Over the last week my GoodReads feed has been full of friends setting their reading goals for 2017. Some have been incredibly reasonable (like 12 books a year) whereas others have completely blown me away (like 100 books a year). I set mine as a completely achievable (I think) 26 books per year. The Kindle app on my iPad is full with books I haven’t read so I don’t think I’m going to have any issue finding something to read although is going to be hard to top the ones I read and loved in 2016.
Here are a few of my 2016 reads, in case you are looking for something to enjoy in 2017.
The Officer’s Code by Lyn Alexander
Is it cheating if I say that 2016 was actually the third time I’ve read this book? I read it for the first time in 2014 but I love it so much that I read it at least once a year. It’s the first book in a 4-part series and I find myself reading the entire series every time I sit down with it but I can’t resist. I just love this entire series so very much.
Who will love it? Fans of WWI and WWII historical fiction who don’t mind tragedy befalling their beloved characters.
A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock
This is one of those books that I found intoxicating while reading. It’s set amidst the glamour of the 1920’s and Vera, our lovely leading lady, is a privileged Manhattan socialist. I usually don’t love books about wealthy socialites but Vera is different. She was restless and had an affair with a mysterious painter that shared her love of art. Nothing is quite as it seems in Vera’s world and I loved how it all unraveled around her.
Who will love it? Lovers of the 1920’s glam with a little bit of dirty laundry.
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon
Flight of Dreams is my favorite kind of book – a fictional take on a mysterious historical event. There are so many theories about what happened in the final minutes of the flight of the Hindenburg in 1937 that caused the airship to go up in flames, killing 35 people. In this historical fiction novel, Lawhon presents her theory on what could have happened and tells it by incorporating the people that history confirms were actually on board the airship. Those who died in real life, die in the novel. Those who survived in real life, survived in the novel.
Who will love it? Anyone that loves a great mysterious and curious characters.
The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel
This was one of those guilty pleasure reads because honestly, it felt like reading an Oriental historical fiction version of The Bachelor. The Palace had so many levels for the concubines that I felt like I was rounding through the 9 circles of Hell from Dante’s Divine Comedy (also known as Dante’s Inferno). Every woman there plotting, fighting, and back-stabbing to move up to the next level and be one step closer to the Emperor.
Who will love it? Readers looking for a scandalously good time while exploring the unique eastern world of the Orient.
The After Party by Anton DiSclafani
I was conflicted over this book as I read it but the more time that passes, the more I realized just how much I loved it. The big secret at the end is kind of predictable but still, I loved the way it unfolded. This is a great story of love, devotion, obsession, and the pressure of keeping up appearances.
Who will love it? Anyone that has ever felt confined by expectations and yearned to break free to live life on their own terms.
What did you read and love in 2016? Give me recommendations and I’ll add them to my ever-growing pile for 2017.
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