your retail experience.
  • The Soul of Money (April 2016) – This is what I strive to aim for with my money and the way I live. A very eye-opening book on money.
  • Always Fresh (April 2016) – Timmie’s Addict? Read this book. It goes into how he started the business & built it into what it is today, an iconic franchise.


OF 2016

This is where I read the most:

  1. Agatha Christie: 73 books
  2. Phryne Fisher: 20 books
  3. Harry Bosch: 19 books
  • Phryne Fisher Series (June 2016) – I LOVE Phryne. I love the TV series too. A great mystery series, well written, set in the 40s, and so rich in colour, style and imagination.
  • IQ84 (April 2016) – I can’t decide if this is a book I’d recommend or not, but it is really strange and engrossing so I thought I’d add it. It makes you think in very strange ways and it is truly Japanese in its narrative; if any of you read manga like I do, I saw a lot of parallels.
  • A Study in Sherlock (March 2016) – Short fanfiction stories re-inventing the look at Sherlock Holmes & Watson. Some were excellent, other stories were so-so.
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web (January 2016) – This follows along with the series started by Larsson, and is best described as ass-kicking fiction.
  • Harry Bosch Series (January 2016) – An excellent set of crime / detective fiction. Well-written, set in modern day & engrossing.
  • Agatha Christie – All Books (December 2016) – She is an amazing, AMAZING crime fiction writer. Fantastic. I was surprised 99% of the time, my favourites being the ones involving Poirot, Marple and Quinn.

P.S. If you liked this, you may also like my complete list of book recommendations sorted by category. I also came out with my own book this year, Start a Blog Like a Boss – How to Make Money ($1000 USD a month, but just in December alone, I doubled that income to $2000 USD).

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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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  1. Lori S

    Thank you for making this list for us! I am always looking for new books to read and I enjoy your perspective on things so our taste in books may be similar as well.

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Oh I don’t doubt it. My other yearly roundups have book recommendations too.

      Do let me know which ones you enjoyed. I’m always curious if people like the same things I do 🙂


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