Here are the books that I read this year:
- The Bonfire of the Vanities (started in 2013)
- The Sleepeasy Solution
- Bringing Up Bebe
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
- The Happiest Baby on the Block
- Out of Order
- The Black Dahlia
- The Oath
- Scaredy Dog
- Crazy Rich Asians
- The Geography of Bliss
- Veronika Decides to Die
- Life After Life
- Iron Curtain
- A Clash of Kings
- A Visit From the Goon Squad
- The Light Between Oceans
- Simplicity Parenting
- The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl (currently reading, but probably won't finish by end of year)
When I go through this list, I realize that I read some clunkers this year. None of the books were the worst book I ever read, but some of them were pretty boring. And none of them were great.
Favorite Book: The Black Dahlia. Although this was a hard one to pick. I read The Black Dahlia fast and was really engrossed in the story. One weird thing about reading this book was that I was about 3/4 of the way finished when I told my husband that I was reading this really great book. He answered, "I'm reading a good book now too." Then we realized that we were reading the exact same book. We don't have the same taste in books at all, so this was super bizarre.
Worst Book: Out of Order. I'm picking this one as the worst simply because it was so surprisingly bad. Out of Order was written by Sandra Day O'Connor and is about the history of The Supreme Court. It was the most boring book I have ever read. No sense of humor, no good anecdotes. Some other stinkers on my list are Allegiant, Iron Curtain, and Life After Life. The book Life After Life got great reviews, but I didn't get it. I would actually read it again, though. The plot gets really confusing if you aren't paying close attention, and I read this while I was sleep deprived and pumping milk alone in the dark at 2:00 a.m. I think it is definitely worth another read but for this first read-through it is on my worst list.
Best Parenting Book: The Sleepeasy Solution. If you want a good book on how to get your baby to sleep, it is this book. It is not preachy. It is simply filled with valuable information about the science of sleep and why we need to take the time to teach babies how to sleep. I really loved this book and often refer back to it when I have a question about my daughter's sleeping.
I love to hear what other people are reading. Let me know what your best and worst books of the year were. I love to know what I'm missing out on or what I should skip.