- 2012 Final Year In Review: What I bought, watched and read
- 2013 Final Year in Review: What I bought, watched and read
- 2014 Final Year in Review: What I bought, watched and read
- 2015 Final Year in Review: What I bought, watched and read
2016 WHAT I BOUGHT, WATCHED AND READ POSTS
- January 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- February 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- March 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- April 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- May 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- June 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- July 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- August 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- September 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- October 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- November 2016: What I bought, watched and read
- December 2016: What I bought, watched and read
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.
FAVOURITE NON-FICTION BOOKS
- Big Magic (December 2016) – How to rediscover that creative side of yourself again.
- Concierge Confidential (October 2016) – A real insider look into the hotel service industry.
- What I was doing while you were breeding (September 2016) – Hilarious, raw and very relevant to women of all ages, young & old.
- The Year of Yes (July 2016) – Inspirational, honest, funny and a good read from a writer of Grey’s Anatomy (Shonda Rhimes).
- Made in America (July 2016) – Bill Bryson is hilarious, this is all about the English words & sayings originating from the U.S.
- Maphead (June 2016) – Ken Jennings is a good writer, it’s a dense book but if you love maps & travel, this is a good, anecdotal book.
- What Remains (May 2016) – Carole Radziwill is a good writer, this is the only book of hers I like and it is so poignant & heartfelt about being a widow and dealing with death. I cried at the teddy bear part.
- The Almost Nearly Perfect People (March 2016) – Be careful in our exaltation of the Scandinavian countries as the model of society because this book reveals some unknown parts of the otherwise “Perfect People”.
- Eat Pray Love (March 2016) – I wasn’t sure what to expect but I loved it. It is so well-written and beautifully done. Inspirational, really.
- My Paris Dream (March 2016) – A Parisian Eat Pray Love with more fashion thrown in. That’s the best way I can describe it, which by the way, I loved.
- I feel bad about my neck (January 2016) – A hilarious book about being a modern woman, the importance of wearing sunscreen & taking care of your neck.
FAVOURITE SHOPPING / FASHION BOOKS
- Wardrobe Crisis (November 2016) – A real wakeup for any style lover, and even those who are not.
- Women in Clothes (September 2016) – Essays for those who love style and even for those who don’t.
- Bargain Fever (June 2016) – The history of shopping and how to get the most out of your retail experience
- What to wear for the rest of your life (May 2016) – I will re-read this as I age, it is so relevant for women 40 and older! Great read.
- This is what fashion is (April 2016) – A solid tip-dispensing fashion & style book that is easy to read & implement. Great read.
- Tales from the Back Row (March 2016) – A little crude and Millennial-ish but a nice look at the fashion industry from the back row.
- Mademoiselle Chanel (March 2016) – Chanel. Can’t go wrong with CHANEL.
- Branded Beauty (January 2016) – A good look at the beauty industry from the inside and the history.
- Parisian Street Style / Paris Street Style Shoes / Berlin Street Style / Brooklyn Street Style (January 2016) – Great, full-colour read on style & different ideas on how to build outfits & achieve each city’s flair.
FAVOURITE FOOD BOOKS
- The Man Who Ate Everything (December 2016) – Fantastically written, acerbic & witty with lots of research and great recipes.
- Waiter Rant (December 2016) – Witty, poignant and always so relevant; the perspective of a waiter.
- Kitchen Counter Confidential (October 2016) – Inspired me to get back into the kitchen & cook again.
- Adventures in Eating (October 2016) – Various, unusual things people eat around the world in different cultures.
- The Third Plate (May 2016) – Dan Barber is a fantastic writer; it was so well laid out and if he doesn’t change your mind about the way you eat and the way you see food, no one will. Spoiler alert: Eat more plants than flesh.
- Mindless Eating (March 2016) – A good book to read for those who struggle with weight; all the anecdotes on the research that reveals our insatiable appetites.
FAVOURITE PARENTING / LIFE BOOKS
- 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.
FAVOURITE CHICK-LIT BOOKS
- The Red Notebook (December 2016) – A very atypical chicklit romance that was gripping and well written. Very French.
- Maybe in Another Life (July 2016) – Another unusual chicklit that doesn’t follow the recipe; made me reconsider all the ghost ships of my life.
- Crazy Rich Asians (May 2016) – Funny, full of fashion & style descriptions, and an engrossing read. Truly a good chicklit writer.
- China Rich Girlfriend (May 2016) – Kevin Kwan does it again, and this one is just as good as the first.
- Chasing Harry Winston (March 2016) – Another good solid read from Weisberger of Devil Wears Prada fame (best!)
FAVOURITE BUSINESS / MONEY BOOKS
- 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.
FAVOURITE FICTION BOOKS
This is where I read the most:
- Agatha Christie: 73 books
- Phryne Fisher: 20 books
- 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).